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Fiber Packed Sweet Potato Stuffed Apples

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Sweet potatoes should find a spot on your menu every week. They are filling, low in fat, and high in fiber, vitamin C and beta-carotene. They keep you feeling full for very few calories. Try this healthy sweet potato recipe for a creative way to incorporate sweet potatoes into your diet. You may also substitute canned sweet potatoes to save time.

Serves 4.

4 large Granny Smith apples
2 T. almonds, ground in a food processor
2 medium sized sweet potatoes
1 T. brown sugar
1 T. maple syrup
1 T. butter or trans-fat free spread, melted
¼ tsp. cinnamon
? tsp. salt

•    Wash sweet potatoes and pierce with a fork.
•    Bake at 375 degrees for 50 minutes, or until soft
•    Slice in half and scoop potato into a medium size bowl and mash with a fork
•    Add brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, cinnamon, salt and half the ground almonds, mixing well. Set aside.
•    Core the apples and then scoop out a two-inch opening in the apples, without piercing the bottom of the apple.
•    Stuff the apples with the sweet potato mixture and sprinkle the top with remaining almonds.
•    Place in aluminum foil, wrapping the foil around the sides of the apple and place on a baking tray.
•    Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes and serve immediately.

Nutritional Information per Serving: 191 calories, 2 g protein, 38 g carbohydrates,  4.6 g fat (2 g saturated),  7.6 mg cholesterol, 5.6 g fiber, 65 mg sodium.

For more information on the health benefits of sweet potatoes, see our article, Sweet Potato Magic.

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