Skinny Apple Recipes (…with Weight Watchers Points)

apples_FotorThree Deliciously Skinny Apple Recipes

It’s apple season, so we compiled three great apple recipes from our friend, Nancy Fox of Skinny Kitchen.

We’ve all heard the saying: “An apple a day…keeps the doctor away.” And lots of published scientific papers provides proof that this is true.  A medium apple has less than 100 calories and nearly 1/4 of the fiber you need per day.  Apples are also rich in polyphenols that are linked to reduced risk for certain cancers.  What’s more, research shows that the soluble fiber in apples helps keep your appetite and hunger in check, and therefore, may help you lose weight.

Crisp, refreshing apples are the perfect snack or ingredient to add to your dishes. Here are three skinny recipes chock full of apples!!!

 

Whole Foods Tuna Salad REcipeWhole Foods Market Skinny Apple Tuna Salad

The first time I tasted this colorful tuna salad was at Whole Foods on Columbus Circle in NYC.  I fell in love with the flavor and knew I had to make a skinny version at home!  Light mayonnaise, dried cranberries, fresh dill and chopped apple are some of the yummy ingredients used to make this skinny version so fabulous! I added even more apples and celery then they do.  The skinny for 1 serving, 205 calories, 8 grams fat and 5 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.  I like to eat it scooped into a small dish or on top of 1 romaine lettuce leaf.  You can make it as a sandwich or spread on reduced-fat crackers, too.  Whatever way you choose to serve it, it’s really, really delicious!

Prep Time: 10 minutes


Ingredients

1 (5.25 oz) can of white albacore tuna, (water packed) drained well

½ cup chopped apples, such as Gala, Fuji or Honeycrisp, unpeeled

⅓ cup celery, chopped

¼ cup diced scallions or red onions

3 tablespoons dried sweetened cranberries

3 tablespoons Best Foods Light mayonnaise or Hellman’s Light

1 tablespoon minced fresh dill

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 romaine lettuce leaves, optional


Instructions

1. Add all the ingredients to a bowl, except lettuce. Mix well to combine.

2. Scoop about 1 cup of tuna into a small dish or bowl. Or, line 2 plates with a romaine lettuce leaf. Scoop about 1 cup tuna onto each lettuce leaf.

Makes 2 servings (each serving, about 1 cup)


Food Fact


Tuna fish is a member of the mackerel family. It’s found in warmer waters in the Indian, Pacific, Atlantic and Mediterranean oceans.  Tuna’s probably the most popular fish used for canning today. About 3.5 million metric tons are fished commercially each year.


Healthy Benefits

Tuna is great lean protein when packed in water. It’s rich in omega-3 nutrients, known to raise HDL (good cholesterol) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol).

You’ll cut the sodium content by rinsing the can of tuna after it’s drained. Open the can, drain the water and while still in the can, run fresh water over the tuna and drain again.


Serving Tips

I like to eat it scooped into a small dish. But, you can make it as a sandwich, serve on top of some field greens, over chopped romaine lettuce or spread on reduced-fat crackers. It makes a very generous portion per serving and is very filling!


Weight Watchers
(old points) 4

Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 5

 

 

Apple Pie OatmealApple Pie Oatmeal

Oatmeal is hearty, super healthy, fiber rich and just plain good…Whether instant, cooked on the stove or baked in the oven, the combination of flavors you can fit into a serving of oatmeal is endless!  Apple pie oatmeal is my favorite way to eat oatmeal these days! The skinny for 1 serving, 239 calories, 5.7 grams of fat, 8 grams of fiber and 6 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.  Here’s an oatmeal recipe the whole family will enjoy!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light

1½ cups apples, peeled and chopped, such as Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 packages Truvia, Stevia, Splenda or your favorite sugar substitute, see shopping tip

3 tablespoons water

1 cup old fashioned rolled oatmeal, such as Quaker’s Old Fashioned Rolled Oats

1¾ cups water

⅓-½ cup fat-free milk, to taste

1 package Truvia, Stevia, Splenda or your favorite sugar substitute, see shopping tip

¼ teaspoon cinnamon


Instructions

1. In a small nonstick pan, melt butter.  Stir in apples, cinnamon and sugar substitute. Add 3 tablespoons water and mix well.  Cook over medium-low heat, string often until apples are softened, about 10 minutes.

2. In the meantime, cook oatmeal according to package directions but no need to add salt.

3. When apples are ready, mix into cooked oatmeal.  Stir in milk, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and 1 package sugar substitute.  Continue to cook on low heat until hot.

Makes 2 servings (each serving, 1⅓ cups)


Healthy Benefits

There is 25 years of clinical proof to show that the soluble fiber in rolled oats can help lower cholesterol, which has obvious benefits for the heart.

Research has linked cinnamon with helping to reduced blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in people with type-2 diabetes.

Apples are loaded with fiber and contain both vitamins A and C.


Shopping Tip

Truvia (stevia) is my favorite sugar substitute. It’s all natural and comes from the stevia plant. You’ll find it in most supermarkets in the baking aisle where sugar and other sugar substitutes are displayed.


Weight Watchers (old points) 4

Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 6

apple cake recipeApple Cake with Caramel Sauce

What a super yummy, easy to make, apple cake. It’s loaded with great fall flavors including tons of apple flavor since I’m adding fresh chopped apples, applesauce and apple juice to the cake mix. The skinny for each slice, 220 calories, 5 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. Leave the glaze off and this cake has 5 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS! 

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 60 minutes


Ingredients for Cake:

1 box Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix, see shopping tip

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 cup unsweetened apple juice

2 tablespoons canola oil

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 large eggs, I like Eggland’s Best eggs

1 cup apples, peeled and diced


Ingredients for Caramel Glaze:

½ cup light brown sugar, packed

½ cup granulated sugar or powdered sugar

1 tablespoon unsweetened apple juice

1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Fall colored sprinkles for decoration, if desired


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a Bundt pan with cooking spray with flour in it, see shopping tip below.

2. In an electric mixer or using a hand mixer, combine all the cake ingredients except the eggs and apples. Beat well.

3. Add eggs and beat well again. Stir in diced apples.

4. Pour the cake batter evenly into the coated Bundt pan.

5. Bake for 60-65 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for about 10 minutes and then carefully remove from pan. Let cake cool a bit before adding glaze.

6. To make caramel glaze: In a small bowl, add all glaze ingredients. Mix together until completely smooth. Drizzle over cooled cake.

7. Decorate with fall colored sprinkles, If desired

Makes 16 slices (each serving, 1 slice)


Healthy Tip

Whenever a recipe calls for using whole eggs, Egg-Land’s Best eggs are my favorite to use. They have less saturated fat, less cholesterol, more Vitamin D, more Vitamin E and double the Omega 3 than regular eggs. They’re sold in most supermarkets

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Shopping Tips
I love using cooking spray, with flour in it. It ensures that the baked cake will not stick to the pan and break. Cooking spray with flour can be found in the aisle where cooking oils are displayed.

 

Skinny Facts Without the Glaze:
Weight Watchers (old points) 3
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 5

Skinny Facts: for 1 slice without glaze
169 calories, 5g fat, 2g protein, 30g carbs, 1g fiber, 211mg sodium, 17g sugar


Weight Watchers
(old points) 5 with glaze

Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 6 with glaze

Comments

  1. Thanks so much for sharing my skinny apple recipes. Enjoy!
    With my very best wishes,
    Nancy

  2. The tuna salad recipe is similar to one that I make a lot. It’s called Waldorf Tuna Salad, but instead of the cranberries it uses dried raisins and dates. Tuna salad with apples is delicious. I will have to try yours too.

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