Power Up With Power Foods: Apples

A wonderful snack on their own. But also delicious in salads, sandwiches and slaw.
Power Up With Power Foods Apples
FAQs:

Q: How many PointsPlus® values are in an apple?
A: 0 (all fruits contain 0 PointsPlus values)

Q: What makes apples so healthy?
A: Apples are a good source of fiber, vitamin C and depending on the variety, heart-healthy antioxidants. Eat apples with their peels on for the greatest nutrient benefit.

Q: How should I buy and store apples?
A: Look for apples without blemishes or bruises and for ones that are shiny and firm. Store apples in the refrigerator, away from other produce, since apples release ethylene, a gas that can hasten the ripening of other fruits and vegetables. (That said, to hasten the ripening of an avocado, place it in a paper bag with an apple and tightly shut it.)

Q: I like apples for a snack but how can I use them in my meals?
A: Cube apples and toss them in salads instead of croutons or add thinly sliced apples to turkey sandwiches for sweet, juicy crunch. Or thickly slice a sweet apple and spread with peanut butter instead of using crackers or bread.

PB and Apple Sandwiches
PB and Apple Sandwiches
PointsPlus values per serving: 2

Cut half a large apple into 4 thick, even slices. Spread two slices with 1 teaspoon peanut butter each. Drizzle each with 1/8 tsp honey and top with another apple slice.
Apple and Carrot Slaw
Apple and Carrot Slaw
PointsPlus values per serving: 2

Using the large holes of a box grater, grate 1 large carrot and half a Granny Smith apple into a bowl. Stir in 1 1/4 tablespoons low-fat vinaigrette dressing and 1 tablespoon chopped golden raisins; garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.
Apple and Cheddar Melts
Apple and Cheddar Melts
PointsPlus values per serving: 2

Take half a large apple and cut it into 4 thick, even slices; top each slice with 1 1/2 teaspoons low-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Microwave apples until cheese melts, about 20 seconds; sprinkle with a total of 2 teaspoons pumpkin seeds.
Maple Cinnamon Baked Apple
Maple-Cinnamon Baked Apple
PointsPlus values per serving: 2

Core and slice 1 large apple; place in a microwavable dish. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon maple syrup and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon chopped raisins; cover and microwave until apple is soft, about 3 to 5 minutes. Top with 1 tablespoon fat-free whipped topping; garnish with ground cinnamon and/or ground nutmeg.
Apple and Fennel Salad
Apple and Fennel Salad
PointsPlus values per serving: 1

Thinly slice half a large apple into matchsticks and place in a bowl with 1/2 cup thinly sliced fennel. Add 2 teaspoons reduced-fat vinaigrette dressing and toss well; garnish with 1 tablespoon freshly shaved Parmesan cheese. (Use a mandolin if you have one. Or simply chop the apple and fennel.)
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