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There's a reason for the expression—an apple a day provides a powerful dose of antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. Apples have been shown to help keep the heart healthy and lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and cancer. They also make a delicious, portable snack that helps us to feel full and keep blood sugar in check. We love the wide variety of apples—and the option to pick them ourselves—at the Milk Pail in Water Mill.

Apple Pie Oatmeal

1/3 cup regular oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch of kosher salt
1 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 apple, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces (Granny Smiths are great)
1-1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup plus more for drizzling
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (optional)
2 tablespoon chopped walnuts, for sprinkling on top

In a medium sized pot over medium heat combine the oats, apple, chia seeds, applesauce, almond milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Whisk well. Heat over medium heat for about 8 minutes, stirring often. When the mixture thickens and the liquid is absorbed, it is ready. Stir in the pure vanilla extract. Pour into a dish and sprinkle with chopped walnuts, a pinch of cinnamon, and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. Add a tiny bit of almond milk on top.

Apple Fennel Salad

2 apples (Granny Smith, Fuji or Pink Lady), thinly sliced
One large fennel, rinsed and thinly sliced, discard fuzzy leaves
1 large seedless cucumber, thinly sliced
1 large white onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup dried cranberries (without added sugar)

Dressing Ingredients
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup lemon juice
Dash of salt and black pepper to taste

Combine all salad ingredients in a mixing bowl. Whisk together dressing ingredients and pour over salad.