August Recipe of the Month
And the recipe is - Pineapple & Kiwi fruit crumble
This is a special desert recipe as it cuts away from the standard crumbles you will enjoy. Key nutrition highlights to this desert include the vitamin C from the pineapple. Vitamin C helps maintain an optimal immune function but also is vital for the formation of collagen. Another fruit to mention is kiwi which may improve your mood as a source of serotonin or your ‘happy hormone’. Kiwis are also a great way to keep your gut healthy and can reduce help relieve constipation.
Cinnamon is a great way to add sweetness to the crumble and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. The oat, flaxseed and Corn Thins slices add fibre which helps add a fullness factor you will not normally have in a crumble; This can help with moderation of the desert. Corn Thins slices are also a good source of phosphorous, a mineral needed for strong bones and teeth. Also, magnesium needed for normal muscle contractions, zinc required for healthy immune function and copper required for a healthy heart.
Oats are also a great source of the soluble fibre type called Beta Glucan. This fibre type helps to drag out cholesterol from your body and prevents your body from reabsorbing it. Flaxseeds are a good source of healthy fat too which is mostly unsaturated, this supports a healthy cholesterol.
Selecting extra virgin olive oil adds a heart healthy monounsaturated fat but also over 36 different antioxidants. Antioxidants help to fight off free radicals which can cause damage and disease to the cells of your body. If you opt for the traditional Greek yoghurt you will be giving your body a healthy dose of calcium. This mineral is needed for normal muscle contractions as well as for strong teeth and bones. Yogurt is also a good source of iodine, required for optimal thyroid function and vitamins D. Vitamin D is the key to allow your body to absorb calcium properly and plays a role in supporting your immune function. It is time to move on from the standard apple crumble for desert and try this unique and winning recipe instead. You will thank yourself for giving this recipe a go!