RECIPE: FMD Phase 1, Healthy Spiced Apple Spread
So I'm halfway through my Fast Metabolism Diet month, and I have to say the weight loss is going so much slower than last year. I think it's because I pretty much changed my every day eating after my FMD to be GF, SF, and DF.
A lot of F! (that would mean FREE.)
So I think the "shock" to my system was not as extreme as when I first went on it. My body is just more in balance, so not a lot to heal. But I feel great and it's just a nice best practice to clean eat for a period of time-give your body a break from toxic stuff.
One thing I've missed is jam for my GF toast, so I've been playing with some fruit spreads that don't have sugar added. This concoction is a nicely spiced apple spread to use on your compliant steel cut oatmeal or compliant bagels or toast. I use pure monk fruit sweetener because xylitol is too tough on my digestion, but you can use Xyla if your system is cool with it. If you have really sweet apples, you may not even need sweetener. Also, apples have plenty of natural pectin so this will thicken up on it's own. I packaged mine up in small containers and froze it, pulling it out for phase 1 or phase 3, depending.
1 1/2 more weeks to go, then we're back on maintenance! I'm feeling awesome!
FMD Phase 1, Healthy Spiced Apple Spread
4 golden delicious apples, peeled cored and roughly chopped
juice of half a lemon
1/2 cup of true Monk Fruit sweetener or xylitol
1 cup of water
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
In a large pan pour the chopped apples, lemon juice, water, vanilla extract and sweetener. Cook over medium high heat until a boil, then lower and simmer for about seven minutes, until apples are beginning to soften.
Add ground cinnamon and nutmeg and mix. After about 10 minutes and it's cooked down even more, use a potato masher to mash up some of the fruit.
Because apples have natural pectin you won't need any arrowroot to thicken this up. Take off the heat, and once things are gelled up and sticky, cool down. Once cooled, divide into smaller containers, label and freeze. Defrost to use on top of Ezekiel bread or steel cut oatmeal. I like to use this topping in P1 or in P3, depending.