KETO LOW-CARB APPLE-BUTTER (HEART HEALTHY)
Keto Low-Carb Apple-Butter is low in butter and carbs. This preserve/sauce can also be prepared for your Keto Low-Carb diet. After all, apples consumed in moderation are Keto compliant.
As an indigenous person, I used to visit our First Nation’s Reserve called Curve Lake and do the sweat lodges with our late medicine man, Jake Pine. I always felt that a session in the lodge can heal all spiritual and emotional wounds. It’s such an incredible experience.
I miss Jake and Mary Pine. Unfortunately, Jake and Mary could no longer do the sweat lodges on the reserve for governmental reasons. I grieved the loss of the sweat lodges and my time with Jake and Mary.
In any case, Jake once told me that we should not only eat local at all times but also seasonal. As a First National medicine man who listened to the forest, Jake told me that our bodies should only ingest foods from our local environment. In other words, as a Canadian, I should not be eating mangoes, pineapples, and bananas. Jake said that our bodies are in tune with our environment and should only ingest fruits from our own climate. This is how to keep our health optimal, he said. (Of course, I’m paraphrasing.)
In my province, we celebrate local apples of every variety in the fall. It is such a lovely feeling to take autumn day trips to view the turning leaves of red, gold, and orange and buy freshly picked, local apples.
We enjoy apples throughout the year. Because they are a low glycemic fruit, apples are Keto compliant.
The other day while shopping I noticed the “day old” shelf and upon it were very ripe McIntosh apples on sale. I bought about 3 pounds, deciding to make apple butter. I’ve always enjoyed apple butter on pork ribs. Pork is a sweetmeat and so is always complimented by fruit like apples.
Apple butter is really just slow-cooked apples with added apple cider vinegar (to add sourness), sweetener of choice and spices of choice. You can use apple pie spice or even pumpkin pie spice. The slow cooking process allows the apples to caramelize and turn deep brown. The sugar adds sweetness, of course, but also acts as a preserve giving your butter some shelf life.
You can use any apples of choice. I’ve read that the best apples to use are Golden Delicious, Fuji, Gala and McIntosh. Soft varieties add texture and firmer varieties add tanginess. Personally I choose the least expensive apples available or ones on sale.
WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF KETO LOW-CARB APPLE-BUTTER?
What is the nutritional value of Keto Low-Carb Apple-Butter? The old adage claims that an apple a day will keep the doctor away. I’m not sure that this is true. However, apples are super healthy. They contain antioxidants the ward off free radicals. They are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Apples help with weight loss, are good for your heart and your gut. Apples have a prebiotic effect and promote good gut bacteria. Remember this fruit still contains carbs. So be sure to include the net carbs from the apple into your daily macros.
WHAT IS THE TASTE PROFILE OF KETO LOW-CARB APPLE-BUTTER?
What is the taste profile of Keto Low-Carb Apple-Butter? The predominant taste sensations is sweetness (from the caramelized apple sugars and your sweetener), and spiciness. As for flavors, apple-butter has a hint of warm cinnamon spice, but mostly it just tastes like apples. It possesses an intense apple flavor, because it is essentially just apples cooked down and concentrated to their essence.
WHAT WINE HARMONIZES WITH KETO LOW-CARB APPLE-BUTTER?
Let’s talk wine with Keto Low-Carb Apple-Butter. With the predominant taste sensation being sweetness from the apple butter, you’ll need to pair any dish using this butter with a crisp, white wine with excellent acidity and sweetness to match. Remember if the dish is sweeter than the wine, the wine will taste like paint thinner. In following a Keto diet or in living a low-carb lifestyle, we don’t want to use up your carbs on a glass of wine. Why add the extra carbs to your meal when you can find zero carb wines! You have a couple of options:
- Drink whatever wine you like (as long as it’s bone dry) and don’t worry about pairing the wine to dish. Enjoy your wine the way you like it.
