A HEALTHY SNACKTIVITY
A HEALTHY SNACKTIVITY
Apples are packed with essential vitamins, antioxidants, and dietary fiber, all important parts of a healthy diet.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and health is the number one priority when it comes to our kids. Apples are packed with essential vitamins, antioxidants, and dietary fiber - all-important parts of a healthy diet.
The Ideal Apple
Any kind of apple will do for this edible craft, but bigger is better. It’s important to have enough surface area to support all your delicious topping choices. Try Braeburn, Fuji, or Gala.
Slice it Right
Start by cutting the top and bottom off of the apple and discarding the cut ends. Then, laying the apple on its side, cut it into three to four discs of equal thickness. Before cutting your apple into discs, you can use a corer to achieve the hollow center, or you can improvise by using any circular metal object to pop out the core after the apple has been sliced – we recommend icing tips for this approach.
Given that apples are about 80 percent water, it can be pretty difficult to get spreads to stick to them – they slide right off. To make applying your toppings easier, pat down the apples with a paper towel after cutting them.
If you want to achieve the ever-popular rainbow unicorn effect that we’re so fond of, start with a white base – we used cream cheese, but Greek yogurt is another excellent option – and add color to your heart’s content.
A natural way to achieve this colorful effect is by using the juice of fruits and vegetables; beets produce a vibrant magenta, blueberries a bright purple, carrots a stunning orange, pomegranates a bold red, spinach a striking green, and red cabbage a subtle blue. While spinach doesn’t sound like it would go very well with a sweet apple “donut,” when used in small amounts, these natural colorants don’t affect the taste of your dish.
Delicious and Nutritious
If you’re concerned less about looks and more about nutritional value, nut butters, hummus, and avocado make excellent vegan spreads, especially if you’re craving something savory. For those of you with a sweet tooth, cookie butter, hazelnut spread, and classic caramel make the perfect sticky base for your crunchy candy toppings.
Top it off