eats | apple crumble

The coldest days here are always July. 
Yesterday we spent the morning at a playground and the cold was biting my toes and nudging at my bones, despite wearing billions of layers. 
The cold put a stop to my idea of an afternoon run, and instead all I wanted was to curl up with something deliciously warm in my hands to ward off the ice. 
Apple crumble is traditionally made with a lot of sugar, but now that my palate has changed and I don’t eat as much of the refined stuff anymore, I really love this version. It’s warm and sweet, yet nourishing enough that I even ate it for breakfast this morning with a big dollop of greek yoghurt!
Perfect for a frosty morning, or an evening cosied up under a blanket. I made it in my Thermomix but it would be easy enough to make by stewing the apples on the stove, and crushing the nuts in a clean tea towel with a rolling pin. Enjoy!

Sugar-free easy Apple Crumble
Serves approx 5
 

Ingredients
Filling:
8 granny smith apples, peeled and cut into eighths
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon water

Crumble topping:
1 cup oats
2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter
1/2 cup almonds or other nuts of choice
2 tablespoons rice malt or maple syrup
2/3 cup shredded coconut

Stew the apples with the cinnamon and water either on the stovetop on low, stirring occasionally or in the Thermomix at 100 degrees/reverse/sp 1 for about 13 minutes.
Place stewed apple evenly on the bottom of a small oven-proof dish. Pre-heat your oven to 160*C.

Blend all crumble ingredients in a blender or Thermomix for 6 seconds on a medium speed, being careful to only combine the ingredients and chop the nuts slightly – you want the crumble to still be crumbly, not completely blended together.

Layer the crumble over the top of the apple and sprinkle the cinnamon and nutmeg on the top before placing it into the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the top becomes golden and crisp. Serve with pouring cream, or yoghurt if you’re like me and you want some for breakfast!

xx

eats | quinoa salad & when I failed quitting sugar

I had goals. 
I was going to be able to regularly run 10k. Okay at least 7.
I was going to be fit and healthy and quit sugar forever, and lose the very last 5kg and be at my pre-pre-pre pregnancy weight. 

I did quit sugar for 8 weeks. I did lose a few kgs. When I was running, I stretched to what felt like my limit of 5km and I was really, really proud.
I even spoke at a womens event about my journey to health, quitting sugar, and how much God desires us women to be at our very best, and to look after the body we’ve been given.  

And then complacency kicks in. And the quitting sugar program finishes. And uni gets hard, and assignments came one after the other. And I got a cold and couldn’t exercise.
And before I know it I’m stuffing my face with McDonalds on weekends, and back to having chocolate biscuits with my nightly cup of tea, and can barely run the shortest route without feeling like the exercise is killing me.

WHAT. HAPPENED?!

Life happened. I dropped the ball. And for a few weeks I tried to pick it up again almost daily, and failed miserably. Ice-cream kept forcing its way into my home and my freezer and my mouth and there was always a reason why I couldn’t run… seriously those tiny grey clouds looked like they were possibly holding a storm full of rain.

But I’m trying again. I fast-walked/jogged a hilly seven kilometres this morning and my head already feels lighter and my body feels more awake. I’ve cooked a big batch of quinoa which I’ll keep in the fridge for the next 3-4 days and create a salad with it each day. I’ll re-visit my I Quit Sugar recipes, and meal plan. Ice-cream won’t hitch a ride home with me this week. I can give this fitness thing another go.

I’m giving myself tiny goals this week, and l’ll make them bigger next week.
Failing isn’t a terrible thing, as long as we’re willing to try again, right?!
And fitness resolutions don’t have to wait till January 1. And they don’t have to involve ridiculous and unattainable goals. Start where you’re at today and finish 2015 stronger.

xx

PS: my quinoa salad: cooked quinoa, chopped cucumber, red onion, avocado, feta, cherry tomatoes, spinach with home made mayonnaise tossed through and a little bit of salt & pepper. Fresh and easy.