Healthy Apple Pie

  • By Taylor Glover
  • 21 Nov, 2016

Mmmm…Apple Pie. Don’t feel guilty about indulging a little this Thanksgiving. Try our healthy take on American’s favorite dessert for your Thanksgiving table this year!

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/3 cups spelt, white, or Bob's gf flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar of choice or xylitol
  • pinch pure stevia OR additional 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted coconut oil (45g)
  • 2 tbsp water

 

Filling

  • 4 cups peeled apple, sliced thin (400g)
  • pinch stevia OR 1 tbsp pure maple syrup or agave
  • optional 1/2 cup raw walnuts, diced small
  • optional 1/2 cup raisins

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Crumble Topping

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup spelt, white, or bob's gf flour
  • 6 tbsp coconut sugar or brown sugar (or xylitol for sugar-free)
  • pinch pure stevia OR 2 additional tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil, OR 1/4 applesauce for fat-free
  • 1/8 tsp salt


Total Time: 1h Yield: 8-10 slices

 

Instructions

*Note: This recipe calls for an 8-inch springform, but it also works in a 9-inch if you double the entire recipe.

Preheat oven to 350F, line the bottom of an 8-inch springform or removable-bottom tart pan with parchment, and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry crust ingredients, then stir in the oil and water to make a dough. Transfer to the prepared pan, press down hard, and bake 12 minutes on the center rack. Toss the apple and sweetener in a medium bowl, then spread evenly over the baked crust. In a third bowl, combine all crumble ingredients. Sprinkle the crumble evenly over the apples. Bake 50-60 minutes or until apples are soft and tender. Allow to cool 20 minutes before removing the springform.

Original recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie .

By Taylor Glover 16 Dec, 2016

All the deliciousness of mulled cider, but in a single-size serving.

6 oz Crisp Apple Sparkling ICE
1 1/2 oz whisky or apple brandy
1 tsp honey
Cinnamon stick, star anise, and apple slices
 
Coat the bottom of a coffee cup with honey, and add whisky or brandy. Then warm Crisp Apple Sparkling ICE in a small saucepot, and pour it into the glass. Stir the ingredients, and garnish with cinnamon stick, star anise, and apple slices.

160 calories per serving

Recipe courtesy of Sparkling ICE

By Taylor Glover 21 Nov, 2016

Mmmm…Apple Pie. Don’t feel guilty about indulging a little this Thanksgiving. Try our healthy take on American’s favorite dessert for your Thanksgiving table this year!

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/3 cups spelt, white, or Bob's gf flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar of choice or xylitol
  • pinch pure stevia OR additional 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted coconut oil (45g)
  • 2 tbsp water

 

Filling

  • 4 cups peeled apple, sliced thin (400g)
  • pinch stevia OR 1 tbsp pure maple syrup or agave
  • optional 1/2 cup raw walnuts, diced small
  • optional 1/2 cup raisins

·    

Crumble Topping

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup spelt, white, or bob's gf flour
  • 6 tbsp coconut sugar or brown sugar (or xylitol for sugar-free)
  • pinch pure stevia OR 2 additional tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil, OR 1/4 applesauce for fat-free
  • 1/8 tsp salt


Total Time: 1h Yield: 8-10 slices

 

Instructions

*Note: This recipe calls for an 8-inch springform, but it also works in a 9-inch if you double the entire recipe.

Preheat oven to 350F, line the bottom of an 8-inch springform or removable-bottom tart pan with parchment, and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry crust ingredients, then stir in the oil and water to make a dough. Transfer to the prepared pan, press down hard, and bake 12 minutes on the center rack. Toss the apple and sweetener in a medium bowl, then spread evenly over the baked crust. In a third bowl, combine all crumble ingredients. Sprinkle the crumble evenly over the apples. Bake 50-60 minutes or until apples are soft and tender. Allow to cool 20 minutes before removing the springform.

Original recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie .

By Taylor Glover 16 Nov, 2016

Sweet Potato Casserole has one of our favorite vegetables included but don’t let all the marshmallows and extra butter overshadow all the nutrients. Try our healthy version with a secret ingredient to sweeten the deal!

 

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

  • 3 ½ - 4 pounds sweet potatoes (about 5 medium)
  • 2 medium apples (secret ingredient)
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (optional)
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans, lightly toasted

 

Directions:

  1. Scrub and peel the sweet potatoes, then chop them into 1-inch cubes and place in slow cooker. Peel the apples and chop them into 1-inch pieces; add to the slow cooker. Add the water, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Cover and cook on high heat for 3-3 ½ hours, until sweet potatoes are very soft.
  2. Use a potato masher to mash the sweet potatoes and apples until your desired level of smoothness. If you like, you can also use an electric mixer to achieve a smoother consistency.
  3. Add the butter (if using) and milk, and stir until well combined. Sprinkle on the toasted, chopped pecans and set your slow cooker to the “Keep Warm” setting for serving.
By Taylor Glover 14 Nov, 2016
A good way to cut the carbs in your Thanksgiving stuffing and up your protein is to increase sausage or your meat of choice and reduce your servings of bread. Check out our healthy Sausage Stuffing recipe that everyone at your Thanksgiving table will love!

