So I took a break from my weekly, Sunday, recipe post last week to share with you my review of another way to eat healthy, Diet-to-Go. While I miss the simplicity and easiness of Diet-to-Go it is time to get back to my normal routine of Sunday healthy cooking and recipe posting.
After the holidays I have been having a hard time getting back in the swing of things. I think all those delicious Christmas cookies did me in because I have been craving sweets and sugar even more than usual. Instead of totally denying myself, because then I will snap and engulf every sweet within a two mile radius, I decided to prepare a healthier “sweet” that I could keep in the fridge. This way whenever I am having a craving I can make a smarter decision instead of eating an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s. (Ya’ll knew those were individual servings right? I don’t know what that crap is about 4 servings in one pint. HA!) So I decided to go back to one of my childhood favorites- Easy Baked Cinnamon Apples. My mom used to pick up rotisserie chicken some nights and always bring these home as a side, they were my favorite part of the entire meal.
Easy Baked Cinnamon Apples-
- 5 Gala apples
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp. lemon juice (I used RealLemon) Instructions:
- Preheat over to 375.
- Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in large bowl.
- Add lemon to cinnamon sugar mixture and stir well.
- Core apples.
- Chop apples into pieces approximately 1/2-1 inch.
- Dump apples into bowl and stir until evenly coated with cinnamon sugar (and lemon) mixture.
- Place entire mixture into a (greased/sprayed) baking dish.
- Cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. (If your apples pieces are smaller it will take less time.)
- Let cool, eat, and enjoy.
Now for the calorie count as you know one of my healthy eating goals for 2013 is to continue counting calories and trying to make smarter food decisions. This recipe serves 5 people meaning that each person gets the equivalent of one whole apple covered in all that goodness for only…. (drum roll please) 120 calories!
Now if I’m going to be craving sweets and desserts anyway at least this way I am eating a healthier dessert that is mostly fruit and adds only 120 calories to my daily total. Talk about a win.
Do you have a go to healthy dessert or sweet that you enjoy?
Check out my other easy, quick, and healthy recipes:
Skinny Chocolate Covered Banana Muffins
Skinny Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Spicy Goat Cheese Marinara
Skinny Spinach Dip
Skinny Pimento Cheese
Speedy Buffalo Chicken Soup
Mexican Chicken Crock Pot
Skinny Southwestern Chilli (Crock Pot)
Low Calorie Pulled BBQ Chicken (Crock Pot)
Vegetable Stuffed Italian Shells