Today we honor our very favorite fruit with its own edition of Hungry Girl Salutes! It's portable, crunchy, and DELICIOUS. Without further ado, we bring you... THE FUJI! Yayayayayay!
What Is It?
PER SERVING (1 medium apple): 95 calories, <0.5g fat, 2mg sodium, 25g carbs, 4.25g fiber, 19g sugars, 0.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*
A cross between Red Delicious and Virginia Ralls Genet, the Fuji originated in Fujisaki, Japan. And just so you know, it's not like we spun the mythical Wheel of Apples one day, landed on "Fuji," and claimed it as our favorite. We've tried ALL kinds of apples. Some are extra-sweet, some super-tart, some crunchy, some soft... Fujis have that perfect blend of all the things we like in an apple: crispness, a nice balance of sweet and tart, and the ability to work perfectly in just about any recipe (that calls for apples). GO, FUJIS!
Reasons to Love the Fuji!
First-Place Flavonoid Champion - Our friend the Fuji has more flavonoids than any other apple out there. And research suggests these flavonoids could reduce the risk of heart attack and heart disease by a whopping 20%. Which is convenient, since we HEART apples.
The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss Cheese - Fujis are SO down with The Cow. It might seem like a slightly odd combo, but spread some of this cheese on your apple slices, and you'll be SOLD.
Light or Low-Fat Caramel Apple Dip - This one's kind of a "duh" pairing, but it's too good NOT to mention. Who doesn't dream of slathering chunks of apple with gooey, creamy, dreamy caramel!?! Crazy LOONS, that's who!
Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter - PB and apples are a classic duo. Peanut butter is a little fat-and-calorie dense, though, even the reduced-fat kind. But a little can go a LONG way, so don't just go dunking your apple spears into a tub of nut butter! Smear a tablespoon of the fat-slashed kind over a medium apple's worth of slices, and you've got a deliciously filling super-snack for under 200 calories and about 6.25g fat. Sweet!
CHEW ON THIS: Friday, January 22nd, is National Blonde Brownie Day. You could put a platinum wig on your chocolatey baked goods, but we think you're WAY better off chewing on our Swirls Gone Wild Cheesecake Brownies instead.
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*The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.
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