I recently fell victim to a not so healthy caramel apple dip. It’s advertised as “low-fat” and tastes great! But unfortunately the calories are 150 per tablespoon. For someone who slathers her apples in the dip, I need something that allows for a little more wiggle room in terms of calories. I probably have that one tablespoon after eating only two apple chunks. This would have been a diet disaster if I hadn’t caught that on the nutrition label! Yikes!
A healthy alternative which I have been munching on is made with either non-fat yogurt or reduced-fat cottage cheese.
Take about 1/3 cup of either the yogurt or cottage cheese
Add 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar
Add cinnamon to taste. Also could add nutmeg if you like that extra flavor.
Now, I am not positive about what this equals in terms of calories per serving. I just stumbled across this recipe on a random website and decided to give it a whirl. I know for sure that even if the calories are similar to that of the caramel dip I am replacing, there are a ton of added health benefits that you get from eating the non-fat yogurt like calcium and protein. The same can be said for the reduced fat cottage cheese. Also, the light brown sugar is about 4 grams of sugar per tablespoon. So if you add two table spoons, that would be 8 grams of sugar. Still not too bad, especially if you don’t eat the whole thing of dip at one time or all to yourself! Most yogurts that advertise having “fruit” in them also contain a ton of sugar anyways, so this is still not as much as you would be having otherwise.
Most importantly!! You are eating a healthy fruit full of fiber! Leave the skin on the apple for added nutrients. This is actually a filling snack and will keep you from munching on crap the rest of the day. I even eat this for dessert after dinner if I’m craving something sweet.