Friday, April 1, 2011

blueberry applesauce for me, blueberry applesauce for you

So, I'm not going to lie...the remaining ricotta ravioli in pesto sauce and half of the Amy's spinach & cheese pizza that was sitting on the counter when I got home from a meeting last night looked pretty darn good. And the me four days ago would have thought nothing of popping a piece-- or three-- of pizza down the hatch, and then also having dinner. And I guess that's why I am most glad that I am doing this 90-day focus on my health. It is my chance to recalibrate. But as a friend said today, "Wow! 90 days, that's a long time! Are you sure you can do that?" Today, yes. But I'll let you know if I am able to stick with it or not.

It's a challenge, particularly when you are responsible for taking care of a family.
I pride myself on nourishing my husband and kids. Thankfully, the recipes so far have been the sorts of things I can also incorporate into their meals. The kids have been having a hearty cup of this all week at breakfast, alongside me, and they love it.

Blueberry Applesauce
(from Tracy Anderson's Metamorphosis Dynamic Eating Plan)

4 apples
1/2 cup blueberries
pinch of cinnamon

Core and slice the apples in half. Steam the apples, then blend them in a food processor with blueberries and cinnamon (to taste) until desired consistency.

That makes one 8 oz serving. Tracy's recipe calls for peeling the apples after you steam them, which I did not do. I like the heft the skin gives the sauce and since they were organic apples I wasn't worried about skeevy chemicals on the peels. I made a huge batch, and just processed it in batches through the Cuisinart, then stored a big bowl of it in the fridge. To give you an idea of quantities, I steamed 18 apples and added 2 cups of blueberries to my a hearty shake (or 10) of cinnamon.

The past three mornings I have given my kids a cup of the blueberry applesauce (which you can see I still left pretty chunky) alongside either protein pancakes, oatmeal (that I also make ahead and keep in the fridge), or Trader Joe's frozen whole wheat waffles. I am able to stick to the eating plan and feel satiated, and they're getting a nice whole fruit treat instead of the regular apple slices or handful of berries with their breakfast.

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