Words of Support and Encouragement Week of August 30, 2010


Autumn is just around the corner, and with this beautiful season comes great cooking ingredients!  Local farms and orchards are overflowing with apples, squash, and late season greens.  This is the perfect time to experiment with some healthy stews, roasts, and desserts.
One of my favorite ways to celebrate the season and also kick the PCOS sugar craving is to bake some freshly picked apples.  This is incredibly quick and easy to do – and still healthy!  There are a few ways to do it, but here are two of my favorites:
-Slice a few apples and place in your slowcooker/crock pot with a bit of cinnamon and a just wet the bottom with water.  If you are really in need of some sweet, add a little honey or maple syrup!  Then…wait!  Once the apples are tender, take them out and enjoy!
-Core the apples and stuff with raisins, walnuts, and cinnamon (again – honey or maple syrup if you really need the sweet!).  Place in a baking dish with about ¾ inch water, and bake at 350 until tender.  Very simple!
The key to this dessert is: not too much sweet, and plenty of cinnamon.  The cinnamon helps to regulate your insulin level, and not adding too much sugar/honey/maple syrup keeps it on the healthier side.
PCOS girls – enjoy!
If you have any diet questions, call CNY Healing Arts to schedule an appointment with Heather Neely, RD, our registered dietitian by calling 315.671.5755.