Let me start by saying, that my friend Shirin, had me intrigued from the moment she got her air fryer. She was posting pictures of fried veggies, chicken and whatever else she sucked me in with. Right about the same time she was posting these photos, I was going through withdraws of mass junk food, as I had just made the commitment to eat clean as much as possible and take better care of me. That pleasantly rolls right over into feeding my kids healthier as well. Thankfully my kids already eat pretty healthy. It just helps set a good example when they see me eating well too. Air fried apple chips are great to make a boring apple fun to eat.
Eating an apple whole is not mine or my kids, favorite thing to eat. I feel like apples are the go to fruit that every mom in America grabs because they feel like it’s just easy to throw in a lunch box. I guess the fact they are full of fiber and antioxidants might make them a good go to fruit too. Apple shmapple. My four year old will only eat apples with peanut butter. My nine year old says they hurt her front teeth when she eats them. The teens walk right past them. They go to waste in our house. There are so many other fruits that seem to be far more appealing to my kids than an apple. However, buy those fancy boxed dehydrated apple chips. You know, the ones with that mouse on the front. The one that says, I’m overpriced and filled with preservatives. Eat me! Then my kids want to eat them. The whole box can disappear in a day. Time to figure out how to get that excitement going in my own house over an apple.
Fancy Kitchen Tools
This recipe can actually be made without the fancy kitchen tools you will see in my video below, but I get that food processor out and all of a sudden my house breaks out into a STEM session paired up with every nutrition fact my kids have learned about apples because schools, doctors and media seem to think that apples are the go to fruit as well. An apple a day! Ask your kids. They will probably know way more than you ever cared to know about apples. Anyways, the food processor is this magical tool in our house. When it comes out the kids know something exciting is going to happen. Then we get to partake in conversations too about how if your hand accidentally ended up in there. Yah, we’re that kind of family. But if you don’t have a food processor, no worries, just slice the apples thin. Then you can forego the conversations about hands getting shredded in food processors.
The recipe is simple. You need apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and an air fryer. Heat your air fryer to 375 degrees. Slice the apples, sprinkle the nutmeg and cinnamon on it, mix it up and then layer in a single layer in the bottom of the air fryer. Set the timer for 4-5 minutes, flip when the timer goes off and then set the timer for another 4-5 minutes. That’s it. It’s really easy and I suppose you can try this with any fruit that you can slice and season. I had some greek yogurt in the fridge, so I added a little bit of local honey to it and mixed it up to use as a dip.
They All Approved
This was really a quick snack. My kids all tried it and they all approved. I won’t bore you with the details of how an air fryer works. Just know that you can still enjoy “fried” foods and eating healthy wont seem so boring. Get your kids involved. Get your household involved. Take care of you, take care of them the simple way. Teach your teens how to use it. They’ll be eating apples in no time. And you will be the cool mom that just made eating healthy fun.
Looking for other simple recipes? I don’t do complicated. I don’t have it in me. Check this one out. This is a fave for Saturday morning pancakes with my kids.