As you know from previous blogs, I believe that some times unhealthy choices can be the best choice. We have talked about this in classes recently. As Canadians we do not enjoy our meals. Too busy to sit and have dinner together during the week, eating our lunch at our desk and scarfing down breakfast on the commute into work. I think it is time we look to our European friends who enjoy every meal. Many still go home for lunch. Meal times are a celebration. We do not enjoy food anymore, it is just a source of fuel to keep us going to the next task.
Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to sit and enjoy a feast together. There is nothing better than a big yummy dinner that lasts for hours. Surrounded by people who make you happy. However if you are concerned about your weight or trying to make healthier choices, you may be dreading this weekend. The average person will consume approximately 3000-4500 additional calories over the Thanksgiving weekend [www.wowweightloss.ca]. That sounds scary, but you can enjoy with moderation and if you eat well one weekend will not put you over the edge.
The key is to a healthier Thanksgiving is in the choices you make. Make the healthiest choice and enjoy the not so healthy choices guilt free. Have light meals leading up to dinner, but make sure you eat well so that when dinner is put on the table you are not starving. Look at your recipes and try to substitute the unhealthy for healthier options. There are many resources on the internet (I know I just gave you a big tip you hadn’t heard before). Coconut oil is a great fat substitute, I won’t go into detail here – check out one of our previous blogs for more info on Coconut Oil; http://www.atthebarrelondon.ca/2014/10/.
Here is my Crumble Recipe; it is so good you can enjoy for breakfast:
1½ cup rolled oats
½ cup Almond flour or any flour that fits your needs
½ coconut oil melted
¹/3 cup coconut sugar
½ cup chopped pecans (or any nuts you like)
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp hemp hearts
Really you can add any seed or nut you like!!
6 cups apple cubed
1 tsp cinnamon (or more – if you like)
Pinch of salt
Fresh cranberries, raspberries or rhubarb are also tasty additions, just reduce the amount of apples.
Combine all the ingredients in the crust, use about 1/2 for the bottom of the pile plate. I like to use ramekins for personal serving sizes, just make sure you coat the bottom of what ever you use with butter or coconut oil to keep crust from sticking. Then put in the apple mixture and pat the remainder of the crust on top of the apples. I even enjoy for breakfast!
Bake at 350º for 50-60 minutes – until fruit bubbles
Most of all don’t fill your plate. Take a small sampling of your favourite dishes. Take your time, enjoy every bite and the company around the table.