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Fruit Bites for Teens: Apples

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Teen-Tempting Ways to Eat Apples continued...

Like apples cold? Keep 'em in the fridge. Prefer apples at room temperature? Then don't keep 'em in the fridge.

Don't like to bite into apples? Cut them up first. Rinse them with lemon juice or water and they won't turn brown. Or buy them already sliced.

Like apples with dip or peanut butter? OK. Just be smart about portion control. Or reduce the temptation to overindulge: Dip apples into vanilla-flavored, low-fat Greek yogurt. This apple-yogurt combo is creamy and crunchy without a lot of calories.

Try apple slices with small chunks of your favorite hard cheese -- like mild cheddar. They make a great dynamic duo.

The main thing is to remember that apples are an option -- keep them in a bowl on the counter or visible every time you open the fridge.

Compare apples to apples. Keep taste-testing to find your favorite apple varieties. Different apples are available at different times of the year and vary by location. If your mom keeps bringing home kinds you don't like, use this quick, get-started apple guide to write in a new variety on her grocery list:

  • Tart apples: Cameo, Granny Smith, Jonagold, McIntosh, Braeburn
  • Sweet apples: Cortland, Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Red Delicious
  • Apples for cooking: Jonathan, McIntosh, Pippin, Rome Beauty

Try apples baked. Use an apple corer to remove the core, put on a plate, and top with a teaspoon of brown sugar or maple syrup. Microwave for four minutes.

Or quarter the apple, warm it in the microwave, then squeeze on 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce.

Ready for another bite? Try Bananas, Grapes, or Kiwano Melon.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Daniel Brennan, MD on December 23, 2013
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