Chocolate-Dipped Pineapple Rings

Dried pineapple rings dipped in melted chocolate and sprinkled with chopped macadamia nuts are a healthy dessert with tropical flavor. Customize this chocolate-dipped fruit recipe by using different nuts or even dried papaya spears instead of pineapple.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons chopped macadamia nuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 12 dried pineapple rings

Instructions:

  1. DS8244_KrasnerLine a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  2. Place chocolate chips in a small glass bowl. Microwave on Medium for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving in 20-second intervals until melted, stirring after each interval. (Alternatively, melt in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling, water.)
  3. Dip half of each pineapple ring into the melted chocolate. Let the excess drip back into bowl. Place the dipped fruit on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle macadamia nuts over the chocolate. Refrigerate until the chocolate is set, about 30 minutes.

-Be Well

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Nutritional Info:

  • Serving size: 1 piece
  • Per serving: 128 calories; 3 g fat(1 g sat); 1 g fiber; 28 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 0 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 26 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 500 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 1 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 0 mg sodium; 5 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1 1/2 fruit, 1/2 fat

Recipe Source: EatingWell
Photos by: Carin Krasner

Chocolate Pretzel & Cherry Popcorn Balls

These popcorn balls are made with agave nectar and peanut butter and are spiked with chocolate-covered pretzels and dried cherries for a special treat. Try making them for your Halloween party this year.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (see Note) or honey
  • 1/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter or almond butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dark chocolate-covered pretzels
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dried cherries

Instructions:

  1. OT7771Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Prepare a medium bowl of ice water.
  2. Put popcorn in a large bowl.
  3. Combine agave (or honey) and peanut butter (or almond butter) in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring gently but constantly. As soon as the mixture starts to lightly bubble, cook, stirring constantly, for 15 seconds more.
  4. Immediately pour the mixture evenly over the popcorn; gently mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until well coated. Gently stir in dark chocolate-covered pretzels and finely chopped dried cherries.
  5. Dip both hands in the ice water. Working quickly, press small handfuls (heaping 1/4 cup each) of the popcorn mixture firmly into 2-inch balls. (Make sure each ball gets a little bit of the pretzels and dried cherries.) Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet. If they seem too fragile, rinse hands with cold water and press and squeeze each ball again to help keep it together.
  6. Let cool completely before storing. To store, individually wrap in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.


Nutritional Info:

  • Serving size: 1 ball
  • Per serving: 91 calories; 3 g fat(1 g sat); 1 g fiber; 13 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 1 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 8 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 103 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 2 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 31 mg sodium; 18 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

Recipe Source:  EatingWell
Photos by:  Ken Burris

Clean Breeze Smoothie

This refreshing smoothie is made with cucumber and kiwi and gets a kick from ginger-flavored kombucha and fresh cilantro.

Ingredients:

  • BV78872 ripe kiwis , peeled
  • 1 cup ginger-flavored kombucha
  • 1/2 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
  • 6 ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Combine cucumber, kiwis, kombucha, yogurt, cilantro and ice cubes in blender; blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

-Be Well


Nutritional Info:

  • Serving size: 1 3/4 cups
  • Per serving: 116 calories; 2 g fat(1 g sat); 3 g fiber; 21 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 17 mcg folate; 4 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 344 IU vitamin A; 60 mg vitamin C; 78 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 32 mg sodium; 424 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (101% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2
  • Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1 vegetable, 1/2 reduced-fat milk

Recipe Source: EatingWell
Photos by:  Ken Burris

Old-Fashioned Fruit Crumble

Use whatever fresh or frozen fruit you have on hand to make this old-fashioned crumble. Typical crumble topping has as much as a half cup of butter—ours has just a bit of coconut oil and, for richness, chopped almonds, which are full of healthy monounsaturated fats.

Ingredients:

  • DS53051 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 3 tablespoons gluten-free flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds or pecans
  • 3 tablespoons coconut crystals
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine fruit with sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, and orange juice. Divide among four 6-ounce ovenproof ramekins. Combine oats, nuts, brown sugar, the remaining 2 tablespoons flour, and cinnamon. Drizzle with oil and stir to combine. Sprinkle over the fruit mixture. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand for at least 10 minutes before serving.

-Be Well


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Nutritional Info:

  • Per serving: 232 calories; 10 g fat(1 g sat); 4 g fiber; 36 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 15 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 21 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 61 IU vitamin A; 11 mg vitamin C; 12 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 1 mg sodium; 151 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (18% daily value).
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2 1/2
  • Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate, 2 fat

Recipe Source:  EatingWell
Photos by:  Ken Burris

Quick Cheesecake

DS5355Schmear ricotta cheese and your favorite jam on graham crackers for an instant cheesecake.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 8 teaspoons jam (no sugar)

Instructions:

  1. Spread each graham cracker with 1 tablespoon part-skim ricotta cheese and 2 teaspoons jam.

-Be Well


Nutritional Info:

 

  • Serving size: 2 “cheesecakes”
  • Per serving: 239 calories; 6 g fat(2 g sat); 2 g fiber; 42 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 4 mcg folate; 10 mg cholesterol; 22 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 119 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 84 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 251 mg sodium; 39 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 2 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 medium-fat meat, 1/2 fat

Recipe Source: EatingWell
Photos by:  Ken Burris

Bev’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

EatingWell reader Beverley Sharpe of Santa Barbara, California, contributed this healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe. She gave chocolate chip cookies a healthy update by cutting back on sugar and incorporating whole grains. To increase protein, Sharpe replaces the rolled oats with 1 cup almond meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten-free baking mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup coconut crystals
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. BG4472A_ScrivaniPreheat oven to 350°F. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
  2. Grind oats in a blender or food processor. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Beat butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add oil, coconut sugar, egg and vanilla; beat until smooth and creamy. With the mixer running, add the dry ingredients, beating on low speed until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Drop the dough by heaping teaspoonfuls, at least 1 inch apart, onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until firm around the edges and golden on top, about 15 minutes. Cool the cookies for 2 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

-Be Well

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Nutritional Info:

  • Serving size: 1 cookie
  • Per serving: 99 calories; 5 g fat(2 g sat); 1 g fiber; 12 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 3 mcg folate; 10 mg cholesterol; 8 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 57 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 8 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 64 mg sodium; 41 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

Recipe Source: EatingWell
Photos by:  Andrew Scrivani