Whole-Wheat Stuffing with Turkey Sausage

Prep: 20 mins

Total time: 1hr 20 mins

Servings: 8

 

Ingredients

·    8 slices whole-wheat bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (7 to 8 cups)

·    1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

·    1 link (8 ounces) Italian turkey sausage, casing removed

·    3 celery stalks, finely chopped

·    3 garlic cloves, minced

·    1 large onion, finely chopped

·    1 1/4 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock

·    1 large egg, lightly beaten

·    1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

·    2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme

·    2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage

Directions:

1.    Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Arrange bread on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until dried out, about 8 minutes. Let cool.

2.    Raise oven temperature to 350 degrees. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Brown sausage, breaking up meat with a wooden spatula, for 4 minutes. Stir in celery, garlic, and onion. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool slightly.

3.    Combine bread, sausage-vegetable mixture, stock, egg, parsley, thyme, and sage in a large bowl. Transfer stuffing to an 11-inch oval baking dish. Cover with parchment-lined foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Turn on broiler. Uncover stuffing, and broil 9 to 10 inches from heat source until top is golden brown and crunchy, about 1 minute. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

 

Original recipe from Martha Stewart.  


By Taylor Glover 09 Nov, 2016

Did you know that traditional Pumpkin pie has 323 of calories and 46 carbs in a slice! Yikes!

Luckily, you can still have your favorite thanksgiving pie without completely falling off of your healthy eating wagon. Follow the link below for a healthier version of our beloved pumpkin pie! With just about 141 calories and only 13.9 carbs!

Total Time: 45m

Yield:   1 pumpkin pie

Ingredients

·      1 can (15oz) pumpkin puree

·      1 (13.5oz) can full-fat coconut milk

·      1/4 cup rolled oats

·      2 tbsp ground flax

·      1/3 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar

·      pinch pure stevia, or 2 tbsp extra brown sugar

·      2 tsp cinnamon

·      1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

·      1/2 tsp salt

·      1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Recipe: Preheat oven to 400F. Blend all ingredients together until smooth, then pour into a prepared pie crust (such as the recipe below) in a 10-inch round pan. Bake 27 minutes (it will still be underdone after this time, which is okay!), let it cool, then refrigerate at least 5 hours uncovered for the pie to thicken and “set.” Note: I’ve not tried this healthy pumpkin pie recipe with any milk other than full-fat canned coconut milk. Feel free to experiment with other milks, but I can’t vouch for the results.

Crust Recipe:

1 1/2 cups ww pastry flour or all-purpose flour (Almond flour may work but I have not tried it. Many readers have said gf all-purpose flour will work.)
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup xylitol or sugar of choice
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil (80g)
2-4 tbsp water (I used 3)
Preheat oven to 200F. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Add oil and stir. Add water as needed until it just sticks together but is not gummy. Press evenly into a 10-inch pie pan. Put the crust in the oven and immediately increase the temperature to 350F. (The crust will rise, so either use pie weights during baking or just press the pie crust back down afterwards.) Bake 15 minutes. Let cool.

Original recipe on  Chocolate Covered Katie

By Taylor Glover 15 Apr, 2016

Youth sports have become more intense and competitive throughout the years. Kids typically find the sport they love early on and spend years playing it. Although, this an example of great dedication, this type of continuous, isolated movement can leave your child vulnerable to muscle, bone and joint injuries.

 

Most sports put pressure and strain on a select group of muscles and joints. When you’re child does this repeatedly during sports training it leaves the neglected muscle groups vulnerable to injury.

 

At Abnormal Fitness Club, we recognize this danger, that’s why we’ve created Abnormal Athletes. The program is designed to strengthen those vulnerable joints and muscles while improving endurance, power and speed. Our trainer will create a customized workout-training plan to fit your child’s specific sport and body.

 

In addition to injury prevention, the Abnormal Athlete program teaches techniques that your child can continue to use as they grow older and progress in their sport. They’ll develop best practices that will help them transition from high school sports to the college level.

 

If you have a child that is involved in sports and would like to know more, call or stop by the gym today!

By Taylor Glover 15 Apr, 2016

What’s a fun and effective way to get fit and burn a serious amount of calories? Our MYZONE MEPs Contest!

 

You’ll assemble your team of 4 to compete to see which teams in the club can earn the highest team average of MEPS in one single month!

 

What are MEPs you might ask? MEP stands for MYZONE Effort Points. A MYZONE belt will be strapped around your torso to track your heart rate. Using MYZONE technology we’ll track your effort and calories burned through the 4 MYZONE phases; blue, green, yellow, and red.

 

Studies show that those who hear others are performing workouts better than they are, begin to push themselves harder than those who don’t experience a competitive pressure. So we’ve created the MYZONE MEPs Contest to push you to perform at your best and kick start your progress.

