It’s been an emotional day filled with sadness and remembrance at local ceremonies for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, followed by a surprise high for the day from our NFL football team’s big win. Community, family, friends, flags and football — It’s as all-American as apple pie.
As a good habit and rule, my kitchen and refrigerator door typically stay closed after a substantial, filling dinner. Lights out, and that’s it. It may take a while for your own body, habits and associations to adjust or change, but it’s no longer part of my evening routine and rarely missed. Still, despite best efforts, even I get the snack attack at night on occasion! After a day like today, who wouldn’t?!
It may sound ridiculously simple, but instead of chomping on an actual all-American apple pie, I do a lazy skinny version of its warm taste for a healthy snack.
Warm Chopped Apple Cinnamon Recipe:
- Chop one apple on a plate, douse with cinnamon and microwave for one minute. That’s it. What could be simpler?
The apple chunks soften, the steaming aroma of cinnamon permeates the kitchen, and in one minute, I’m satisfying my sweet tooth and nourishing my body. It’s a “lazy skinny” version since I don’t even peel the apple or bake it properly in the oven.
Anything else added to it? Nope. No sprinkles of sugar, honey or additions of nuts needed. I had my full day’s worth of calories, so I kept it simple at under 80 calories for one apple and enjoyed the pure sweet taste of it.
Skinny Hint: Once you remove most sugar out of your life, the sweetness of real food really comes out for you. Back in my old sugar days, this simple warmed apple would NOT taste sweet. But now, my senses are alive and that fruit tastes super sweet. Almost too sweet.
It’s ironic. People tell me that life will be harder without sugar or junk food, yet it really makes life so much easier, balanced, calm and happy.
So get off the sugar and processed food snack roller coaster, and enter the easy life with me!