By: Sarah Grace, Gamma Iota-University of Florida, Fresh Fit N Healthy
Hi my name is Sarah Grace, and I’m a member of the Gamma Iota chapter here at the University of Florida! After discovering my growing passion for healthy cooking and fitness as I came to college, I started a blog called Fresh Fit N Healthy last spring in order to share what I love to do and help those around me live a healthy and fit life. It has made my heart so happy to see what doors God has already opened for me.
The holidays are one of my favorite times of the year. Not only because it is a chance to enjoy all of the delicious, seasonal flavors in my kitchen, but because it means time spent with family. Luckily for me, whether I am here at college or back in my hometown, I feel like I am at home with family. Alpha Delta Pi has truly become my home away from home. Living with three of my lovely sisters here at college, they are always getting excited when they see me in the kitchen again. “Do we get to try?!”, they ask eagerly. Of course, the answer is always yes. They have not only made my house such a welcoming and warm place to come home to each day, but have served as my loyal taste testers. One thing they have had to get use to is recipes involving pumpkin (I have a whole tab dedicated to pumpkin on my blog).
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I finally have had a reason to experiment daily with this lovely winter squash in order to create new, tasty pumpkin recipes each week. I will leave you off with an easy, yet so delicious recipe, my Crock Pot Pumpkin Apple Butter. It’s the perfect spread to put out at any time of the day. Whether on toast, in oatmeal, on top of pancakes, or even just sneaking a big spoonful of it, this will be sure to bring holiday cheer to your home. At least I know this will be a recipe cooking up holiday (and ADPi) cheer in my kitchen this year!
❤ Sarah Grace
-Makes about 1 16oz jar-
-2 cups Pumpkin Puree (one pie pumpkin, cooked and blended)
-1 Apple, sliced thin
-1/2 cup Apple Juice or Coconut Water
-1/4 cup Brown Sugar
-1/4 cup Baking Stevia (or sugar of choice)
-1/4 teaspoon each: Nutmeg, Ginger, Cloves
-1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
-1/2 teaspoon Lemon Juice
-Dash of Sea Salt
Directions: Add all ingredients in crock-pot, and stir until all ingredients are combined. Cover crock-pot, and turn crock-pot on low. Allow to slow cook for 3 to 4 hours. Turn crock-pot off. Allow to cool. Place crock-pot contents into high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to 16oz jar, and keep refrigerated. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before using.
Tip: Don’t have a crock-pot? Simply cook on low heat in a covered pot on the stove for about one to two hours.
*Recipe can be found at: http://freshfitnhealthy.com/2013/10/21/crockpot-pumpkin-apple-butter-reciperedux/
Sarah Grace is an ADPi sister of the Gamma Iota chapter at the University of Florida. She loves the Lord and living a healthy and fit lifestyle. She is currently a junior and majoring in the field of Dietetics/ Food Science and Human Nutrition. She began her college career as a D1 student athlete on the UF Cross Country team, but resigned after her first year in order to have time for her passions. She is now Founder and Vice President of the Culinary Arts Student Union, and an Assistant Director for Panhellenic Council, and Corresponding Secretary for Alpha Delta Pi. Even her busy lifestyle, her fitness and health remain important, and is the reason she founded her blog, FreshFitNHealthy last Spring. Her desire is to help others live a healthy and fit life in sharing some of her nutritious yet delicious recipes, along with her spiritual thoughts, and workouts.