You know what they say about an apple a day, right?
Turns out, it’s not just something your Mama told you to trick you into putting down the candy. Apples pack a pretty powerful nutrient punch, making them a great snack for you – and your dog.
A is for Antioxidants.
You might not know this, but right now, your cells are creating oxidizing substances. Be it a human body or a canine one, oxidative stress can be really hard on your cells. The substances create free-radicals which roam all over your body wreaking havoc. Some believe that oxidative stress is a part of what causes our bodies to age. Antioxidants, like the ones found in apples, are kind of like super heroes for the body, helping to neutralize those oxidants.
More juicy benefits.
That’s not all; studies suggest that eating apples can reduce your risk of some cancers and the risk of stroke. They can help to reduce cholesterol and they have a history of helping with bathroom issues and other intestinal problems, like IBD. Apples are full of pectin, a fiber that is soluble, fermentable and insoluble, a combination that maximizes its fiber benefits. Apples are all around good stuff, but I have a confession to make.
Apples don’t excite me.
Yeah, they taste OK. Sure, they’re nice and juicy, but…is that it? An apple always leaves me feeling a little lack luster. I don’t snack much, so when I do, I want to enjoy those snacks.
Amping up the apple volume
I love to pair apples with one of my favorite foods – peanut butter. The rich nuttiness of the butter and the crisp sweetness of the apple are perfect companions. Every time I grab an apple snack Kolchak and Felix are right there, snouts forward, silently begging for a piece.
Can you blame them? Apples & peanut butter are delicious!
You probably have everything you need to make these delicious Apple Peanut Butter Rings already in your cupboard.
• 1 large apple
• 2 tablespoons peanut or any other nut butter
• Granola or other yummy crunchy topping (Kolchak and Felix) are grain intolerant so instead of granola, I used crushed grain-free, peanut butter dog treats on theirs)
Core the apple and slice it into thick rings. Spread one side of each slice with nut butter and sprinkle with your topping. Enjoy! It’s that easy to make a healthy and delicious snack that both you and your dogs will love!
What other ways can you jazz up an everyday apple?
Jodi is a canine nutrition and small animal naturopathy student hailing from beautiful Vancouver, BC. (That’s in Canada, eh?) She loves to experiment in the kitchen, creating tasty (and healthy) treats for her two dogs, Felix & Kolchak and the rest of her family. Jodi’s blog, Kol’s Notes follows the antics of the irrepressible Kolchak as he celebrates good food, good friends and the good life.