September is More Matters Month meaning, more fruits and veggies. We’re all about that in my house, I’ve made major lifestyle changes in the last year and even my kids are on board with it! I believe it is important that we live by example and show our kids how important it is to eat right.
It is simple to get them on board by involving them in the process. My kids will pick out their own fruits and veggies and sometimes, they’ll even recommend a new recipe or something different to try. The change in weather had my oldest son begging for homemade applesauce so, we picked up some apples and went to work. That’s key, I made sure to listen when he asked for it and involved him in the process.
First, we hit the store in search of apples and we found them!
Over the summer, I made sure to take my kiddos to the farmers market with me and we talked about where the fruits and veggies come from and what each taste like so they were always interested in trying something different. Speaking of something different…we spotted these Cotton Candy Grapes and had to pick those up too! Amazing!
There are so many ways you can involve your children in the process of healthy eating. I would recommend trying something new every week, you never know if you’ll find a new favorite. This week, the Cotton Candy Grapes became a family favorite and the homemade applesauce was a hit!
Slow Cooker Applesauce
Bag of Apples (You can use different types for various flavorings)
Directions: Simply peel and slice the apples and place them in the slow cooker. Cover them with water and cook on high for a few hours or on low a little longer. Check them periodically until they become soft. You can add in the cinnamon if you’d like and it will make your house smell amazing!
Once the apples are soft, drain the excess water and mix them with a hand mixer, blender or food processor. Add the desired amount of sugar if you’d like, I usually skip the sugar but the cinnamon does really take it up a notch!
More really does matter, make adding fruits and veggies a priority for your family and your kids will embrace that as well. Get creative! For more ideas, recipes and tips please visit ShapeYourFutureOk.com.