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8 Healthy Apple Snacks

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author image Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN
Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN, is a chef, nutritionist, recipe developer, media personality and award-winning cookbook author. She’s a culinary instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education and frequent contributor to Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine. Her newest book is the second edition of "The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook."

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8 Healthy Apple Snacks
Jackie Newgent

Can an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Well, it’s a start, especially when apples are in peak season. There’s a glorious array of sweet and tart varieties available. But, nutritionally speaking, all apples provide a punch of dietary fiber and polyphenols. A key phytonutrient in apples is quercetin (it’s mainly in the apple skin, so use the peels). If you don’t already have one, purchase a simple apple corer to make prep easier. And to help prevent browning, consider soaking chopped or sliced apples in acidulated water (one cup of water plus one teaspoon lemon juice) for a few minutes, then dabbing dry with a clean kitchen towel before using in recipes. Snack time!

1. Apple Rounds With Goat Cheese and Pistachios
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1 APPLE ROUNDS WITH GOAT CHEESE AND PISTACHIOS

This snack is fast and fun to make. Your taste buds will be won over by the contrasts of sweet and salty, crunchy and creamy and fruity and nutty. Combining Greek yogurt with goat cheese creates a lightened-up spread with plenty of tang. But the highlight here is the generous sprinkling of pistachios, which are heart-smart, a good source of both protein and fiber and an excellent source of vitamin B-6, copper and manganese. The flavor combination of pistachios, goat cheese, apple, honey and black pepper is memorable! CALORIES: 236

Related: See Complete Recipe and Nutritional Info in LIVESTRONG.COM’s Calorie Tracker

2. Spiced Apple Chips
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2 SPICED APPLE CHIPS

Move over, potato chips! Say goodbye to grease! These sweet-and-spicy chips are much more exciting. And they’re much better for managing weight because there’s no frying required. They’re made simply with thinly sliced apples; seasoned well with coconut sugar, cinnamon, sea salt and cayenne pepper; and slow-baked in the oven until crisp. They’re a delight by themselves as a light snack or served alongside a sandwich. Or couple them with nuts, seeds, yogurt or cheese for a heartier snack. CALORIES: 127

Related: See Complete Recipe and Nutritional Info in LIVESTRONG.COM’s Calorie Tracker

3. Autumn Apple and Avocado Guacamole
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3 AUTUMN APPLE AND AVOCADO GUACAMOLE

Guacamole never goes out of fashion. But you can make it even more fashionable (and fruity!) by taking a seasonal approach. Pairing apples with traditional guacamole ingredients adds surprising sweetness and crunchiness. The diced apple is tossed with lime juice and sea salt, so the flavors blend nicely. The apple addition also creates a bigger portion size in a calorie-friendly manner. Ground coriander provides earthy flair to bring the recipe together. Don’t be afraid to make it spicy. And make it soon -- for snack time or party time! CALORIES: 200

Related: See Complete Recipe and Nutritional Info in LIVESTRONG.COM’s Calorie Tracker

4. Fuji Apple With Dark Chocolate Drizzle and Almonds
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4 FUJI APPLE WITH DARK CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE AND ALMONDS

A drizzle of dark chocolate elevates apples from simple to sensational. The sprinkling of toasted sliced almonds and flaked sea salt take this snack over the top. You may just have to lick your plate clean, but that’s OK (as long as no one is watching). It’s also OK that you’re getting so much good nutrition along with the great taste. The chocolate provides a beneficial pop of cocoa polyphenols, and the almonds are a top food source of vitamin E. Your palate and your heart will totally enjoy this. CALORIES: 291

Related: See Complete Recipe and Nutritional Info in LIVESTRONG.COM’s Calorie Tracker

5. Golden Delicious Green Juice Smoothie
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5 GOLDEN DELICIOUS GREEN JUICE SMOOTHIE

An apple doesn’t just need to be something you bite into. You can sip it too! For the most nutrition, including fiber, here you’ll use the apple with the peel and puree it into a smoothie rather than extract it as a juice. Then, to really pack in the flavor and nutrition, you’ll blend the apple with frozen mango, fresh baby spinach, mint, lemon juice, gingerroot and hemp seeds. It’s a deliciously nourishing beverage that makes a refreshing snack in a glass. Great after a workout! CALORIES: 183

Related: See Complete Recipe and Nutritional Info in LIVESTRONG.COM’s Calorie Tracker

6. Granny Smith Apple With Maple Crème Dip
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6 GRANNY SMITH APPLE WITH MAPLE CRèME DIP

If you’re in need of a family-friendly snack, here you go. Kids and adults will both take delight in dunking the tart apple wedges into the creamy dip. It has Greek yogurt as a base, so it provides a healthful dose of gut-friendly probiotics along with the fun. Multiply the recipe by the number of people you need feed. The dip can be made in advance and chilled until it’s time for snacking. CALORIES: 258

Related: See Complete Recipe and Nutritional Info in LIVESTRONG.COM’s Calorie Tracker

7. Sweet and Savory Apple-Hummus Toast
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7 SWEET AND SAVORY APPLE-HUMMUS TOAST

The combination of apple and hummus sounds a bit odd. But don’t knock it till you try it. This unique pairing of ingredients has a perfectly balanced taste. The apple is kind of like a sweeter swap in place of tomato. Then, to make the apple work well, it’s seasoned with salt, rosemary and a generous sprinkling of black pepper. A little apple cider vinegar mixed into the hummus pulls it all together. As a bonus, the entire toast is drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil to enhance nutrient absorption and savory appeal. Try it! CALORIES: 253

Related: See Complete Recipe and Nutritional Info in LIVESTRONG.COM’s Calorie Tracker

8. Apple and Swiss Quesadilla
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8 APPLE AND SWISS QUESADILLA

A quesadilla doesn’t need to be weighed down by excess cheese and sour cream. It can be a lighter yet full-flavored bite that’s ideal for snack time. Here whole-grain tortillas are filled with thinly sliced apple and a just-right amount of Swiss cheese, thyme, salt and pepper. Add a smear of Dijon mustard to each wedge for pizazz. It’s a truly balanced bite that provides whole-grain goodness. If you’re only serving one or two at a time, chill the rest for later and simply reheat as you need. CALORIES: 292

Related: See Complete Recipe and Nutritional Info in LIVESTRONG.COM’s Calorie Tracker

What Do YOU Think?
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WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Do you think apples are a superfood or simply a healthful fruit? Why? What’s your favorite variety of apple? What’s your favorite way to enjoy apples? Please leave a comment below and let us know.

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