Who doesn’t love the comforting taste of freshly baked or poached apples? Good old humble apples are staple fruits for most cultures and having them first thing in the morning is on par with ticking a ‘An apple a day keeps a doctor away’ box for the rest of the day! Remember, although apples are not very luxurious or exotic they are nutritional power houses brim-full of Vitamin C, Iron and Pectin which is a type of fibre that keeps your colon healthy and you regular (which is always a bonus). Eating apples also helps lower your cholesterol levels and keep your cardiovascular system healthy! This dish takes probably less than 5 minutes to make and I can assure you once you get the hang of preparing it, you most definitely will not have any leftover apples sitting in your fruit bowl for weeks!
Ingredients: (makes 2 portions)
– 2 apples (any sort, but ideally not green)
– 3-4 plums
– 100 ml of freshly boiled water
– Pistachio nuts (10 pieces)
– Vanilla extract
– Soy yoghurt (2 table spoons)
1. Slice apples and plums in half moon shapes. Keep them ‘not too thin, not too thick’ size per piece. Place sliced pieces in a medium size pot and turn on the hob on a medium flame/heat.
2. Boil a kettle of water: for this breakfast recipe you need no more than 100ml of freshly boiled water.
3. Keep the fruit in a dry pot but with a heat on. Once the water is boiled add 100 ml to the fruit, turn up the heat to high, close the lid and let flash-stew for no longer than 5 minutes.
4. Add vanilla extract and a pinch of Stevia and turn off the heat completely.
5. Let the fruit sit in the liquid with a lid on for another 30 seconds to allow the mix of stevia and vanilla do their trick.
6. Dish up in breakfast bowls, including some of the cooking liquid and then add chopped pistachios.
7. Add final drizzle of soyayoghurt around the fruit and let the cooking juices mix in with the yogurt.
Any of the ingredients can be adjusted according to your nutritional programme: if you are not keen on soya yoghurt, then definitely include coconut one. Equally, a traditional cow’s or sheep’s yoghurt can be used, adding Quark cheese will make the dish richer in texture and very high in protein. If apples and plums are not the fruits that you go gaga for, then pears or apricots can be equally delicious substitutes. You can also play with toppings by switching to various seeds (sesame and sunflower are always delicious with fruits). If you want to keep the fat content very low then forgo nuts or seeds toppings and add ½ scoop of protein powder to a cooled dish or sprinkle with a bit of bee pollen to increase its anti-oxidants levels.
Wishing you a great health and Bon Appetite.
Disclaimer: please consult your health care practitioner or doctor if you experience any health problems before making drastic changes to your diet and daily eating habits.