Most of you know that I have been on a kick to lower my calories, eat more, and lose weight. Today I am going to introduce you to a filling, slightly less than 200 calorie snack to fill in the gap between breakfast and lunch.
Now, I know that it seems simplistic, but in my world, simple is usually the best. You don’t even have to go all out and make your own peanut butter, you could just buy some. Please make sure that it is natural, preferably organic, and not that sugar laden teddy bear brand, okay?
If you are into making your own, Nick over at Macheesmo has a splendid method on making small batch peanut butter. You could even replace the peanuts with cashews, almonds, or whatever you like. From that point on, the rest is easy.
Why do I choose Courtland apples? They are local here, and I think that they taste awesome. Best yet, if you can eat the apple you twisted off the tree (or the one your son twisted off the tree,) so much better.
Courtland apples are a cross between MacIntosh and Ben Davis. The latter is not well known, but a lot of people know about the former. Courtland are the ultimate pie apple, because what you get is a slight tartness, with a natural sweetness that you would swear someone sprinkled sugar all over. They hold up well in pies when they are baked.
Some might balk at eating something so sweet, but the good news is that eating the apple with the skin will balance out the natural sugars with the fibers. I read in a book that whole food is “Thermic,” which basically means your body will burn calories in order to digest it. That is why it is better to eat the whole fruit than just the juice.
Who knew? You learn something new every day!
You will want to keep the amount of peanut butter down for this snack, as it is pretty calorie-dense. Use it like a dipping sauce, and you will be satisfied!
Courtland Apples with Organic Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce
1 Fruit, 1 Protein
Carbohydrates: 24.6 g
- 1 Courtland apple, cored and cut into wedges
- 1 tablespoon of Macheesmo’s Small Batch Peanut Butter
- Simply cut your Courtland apple into wedges, and serve in a bowl with a tablespoon of peanut butter. So yummy, and under 200 calories.
What is your favorite kind of apple?