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Weight Watchers Mini Apple PiesWeight Watchers Mini Apple Pies Recipe and Healthy Snack Ideas

Fall is rapidly approaching, and in our town, kids go back to school next week. Once school begins, our schedule gets so hectic with sports practices and games, after school clubs, and many other social obligations we need to fulfill. We are trying to be very aware of our food choices, and ensure that we are eating food that will help fuel our bodies, as part of a healthier lifestyle. That becomes more challenging when we are on the go every day. I ike that the Weight Watchers Market snack items are a healthier snack option that are really tasty.

I try to keep my pantry stocked with a few essentials that make it easy to come up with a variety of healthy snack ideas. I like to find ways to take snack ideas that have too many calories for my meal plan, and use ingredients to lighten them up. This allows me to enjoy the flavor of the food, and stay on track with healthier food choices.

Healthy Snack Idea 1

Healthy Snack IdeasWe love flavored popcorn in our home. By choosing Jolly Time 100 Calorie Healthy Pop Popcorn and melting down a few Weight Watchers Dark Chocolate Candies & Bite Size Caramels, I can pour the chocolate and caramel over the popcorn, to enjoy a phenomenal snack. Once I pop it and flavor it, I can put it in a zipper top bag to enjoy as a snack on the go, or leave it in the bowl to snack on while we enjoy family movie night at home. If you just need a quick bite of a sweet snack food to satisfy a craving, the candies are yummy on their own as well 🙂

*Note: Each pack of candy and popcorn is one serving. Normally, I just choose ONE of the candies per pack of popcorn, and divide that in half, so I’m only eating one total serving of food per snack. Eat one now, save the other for later. For the purpose of demonstrating this idea for the post, I combined the chocolate and caramel with the popcorn. When I ate it later, I actually divided the popcorn into 3 snack bags 🙂

For me, personally, healthier eating habits are choices I make for each individual snack and meal. I try to be conscious and aware of each choice I’m making, and ensure that each choice is in line with my goals and meal plan. It’s also important for me to not feel like I’m depriving myself, so that I don’t get a craving and veer off the path.

Healthy Snack Idea 2

Healthy Snack IdeasWe also really enjoy eating fruit in our home. Our local Stop & Shop has a wonderful selection of fresh fruit. When I get home from grocery shopping, I like to wash and prep all of it, so it’s easy to grab and go. I make a few containers of mixed fruit up, and leave some Whipped Cream Cheese next to it in the refrigerator. I can grab both containers, put a dollop of Whipped Cream Cheese on top, and enjoy some extra flavor, while still making a  healthy snack choice by making one healthier substitution.

Healthy Snack Idea 3

Healthy Snack IdeasOne of my biggest weaknesses that always seems to derail my healthy eating habits is chocolate. Sometimes I just crave chocolate, specifically fudge. I don’t want or need to make a batch, because that’s a lot of temptation to try to resist. I was so excited to find that the Weight Watchers Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Bars give me the craving satisfaction that I really need. I can keep a box of these in my freezer, and with just 45 calories, 2 SmartPoints, and no artificial sweeteners, I am hooked on these bars. A full serving size is actually TWO bars, so if the craving is really strong, I don’t have to feel guilty if I decide to indulge in a second one 🙂

Focusing on healthier snack ideas does not mean I have to sacrifice convenience OR the taste and flavor of full fat snacks.

During the fall, it is Apple Season. All of the local farms and supermarkets will be bursting with fresh apples. While they are delicious on their own, they are divine when used in recipes. One of my favorite apple recipes to make is Mini Apple Pies. It makes my mouth water just thinking about how good they are! However, the original version does not make the cut on my meal plan. So, I decided to make healthier mini apple pies using a few substitutions so that I can still enjoy the taste and flavor of my Mini Apple Pies as a snack or dessert, and still keep my health on track.

Healthy Snack Idea 4

WW Mini Apple PiesWeight Watchers Mini Apple Pies Recipe:

To make this a healthy snack idea, I needed to eliminate the butter, sugar, and full fat crust that I have always used in my Apple Pie Recipes, AND find an alternative topping. It took a bit of experimentation to come up with the right combination of things to get the flavor and sweetness we enjoy. Using Local Honey is something we really like incorporating because it adds sweetness with its natural simple sugars, is naturally loaded with antibacterial and antifungal properties, and it can help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms to local allergens. I cannot use Artificial Sweeteners because I have an auto immune disease, and they don’t play well with my medications 🙂  Using honey as the sweetener is a great alternative for so many reasons. Additionally, the Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Cheese, instead of whipped topping, make the healthier substitutions complete.

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Weight Watchers Mini Apple Pies Recipe and Healthy Snack Ideas
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 4 Baking Apples (I prefer to use Honey Crisp), peeled, cored, and finely diced
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Fresh Lemon or Lime Juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 4 sticks Weight Watchers Reduced Fat _______ Cheese Sticks, finely diced
  • 8 Graham Cracker Pie Crusts, Mini Reduced Fat
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix your diced apples, Citrus Fruit juice, Ground Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Vanilla Extract, and Salt, until the apples are coated.
  2. Heat a medium sized sauce pan on the stove top over medium heat.
  3. Add Olive Oil to coat pan.
  4. Cover and cook for about 6 minutes until the Apples are soft and tender. (Check and stir at the 3 minute mark).
  5. Add honey, and cook uncovered for about a minute.
  6. Pour into Reduced Fat Mini Pie Crusts
  7. Top with Diced Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Cheese
  8. Serve Warm
Notes
*You can also substitute the Reduced Fat Mini Pie Crusts with Phyllo Dough.

WW Mini Apple PiesFor me, personally, healthier eating habits are choices I make with each individual snack and meal. I try to be conscious and aware of each choice I’m making, and ensure that each choice is in line with my goals and meal plan. It’s also important for me to not feel like I’m depriving myself, so that I don’t get a craving and veer off the path.

Attending a Fall Festival, Tail Gate, or any gathering? All of these Healthy Snack Ideas would be perfect! You can make in larger quantities to share with friends and family, or just keep some in an individual container so you can have a healthy snack conveniently with you, and not be tempted by the higher calorie options that may be available!

Stop by your local Stop and Shop between 9/1/16 – 9/28/16 and when you buy any (5) FIVE participating Weight Watchers products (excluding Heinz SmartOnes & Meeting Room Products) you’ll Save $3.00 instantly while supplies last!

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