Adore Apples? What You Must Know Before Taking (or Feeding Your Kid) Another Bite

There's nothing like a crisp, tart yet slightly sweet apple to awaken your taste buds and naturally boost your energy.

With their season in full swing, it's important to know apples are the most chemically-contaminated produce. In fact, conventional apples contain an average of 20 to 30 different chemicals (e.g., pesticides) even after washing. Some of the apples tested by the Environmental Working Group had up to 48 different types of pesticides on them. Yikes!

Go Organic
When it comes to apples, organic is the way to go.

This is especially important for children as they are more susceptible to the effects of pesticides and chemicals due to their size and developing brain and nervous systems.

I love to buy organic apples at the farmers' market. They're smaller than conventional ones and not always perfect looking, but their flavor and freshness can't be beat.

Not all growers are certified organic but use organic practices; be sure to ask. Because they save money on the certification process, they're able to sell their goods at a lower price.

A Smart Snack
For a well-balanced, satisfying snack--great for kids and adults alike--spread organic nut butter on apple slices. My favorite combo is a Pink Lady with almond butter.

Storage Tips
Apples ripen quickly at room temperature; 10 times faster than apples kept at 35-degrees F. Store them in the refrigerator away from strong-scented foods like cabbage or onions to prevent flavor transfer.

Speaking of cabbage and onions, check out the super simple, yummy recipe below.

Branch Out!
Did you know there are 7,500 apple varieties worldwide? Next time you're apple picking, try a new variety--and remember to always buy organic and locally grown whenever possible.

Sauteed Apples & Cabbage
A seriously simple, super-fast recipe for a healthy, sweet and savory side dish.

This is one of those recipes you can make to taste, using more or less of the following ingredients depending upon your preferences.

1 large yellow onion, cut in half and thinly slice
1-2 organic apples, cut in quarters, remove core and thinly slice
1 small head of cabbage, remove core and thinly shred
1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of red-wine vinegar, plus more to taste
Salt and pepper
1. Cook onions in oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat until tender, 5 to 8 minutes. (I like to let them caramelize a bit).

2. Add apples and cabbage and cook until just tender, about 5 minutes. You may have to add a bit more oil at this point.

3. Stir in red wine vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Taste and add more vinegar, salt or pepper as needed.


Recipe adapted from Real Simple.