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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?

Fuji Apple

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.

Fantastic Freeze-Dried or Baked to a Crisp - We're not suggesting you attempt this at home. Instead, pick up some Brothers-All-Natural Fuji Apple Fruit Crisps or Bare Fruit Fuji Apple Chips. Mmmmmm!!!

Super-Long Shelf Life - Or so we're told. Frankly, our Fujis never sit around for very long before CHOMP... they're gone.

Total Trendsetter - Umm, hello?! How many fruits do you know that have hybrid-esque offspring like the Grapple? So cool, it even made it into HG's very first email!

Hampers Hunger - Not only does munching on a Fuji satisfy a snack itch for less than 100 calories, but some experts say it can curb your appetite and cause you to take in fewer calories throughout the rest of the day. So just chew it!

Acceptable pals for your apples to hang with...

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!
Apple-y Ever After...

Recipe round-up time!

Awesome Apple Pie-lets - How can you go wrong with a handful of APPLE PIE?!

Chunky Apple-Cinnamon Muffins - Super-delicious morning treats. Make a batch NOW!

Party-in-a-Pitcher Sangria - That's right. We even put Fujis in our cocktails. We're crazy like that.

Lucky 4-Leaf Salad w/ Feta & Apples - On a salad? With salty cheese? HELLO, tasty!

3-Cheese Bacon-Apple-Bella Frittata - Bet you never thought of putting apples in an egg dish. Good thing WE did...

Apple iCobbler - A classic fruit dessert without the classic fat content!

Sweet 'n Chunky Chicken Salad - Don't look at us funny. Apples are GREAT in chicken salad. You'll see...
Hungry for More Apple Action?!

Looking for a cookbook with an entire CHAPTER devoted to the Fuji apple? It just so happens that WE MADE ONE! Pick up a copy of Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 -- in stores everywhere and available online -- and explore fun foods like Fuji Fritters, Caramel Apple Tartlets, and MORE. It'll make eating that "apple a day" a little more interesting and a lot more fun!
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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