My favorite gluten-free dessert

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Apple Crumble
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Ingredients
  1. 8 organic apples
  2. Juice of 2 lemons
  3. Zest of 1 lemon
  4. 1 T arrow root powder
  5. 2 T Rapadura, Succanat, or coconut sugar
  6. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
For topping
  1. 3/4 cup (organic) roasted almonds or "Crispy Almonds" (soaked and dried)
  2. 3/4 cup arrowroot powder
  3. 6 T organic butter, softened
  4. ¼ cup Rapadura, Succanat, or coconut sugar
  5. ¼ tsp celtic sea salt
  6. 1-2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. ½ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Cut apples into slices or small chunks. (You want to be able to scoop up a bite with both apple and crumble, so cut the apples fit on your spoon). Toss apples with lemon juice and lemon zest.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together: arrowroot powder, sugar, and cinnamon then toss with apples. Pour the apple mixture into a buttered baking dish.
Crumble
  1. Put almonds in a food processor, spice or coffee grinder. (A high speed blender also works). Process to a powder; it's okay to leave some of it chunky. If using a Food Processor, add butter, arrowroot, sugar, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon and process until smooth. (I grind the almonds in my coffee grinder and then mix the crumble together with my hands in a bowl). Crumble the mixture on top of the apples.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, until the crumble is golden and the apples have a syrupy coating (not shown in this picture). Serves well with real whipped cream, crème fraiche, cream or coconut milk.
Notes
  1. I recommend doubling the 'topping' ingredients, it's the best part and I feel shorted if I don't have enough crumble. You can also use this recipe for a Berry Crumble, just leave out the cinnamon. One large bag (16 ounces) of any frozen (or fresh) berries.
Adapted from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
Adapted from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
Marcie Goldman http://www.marciegoldman.com/

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5 Non-Food Ways To Boost Digestion

Did you know that stress is a big reason for poor digestion? Of course food matters, but optimal digestion involves more factors than what’s on your plate. To improve digestion I recommend my clients integrate these 5 non-food related activities.

  • Spend time in nature. Interact with animals. Return to Mother Earth. It’s time for you to remember who you are. Deepening your connection to the divine source will uplift you and de-stress you.
  • Instead of looking at what you’re eating, look at how you’re eating. Stop eating so fast. Panicked eating is stressful eating. Slow down. Savor. Stress chemistry is a major reason for poor digestion. It’s crucial to reverse that and give the body “happy chemistry.”
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Have you ever said those words to yourself?

I certainly have and what usually follows isn’t pretty.

This particular thought is a nasty one. You know why? Because it comes across as “smart.” It’s like the more you tell yourself you’re wrong, the sooner you can right your wrongs.

Let me ask you… “how’s that working for you?”

If you’re honest with yourself, you will agree, it’s not working. For the majority of my clients, wanting health & fitness does not always get you health and fitness. Neither does scolding yourself for a “bad day.”

It’s time to call this thought out for what it is: “I age badly today” is a self-improvement landmind that denotes negativity, self-doubt, blame and shame and has never improved the body or the mind. 

This post isn’t a confessional, but a call to action. 

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