This post is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. All opinions are my own.
The holiday season is in full swing! Events, family drives to look at lights in our neighborhood, silly sweaters and so many cookie exchanges are already on our December calendar. Also on our December calendar are easy meal ideas that use fresh fruit and veggies we’ve been picking up at local farmer’s markets with our Homegrown Healthy Bucks from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona’s Nourishing Arizona Homegrown Healthy campaign. With candy canes and sweets offered to my daughters everywhere we go, it’s important to make sure we are teaching them how to make smart eating choices and fill them up with foods that nourish their little growing bodies. Our youngest daughter has a huge sweet tooth but makes me smile when she turns down a sucker and says, “my tummy will hurt if I eat too much sugar.” Thanks to the help of her big sister and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona’s Nourishing Arizona campaign, she has already recognized that too much sugar makes her feel yucky. This month we are focusing on incorporating fresh fruit and vegetables in our home including all the yummy recipe ideas. Snowflake Apple Chips are just one of the easy holiday snack recipes we are turning to for after school baking.
The Sugar Swap was a great place to introduce the topic of trading candy and sweets for healthy produce. My daughters listened to the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona representative share why it’s important for us to not eat too much sugar from candy. Instead, replace that with natural sugar found in fruit and vegetables. It still tastes yummy and doesn’t have the same negative consequences as eating excessive amounts of candy through the entire holiday season.
We came home with plenty of Healthy Homegrown Bucks and have been enjoying visits to the farmer’s market ever since. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona has a great selection of recipes to encourage healthy eating. Just because you’re not baking cookies every day, you can still enjoy baking with your children and teach them how to use healthy ingredients like apples from a local farmer’s market.
Snowflake Apple Chips Recipe
- 5 Apples
- A pinch of colored sugar
- Optional: cinnamon
You’ll also need a snowflake cookie cutter. Depending on the size of the apples, you can use a variety of sized cookie cutters.
Slice apples thin but remember they don’t have to be perfect. Every snowflake is different and imperfections is what makes them beautiful. Use a small snowflake cookie cutter to cut out the core in each slice. You can also cut around the apple slices with a larger snowflake cookie cutter if preferred.
Lay apple slices on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Lightly sprinkle apples with colored sugar. My daughters don’t care for cinnamon so we skipped this step but if you want cinnamon apple slices, simply sprinkle cinnamon on top of apple slices.
Bake for 90 minutes at 225°. If you would prefer apples soft, remove from oven after about 45 minutes. The apple chips have a light color from the sugar and are just sweet enough to love more than your favorite holiday cookie!
When you visit the grocery store or farmer’s market, remember to bring along the Produce Scavenger Hunt for more family fun learning about fresh fruit and vegetables this holiday season.
How are you adding fresh produce to your table this month?