Saturday, July 28, 2012

Apple PB "Cut Out" Sandwiches

Are you looking for an imaginative and stimulating way to serve apples?!

Well if the answer is YES, this is the blog for you!!  If not, you should keep reading anyway.

One key option to increasing intake of any food group is improving the presentation.  For children specifically, coming up with a creative food recipe or activity that is viewed as "fun" boosts interest in particular foods. Children can be persuaded to eat fruits if presented in fun shapes and cut-outs.

For this recipe I put my creative thinking cap on and started thinking about what I could do with apple slices.  My original intention for the this blog post was to create a more appealing version of an apple slice (ie. by using the cookie cutter to make star slices).  For some reason I am much more likely to eat apples that are cut into thin "potato chip" slices rather than those produced by an apple slicer.  And I am a grown adult!  (It works for all ages).  Once I started using the cookie cutter I realized I did not want to be wasteful with the remaining apple.  The brain kept ticking and peanut butter came to mind.  There you go! 

Start putting your "thinking cap" on!  Until then make these apple PB "Cut Out" Sandwiches!  All you need is your favorite cookie cutters, natural peanut butter, and apples.  Granola is optional - I happen to like the extra crunch it provides.

Have a great weekend!  Enjoy the Olympics!

Natural creamy peanut butter
Optional: Low Fat Granola

Supplies needed:
Cookie cutters

1.  Slice apples into about 1/4 to 1/8 inch slices
2.  Place the cookie cutter in the center of the apple (you want to make sure the cookie cutter is not too big for the apple) and press gently.
3. Remove the center "cut out" portion of the apple and set aside; repeat this step for about half of apple slices
4.  For remaining apple slices spread about 1-2 teaspoons of peanut butter on top; place a slice of apple in which the center has been "cut out" on top.
5.  If desired sprinkle granola in center of sandwich as pictured above.

Tip:  To delay the apples from browning lightly dip the slices in lemon or lime juice.


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