Apples and Exercise: Calorie Control
When you head out to the apple orchard this season, don't forget to take your nuyu™ Activity tracker with you. Apple picking is a great way to spend time with your family outdoors and away from the couch. Plus, you get to come home with a bag of yummy, delicious apples, which you can use in a whole variety of nutritious recipes.
If you're worried about taking in too many calories this season, a trek through the apple orchard is just what you need. Spending an afternoon in the orchard can easily get you 5,000 steps, which equals approximately 1,000 calories, depending upon the speed of your stride. Plus, the actual picking of the apples is another way to burn calories. All that work will surely leave you with an appetite, so why not take your apples home and make something both nutritious and tasty?
Chicken With Apples
Have you ever had fruit with your chicken? The tartness of apples makes them particularly well-suited as a side dish to a piece of chicken breast. It's a great way to get some protein and vitamin C in one easy meal.
- 4 medium chicken breasts
- Thyme to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1 large red onion
- 2 large red apples
- 1 tablespoon flour.
Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking tray and lightly grease it. Place the thawed chicken breasts on top and sprinkle them with thyme and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle a teaspoon of olive oil over each breast and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until the juices run clear, turning them over once.
Heat the canola oil on a skillet over medium heat. Add the apple juice, a pinch of salt, onion and apple, stirring occasionally. Once the onion and apple have softened, dust the combination with flour and cook for a minute longer, stirring continuously. Place the cooked chicken breast on a clean plate and cover with the thickened apple mixture. Serve and enjoy. One serving is about 280 calories.
Another great thing about apples is that you can snack on them at any time of the day. Slice them up and bring them to work for a snack that will help you stay awake. Send them with your child as part of his or her lunch, and add some creamy peanut butter and raisins for an interesting twist.