I always look forward to the occasional comment from the grocery store cashier upon ringing up my bag of 14 apples each week.
"That's a lot of apples! Are you making apple sauce?"
"Nope, I just eat two apples a day.."
"Is is true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away?"
"Yes, actually! It does."
I really love apples.
Don't get me wrong, I love all types of fruit. I also eat a banana every day with my breakfast, as well as mangoes and berries in my dinner salad. But, to me, apples are the perfect food. They are extremely portable, pair well with nearly anything, are very filling, and are perfect to help regulate my blood sugar every day at 3:30.
For probably the last six years, apples have been both a major component of my lunch, as well as my 3:30 afternoon snack (yes, I eat an apple every single day at 3:30). I used to prefer Red Delicious and Gala, then went through Jonagold and Braeburn phases, and am now currently on a Pink Lady kick. I have never liked Fuji apples, and will only eat them if they are the only organic variety available. And then I bitch about them all week. I'm kind of an apple snob.
I started eating a similar lunch to this one back in the fall, when Dayv and I first moved into our new home. Then I got lazy and started packing peanut butter with my apple every day for lunch at work. Recently, though, I decided to step away from peanut butter, as we tend to have a love-hate relationship which seems to resurface every year or so. (I love peanut butter so much, but sometimes it starts making me feel pretty gross after consumed, and I need to walk away from it for a bit.)
This bowl is pretty much like a dessert, in my opinion, but super healthy and filled with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. It's also ridiculously delicious. I think of it as a deconstructed, raw granola bowl, and that's what it tastes like. I love it for lunch, but it would make a spectacular breakfast or even special treat.
Notes: Even though I highly recommend using hazelnuts and pecans for the bowl, other nuts would be equally delicious, especially walnuts (because walnuts make everything taste better, amiright?). Also, feel free to adjust the measurements to suit your appetite.
Apple Cereal with Nuts, Seeds, and Cacao Nibs
Inspired by Thrive
one apple, chopped (I prefer harder apples, such as Pink Lady. Always organic.)
1 tbsp pecans, chopped
1 tbsp hazelnuts, chopped
1 tbsp flaxseed meal
1.5 tsp hemp seeds
1.5 tsp cacao nibs
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I used Trader Joe's brand- carageenan free!)
Combine all ingredients into a bowl. Enjoy!