Caramel apple part of the sweet taste of fall and it's healthy, too
The gooey goodness of a caramel apple is a sure sign fall has arrived. Among all the other fall treats, including candies and donuts, let’s look at why a caramel apple may be one of your best choices.
Eaten alone, a medium-size apple is about 80 calories. The apple is fat-free, sodium-free and provides us with some complex carbohydrates and fiber. With the abundance of varieties available to us, no matter what your taste preference, I am sure you will find one that pleases you.
The caramel is what turns an ordinary apple into an extraordinary fall treat! The average caramel apple has 160 calories and about 28 grams of sugar. This amount of sugar may seem like a lot, but it’s about the same amount you find in a fruit yogurt. So, once we have added the caramel, our apple is now about 240 calories, which is the same as one candy bar.
If you are like me, I prefer caramel apples with peanuts. By adding these peanuts, I just increased my monounsaturated fats, niacin, vitamin E, magnesium, protein, folate as well as fiber for the day. The caramel apple just turned into a mini meal with all three macronutrients represented: carbohydrates, protein and fat!
If you are looking for a decadent fall treat, my advice is to give the caramel apple a try!
Melissa Gerharter MS, RD is co-owner of Joust Strength and Fitness of Ann Arbor, joustfitness.com. She is also a personal trainer and an adjunct lecturer at Eastern Michigan University. She can be reached at Melissa@joustfitness.com.