Brilliant ways to use International Eat an Apple Day to create wonderful family memories
'You can count the seeds in an apple... but you can't count the apples in a seed.'
(Updated post originally dated 12-09-2016)
Are you ready for International Eat an Apple Day? It comes around each year on the third Saturday in September.
Now, stop right there. I know what you're thinking .... what's the big deal with apples?
I know, I know; I felt the same when the notification for International Eat an Apple Day appeared in my Inbox. But I've checked into it, and believe me, if you ignore this special day you're missing a ton of fun for you and your family.
Some amazing health benefits of apples
Still unconvinced? Well, let me start with a few facts about apples. Apparently, it's not for nothing you've been regularly told that 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away.' As well as being delicious, apples can make you skinnier and help fight cholesterol. (There, I grabbed you attention immediately, didn't I?)
But there's more. An apple a day reduces your risk of diabetes, helps detoxify your liver, can help alleviate hemorrhoids and could help reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to 23 percent. USDA scientists have investigated over 100 foods, including apples, and you can find a full list of the health benefits of apples here.
Apples are a delicious addition to many recipes
And who can resist a slice of warm apple pie with cream or icecream? In fact, the humble apple is a versatile cooking ingredient. You'll find them as the hero ingredient in such dishes as Avocado and Green Apple Salad, Broccoli and Roasted Apple Soup with Sage Butter, Apple Frangapane Tart with Salted Caramel Sauce and Apple and Blueberry crumble with Roasted Almond and Peanut Topping. Why not try a healthy but delicious Cinnamon Apple Chia Pudding for breakfast.
Pick your own fresh from the tree
When was the last time you picked your own apples? Maybe your kids or grandkids have never visited an apple orchard and eaten their own apple fresh from the tree. If you're thinking of doing this exciting activity, you might like to read some helpful tips before you set off.
Games and activities with apples
From Apple Votives to Apple Prints or Apple Cupcakes, you'll find plenty of apple crafts to keep you busy on the weekend. And.. there are some cute apple crafts and activities for kids, too: apple experiments, apple bowling, building with apples and more. There are wonderful games with apples, too, that will provide hours of fun and entertainment: apple in the mouth race, balance the apple relay, apple toss, hot apple and many more.
Take a look at these apple ideas & activities
Read some apple themed books together
The Measured Mom has listed 30+ of the best apple themed books to read to your young ones... Little Mouse and the Big Red Apple, Ten Red Apples, The Apple Orchard Riddle, The Apple Pie Tree.
Art and Art Journaling
Learn to draw a cartoon or realistic apple with these step by step drawing tutorial. You'll be drawing amazing fruit in no time at all. Use your apple experiences to create your own art journal of your International Apple Day adventure, write up your activities in your daily journal or use them as inspiration for Bible art journaling. But you can also encourage your kids to create their own apple themed art journals. You'll be amazed at their creativity.
Discover the varieties of apple available today and the benefits of each. The apple varieties readily available today in our supermarkets, green grocers and farmer's markets vary from the range of apples originally grown by our early orchardists. Find out about the early heirloom varieties and how you can purchase them. I was amazed that an early apple variety was the McIntoch. It made me wonder why Apple didn't release their latest iPhone on International Apple Day. :)
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