This is the worst time of year for bad bad bad snacking! I don’t know about you, but my office is bombarded by tasty treats from happy clients. Of course, we are very thrilled to be receiving such wonderful gifts, it’s just not so good for the waistline. With the Holiday Season quickly approaching, it’s important to keep your snacking in check.
Apples are a great snack in the middle of the day when you’re feeling a little hungry. They are an easy way to get more fiber in your diet with an added dose Vitamin C. Those donuts are still going to call to you from across the room, but they’ll be a little less tempting when you feel full. Since it is fall (Today looks more like winter!), I’ve chosen to sprinkle cinnamon, instead of dipping in a nut butter. Both are great! If you are using a nut butter, make sure it’s natural and not regular. Example: Regular peanut butter contains large amounts of sugar and hydrogenated vegetable oils vs. natural peanut butter contains fewer ingredients; only peanuts and salt.
I love cinnamon, however, make sure you only use a sprinkle (1/4 tsp or less) when spicing up the apple. Some types of cinnamon contain higher amounts of coumarin, which can be toxic to the liver and kidneys in larger amounts. Typically grocery stores will carry the cheaper cinnamon (Cassia), which is higher in coumarin than the more expensive Ceylan cinnamon found in specialty stores.