I am right in the middle of the first 20-Day Sugar (and more) Detox that I have led in 2019. This is the third group I have taught to kick their sugar habit to the curb and the first time I have gone along for the ride in a long time. That’s not because I didn’t think I needed to or not that I didn’t want to participate before now but because I really let my food guard down during the Christmas holidays. I blame it all on my dear dad who made sure to have my mom’s crystal candy dish well stocked with my favourite spearmint leave candies. No, I don’t blame my dad. I don’t blame myself. I made the choice to eat all those candies and I enjoyed every single one of them. I my have eaten a few butter tarts too?
No matter what I ate I promise you I savoured every bite knowing it was a treat, something I only ate now and then. In years past I wouldn’t have even gave it much thought which was how I approached eating in general. I ate because I was sort of hungry or because my brain was in search of the next sugar fix. Now, each time I eat I actually take a moment to think about it and ask myself three questions: Am I really hungry? Will it nourish me? Is this what I really want? I also ponder how I am going to feel after I eat it so I guess that’s four. If I say no to one or all of them I will usually close the fridge door (most of the food I eat is fresh and stored in the refrigerator) and walk out of the kitchen for a few minutes and then try again. If I still can’t find my yes I eat baby dill pickles out of the jar while standing at the kitchen counter doing calf raises. “It’s in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” – Tony Robbins
Eat well. Live Better.
Author: Cassie Elliott
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minute
- 1 medium Granny Smith apple
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp (plus 1 tsp for garnish) chopped pecans
- 1 400 ml can of coconut milk (refrigerate for at least 4 hours to allow the cream to harden at the top)*
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Peel the apple and cut into 1/4 thick slices.
- Heat coconut oil in skillet over medium-low heat.
- Add apples and saute for approximately 4 – 5 minutes.
- Add cinnamon and pecans and cook for another 3 -4 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Place in two bowls and top with whipped coconut milk.
To make the whipped coconut milk: open the can gently making sure not to shake it. You want the coconut water and the milk to remain separated. Spoon the milk into a chilled glass or stainless steel bowl. Add vanilla and whip until stiff peaks form.
*I recommend whipping the coconut milk 30 minutes before you are going to serve to allow it to set up.