They're obviously super healthy, but still satisfy your sweet tooth.
Fruit is a great choice for a sweet treat when following a diabetic diet. In this episode of “Diabetes Bites” dietitian, Fiorella DiCarlo, shows you how to prepare your favorite delicious recipes in a way that’s healthy and diabetes-friendly. Today we have a recipe for a great apple snack for kids!
Baked apple chips is a healthy snack alternative, even though there is sugar in fruit, it is fructose. The fructose combined with the fiber in fruit is more slowly digested by the body and is better for your blood sugar than glucose or sucrose, which is table sugar. Fiorella walks you through the process of preparing these crispy snacks, from picking out the right apples to how to slice and bake them. Feel free to make changes and as always share your creations with us on our social media page!
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and for good reason. Apples are extremely rich in antioxidants and dietary fiber, the antioxidants are natures medicine for fighting cancer, diabetes and heart disease. It is very important to incorporate apples and other fruits into your diet, so drop the chips and pick up an apple!
- 2 medium apples (Honeycrisp recommended)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
InstructionsPreheat oven to 200 degrees. Using a knife, or a mandolin, holding the apple with the stem on the side, slice apple into thin, round chips.You can also use other fruits such as pears. Place parchment paper onto baking sheet. Lay the apple slices onto the baking sheets. Sprinkle slices with cinnamon. Bake for about 1 hour, then flip over the apple slices. Continue baking for another 1-2 hours. Flip occasionally, and bake until the slices are no longer moist. Allow to cool for 10-20 minutes. Keep in an air-tight container to store.
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
*Percent Daily Value are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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[SOUND] We're going to make a healthy
snack today that you are not going
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to believe is healthy for
you because it is so sweet and delicious.
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We're going to make some
healthy apple chips.
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Today we're looking at some apples and
there's tons of varieties.
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I love the apples to be firm so
they don't have the mealy inside and
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they're easy to chop and crispy.
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Yes, there is sugar in fruit for sure,
but it's a different type of sugar.
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Fruit also has fiber.
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And the fiber and the sugar together is
much more slowly digested and good for
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your blood sugar levels than sucrose or
glucose, which is just table sugar.
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For this recipe,
you can choose any apple you like.
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Today we're using Honeycrisp Crisp.
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And what you want to do in cutting it,
is you just kinda wanna place it forward.
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And we're gonna cut it in circles.
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And we're just gonna go ahead and
slice as thinly as you can, but
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not paper thin,
wanna keep it textured in there with that.
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There we are.
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And what you'll see as you cut, is you'll
see that the core and seeds are there.
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Don't worry too much about
coring the apple, but
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you can definitely take
the seeds out as you go along.
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Also, to cut these, you can also
use a mandolin if you have one.
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But, if not, a knife will work just fine.
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What you wanna do is keep the skin on
because that's where all of the fiber is
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and all of the vitamins are basically
in the skin, so don't peel your apples.
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The other thing you can do in
this recipe is add pears as well.
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Also, don't peel your pears,
because all the fiber and
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the vitamins in the pears
are also in the skin.
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Gonna take our apple slices, and we're
gonna place them onto the parchment paper.
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Just make sure that they're not touching
so that they can just crisp individually.
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And this is going to cook down in
the oven for about 200 degrees.
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So the next ingredient we're going
to add here, just to amplify and
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to strengthen the sweetness of this snack,
is we're going to put in some cinnamon.
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And interestingly enough, the cinnamon
actually lowers your blood sugar levels.
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So we're gonna go ahead and
sprinkle them on.
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And this is so much fun because this
reminds me of a recipe that my mom used to
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make when we used to come home from
school, with baked apples into the oven.
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And that is such a comfort aroma,
you're gonna love it.
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As soon as we put these in,
you're gonna start smelling that.
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Okay, now we're gonna
take them to the oven.
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And we're gonna set the oven
at about 200 degrees.
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And we're gonna go ahead and
put them in for about an hour.
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At that point, we're going to pull them
out and we're gonna flip them over so
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that the other side gets
a chance to crisp too.
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they're gonna be wet on the bottom.
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And you're gonna continue to do that for
about one to two hours,
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and flipping them occasionally so
they crisp up.
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We've taken our apple chips out of
the oven, and they've been cooling for
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about ten minutes.
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These are a great snack and
they're very portable.
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You can take them anywhere with you.
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There we are.
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Here we go with our healthy and
sweet apple chips.
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Thank you so much for joining us at
Diabetes Bites, and see you next time.
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