Eating healthy on Thanksgiving ft. a no-bake apple dessert recipe

Thanksgiving is just two days away and if you've been trying to eat healthier, there's no reason to blow the diet now.

Barrett Henson, owner of the Berkley and West Bloomfield Fit Body Bootcamp, joins FOX 2, along with nutrionist and trainer Rosie Reilly.

They explain their methods:

"Use Whole Foods / Less is More: Use whole, non-processed foods rather than those packaged in boxes. We tend to get in the habit of adding sauces, dressings, and sugars to our recipes to add perceived "flavor." In reality, those additives are just adding calories. If you want flavor, reach for the spices; not the sauces. 

Don't Drink Your Calories: Focus on eating calories, rather than drinking them. Seasonal beverages are loaded with sugars and excess calories that tend to add up. Reach for water! 

Go for the SPLIT: Life is about choices, and we fortunately have a great deal of them in today's world. Let's face it, we are going to indulge a little… maybe it's seconds, dessert, drinks, etc… Don't go for it all. Pick / choose your one, and stick with it!"

No-Bake Apple Dessert recipe: 

½  creamy all natural Peanut Butter (no sugar added) 
¼ cup coconut oil (measure out in liquid form) 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons natural honey
¼  - ½  cup shredded unsweetened coconut
½  tsp apple pie spice
½ t bsp cinnamon
1.25 cups of oats
1 apple, diced
 ½  cup dark chocolate (72% cocoa or more) (optional)

Instructions: 
1. Line miniature muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
2. Place a small pot over medium heat. Add in the peanut butter and the coconut oil. (Measure the coconut oil in its liquid state)
3. Add in Apples and stir in until coated
4. Optional*(Remove from heat and add in the chocolate and stir constantly until all the chocolate is melted)
5. Add in the vanilla and salt. Stir in the honey. Stir in the coconut and old-fashioned oats.
6. Use a cookie scoop to scoop out and tightly compress the mixture into cookies. If you don't have a cookie scoop, these don't hold too well with your hands so try to use two spoons to form balls.
7. Drop into the prepared muffin tin and place in the fridge for an hour (or freezer for about 15 minutes) until the cookies have become solid. Once solid, you can remove them from the paper liner and compress them in between your hands into a cookie shape (or eat them in ball shape!)
8. These are best stored in an airtight container in the fridge but they can be left at room temperature.
 

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