Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites
Calories in Apricots
Three fresh apricots contain about 50 calories or 17 each. One cup of sliced halves contains about 75 calories while the chopped - about 80.
Dried apricots (10 halves) contain about 80 calories. As we can automatically see, drying the fruits and adding sugar for preservation and flavor spikes the caloric values greatly - but even so, they make a healthy snack.
At parties one might find them studded with whipped cream cheese and nuts as the filling. While delectable - this is where the values start the jump over the moon, along with Farmer Tom's spotted cow and pink-spotted pig.
Everything becomes spotted at this stage, even those pits on the moon - or are they really Swiss cheese?
But in their raw form, oh me oh my - but oh woe is me when they aren't sweet, rather tasteless little yellow munchkins pitted with more seed than flesh.
This is one specimen found at the local markets and fruit stands that cries to be sweet.
Therefore, when you're standing there - gazing at the pile of gold in a listless stare and don't know quite where to begin, use your sniffer. The sweeter smelling the fruit - the sweeter the fruit. Or, if you're shopping at a fruit stand - look for a swarm of gnats; they are drawn to the sweeter fruit.
Apricots are delicious when poached; to add sweetness without adding caloric values, add your favorite sugar substitute along with a good dash of ground cinnamon.
Nutrition Facts for the Apricot
The nectar of this exotic super food can be divine when ripened, sweet apricots are used to make the nectar.
For only 141 calories per cup though, we should limit that to about half the amount.
As to the halves, try adding them to your next pork or chicken recipe.
And when it comes to the preserves, a serving contains about 50 calories and adds nutritional value to that toasted English muffin or that slice of whole grain bread spread with just a twenty-calorie teaspoon of reduced fat margarine.
What a sweet treat for just a tab over 100 calories when 60 calorie bread is used.
Apricot Calories, Nutrition Facts
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