Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Chewy Apple Chips

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away"

Looking for another way to help meet the recommended fruit intake of 2-3 servings a day?!  Try my Chewy Apple Chips.  Not only are they delicious, but they are extremely simple to make.  These apple chips can be served in a variety of settings - from an afternoon snack for your child to a sweet treat after a meal, they will be enjoyed in many ways.  Not only do these sweet treats provide a serving a fruit, but they can replace unhealthy "junk food" snack options.  

What are the benefits of apples?
Apples have nutrients that offer health benefits throughout the entire body.  Notable nutrients that apples provide include fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C.  The high amount of antioxidants in apples help to prevent damage to cells and tissues within the body.  Additionally several studies have connected fruits (including apples) with cancer reduction, improved cholesterol, reduced heart disease, and overall better weight control.  

Now it is time to try this "new" chip?

Here are the apple chips before they hit the oven....
And now after they came out of the oven....

And now they are ready to eat!

4 medium apples - sliced in 1/8 inch slices
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 teaspoons sugar (or 6 packets of Splenda)

1.  Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees.
2.  Line sliced apples on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Make sure to only make one layer of apples.
3.  Mix together the cinnamon and sugar.  Sprinkle over all apples.
4.  Place apples in oven.  Bake for 2 hours.  
5.  Let cool.  Enjoy!

An easy snack you do not want to miss out on!

Servings: 4 • Calories: 98 kcal • Protein: 0.2 g • Sodium: 0 mg • Carbs: 25.3 g • Fat: 0.2 g • Fiber: 3.8 g • Sugar: 18.0 g

*Note: If you choose Splenda you will save 15 calories and 5 grams of sugar per serving.



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