How To Use Apples in Every Meal

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Harvest season is upon us, and that means farmer’s markets and grocery stores are full of locally grown, freshly picked apples. But besides apple pie or apple crisp, or even the apples with peanut butter, what can you actually do with apples? And why bother eating them, anyway? The truth is, an apple a day can help keep the doctor away.

Not only are apples full of antioxidants, but they also have tons of vitamins. Apples also help promote healthy thyroid function, cholesterol, and help with weight management.


Apple muffins, hot cereal, and granola bars are delicious and easy. But if you want to change things up, and have the time, give this Butternut Hash with Apples & Bacon a try. If you have leftovers, don’t add eggs and you can use this as a side dish for dinner.


No autumn recipe list would be complete without a recipe for a salad. Try out this Kale Apple & Quinoa Salad. The quinoa is a great source of protein, so there’s no need to add in meat. But if you’re hungry for something a little different, check out this recipe for Honeycrisp Apple Quesadillas.


Everyone loves one-pan recipes because of how easy they are, and this Harvest Chicken Skillet is no different. Not only is this easy to make, but the leftovers are great to bring to work. If you’re in the mood for comfort food with the same potential for leftovers, try this Creamy Parsnip and Apple Soup. The recipe is even vegetarian-friendly.

Barn-Approved Snacks

Apples shouldn’t be just for your horses. Try these Apple Oat No-Bake Bites or Baked Apple Chips if you’re on the hunt for new snacks that are perfect for the barn. Or you can make some Apple Pie Granola, that’s easy to snack on by itself or a great yogurt topping.

Nicole is a writer for Heels Down Media. If she's not writing or editing, she's either running, doing yoga, or at the barn working on becoming a better, stronger dressage rider.

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