Welcome to day three of the Sugar Free Challenge!
Here is today’s sample menu:
Breakfast: Grain-Free Pumpkin Pancakes topped with coconut butter.
Lunch: Lightly sauteed spinach, green peppers, black olives, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, onions, and black beans served on a grilled brown rice tortilla. Side of sliced cucumbers.
Snack: Bowl of High Protein Cookie Crisp Cereal.
Dinner: Hobos. Take a piece of ground beef and roll into a patty. Top with peppers, potatoes, onions, and carrots and wrap in foil. Bake at 375* for one hour. Tastes great drizzled with dijon mustard or Homemade BBQ Sauce. Vegan option: Two Cans and a Potato
Dessert: Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce:
~This recipe is from my Apple a Day Dinner menu. Most homemade applesauce recipes contain added sugar. Apples are extremely sweet on their own, though, so they don’t need the extra sweeteners! Gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, grain-free, vegan, and, of course, sugar-free!
- 8 apples (any variety will do. I find that a mix of tart and sweet apples gives the sauce a better flavor)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
- pinch salt, optional
Peeling the apples is optional. If you choose not to peel them, then you might want to consider blending the apples at the end in order to achieve a smoother consistency.
Core and quarter the apples and place them in your crockpot. Add water and salt (salt helps bring out the natural sweetness of the apples, but is optional) and cook for 6-8 hours on low or or 3-4 hours on high. Once the apples are tender, mash them with a fork and stir in cinnamon. Serve hot or cold.
- Apples: a flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones. The pectin in apples lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and it supplies galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.
- Cinnamon: Studies have shown that it can help lower LDL cholesterol, help regulate blood sugar levels, has anti-clotting effect on blood, and it can boost cognitive function and memory.
Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:
Do you use your slow cooker a lot (or at all)? I just started using mine a whole lot more ever since we started renovating our kitchen. I have a few new crockpot recipes to share with you now!
Do you ever consider certain fruit a dessert on its own?