An Apple A Day……..Recipes That You Can Sink

You’ve probably heard the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but did you know eating apples can also improve your dental health?  That’s right, not only are apples rich in nutrients, they have many benefits for your teeth, mouth and gums.

Apples are known as nature’s toothbrush. Eating apples can aid in cleansing and brightening your teeth. The fiber in the fruit rinses away food and bacteria in your mouth and can tide you over until you brush your teeth.

Now that apples are in season, we are excited to share these apple-inspired breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner recipes with you:
Breakfast of Champions Oatmeal
*1 cup Steel-Cut Oats
*4 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
*2 Medium Apples, Chopped
*1 tsp Coconut Oil
*1 tsp Cinnamon
*1/4 tsp Nutmeg
*Dab of Honey or Pinch of Stevia
*Splash of Lemon Juice

Directions:
Add all ingredients to your slow cooker. Stir. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Give it a good stir. Top with your favorite toppings. I like fresh chopped apples or berries. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week. To reheat add a splash of almond milk and heat up in microwave. Makes 1 serving.

 

Chicken Salad with Apples
*4 green apples cut into slices (think large coin shape)
*1 pound boiled chicken, cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes
*1 cup chopped celery
*1⁄2 cup walnuts, chopped
*1 cup Greek yogurt
*1⁄2 tsp salt
*1⁄2 tsp ground black pepper
*1⁄2 cup pecans

Directions:
Mix chicken together with Greek yogurt, salt, pepper, celery salt, and walnuts together and refrigerate at least one hour. After cooled, place one scoop of chicken salad on each apple slice and top with one pecan. Serves 4-6.

 

Slowcooker Applesauce
*12 Apples (Use all different kinds)
*1 tsp cinnamon
*I tsp Lemon Juice
*¼ cup water

Directions:
Peel, core and slice apples but leave the skin on.  Put all ingredients in crockpot on high. After a few hours ( 2-3) of cooking get out your potato masher .  Begin to mash apples.   Once to the consistency you like turn off crock pot.  Can use in Oatmeal or just eat as a snack.  Kids love to make this!!! For variety you can add other fruit like cranberries or cherries to add other flavors. Makes 6-8 servings.

 

Honey Apple and Ginger Shredded Pork
*2 lb pork roast
*1 yellow onion, sliced
*2 apples, cored and sliced
*⅔ cup beef or chicken broth OR water
*1 Tbsp raw honey
*2 Tbsp freshly grated ginger (use ground ginger if you don’t have fresh on hand)
*1 tsp cinnamon
*1 tsp salt
*½ tsp smoked paprika
*½ tsp pepper
*2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
*1 bay leaf

Directions:
Add your broth or water, then onions, then pork, then apples then all your honey/spices/garlic clove/and bay leaf in a slow cooker. Cover and  cook for 8-10 hours on low or 6-8 hours on high.  Use tongs or a fork to shred your pork.  Serve over rice or alongside root vegetables (carrots, potatoes, and or squash). Makes 4-5 Servings.

For more delicious recipes, check out our other recipe posts: Sizzling Salad Recipes That Are Good For Your Teeth

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