Health Advice



Protein at Every Meal

Charlyn Fargo on

1/2 teaspoon each sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Nonstick cooking spray

1/2 cup candied pecans

3 slices thick-sliced sweet, smoked bacon, cooked and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

To roast in oven, place oven rack in upper third of oven. Line a 15-by-10-inch baking pan with foil. Place pan on oven rack. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. (To cook on grill, place large cast iron skillet on grill to heat up. Meanwhile, cut large sprout pieces lengthwise in half. Place sprouts and apple in a large bowl. In another bowl, stir together syrup, olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper; drizzle over sprouts and apple. Toss until coated. Remove baking pan from oven and lightly spray foil with cooking spray. Transfer sprouts and apple to prepared pan. Spread in a single layer. Roast for 10 minutes. Stir and roast 5 minutes more, or until sprouts are caramelized and apples are tender. Add pecans and bacon; gently toss to combine.


Per serving: 180 calories; 4 grams protein; 27 grams carbohydrates; 8 grams fat; 5 milligrams cholesterol; 20 grams sugar (0 added); 330 milligrams sodium.


Charlyn Fargo is a registered dietitian with SIU Med School in Springfield, Illinois. For comments or questions, contact her at or follow her on Twitter @NutritionRD. To find out more about Charlyn Fargo and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at




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