 

Have a business trip during the month of the contest? That’s okay! With your MYZONE belt you can workout anywhere. It will automatically log your progress and tally your points, no matter where you are when you’re wearing it.

 

So if you’re looking to jump-start your fitness before Spring Break arrives, this is the contest for you! Burn those calories and start seeing the results you’ve been working for. Sign up and see full list of details here.

 

Experience the Abnormal Difference.

By Taylor Glover 15 Apr, 2016

The New Year has arrived and you may be thinking about how you’re going to make changes to live a happier and healthier life. You can do this by making your health your number one priority to start each and every day. No more excuses, no more putting yourself on the back burner while you take care of everyone else. This is your year!

 

80% of people who join a gym in January end up quitting before they’ve hit the five-month mark. Don’t let this be you. Don’t become a statistic. Most of the people who end up quitting their gym are those that never went consistently or stopped having a regular workout schedule soon after joining. This is the secret. Make the commitment to go to your gym to workout on a consistent schedule. The more you go, the faster you’ll see results and the more motivation you’ll have to keep it up.

 

When you begin to make the gym part of your schedule it becomes a habit. It becomes your routine. And you’re body will begin to miss it if you ever stop going. You need to make this commitment from the beginning. Commit to yourself that you will go 3 times a week, 4 times a week, whatever you can commit to, and stick with it.

 

Find a workout class that you love or a trainer that you connect with and let that keep you accountable. Soon you’ll start to see results and no one will be able to keep you away!

 

At Abnormal Fitness Club we have our own commitment. A commitment to help you become the healthiest and happiest you can be. We specialize in customizing a fitness plan specifically for you and your needs. We also offer a wide range of classes from Yoga and Barre, to strength training workouts like SLAM, and Build & Burn. See the results you’ve been yearning for. Experience the Abnormal Difference.

 

Stop on by or call to learn more!

By Taylor Glover 15 Apr, 2016

The holidays bring many opportunities to share time with your loved ones. They also bring lots of opportunities for socializing, eating and drinking. Even the most disciplined people can feel tempted and give in to the holiday feast. To enjoy the holiday season and keep your health and fitness in tact, you need a strategy. Follow these simple tips to stay on track this year!


Don’t go to a party hungry: We often eat faster and more when we are hungry, therefore eat a wholesome, fiber filled breakfast and lunch during the day to avoid overeating at the party.

 

Watch your portions: treat yourself to a nice drink, dessert, chocolate or sweets without guilt, but always watch your portion. Go for small portions . This way you can sample several different foods.
  • Moderation is always the key .

 

Make a conscious choice to limit High Fat food: examples are; Fried Food, Cream Based Soup, Cheesy Casseroles, Pies, Processed meats, most Pastries and Baked Goods.

 

Try different versions of Egg Nog : traditional Egg Nog is made with egg yolks and thick cream. Google “Low Fat Egg Nog” and you will find several recipes for Low Fat Egg Nog.

 

Try other versions of Alcohol: instead of Dark Beer, Cider, Bailey’s and Kahlua, try Light Beer, Dry Wine, Bloody Mary’s or Cocktails with Diet Mixers which have fewer calories. No straws! Don’t t drink your drink, slowly sip it!

  • For every cocktail, have a bottle of water with it to drink , and to keep you feeling a bit full. Have it in a wine glass!

 

Remember: Calories from Alcohol tend to be stored in the Abdomen. People actually gain weight more easily when they consume alcohol, as drinking tends to lead to eating, and usually not the best choices of food. You’re not in your best decision making mode. J

 

Drink plenty of water: Alcohol and Coffee dehydrate your body.

 

Keep up your Physical Activity: Take nice brisk walks with your loved ones and enjoy their company during the holiday season; bring them to a Boot Camp class to show them what you are doing to look so good! You can buy them a workout shirt to wear and have fun spending time together while you’re getting your heart rate up!

 

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips: Recipe Substitutions

If you are the chef of the party, try the following lower-fat recipe substitutions:

 

Recipe Calls for:                             Substitution:

 

1 Whole Egg                                     2 Egg Whites or ¼ cup Egg Beaters ®

 

Sour Cream                                       Low Fat Plain Yogurt or Low Fat Sour Cream

 

Buttermilk                                         (per 8oz.) 2% Milk + 1tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice

 

Whole Milk                                         Skim or 2% Milk

 

Ice Cream                                           Low Fat or Non Fat Frozen Yogurt

 

Whipped Cream                               Low Fat Whipped Products such as *TruWhip ®

 

Cheese                                               Use less and/or choose Low Fat Swiss

 

Salt                                                     Use less and/or Fresh Herbs or Vinegars

 

Ground Beef                                     Ground Veal or Lean Turkey or Chicken Breast

 

All-Purpose Flour                             White Whole Wheat

 

Granulated Sugar                             Truvia or Stevia or Splenda Sugar Blends

 

(*Similar to Cool Whip ®, minus the Hydrogenated Oils and Trans Fats)

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