Crunch Time! October Harvest of the Month is Apples

By Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN, CD, Jackson In Action Communications Director 

Cinnful Apple Chips  Photo: Katie Schmidt Recipe/Food Styling: Ruth Chipps

Cinnful Apple Chips Photo: Katie Schmidt Recipe/Food Styling: Ruth Chipps



Harvest of the Month October

 Harvest of the Month is a Jackson County, Wisconsin initiative that highlights a different produce item every month. September features cooking demos on WEAU-TV 13, Eau Claire, Wisconsin and a taste-testing event at Black River Memorial Hospital. A video of each Harvest of the Month recipe is also available at

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Turn Out for These Apple Events:

Watch WEAU-TV-13 Wed. Oct. 16 on the 4 p.m. Newscast. “Apples” live cooking demo with Black River Memorial Hospital Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN, CD

BRMH Hospital - Harvest of the Month Apple Cabbage slaw is featured on the Black River Memorial Hospital Salad Bar on Tuesdays throughout October. More info at

Cinn-ful Apple Cinnamon Chips

Cinn-ful Apple Cinnamon Chips

Apple Tips & Nutrition 

Cook it: Everything is better with apples. They pair very well with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

 NUTRITION Apples have virtually no fat. One medium apple has about 80 Calories and a good source of fiber.

Apples are rich in fiber and


  • Fresh apples can be made into salads, sauces and crisp.

  • Add a thin slice to sandwiches.

  • Try using a Mandolin for thin slices.

Local Apples: Orchards in the area are teaming with apples. Varieties include honey crisp, gala, Mcintosh,

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Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN, CD is Communications Director for Jackson In Action and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Black River Memorial Hospital. She develops B-WELLthy Harvest of the Month recipes and videos and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.


RECIPE: Cinn-ful Apple Chips

FRESH Apple Cinnamon Chips

These crispy sweet treats are sweet and cinn-ful.                                                                                                    

  • Ingredients:

  • 2 large apples

  • ½ c. lemon juice

  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar (or substitute)

  • 1 t. cinnamon

  • ½ t. nutmeg

    Rinse apples and cut into thin slices.  The thinner you cut them the crunchier they will be. Aim for about 1/8in thick. Remove seeds/core after cutting.

    Toss the apple slices with a lemon juice. Lay them on a baking sheet closely together but not overlapping. 

    Arrange apple slices in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon sugar.

    Bake at  200 F for about 2 hours or until apples are dry and crisp.  Flip apples over after the first hour.

    Pull out a chip and test. If crispy, remove all from oven and let cool.  A food dehydrater can also be utilized.

    Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

    Makes 2 servings (12 chips each).Nutrition info/Serv.:

    Approx. 110 Cal, 0g fat, 31g Carb, 4g Fiber, 0g protein

     Note: Crisp apples work the best. Ambrosia, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Pink Lady, and

    Gala apples are favorites.



To view a video of the recipe and printable recipe, go to

Watch This Month’s B-WELLthy Recipe Video:

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Harvest of the Month is a partnership between Jackson County Department of Health and Human Services, Black River Memorial Hospital, Together for Jackson County Kids, Ho-Chunk Nation, UW Extension-Jackson County, Lunda Community Center, Boys and Girls Club, Hansen’s IGA, local school districts, The Library and the community. 

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