Cinnamon spiced apple & pear sauce
Hello all! I can't tell you how happy I am that the weather has changed. As I sit here typing this it's raining and looks like it's going to be raining all day. This is my favorite season and I love everything that it brings. The California weather, the seasonal produce and the warm scents of pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg truly make my soul happy. It's just what I need to relax and recover from a very long but exciting two weeks of training, conferences and big decisions regarding my health.
I'm back from Long Beach where I spoke at the Obesity Help conference about "Setting Yourself up for Success while Traveling and Eating out." Hopefully I'll have a video and some photos to share with you very soon! If you follow me on Instagram you saw that I had an appointment with my Naturopathic Doctor, at Shine Natural Medicine in beautiful San Diego, for some help to dig deep to get to the root of some chronic health issues and to get better control of two autoimmune diseases that I was diagnosed with earlier in this year. This is something that I've wanted to do for years so I'm excited and ready for the positive things that are to come from adding alternative medicine to my bariatric journey!
The last bit of fun and exciting news that I have is I decided to join an important movement of educating, empowering and advocating for making safer skin care and cosmetics available to everyone. I became a Beautycounter consultant , after incorporating their safer products into my health and wellness journey over a year ago and seeing dramatic results in the way my skin has changed I knew that I wanted to do my part to help others. The diagnosis of Psoriasis and Reynaud's disease was yet another eye opening hit and made me look deeper into what I could do along with nutrition and wellness to put these conditions into remission and limit flare ups. Without question decreasing my toxic/chemical exposure to what I put on my body was a place I knew I had to start!
So to celebrate fall and my small victories I have an easy recipe for a cinnamon apple pear sauce for you today. This can be easily pureed enough to fit in the soft or puree stage of your bariatric diet and If you are looking for a sauce that has more bite or "chunk" to it this is also it. Being that I am 12 years post RNY I prefer more chunk but as you can see it's completely customizable to what ever stage you are in and depending on how sweet and ripe your pears and apples are you can even omit the small addition of maple syrup. As always, I'd love to hear from you and see your creation, don't forget to tag me in your social media posts along with the hashtag #thebariatricdish . I hope you have a great Saturday and enjoy a little self care this weekend, I know I will!
In good health,
- 2 ripe pears (any variety, I used bartlett)
- 2 Honeycrisp apples
- 1–2 tbsp maple syrup (depending on sweetness of pears and apples)
- 1/2–1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg (or to taste)
- 1/8 tsp allspice (or to taste)
- pinch of sea salt
- Wash, peel, core and dice the pears and apples.
- Place in a medium sauce pan over medium to med-low heat.
- Stir the apples and pears occasionally and watch that they don’t burn, adjust the heat if needed. Don’t add any liquid, they will release their own as they cook.
- After a few minutes add in the maple syrup, vanilla and spices.
- Continue to stir, it will start breaking down and then you can taste it to see if you want to add more syrup.
- When the apples and pears become soft’ish remove from the heat, let it cool for a minute and use a immersion blender to blend the ingredients to the desired consistency. BE VERY CAREFUL IT’S HOT AND MAY SPLATTER
Depending on what stage of the bariatric diet you are on you can blend this down into a smooth sauce or if you are at the stage where you can eat solid foods it super good with some chunks left!
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I'm thrilled that you are making my recipes and I'd love to see them! Be sure to use the hashtag #thebariatricdish when you are posting on social media.#thebariatricdish