Try setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier so that you can have time to make -- and enjoy -- a healthy breakfast made from apples and oranges. According to the American Heart Association, antioxidants in apples can help curb cancer, decrease diabetes risk and beat constipation, while oranges give your health a boost with fiber, vitamin C and potassium. This tasty, healthful breakfast combination is used to make a variety of delicious breakfast offerings and is an important step in your fruitful day.
It's OK to Be a Topper
Use a sharp paring or chopping knife to cut your apple in half. Take out the seeds, and chop or cut into chunks. Pour a cereal rich in antioxidants, high in fiber and low in sugar into a bowl and top with the apples and low-fat milk. Or make plain or a spiced variety of instant or steel-cut oatmeal and add fresh apple to the mix. Another idea is to chop up apples and oranges and add them to your favorite yogurt variety. The healthiest yogurts are low in fat, calories and sugar and loaded with vitamins and probiotics.
Blend in With Your Family
One of the most nutritious, easiest breakfast items to make is a smoothie. Purchase a smoothie maker or simply use your blender to mix apples, bananas, oranges, some yogurt and ice. You can always add orange juice or milk as the base, if desired, and a touch of honey for sweetness. Or, make a pure orange-apple juice using a professional-quality juicer. Simply wash the fruit, cut in half or thirds and press it through the juicer with the skins attached. Don't forget to add the pulp to your compost pile or favorite recipes.
Play It Again, Sam
Forget what your mother told you about playing with food -- it's actually OK in this instance. Serve your children pancakes in the morning. Cut up a few orange bits as the eyes and apple slices for the eyebrows and mouth. Or, slice an orange in half, cut around the edge and get most of the orange out of its skin. Chop up tiny pieces of the orange and some apple. Put the mixture back into the orange peel and sprinkle granola on top.
Apple Baking and Frying
Make a simple sugar of 2 parts water and 1 part sugar. Bring it to a boil in a frying pan. Remove the skin of your apple, and slice it into 1/4-inch strips and let simmer in the pan for 20 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the poached apples, and then lay them over pancakes or waffles, or on top of toast. In addition, bake a batch of orange-zest scones or apple-cinnamon muffins. Try using dried apples and oranges, as well.