Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween Post Bariatric Surgery Survival Tips

Mmmm fall apples from the Farmer's Market and summer cherries I froze when they were super cheap... cooking this dessert made my house smell amazing.


Shelly's Apple Cherry Crumb

2 Apples, chopped
2/3 cup Cherries (I used frozen)
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Caramel - on sale now)
dash of Cinnamon

Topping
1/3 cup Raw Almonds
1/3 cup Oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Caramel)
1 Tablespoon Almond Butter
1 Tablespoon Cold Butter

Chop apples. Toss with cherries, SF syrup, and cinnamon and cook for low for 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Spoon an equal amount in each of the 4 ramekins. Set aside.

Whiz almonds in a mini food processor till fine. Add the rest of the ingredients and whiz again till thoroughly mixed. Sprinkle clumps of the topping equally over each ramekin of fruit. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until golden. You can eat them warm but I prefer them chilled.

Try them chilled with a squirt of Sugar Free Land o Lakes Whipped Cream, a drizzle of SF Caramel Sauce (Smucker's makes it), Warm Vanilla Custard (my favorite) or a scoop of Protein Ice Cream.

This was a great fall dessert and waaaaay better for you than those "Fun Size" candy bars. Who came up with "Fun Size?!" there's nothing fun about them 4 = approximately 320 calories.

Speaking of Halloween candy... here's a fun gadget and a few tips that help me around this time of year when those pretty little candy bars are everywhere.

Halloween: Post Bariatric Surgery Survival Tips

* Don't buy candy till Halloween Day. It's cheaper and they won't be calling to you from the cupboard a week beforehand.
* Buy the candy you hate... if you heart Snickers buy Sweet Tarts. Something you wouldn't want.
* Better yet. Buy a non-candy treat to giveaway to the trick or treaters. Do your part to help end childhood obesity. The neighborhood kids will get plenty of chocolate even if you don't pass it out.
* Eat properly (protein dense meals) and drink plenty of water. If you are full from good stuff you will be less apt to want to snack.
* Just stay away. We are always going to have temptations... foods from our former fat days that will be around, sometimes even shoved under our nose. Keep a before picture in your purse and take a glance at it. The choice is yours but know this... you can't continue the same behavior as you did before weight loss surgery and expect to come up with a different result.


Some yummy seasonal weight loss surgery friendly treats:

Shelly's Pumpkin Protein Souffle
Shelly's Pumpkin Spice Protein Ice Cream
Shelly's Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte
Shelly's 5 Minute Pumpkin Spice Protein Cake
Shelly's Roasted Pears with sweetened Ricotta and Caramel
Shelly's Mini Fall Spice Protein Donuts
Shelly's Apple Flat Out Pizza
Shelly's Open Faced Apple Sandwiches

5 comments:

di said...

We've been making fall treats of the non-sugar variety; roasted pumpkin seeds, granola and savory mixed nuts. I am going to bake cut-out cookies, but those are to give away for an event.

cjblue said...

Hey Shelley, a quick question: I found your site a while ago but am just now starting to use some of your recipes. As a vegetarian quiche lover, your Bites are where I started and they're awesome! But I'm afraid I might want to live on Bites for a while. Have you ever tried them with Egg Beaters? Also (I guess it's 2 questions), do you have a basic formula for Bites? 5 eggs, spices, 1 C cheeses...?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Di, Stuff like that makes it feel like Fall :)

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Cjblue, Thank you. Glad you are enjoying them. Try that casserole (chick pea one) from the other day... just ax the meat or use soy crumbles soooo good.

Yeah bites are basically 5 eggs and 2 to 2 1/2 cups of stuff.

Here's my master list:

http://theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.com/2009/10/party-time-confetti-bites.html

The confetti bites are the lastest veggie ones.

~M



~Michelle

juls said...

I love your ideas. If the candy is there I will comsume!!!

Anonymous said...

I made this tonight and it was great! I didn't have those cute little dishes so I made it in a 8x8 pan and me and the family wolfed it down. I have bags of pitted cherries from my tree out front.
I'll be making this again.
Thanks,
Debra