Get to the core of healthy eating by taking a fresh look at apples. Your Hy-Vee produce department stocks an extensive variety of apples and with new U.S. crops arriving in stores, autumn is a great time to appreciate this much-loved fruit.
A Bushel of Health Benefits
The role of apples in good health has long been documented. This nutrient-rich fruit is packed with 4-5 grams of fill-you-up fiber per fruit that plays a role in a healthy blood cholesterol levels. Crunching an apple satisfies our urge to eat. With just 80 calories in a small to medium-sized apple, apples are a snack that can help you maintain a healthy weight.
Wash your fruit and be sure to eat the peel. The red, green or yellow pigments in the peel of an apple contain health-protective flavonoids (antioxidant compounds) that may reduce the risk of certain cancers, such as breast, prostate and lung.
Healthy Snack Attack
Snacking on apples contributes good-for-you nutrients to your diet as opposed to typical snack foods with lower nutrient values. Next time you’re in the store, compare the NuVal score of apples at 96 to the NuVal score of other common snack foods you might choose and you’ll be convinced apples are an ideal snack attack. Get creative or try one of the following seasonal snack recipes:
Making an apple sandwich out of sliced apples is a kid-friendly after-school snack.
All you need:
- 2 apples, variety of your choice
- 4 tbsp Hy-Vee creamy peanut butter, divided
- 4 tsp Bear Naked Fit Granola
- 4 tsp Hy-Vee mini chocolate chips
- 4 tsp Hy-Vee raisins
All you do:
- Wash and core apples.
- Slice top and bottom off apples; discard. Slice each apple crosswise into 4 slices.
- Spread 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter on each apple slice, then top each slice with ½ teaspoon a sprinkling of granola, mini chocolate chips and raisins.
- Sandwich two slices to make snackwich.
Nutrition Facts: 170 calories, 9g fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 75mg sodium, 20g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 14g sugar, 5g protein
Source: Hy-Vee Dietitians
This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.