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National Apricot Day + Chocolate-Dipped Apricots {Recipe}

Today is National Apricot Day. This fruit may be little, but it’s also mighty.

One small fresh apricot provides about 20 calories and contains ample amounts of dietary fiber (helps manage blood glucose and cholesterol levels), vitamin A (maintains healthy skin and eyes), vitamin C (boosts immune system) and potassium (maintains fluid balance and muscle function). In many areas, apricot season lasts about 1-2 months, typically from May through June or mid-July. What to do the rest of the year? Enjoy dried apricots.

Dried apricots contain all of the nutrients in fresh apricots plus a healthy dose of non-heme iron (from the drying process). Whether you pop them into your mouth as an afternoon energy boost or add them to your dishes or baked goods, dried apricots add a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And since you’re likely to nosh on more dried apricots than you would fresh in a sitting, keep in mind that one dried apricot provides about 10 calories. So as with most any food, keep portion sizes in check.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy dried apricots is dipped into creamy dark chocolate. It’s an elegant dessert that takes only a few minutes to make, and is healthy to boot. One dark chocolate covered apricot contains about 35 calories.

Dark Chocolate-Dipped Apricots {Recipe}

Ingredients

  • 25-30 dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Melt chocolate in double boiler until smooth. Using tongs or toothpicks, tip apricots into melted chocolate. Cover 1/2 to 2/3 of apricot. Set on parchment paper-lined baking sheet and let cool to room temperature, until chocolate has hardened. Makes 12-15 servings ( 2 apricots per serving).
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