The Scottish Diet!
(The Apple Crumble Diet)
Chances are high that you know, by now, that I'm Scottish, so it's not a big stretch that I love Oatmeal, like any Good Scot! We grow up eating tons and tons of Porridge, and then anything else with lots of Oatmeal in it. When it came time, after my Second Child, Aidan, was about Two, and I still hadn't lost that 'Baby Weight' -- not all of it, since there was a fair bit to lose... Anyway, I knew I had to come up with something that was tasty enough to make me want to eat it, and good enough to replace my delicious Chocolates. And it had to be something I could make quickly and easily, and that I could just incorporate into my regular daily diet.
Quick word about the word 'Diet'. Not a big fan of that word, except in the sense of 'what you might eat each day' in a nice, normal kind of way. I'm no' one for denying myself, if you know what I mean! ha,ha,ha! My take on depriving yourself is that it is a surefire way to prevent weight-loss, since then you're mad that you can't have what you really want (and feel you clearly deserve...!). I think you can still have a treat -- just keep it in moderation, and have your wee treat in the early part of the day. Maybe for a mid-morning snack, or in the middle of the afternoon. It's the Bedtime Cheesecake you want to avoid... If youeat the treats during your busy part of the day, you'll have 'used up' your treat by the time you go to bed.
Oh, and as for the great qualities of Oatmeal (and the Bran & Barley in this Recipe), it's is wonderful for helping with Lowering your Cholesterol, it's a food that 'stays' in your system ('sticks to yer ribs', as they say...), so it digests slowly which is good for maintaining your Blood Sugars (important for Diabetics or when you need to control your Food Intake and Cravings...), and, of course, it's good for 'moving things through' your system. Sorry -- had to say it! Actually, if you or someone you know has IBS, tell them about this Apple Crumble for One so they can give it a try.
Anyway, make up a giant batch of the Apple Crumble Oatmeal Mix, keep it in the Fridge with a jar of Apple Sauce, and have it at least once a day. More often if you are wanting to lose a fair bit of weight. I lost well over 30 pounds on this 'Scottish Diet', but some of it snuck back on, so now I'm back at it. Good thing I love it so very much!
If you want to lose 15 pounds or more, have the Apple Crumble for One for Breakfast, Snacks, and Lunch. When you get down to the last Ten Pounds, or to maintain your New Weight, have the Apple Crumble once or twice a day to keep things nice and stable. (and I feel like 'the last ten pounds' are your own personal decision about how much you think you should weigh, or how you want to look -- not some stooopid number in a book... you know when you look and feel good, so go with your 'gut instinct', so-to-speak, on that one!)
Pop into my Fitness Page to see some easy and very effective exercises you can do at home so you can start to Build Muscle, which is the other Big Key to slimming down and staying in Shape.
Apple Crumble for One
4 Cups of Oatmeal (Quick-cooking Rolled Oats)
1 Cup Flour (Regular, Barley or Whole Wheat... I use the Barley Flour all the time, now.)
1 Cup Bran Flakes
1/2 - 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar (Start with 3/4 cup of Brown Sugar, and gradually use less...)
1 - 2 tbsp. Cinnamon
3/4 to 1 Cup Butter, melted or soft (I always pop it into the microwave for about 30 seconds to melt it.)
2 tsp. Vanilla
Apple Sauce (Just keep a jar of Apple Sauce in the Fridge -- don't add it into the Apple Crumble Mix.)
Optional: You can add any other fruit -- peaches, stawberries, blueberries, raspberries or any other Fruit Mix are delicious. This Dish uses a Full Serving of Fruit, so it's very good for you, too!
I like to put some chopped Pecans or Walnuts sprinkled on the Apple Crumble, and that's really tasty.
You can mix 'n match so you always have 'new' treats!
Blend the Dry Ingredients, then mix in the Butter and Vanilla... I use a Pastry Cutter to mix up a big batch of the Crumble Mixture, but you can use a Spoon and Fork just as well.
Put it in an Air-Tight Container or a Large 'Zip-up' Freezer Bag and pop it in the Fridge.
I put in a 1/4 or 1/2 cup measuring cup -- those plastic ones -- right in the container so I can easily measure out a 1/4 cup for a small serving of the Apple Crumble Treat, or 1/2 cup of the Crumble mix if it's for your Breakfast or Lunch.
(Add a wee bit more Cinnamon if you are dealing with Diabetes, since there have been some studies to indicate that Cinnamon may help in managing your Blood Sugars.)
Peel and Cut One Apple
Pour about a 1/2 Cup of Applesauce into a Bowl.
Peel and Cut 1 Apple into little pieces and put on a plate.
Sprinkle 1/2 a Cup of the Oatmeal Topping over the Fruit.
Pop it in the Microwave for 1 Minute on High.
The Cut Fruit will probably require between 2-5 minutes, depending on how soft the apple is. so the Apple Sauce is much faster and easier.
Voila! You're done and now you have Apple Crumble for One! Good luck with the 'One' bit, though, since it often seems that someone comes into the kitchen just as this comes out of the Microwave who 'just wants a wee bite', then they take at least half of it! ha,ha,ha! But at least they're all eating something tasty and healthy! Now, that's a real treat!
Now, this is why I developed this Recipe -- to help me to lose some weight -- about 30 pounds! No kidding! Check out my Apple Crumble Diet Page if you want to find out how you can lose weight with Apple Crumble, too! It really works!
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