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Snacktime Makeover
Think quick, nutritious and apple delicious

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Fruity Vanilla Frosty
Blueberry Delight Crumble Muffins
Golden Apple-Raisin Squares

(Family Features) - Did you know snacks contribute more calories to our daily diets than ever before? That makes snacktime a pretty important meal, for kids and grown-ups alike.

Yet most of us just grab the quickest thing we can find to stave off those hunger pangs and get through the day. Too often, that means a high-sugar, high-calorie product. This calls for a snacktime makeover.

What if we could tame the munchies, reduce the calories and satisfy some of our daily nutritional needs at the same time? Fortunately, apple-based snacks provide an ideal solution for busy families. A four-ounce glass of 100% apple juice and a four-ounce cup of apple sauce each equal 1/2 cup of fruit and count toward your daily fruit serving goals. And now there are more nutritious options than ever for the whole family. Apple juice and apple sauce aren't just for kids anymore!

Snacking smart

Mix-In: Add chopped almonds and dark chocolate bits to a Mott's Healthy Harvest Blueberry Delight apple sauce cup for a satisfying midday snack.

Easy Spritzer: Mix Mott's Plus Light Apple Cranberry or Apple Blueberry juice beverage with club soda for a fizzy treat.

Italian Ice: Freeze your favorite Mott's Healthy Harvest apple sauce cups and serve cold like an Italian ice.

For more information and recipe ideas, visit motts.com.

Fruity Vanilla Frosty

Description
Break out the blender for an apple-blueberry fruity treat.

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups Mott's Plus Light Apple Blueberry Juice Beverage
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 3/4 cup vanilla low-fat frozen yogurt
  • 2 to 3 ice cubes
  • 3 strawberries

Preparation
    1. Blend ingredients until well combined. Serve with additional ice as desired.
    2. Garnish each glass with a strawberry.

Calories: 170g     Total Fat: 2g
Cholesterol: 30mg     Protein: 5g
Carbohydrates: 33g     Sodium: 45mg

Serves
Makes 3 (8-ounce) servings

Blueberry Delight Crumble Muffins

Description
Using apple sauce helps cut down on fat while adding a host of important health benefits. These muffins call for blueberry-flavored apple sauce and whole blueberries for an added burst of berry flavor!

Ingredients
Crumble Topping
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
Muffin Batter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 (3.9-ounce) Mott's Healthy Harvest Blueberry Delight apple sauce cups
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blueberries

Preparation
    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
    2. Lightly oil or coat 12 muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
    3. Combine topping ingredients and set aside.
    4. Whisk together dry batter ingredients (except brown sugar and berries) in large bowl. Combine eggs, apple sauce, brown sugar, oil and vanilla in separate bowl and whisk until well blended. Pour liquid ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until just moistened. Gently stir in blueberries.
    5. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Arrange topping evenly over muffins, using back of spoon to gently press topping into batter.
    6. Bake 20 to 22 minutes, or until topping is golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Calories: 210g     Total Fat: 7g
Cholesterol: 35mg     Protein: 4g
Carbohydrates: 33g     Sodium: 150mg

Serves
Makes 12 muffins

Golden Apple-Raisin Squares

Description
Delicious as a snack or healthy dessert. Watch these squares disappear.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 (3.9-ounce) Mott's Healthy Harvest Blueberry Delight apple sauce cup
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 Golden Delicious apple, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins

Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil or coat 8 x 8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
    2. Whisk together dry ingredients (except sugar and fruit) in large bowl. Combine eggs, apple sauce, sugar, oil and apple in separate bowl, and whisk until well blended. Pour liquid ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until just moistened.
    3. Stir in raisins. Pour batter into prepared baking dish.
    4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until top is golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Calories: 170g     Total Fat: 7g
Cholesterol: 35mg     Protein: 2g
Carbohydrates: 27g     Sodium: 150mg

Serves
Makes 12 servings

SOURCE: Mott's


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