Baked Apple Chips

Want a satisfying, crunchy snack? Try these apple chips! They’re easy to make and don’t have any added sugar or preservatives. Your kids will love them too!

Baked Apple Chips Recipe

Baked Apple Chips

Total Time:  2 hrs. 25 min.
Prep Time:  10 min.
Cooking Time:  2 hrs. 15 min.
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:
2 medium red apples, cored, sliced very thin
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 275° F.
2. Place apples in a medium bowl. Sprinkle evenly with cinnamon; toss to blend.
3. Place apples on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes, turn, bake for an additional 45 minutes, turn, bake for 30 to 45 minutes, or until apples have dried and are starting to get crisp.

Note: Apples can be peeled if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):
Calories: 49
Total Fat: 0 g
Total Carbohydrates: 13 g (Fiber: 2 g; Sugars: 9 g)
Protein: 0 g

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Plum Bran Muffins

These moist, whole wheat bran muffins have less than 100 calories each! Plums, prunes, and rich apple butter make them naturally moist and sweet. They make a great grab-and-go breakfast or snack you can eat anytime.

Tip: It’s easy to remove skins from plums. Dip plums, one at a time, in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes. When you remove them from the water the skin should easily slip off.

Plum Bran Healthy Muffin Recipe

Plum Bran Muffins

Total Time: 28 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 18 min.
Yield: 12 servings, 1 muffin each

Ingredients:
1½ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup wheat bran (or oat bran)
1 Tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¾ cup apple butter, no sugar added
½ cup low-fat buttermilk (or nonfat plain yogurt)
2 large egg whites
1 cup chopped skinned plums (about 2 medium)
½ cup chopped pitted prunes

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Prepare twelve muffin cups by lining with muffin papers or coating with spray.
3. Combine flour, bran, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.
4. Combine apple butter, buttermilk, and egg whites in a large bowl; mix well.
5. Add flour mixture to apple butter mixture; mix until just blended.
6. Add plums and prunes; mix until just blended.
7. Divide batter among twelve prepared muffin cups.
8. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown and tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
9. Transfer muffins to rack; cool.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving):
Calories: 98
Total Fat: 1 g
Total Carbohydrates: 22 g (Fiber: 3 g; Sugar: 5 g)
Protein: 4 g

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Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho

Watermelon is a unique twist that makes this chilled gazpacho soup even more flavorful and refreshing. This tasty recipe requires no cooking. Just put everything into a blender and push the button!

Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho Recipe

Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho

Total Time: 15 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 4 servings, about ¾ cup each

Ingredients:
1 medium tomato, chopped
4 cups cubed watermelon
½ medium cucumber, chopped
1 medium shallot, chopped
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
2 Tbsp. chopped Italian parsley (reserve a small amount for garnish)
½ tsp. sea salt
Thinly sliced carrots (for garnish; optional)
Thinly sliced radishes (for garnish; optional)

Preparation:
1. Place tomato, watermelon, cucumber, and shallot in blender; cover. Pulse until chunky.
2. Add vinegar, oil, basil, parsley, and salt; pulse until chunky.
3. Remove ⅓ of tomato mixture; place in medium serving bowl.
4. Blend remaining tomato mixture until smooth. Add to serving bowl; mix well.
5. Divide into 4 serving bowls. Garnish with carrots, radishes, and parsley if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per Serving):
Calories: 90
Fat: 4 g
Carbohydrates: 14 g (Fiber: 1 g; Sugars: 11 g)
Protein: 2 g

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Chunky Rainbow Salsa

It’s easy to “eat the rainbow” with this vibrantly colored salsa made with tomato, mango, avocado and bell peppers. Want to make it spicy? Add finely chopped jalapeño or habanero. Serve with baked corn tortilla chips, eat as a side salad, or spoon onto grilled fish, chicken, or pork chops.

Chunky Rainbow Healthy Salsa Recipe

Chunky Rainbow Salsa

Total Time: 15 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 8 servings, about ⅓ cup each

Ingredients:
1 medium tomato, coarsely chopped
1 medium green (or red or yellow) bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 medium mango, peeled, cut into ¾-inch cubes
1 medium red onion, coarsely chopped
3 fresh cilantro sprigs, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 medium avocado, cut into ¾-inch cubes

Preparation:
1. Combine tomato, bell pepper, mango, onion, cilantro, and lime juice in a medium bowl; mix well.
2. Gently fold in avocado.
3. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 68
Total Fat: 4 g
Total Carbs: 9 g (Fiber: 3 g; Sugar: 5 g)
Protein: 1 g

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Mixed Berry Protein Popsicles

These popsicles are a blast of berry flavor with sweet blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries and a hint of tart cranberry.

Mixed Berry Protein Popsicles Recipe

Mixed Berry Protein Popsicles

Total Time: 4 hrs. 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 4 servings, 1 pop each

Ingredients:
¾ cup unsweetened cranberry juice
½ cup fresh or unsweetened frozen raspberries
½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
½ cup fresh or unsweetened frozen blackberries
1 scoop Tropical Strawberry Shakeology (or sub your favorite brand of protein powder)

Preparation:
1. Place cranberry juice, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and Shakeology in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
2. Pour mixture evenly into four ice pop molds; freeze for at least four hours, or until set.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 90
Total Fat: 1 g
Total Carbs: 16 g (Fiber: 3 g; Sugar: 11 g)
Protein: 5 g

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