Fall is synonymous with apples, so perhaps that is what is fueling my apple addiction. Apples are everywhere and yet I cannot seem to get enough. When Snow White’s Evil Stepmother offers her the poisoned apple, she accepts it. Snow White knows her stepmother cannot be trusted, but she eats the apple anyway. Why? Because apples are freaking delicious!
Pumpkins get a lot of action this time of year, but apples can really hold their own. They can be sweet and spicy, just like pumpkins. Maybe apples are not a featured latte on the menu at Starbucks, but they should be! If you find yourself suffering from a seasonal apple addiction, there are some things you can do to satisfy your cravings.
Go Apple Picking
Taking a trip to the local apple orchard was a ritual every fall as I was growing up in Michigan. We would pick our own apples and then sip hot apple cider while we ate cinnamon donuts fresh from the fryer. These experiences are among my favorite childhood memories.
Now, I have a daughter of my own, but we live in the desert of Las Vegas. I knew hot apple cider was out of the question, but we actually have a nearby apple orchard! Score! A few weekends ago, my husband and I brought our toddler out to do some apple picking.
A visit to the local apple orchard does not only have the potential for deliciousness, it is also a wonderful learning opportunity. As we walked up and down the rows of apples, we talked about the color, sizes, and shapes of each apple. We compared apples to determine which we liked the looks of best. I also introduced the word “ripe” to my toddler and was able to demonstrate what that looks like.
Whenever you allow your toddler to have some decision making power when it comes to what they eat, you will find that they will actually eat it! My daughter could not wait to get her newly formed teeth into those juicy apples! This strategy works at the grocery store, too. By allowing your child to help pick out the produce, they will begin to learn how to make healthy choices.
Fresh and local is always the best way to go, but if you do not have an apple orchard in driving distance, try to check out your local Farmer’s Market. If that fails, sign up for Bountiful Baskets, where they bring the farmer’s market to you. You order the baskets you want online and then go to your nearest pickup location to pick it up, usually on the weekend. One basket, filled with all kinds of goodies, is just $15. If you can’t wait for the weekend, go to Trader Joe’s for some apples that are as big as your head.