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Enjoy Apples With Greek Yogurt Caramel Dip

Published in Cancer Care, For the Health of It, Healthy Eating Tips Author: Clinical Dietitian Emily Rothstein, RD, CSO, Coborn Cancer Center

Fall is closing in on us and with that means apples are everywhere! This recipe features a twist on caramel apples using four simple ingredients that can be thrown together in 5 minutes.

This recipe uses Greek vanilla yogurt, which I prefer because Greek yogurt makes for a thicker dip and bumps up the protein content when compared to regular yogurt. If you are looking for a lower sugar option, feel free to use plain Greek yogurt rather than vanilla flavored. Honestly, between the sweetness from the caramel and the apple, you probably won’t even miss it!

Most store bought yogurts are made with fat-free milk to keep the calories down, but if you are going through cancer treatment and struggling to maintain your weight, you can always use a Greek yogurt made with whole milk to bump up the calories. To know what kind of milk is used in your yogurt, look at the ingredient list to see which milk is listed or take a peek at the nutrition label. If there is no fat listed, you know it’s made with skim milk. On the other hand, yogurt made with whole milk usually has about 8 g of fat per 1 cup serving. Another hint: If the label says “Traditional Greek Yogurt,” the word “traditional” usually indicates it’s made with whole milk.

Feel free to use any type of apple you like with this dip. If you plan to serve it at a gathering or get together, coat sliced apples with a little lemon juice to prevent them from browning. If it’s a snack for yourself, slice up 1 apple per ½ cup serving of dip. Refrigerate remaining dip to snack on in the days to come. Enjoy!

Greek Yogurt Caramel Dip

½ cup walnuts, chopped
1½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt, nonfat
¼ cup caramel topping
½ tsp. cinnamon

Spoon yogurt into small bowl. Drizzle with caramel topping. Swirl caramel into yogurt with knife. Sprinkle with cinnamon and top with walnuts.

Serves: 4 (½ cup serving sizes)
Calories: 175
Carbs: 15
Protein: 10
Fat: 10