Cinnamon Apples (Week 37, 52 New Foods)

Posted by Jennifer Lee on September 24, 2012 1 Comment
cinnamon apples


Cinnamon apples are a favorite fall treat for my kids. This easy recipe brings together the best of what goes into making a cozy apple pie, but without refined sugar.

The crisp fall air has arrived in California, and so have farm fresh apples. Bushels were brimming over with red beauties at our local farmers’ market this weekend, so we decided to reinvent one of our favorite fall treats. Apple pie, with its sweet and warm filling, is a must on our fall table. Could we create a recipe easy enough to make on a busy school morning that brings together those delicious fall flavors without the sugar? You bet!

Cinnamon Apples

Prep time: 5 minutes
Assembly time: 5 minutes
Makes about 4 to 6 servings

cinnamon apples ingredients


Ingredients:

5 medium apples, granny smith or empire
½ lemon
½ tsp cinnamon

Directions:

1. Leaving the skins on, slice the apples into ¼” cubes.

cinnamon apples slice


2. Load the apples into a bowl and add the juice from ½ of a lemon.

cinnamon apples lemon


3. Add the cinnamon to the apples and stir.

cinnamon apples mix


4. Enjoy!

cinnamon apples


Crunch a Color Kids Vote:
An apple a day…

What we Liked: This easy recipe has all of the wonderful flavors of apple pie filling, without any refined sugar. We served our cinnamon apples with a side of butterscotch no bake cookies. The lemon keeps the apples from browning, which makes this recipe a perfect lunchbox snack!

* What are your favorite ways to serve apples? Share your ideas!

Craving more easy recipes to try? Catch up on last week’s recipe: Sandwich Pops!

About the author: Jennifer Tyler Lee is a mom of two children and the creator of Crunch a Color® -- the award-winning nutrition games that make healthy eating fun. Like most parents, she struggled to get her kids to eat healthy, balanced meals, so she decided to make it into a healthy eating game and she’s giving back to support non-profit kids’ nutrition programs. Winner of the Dr. Toy and Parent Tested, Parent Approved awards, Crunch a Color® has been featured by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Laurie David’s Family Dinner, Kiwi Magazine, Dr. Greene, and Yum Food & Fun For Kids, among many others, as a simple, fun and playful way to get kids to eat healthy and try new foods. Jennifer’s passion is making mealtime fun, easy and healthy for busy families. Her easy recipes, quick tips, and new food adventures are regularly featured at Pottery Barn Kids, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, The Huffington Post, and on her weekly recipe blog at crunchacolor.com. 

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Healthy Lunch Ideas: Sandwich Pops (Week 36, 52 New Foods)

Posted by Jennifer Lee on September 19, 2012 1 Comment
healthy lunch ideas sandwich pops


Need healthy lunch ideas? Sandwich Pops to the rescue! But watch out: you may find that friends are lining up to sneak a bite of these fun and easy sandwiches on a stick. Be sure to pack enough to share!


Two weeks into the school year and I’m bored. I find myself leaning on the two to three lunch recipes that my kids will reliably eat. So together we set out to reinvent a classic healthy lunch idea: the basic cheese sandwich. With a little chop here, and a tear of lettuce there, my kids came up with a fun and healthy lunch idea: sandwich pops!

Healthy Lunch Ideas: Sandwich Pops

Prep time: 5 minutes
Assembly time: 10 minutes
Makes about 4 to 6 servings

healthy lunch ideas ingredients


Ingredients:
4 large romaine lettuce leaves
2 cups red grapes
1 cup cheddar, diced into ½” cubes
½ French baguette, cut into ½” cubes
12 wooden skewers

Directions:

1. Start by adding a piece of baguette to your skewer.

healthy lunch ideas veggie sandwich skewers


2. Tear a small piece of romaine lettuce and fold it into a square. Add to your skewer.

healthy lunch ideas lettuce


3. Pop on a piece of cheese, then a grape. Then reverse the pattern.

healthy lunch ideas fruit skewers


4. Top with another square of lettuce, and a piece of baguette.

healthy lunch ideas kids


5. Share and enjoy!

healthy lunch ideas sandwich skewers


What we Liked:
My kids gobbled up these delicious sandwiches on a stick. Funny how just a simple change can make an otherwise boring lunch much more fun!

* What are your go-to healthy lunch recipes? Share them with us!

Craving more healthy lunch ideas? Catch up on last week’s recipe: Tomato Pops!

About the author: Jennifer Tyler Lee is a mom of two children and the creator of Crunch a Color® -- the award-winning nutrition games that make healthy eating fun. Like most parents, she struggled to get her kids to eat healthy, balanced meals, so she decided to make it into a healthy eating game and she’s giving back to support non-profit kids’ nutrition programs. Winner of the Dr. Toy and Parent Tested, Parent Approved awards, Crunch a Color® has been featured by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Laurie David’s Family Dinner, Kiwi Magazine, Dr. Greene, and Yum Food & Fun For Kids, among many others, as a simple, fun and playful way to get kids to eat healthy and try new foods. Jennifer’s passion is making mealtime fun, easy and healthy for busy families. Her easy recipes, quick tips, and new food adventures are regularly featured at Pottery Barn Kids, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, The Huffington Post, and on her weekly recipe blog at crunchacolor.com.

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