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Include More Apples In Your Meal Prep

September 20, 2021 3 min read

Why You Should Include More Apples In Your Meal Prep

Once the air starts getting crisp and the leaves start falling, it’s a sure sign that autumn is on its way. And what fruits are more synonymous with autumn than apples? 

You might be most familiar using apples for those fall-centric baked goods like apple pie and apple crumbles. But apples are some of the most nutritious fruit favorites out there, so they’re perfect additions to any healthy meal prep plan! 

Let’s talk all about apples, their health benefits, and all the different ways that you can include them in your meal prep plan every single day this fall. 

Health Benefits Of Apples 

You know the old saying: an apple a day keeps the doctor away! 

As it turns out, it’s more than just a catchy saying. The impressive nutrition profile of fresh apples makes them a great dietary staple, no matter what time of the year it is. 

Here are some of the delicious nutrients that you can find in apples: 

  • Tons of fiber: Dietary fiber is something that many of us overlook in our meal plans, but it’s an essential nutrient for regulating your bowel movements and managing your cholesterol. As an added bonus, it also keeps you fuller for longer, which is great news for anyone who is looking to cut their calories! Apples, especially when eaten with the skin, are a great source of dietary fiber. 

 

  • Water: Like many other fruits, apples also have a lot of water. This means that in addition to drinking plenty of water, apples can also help keep you hydrated throughout the day. 

 

  • Vitamins and minerals: Unsurprisingly, apples are also chock-full of nutrients. Apples are a great source for a variety of vitamins, especially Vitamin C. They also have some helpful minerals like manganese and copper. 

 

  • Antioxidants: Finally, apples also have a lot of polyphenols. These plant-based nutrients can act as antioxidants to keep your body healthy and strong. 

How To Eat More Apples In Your Meal Prep 

While baked treats like apple pies and caramel apples tend to be the first thing you think about when you consider apples in the fall, they aren’t exactly the most nutritious options. Luckily, there are plenty of healthier alternatives for those apples that can fit right in to your healthy meal prep plan. 

You can always just slip an apple or two into your lunchbox and have an instant snack whenever the craving strikes. However, there are also plenty of other creative ways to incorporate these in-season treats into your breakfast, lunch, dinner, and anywhere in between. 

Breakfast Apple Ideas: 

  • Add freshly diced apples into your overnight oats for a nutritious and tasty breakfast 
  • Make an apple parfait with Greek yogurt, cinnamon, and other fruits of your choice for a nutrition-packed on-the-go snack 
  • Add them to your muffin mixes 

Meal Prep Friendly Apple Snacks:

  • Use a dehydrator to make your own dried apples that can be eaten at any time with zero mess 
  • Slice them up and divvy them up into plastic baggies to make them more portion-appropriate and on-the-go friendly 

Lunch And Dinner Options: 

  • Use sliced apples as a topping for a fresh green salad with grilled chicken, walnuts, and raspberry vinaigrette dressing 
  • Toss them into a sheet pan with chicken breasts or sausage and veggies, then top with a tangy tangy honey mustard sauce for even more flavor 
  • Blend them into other fall favorites like butternut squash soup for even more nutrition per serving 
  • Add them to your pork chops for a cozy twist on an old comfort food favorite 

The texture and flavor of apples are incredibly versatile, so the options for adding apples into your meal prep are virtually endless and limited only by your imagination! 

Conclusion 

Don’t let the spoils of your apple-picking trips go to waste this year! With a little bit of creativity (and a hint of a sweet tooth) you can find ways to incorporate this fall favorite into your healthy meal prep for the entire season. 

If you’re looking for even more ways to increase the diversity and nutrition in your meal prep, consider ordering some of your meals from My Healthy Penguin. You’ll be able to spend less time, energy, and money planning and cooking healthy meals – and that means more time spent enjoying all the goodness that the fall season has to offer in Los Angeles.  


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