My 7YO son loses a tooth about every two-and-a-half hours these days. Any baby tooth that's still left in his mouth is nothing but a wobbly bit.
It's a sight to behold, for sure. What I didn't expect were the eating challenges this toothless wonder would send my way.
Oh, my boy's a great eater. Of course he is! He's my first born! The one I hold to All The Parenting Rules With 98 Kinds Of Strictness!
So it kinda surprised me when he started whining at the dinner table about not being able to eat his apple. After a good minute or two into my "why-in-the-world-not" speech, he finally snarked back to me: "Umm, Mom? My teeth?"
I'm not a smart man, Jenny.
So because of him and his one good tooth, I cut my apples, still peel and all, in manageable, thin slices. Lemmeetellya, he and his underlings let me know when I've cut a piece too thick.
The problem that always bugged me was that when I'd pack our lunch for an outing, apples were off the list. First there was the no-one-would-eat-the-peel issues, then the slices-are-too-big issues, followed closely by the toothless-old-man-in-the-making issue, not to mention the apples-are-already-cut-so-they're-rotting-and-gross issue. I didn't want to haul the useless apple slicer, and goodness knows I'd not be caught dead with a knife in my purse. THAT would not go over well with the adoption officials.
Oh, I know. I could do the whole "lemon juice" treatment. But how yummy is that?
I ran across a recipe the other day that keeps sliced apples fresh, and turns a packed lunch into fun at the same time.
And now I just realized that I could have typed the previous sentence, AND THAT SENTENCE ONLY, and this post would have been complete. AND A TEENY BIT SNAPPIER.
Maybe this little concoction will breathe a little life into your lunches. Even for the little-old-men-with-no-teeth.
Cinnamon Apples To Go
1 apple, any variety
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Walnuts, optional (hello, omega 3's!)
Thinly slice an apple, peel and all. Place slices in a container with a lid, and sprinkle the mixture of cinnamon and sugar over the apples. Shake the closed container until the apples are coated. Add walnuts if desired, and then pack your apples to go!
Recipe adapted from The Everything Kids' Cookbook
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