Healthy Food Swap: Apple Pie

Warm Cinnamon Apples (Heidi Diller, R.D.)

It’s a fall favorite: apple pie.  But depending on how you prepare your pie or where you buy it, each slice can be loaded with fat and calories.

One small serving (2.7 ounces) of apple pie from McDonald’s, for example, has 250 calories and 13 grams of fat. If that’s not scary enough, a single slice of Marie Callender’s Apple Pie has 630 calories and 39 grams of fat, without ice cream or whipped cream topping.  Yikes!

If you are trying to eat a more healthy diet, try this recipe.  It has all of the warm, creamy taste of the original, but because there is no crust, the calories and fat are significantly reduced.  And the best thing about this recipe is that you can make it in three minutes.

Warm Cinnamon Apples

  • 2 medium apples
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons walnut, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons, raisins

Wash your apples, then core and slice.  Leave the skins on.  Put them in a microwave-safe bowl and add the other ingredients.  Stir gently.  Cover it loosely to hold in the steam, and cook on high in the microwave for about 3 minutes.  It will be hot when it’s done so be careful when you remove it.  Then, if you want to add topping,  add a dollop of vanilla flavored Greek yogurt or a small spoonful of ice cream.  Yum!

The recipe comes from Heidi Diller, R.D.  Corporate Dietitian, Cub Foods.  She provides nutritional information per serving for this recipe which serves two people.  Calories: 235,  10 g fat, 42 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 3 g protein

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