apples-for-breakfastBreakfast is the most important meal of the day, or so the saying goes. There’s no better food to add to your breakfast than apples, which are rich in vitamins and fiber. Apples help keep blood sugar stable, and with ingredients like fiber and pectin, you’ll stay full longer. Save time and leave the skin on for the maximum nutrient and antioxidant benefits. Adding apples to your breakfast is sure to be a hit, whether you go sweet or savory.

For a leisurely brunch, try pairing apples with eggs, like in our Apple Puff Omelet. A side or sauce of apples makes your breakfast sausage extra special, just throw a few sliced apples in a pan, sauté to softness and create a tangy sweet glaze. Cheese and apples go hand in hand, so we recommend sautéing apples until soft, adding eggs, scrambling and then topping it all with melted cheddar or brie.

Apples and hot cereals go well together too, and chunks of apples add natural sweetness and crunch to everyday oatmeal. You can also stir in applesauce or apple butter for an added sweet note. Granola takes an on extra crunch with chopped apple slivers mixed in. Spicy apple butter and sliced apples turn a slice of toast into a treat, especially with peanut butter or cream cheese.

If you are up for a little baking, muffins and scones can be made healthier by substituting apple butter or sauce for part of the butter (or fat) in the recipe. Does your favorite muffin call for half a cup of oil? Try half a cup of apple butter instead. French toast is divine, but with a little apple butter in the batter, or warmed and layered between the slices on your plate, you will reach a new level of bliss. Why even bother with syrup on pancakes, when instead you can top with apple butter?

Many days, we may not have time to make a full breakfast, and apples come to the rescue there, too. Nothing is more portable than an apple as you run out the door. It’s fast to slice up and bag with peanut butter, or to eat right out of hand.

Start your day off right with apples for breakfast!