I’m a big fan of taking tried-and-true flavor combos and serving them in the simplest way possible. This super simple snack plate is naturally sweet, vividly colorful and has a great crunch factor, making it an instant hit in my household. Any apples will do, but we’re big fans of Ambrosia apples, which are one of the sweetest apple varieties in the market.
While it may be simple, this snack is loaded with nutritional goodness.
All varieties of apples are rich in important antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fiber, which is something all of our kids could use more of. Plus, apples are a good source of immune-boosting vitamin C, which is always appreciated, but especially during flu season.
Research shows that tart cranberries help to keep urinary tracts healthy and reduce inflammation in the body. Cranberries are usually sweetened because they are lower in natural sugars than most berries, which is why they taste so tart. Choose lightly sweetened dried cranberries to keep added sugars in check.
A serving of 14 walnuts offers up a wholesome nutrient combination of protein, fiber, magnesium and phosphorus. Walnuts are also the only kind of nut that is significantly high in omega-3 alpha linoleic acid, making them a super-star standout for your child’s diet.
A Winner Combo
Will this “recipe” win you any culinary awards? Absolutely not. But is it simple, naturally colorful, nutrient-rich and something your kids will probably like? You bet. Is it also something you can recreate on a near-daily basis? You know it.
Fore more naturally colorful holiday recipes, be sure to check out these other Recipe Redux ideas from fellow health-focused food bloggers.
And for more simple meal and snack ideas, check out my new cookbook, Mom’s Sugar Solution.