Friday, October 18, 2013

An Apple a Day

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Fall is officially upon us. That means it’s time for plenty of crisp nights—and crisp apples!  If you’ve been apple picking lately, you may be wondering how you’re going to eat all those apples.  Check out some of Bon’App’s favorite apple recipes to start your fall off right!

Applesauce is a classic that both kids and adults will enjoy.  Most of us buy it from the store, but it’s surprisingly easy to make at home!  Applesauce also can serve as a substitute for butter and eggs if you follow a vegan diet or just want to lighten things up.  Simply use the same ratio of butter required and use ¼ cup of applesauce for each egg.  This Bon'Approved recipe has 84 Calories, 4 grams of Fiber, and no Bad Fat!

Applesauce (per ½ cup)
Dried apples are a guilt-free option that offer the same crunch as potato chips.  They’re naturally sweet and so simple to make.  Start by slicing apples as thinly as possible; arrange on parchment covered baking sheets, and sprinkle with a little cinnamon.  Bake for an hour and a half at 225°F, flip slices, and bake for another hour and a half.  Let cool and voila!  Perfect for a snack at any hour of the day.
What about a classic use for apples?  Eat them as they are!  The 3 grams of Fiber in a medium sized apple can help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.  Like all fruit, the natural sugar makes it taste like a treat without contributing the calories found in added sugars.  Apples are a great addition to a salad or a turkey sandwich.  You can also slice apples with a little cheese, and you have a quick appetizer that seems gourmet.

Apple (1 medium sized)

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