A healthy snack option, try Apple Nachos this week

Family Features - No matter how busy your schedule gets, it’s important to take time to nurture your physical and mental health and well-being. With busy work, school and sports schedules underway, it is good to remember to take time to cook and eat together with loved ones.

In fact, research from the "Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health" shows regular family meals make it more likely kids and adults will eat more fruits and vegetables.

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Making healthy choices, including eating fruits, like those in Apple Nachos, and vegetables have also been linked to greater happiness, according to research published in "Canadian Family Physician," and can help you through the transition back to school, the office, or wherever your routine takes you. Pairing a healthy diet with other science-backed tips and recipes from the American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good initiative, supported by Kroger Health, can help you and your family feel your best.

Apple Nachos are a delicious dessert any time of the year. With tart apples covered in caramel and nut seeds make a delicious snack or side dish on game day or movie night.

For more free recipes and more health tips, follow this link to heart.org/healthyforgood.

Apple Nachos

Recipe courtesy of the American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good initiative

  • 1/3 cup dried unsweetened cranberries or raisins
  • 1/4 cup sliced unsalted almonds
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted shelled sunflower seeds
  • 3 medium green or red apples, cored and thinly sliced into 12 wedges each, divided
  • 1-2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup smooth low-sodium peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Servings: 6

    In a small bowl, stir cranberries, almonds and sunflower seeds.

    Layer 18 apple wedges on a large plate or platter. Sprinkle with lemon juice to keep apples from browning.

    In a small microwaveable bowl, microwave water on high for two minutes, or until boiling. Add peanut butter and honey, stirring until the mixture is smooth.

    Using a spoon, drizzle half of the peanut butter mixture over apple wedges. Sprinkle with half cranberry mixture. Layer remaining apples over cranberry mixture. Drizzle with the remaining peanut butter mixture. Then sprinkle the remaining cranberry mixture over top.

    Nutritional information per serving: 167 calories; 7.5 g total fat; 1 g saturated fat; 0 g trans fat; 2.5 g polyunsaturated fat; 3.5 g monounsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 66 mg sodium; 22 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 15 g sugar; 4 g protein.

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