- If you like to create harmony between the wine and the food, you’ll need some sweetness in the wine to match the apple butter sweetness. Add a pinch of stevia or monk fruit sweetener to your glass of wine. Choose a white like Riesling or Gewurztraminer or a pink rose. These varieties taste great when bone dry or sweet. So they taste great with the added sweetener. The wine’s sweetness will nicely offset the heat and spice.
- You can add move lemon juice to the butter so that it is tangy rather than sweet and pair the food with a crisp, dry white wine like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio, dry Riesling, or dry Gewurztraminer.
*Wine Tips: To support your Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, choose low-carb, low-sugar, and low-alcohol wines that are free of additives and artificial coloring. Include your wine carb macros as part of your meal. Remember, your liver will process alcohol before nutrients, pausing ketone creation and slowing the ketosis process. Your body will also metabolize alcohol as fuel before using food. This can slow fat burning and may cause your body to store carbs, fat, and protein as excess body fat. Alcohol consumption also stimulates the appetite. So, drink low-sugar, low-carb, and low alcohol wines in moderation.
WHAT OTHER KETO LOW-CARB HEALTHY HEART RECIPES CAN I ENJOY?
WHAT IS SHARI MAC’S PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION FOR YOUR KETO LOW-CARB DIET?
OMG, the Ninja NC301 CREAMi Ice Cream Maker is the BEST appliance I’ve bought for myself to support my Keto diet. I stand behind this product 100%. I eat healthy high protein, sugar-free ice cream every night. I experiment with different ingredient combinations all the time. I purchased 5 additional containers so that I can make a week’s worth of ice cream at one time. I’ve made ice cream with cottage cheese and almond milk with protein powder; tofu with almond milk and protein powder; fat-free plain yogurt with almond milk and sugar-free jello and more! The machine shaves frozen pints perfectly with its one-touch programs.. You can prepare ice cream, sorbet, gelato, milkshake, smoothie bowl, lite ice cream and more. Prep your base, freeze overnight, process, and enjoy!
Sometimes it takes more than one spin to get your desired texture. Select the re-spin function if, after processing, you want your processed treat softer and creamier. This unit is ONLY compatible with the Ninja CREAMi NC299 and NC300 pint accessories. It will NOT fit the NC100, NC200 or NC500 Series pints.
With the Ninja Creami you can enjoy healthy treats that taste just as good as regular ice cream loaded in bad saturated fat, sugar, and preservatives.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN APPLE SAUCE AND APPLE-BUTTER?
First, there is no butter in Keto Low-Carb Apple-Butter! Apple-butter is basically a condensed, caramelized version of apple sauce. It’s more like a preserve or jam. Applesauce is a fairly quick process, cooked apples run through a food mill. Apple butter is cooked down even more until it becomes a thicker and more intensely apple favored sauce. Apple sauce is usually plain, containing nothing more than apples. Apple-butter, however, includes spices, such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger. You can also add a combination spice like pumpkin spice to your butter.
HOW CAN YOU USE KETO LOW-CARB APPLE-BUTTER?
Keto Low-Carb Apple-Butter can be used as an ingredient in a whole array of recipes, such as in cookies, cakes, muffins, on Keto waffles. Apple-butter also tastes fabulous over Cheddar Chaffles! Apple and cheddar are classic partners. Use this apple-butter as a spread on a pork or chicken. How about a Keto Low-Carb Chaffles sandwich with shredded pork, apple-butter, and cheddar? Or Keto Low-Carb cheddar and apple-butter grilled cheese? You can also use this condiment as a topping on protein waffles or in Keto muffins. You can also add a hefty dollop to pumpkin or butternut squash soup. The list of uses is endless.
WHAT ARE THE BEST APPLES TO USE FOR KETO LOW-CARB APPLE-BUTTER?
For the making of Keto Low-Carb Apple-Butter choose softer apple varieties, such as Fuji, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, or Jonagold. These varieties work well because they cook down faster. Create interesting versions of butter by mixing apple varieties. Combine Smith, Fuji, and Honey Crisp, for example, to come up with your own personal recipe.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE KETO LOW-CARB APPLE-BUTTER?