Posted at: 09/25/2012 2:11 PM

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Apples: The Core of Healthy Eating

With all the apples available during the fall season, which apple is good for which use?    Jen Haugen, Registered Dietitian at Austin Hy-Vee, will take you on a tour of popular apples, point out their uses and show some delicious recipes to bring out their best flavor.

A Bushel of Health Benefits
This nutrient-rich fruit is packed with a healthy nutrient that can help your cholesterol levels.  Jen will share reasons to include that crunch at lunch.

Peel Appeal
Don’t waste the peel!  Jen will share with you the reasons for keeping that outer covering on your apple.

Apples Galore
Let’s take a walk through the orchard and highlight different apples, their flavors and their uses.  You will be surprised at which apple is rated best for baking!

Apple and Bacon Breakfast Sandwiches
Serves 8 (1/2 sandwich per person).

All you need:
8 slices Hy-Vee bacon
1 medium apple
12 ounces spreadable Brie cheese, divided
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, divided
4 teaspoons Hy-Vee butter, divided
8 (1/2-inch thick) slices Baking Stone Rosemary Garlic Bread

All you do:

  1. In a medium skillet, cook bacon until crisp; drain and set aside.  Core and thinly slice apple, leaving peel on.
  2. Top each of 4 bread slices with 1-1/2 ounces Brie, 2 slices bacon, 4 apple slices, ¼ teaspoon fresh thyme and another 1-1/2 ounces Brie.  Top with remaining bread slices.
  3. Spread ½ teaspoon butter on the outside of each piece of bread.  Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat.  Add two sandwiches; cook 2 minutes or until bottoms are golden.  Turn sandwiches over and cook another 2 to 3 minutes or until bottoms are golden and cheese is melted.  Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

Apple Snack-wich
Serves 4.
Making an apple sandwich out of sliced apples is a kid-friendly after-school snack.

All you need:
2 apples, variety of your choice
4 tbsp Hy-Vee creamy peanut butter, divided
4 tsp Bear Naked Fit Granola
4 tsp Hy-Vee mini chocolate chips
4 tsp Hy-Vee raisins

All you do:

  1. Wash and core apples.
  2. Slice top and bottom off apples; discard.  Slice each apple crosswise into 4 slices.
  3. Spread ½ tablespoon peanut butter on each apple slice, then top each slice with ½ teaspoon granola, mini chocolate chips and raisins.
  4. Sandwich two slices to make snackwich.

Nutrition Facts: 170 calories, 9g fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 75mg sodium, 20g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 14g sugar, 5g protein.

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Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community.  Jen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.