HG's TOP ATE Fruits and Veggies! (Recipes 'n More)

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Produce ROCKS! In honor of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month (a.k.a. June), here's a rundown of some of our favorite fruits 'n veggies, featuring fantastic ways to enjoy them!

  Fuji Apples

1 medium apple: 95 calories, <0.5g fat, 2mg sodium, 25g carbs, 4.25g fiber, 19g sugars, 0.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

It's no stretch to say that a medium Fuji apple is one of our favorite snacks under 100 calories. Fujis are full of hunger-squashing fiber and heart-healthy flavonoids. And, of course, they're DELICIOUS. We also love to cook with Fuji apples! The sweet flavor means less sugar and other sweeteners are needed for dessert recipes. Case in point? These Ooey-Gooey Apple Pie Cones from Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 Just Desserts! (True apple fans really should own that book. Flip to the Apple-mania list at the back!) Pssst... We're also crazy about adding Fuji apples to savory dishes, like this incredible chicken sandwich. Hungry for more Fuji love? Here's an entire HG Salutes email!

  Butternut Squash

1 cup raw squash cubes: 63 calories, 0g fat, 6mg sodium, 16.5g carbs, 2.75g fiber, 3g sugars, 1.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

Here's the thing about butternut squash: It's not only great tasting and just plain good for you -- full of fiber and vitamins -- but it's also amazing at impersonating starchy sweet potatoes. Enjoy sweet potato fries? You'll love our Bake-tastic Butternut Squash Fries recipe and its many variations, like this garlic 'n cheese creation! B-nut squash is also amazing cubed, skewered, and grilled. Heck, we've even used it to bulk up boxed mac 'n cheese! Click here for a boatload of butternut squash info.


1 cup raw broccoli florets: 20 calories, <0.5g fat, 19mg sodium, 3.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 1g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

So as not to sound like fiber-obsessed broken records, we'll mention some other great things about broccoli. Did you know that it's a great source of vitamins A, C, and K? It's also good for detoxification. OK, now on to the fun stuff... recipes! We like to put the florets into stir-frys with beef or with tofu. We've even topped pizza with them! And one of our favorite ingredients ever is broccoli cole slaw, featuring shredded broccoli stems. Use it to make a pasta swap or to bulk up meatloaf!

  Portabella Mushrooms

One raw 3-oz. mushroom: 20 calories, <0.5g fat, 8mg sodium, 3.5g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

OK, they are technically fungi, but whatever. We like them, and there's not going to be a "TOP ATE Fungi" list any time soon. So let's talk mushrooms. Portabellas rock as a meat swap (HELLO, burgers!) and their mild flavor works well in most savory dishes. Fun HG trick: Fill a giant portabella cap with other savory stuff! Have you tried Pizza-bellas yet? We've even got a breakfast recipe with a mushroom bottom, not to mention a creamy foil-pack creation. Want more portabella goodness? Click HERE now!

  Romaine Lettuce

1 cup chopped lettuce: 8 calories, <0.5g fat, 4mg sodium, 1.5g carbs, 1g fiber, 0.5g sugars, 0.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

Lettuce just doesn't get the respect it deserves. So we're taking a moment to show it some love. Obviously, it's versatile, crunchy, and SO low in calories. But did you know how nutritious it is? Romaine has LOADS of vitamin A and vitamin K! It's our go-to when making HUGE salads like these recent gems. Ever put it on a pizza? So good. Fill crispy wonton cups with it? Wonderful! Wrap a hot dog with it? Totally works. We even found a way to eat it for breakfast. Mmmm...


1 cup fresh raspberries: 64 calories, 0.5g fat, 1mg sodium, 14.5g carbs, 8g fiber, 5.5g sugars, 1.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

When it comes to berries, strawberries often snag the spotlight. But raspberries are worthy of some adoration as well! Wanna learn a few groovy facts? Raspberries are the MOST FIBER-DENSE FRUIT around. Translation? Even a small amount has loads of fiber. Plus, they're packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Oh, and they taste GREAT! Make date-worthy parfaits for two, or enjoy this giant layered treat! Having company over? This three-ingredient sweet treat is majorly impressive!

  Sugar Snap Peas

1 cup sugar snap peas: 26 calories, <0.5g fat, 3mg sodium, 4.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 2.5g sugars, 1.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

Veggies that are as good raw as they are cooked make us happy. We often tear through a bowl of snap peas without cooking 'em, and sometimes we lightly steam 'em. YUM! Add the raw pods to a glorious snack platter, or cook 'em up in a breakfast-meets-dinner stir-fry. Chop the uncooked veggies and toss them into a no-cook meal, or add the little guys to a wildly delicious foil pack. The choices are endless... YOU PICK!


1 cup fresh pineapple chunks: 82 calories, <0.5g fat, 2mg sodium, 21.5g carbs, 2g fiber, 16g sugars, 1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

We'd adore pineapple even if it weren't full of vitamin C and the essential nutrient manganese. Why? 'Cuz it tastes AMAZING! While fresh pineapple is great, it's a little labor intensive to break down, so we often turn to the canned-in-juice kinds. Both crushed and ringed pineapple have made star appearances in HG cakes. And when you want to go the sweet 'n savory route, pineapple is always game. Try it grilled with burgers or hot dogs (or stay sweet with a creamy dip on the side)! Make over a Chinese restaurant favorite overflowing with flavor, and then congratulate yourself with a frosty Pineapple Frojito. Pina' power!

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National Peaches and Cream Day is today, June 21st. Even though you didn't make today's TOP ATE, peaches, we do love you... Our Peaches 'n Cream Oatmeal Parfait is proof!

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