Derek’s Project Foodie: Cinnamon Apples

The latest Game Changers recipe is brought to you by the hands of Chef Derek. As athletes, we tend to graze on power snacks in-between meals to sustain our fuel for strength, core, and cardio workouts. Simply put, our stomachs grumble if we haven’t had something fulfilling to eat every 3-4 hours. We cut out packaged foods and desserts from our diets, but every once in a while a craving will hit for something a little more on the sweet side. Derek did a little research and found a recipe app called Project Foodie by Chef Daniel Holzman, owner of NYC’s The Meatball Shop, comprised of free how-to videos transforming the concept of the modern cookbook online. You can follow along with Daniel from start to finish as he makes the meal with you!

Derek loves Fuji apples and often snacks on a mid-day sliced apple, maybe even with a scoop of peanut butter. He took his love of apples and kicked it up a notch by trying this recipe for the slightly bittersweet taste of cinnamon apples.

Cinnamon Apples

1 pinch Kosher Salt

12 Lemon (Juice of)

14 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1 tbsp White Sugar

1 Apple (Fuji)-Any kind, chef prefers fuji

Mix together the cinnamon, sugar, and salt and set aside in a bowl for later. After peeling the sticker and washing the apple, he sliced the fruit with an apple slicer to remove the core. This can be done without this handy equipment by first cutting an apple in half and then quarters. Slice the sections into thin pieces and then cut off the middle section with seeds. Arrange your sliced apples on a plate in a way that is pleasing to the eye!


Helpful tidbit: If you’re going to prep this snack and store it in the fridge for later, the browning process of apples exposed to oxygen can be delayed by completely coating the sliced apple in lemon juice.

If you’re hungry now, slice a lemon and squeeze the juice of 1/2 over the apples to bring out the natural elements of its sweetness.


The last step is to sprinkle the spices over the apple plate and take the first bite. Voila!

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