The Zany Apple is easy to make, nutritious and tasty:
Mix up some peanut butter (or almond butter) or cream cheese with raisins or cranberries. Add in a tidbit of jelly; if possible, use sugar-free jelly.
Scoop out the core of an apple and stuff in the mixture from above. Top with a few raisins.
Depending on your child's age, you might want to make a couple of Zany Apples.
A Zany Apple should be a good stomach-filler, but, if you think more chow is needed, add in to the sack lunch some low-salt crackers or some carrot or celery wedges.
You'll probably want to include a drink, too, since peanut butter (or almond butter) is a sticker-to-the-roof-of-the-mouther, even when it's chewed up with a juicy apple.
So include a bottle of water, low-fat milk or a fruit juice (try to use the low-sugar juice).
Here are three fun questions for you and your child:
- Apples were the favorite of people in which two ancient cultures?
- What were apples called in the colonial times in America?
- Should you peel or not peel an apple?
- Apples were the favorite fruit of ancient Greeks and Romans.
- In colonial time, apples were called winter banana or melt-in-the-mouth.
- Don't peel your apple. Two-thirds of the fiber and lots of antioxidants are found in the peel. Antioxidants help to reduce damage to cells, which can trigger some diseases.
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