September is a time for new beginnings, cooler weather, and fun outdoor Fall activities like apple picking! Apple picking is a great activity that the whole family can enjoy together exploring the outdoors, gathering a nutritious snack!
Did you know? Apples are one of the worlds most popular fruits. They are high in fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants. They are surprisingly filling for their low-calorie content and can be used in many ways! They make for great after school snacks, desserts, side dishes, breakfasts, and juices, just to name a few.
Get outside and go apple picking this Fall. Now in a time of virtual learning and social distancing, children are spending more time inside. It is important to encourage family time spent outside.
There are many proven benefits of family outdoor activities on children’s development and family bonds.
- It helps the whole family to unplug
With many of us working from home, attending virtual school, and spending more time in front of screens, getting outdoors to go apple picking allows for designated technology free time to get fresh air and be fully engaged in the activity.
- Reduces ADHD symptoms
Engaging in outdoor activities improves ADHD symptoms in children of any age. Being outdoors allows children with ADHD to move their bodies and express their energy in an open, less structured setting.
- Relieves Stress
Spending time in nature acts as a natural stress relief because the fresh air, gentle breeze, and picturesque scenes gently capture your attention, calming your nerves.
- Boosts vitamin D levels
Vitamin D is necessary for building and maintaining healthy bones. To make Vitamin D our bodies need direct sunlight, what better time than now with the crisp Fall air to get outside and catch some sun rays! Plus, those with high vitamin D levels are healthier because Vitamin D helps ward off colds and the flu.
- Increases Exercise
Getting outdoors encourages large motor skill strengthening and exercise. The whole family can benefit from more exercise to help improve heart health!
Plus, after you are done spending quality time with your family you can try this DELICIOUS recipe for, Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups they make for a perfect after school snack, breakfast, or late night treat warmed up with some cool whip!
Servings Size: 1 oatmeal cup
2 cups Old fashion oats
1 teaspoon Baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 cup Milk (type of your choice: almond, cow’s, soy etc,)
1 cup Banana, mashed (about 3 bananas)
1 large Apple, peeled and diced
- Preheat oven to 375 °F
- In a large bowl mix together oats, baking powder, and cinnamon.
- Add milk, eggs, and 1 cup mashed banana to large mixing bowl – stirring until well mixed.
- Add apple once ingredients are mixed.
- Using a greased muffin tin, fill cups with mixture.
- Bake 20-25 minutes, and enjoy! (Once cooled, store in refrigerator).
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