I love to have lunches pre made to where I can just pull them out and put them on the table. I have seen many tricks to keeping your apples nice and fresh after cutting them from putting them back together and tying them with a rubber band to soaking them in lemon-lime soda. Honestly I think tying them back together would be time consuming and leave very little you could have pre made and I really don’t like the idea of taking something nice and healthy and covering it in artificial ingredients to preserve it 🙁
So, for years now I have been using a technique that one of my aunts uses and it is super simple, healthy, and gives NO waste 🙂 Pineapple juice! Simply wash your apples (by the way remember apples are on the list of the dirty 12 so try to purchase them organic), slice them to your specifications, and pour pineapple juice over them. When your done it is super easy to pop the pineapple juice in the blender with some other fruits and veggies and make smoothie pops for later!
Back to the topic at hand though, apple sandwiches. I actually saw got this idea off of interest; but they were made using peanut butter and oatmeal 🙁 I swapped that peanut butter out with some almond butter and the oatmeal with some flax seed. I had also considered using sunflower seeds and raisins, but I decided to stick with what I had on hand, chocolate chips. Anyway, these were certainly loved!
Above are the apples after I finished creating the sandwiches, and below are the sandwiches two days later when I served them for lunch, nice and crispy cold 🙂 They were a huge hit and really kept the kids full until dinner!