Good morning!

How was your weekend? My time here in Bahrain is flying by and I can’t believe it’s Monday already. On Saturday I had a great time enjoying the race atmosphere at Challenge Bahrain, but I’ll tell you more about that in my next post. Today I wanted to give you a little snapshot of my vacation so far (as in, the food part), plus a recipe and a giveaway!

Bahrain sunset

As I mentioned in my goals for December, part of my plan for this trip was to relax and also to get some good outdoor training in. The training part has been great, and I’ve gone on a couple of outdoor runs in the area. Because of my commitment to getting plenty of sleep, I’ve been running way later than usual – pretty much in full sun. Ho. Ly. Smokes is it ever hot! Still, it feels good to be outside and I have the lovely pool on our compound to jump into afterwards which was a big incentive to get ‘er done!

Training in Bahrain

(Those shoes you see are the new New Balance Fresh Foam Zante, due out in 2015. I was sent a pair to try and they’re pretty awesome! Weight-wise they’re super light and therefore perfect for travel. More about these in a future post.)

If you’re wondering where the relaxation part comes in, don’t you worry – there has been lots of that! In addition to sleeping a solid 9 hours per night, we’ve had some amazing, delicious, totally over the top meals, including a huge brunch at one of Bahrain’s hotels, the Sofitel.

Sofitel beach

The Sofitel hosted the athletes for Challenge Bahrain this weekend, and I was totally starstruck when I saw this year’s Ironman Kona champion Sebastian Kienle and 3rd place finisher Jan Frodeno walk past our table. The fangirl in me wanted to jump up and take six squillion photos with them but at the same time I knew it probably wouldn’t be socially acceptable. Plus, I don’t like people getting between me and my food when I’m hungry, and as 2 pro triathletes, I don’t think they’d have appreciated the interruption either! Still, both awesome dudes in my opinion.

Annnnyways… the food.

Breads

Italian salads

Where do I even start. There was everything from fresh juices to champagne to drink, as well as an enormous salad bar with heaps of seafood on ice and smoked salmon, of which I consumed plenty.

Seafood on Ice

seafod plate and salad

There was also a big assortment of sushi, a DIY-pho making bar…

Pho Making Station

… and a stir fry bar with a big assortment of veggies, noodles, fish and meats. I had not one but TWO bowls of stir fried veggies and fish, and words can’t even begin to describe the foodgasms. In the words of white girls commenting on Tumblr photos, I couldn’t even.

Stir Fry Station

Seafood on Ice

I’m definitely more a fan of savoury and spicy things, but there was also no shortage of sweets.

Sofitel dessert station

Sofitel Desserts

Chocolate fountain

Marshmallows

My dessert was 2 plates of fruit with heavy emphasis on the watermelon because it’s going to be a looooong time before that’s back in season again in Canada.

fruit plate

Dad and I in a hammock

Hanging out in a hammock with my dad post-brunch

So as you can see, it’s been a really, really terrible time so far. 😉

Moving on, I want you to have a little deliciousness in your day as well. Once in a while I put out a call for new recipe requests, and recently several of you asked for healthier versions of classic winter-y desserts. Not long ago I was feeling the need for the same, so I pulled together a few simple ingredients and got to work.

ingredients for healthy apple crisp

This Clean Eating-Approved Apple Crisp for One is the perfect mix of tartness, sweetness and spice. Feel free to use whatever kind of apples you like, but I recommend honeycrisp or pink lady because they’re just the freaking best. For the topping, I used a mixture of Love Grown Foods Super Oats (nuts & seeds flavour) to keep the recipe gluten-free, as well as some cinnamon, coconut oil, and a pinch of stevia to sweeten it up.

chopped apples with cinnamon

The quantities below are for 1 serving – and it’s a pretty big one too! However, if you’re cooking for more people you could simply double or quadruple the recipe and prepare it in a large pyrex dish before baking it in the oven.

Clean Eating-Approved Apple Crisp for One - Eat Spin Run Repeat

Clean Eating-Approved Apple Crisp for One

by Angela Simpson

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Ingredients (1 serving)

  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 1/4 tsp finely minced fresh ginger or ginger paste
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp oats (I used the Nuts & Seeds variety of Love Grown Foods Super Oats)
  • pinch of stevia

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • In a small bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients, plus 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon and stir.
  • Transfer the apple mixture to a small oven-safe ramekin or dish.
  • In the same mixing bowl, stir together the remaining cinnamon, melted coconut oil, oats and stevia. Pour this on top of the apple mixture.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Let the apple crisp cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

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Psst! 

Now since I’ve given you a delicious dessert to enjoy, do you think you could do me a little favour? This Apple Crisp is my entry in Love Grown Foods’ Holiday Recipe Contest, and I’d LOVE if you’d vote for it! All you need to do is go to their Facebook and Pinterest pages between now and end of day Thursday, and hit ‘Like’ on the photo of this recipe

Clean Eating-Approved Apple Crisp for One - Eat Spin Run Repeat

Spreading the LOVE to you!

In the spirit of it being December, and with Christmas right around the corner, my fantastic friends at Love Grown Foods and I are teaming up to give away 4 Love Grown Foods products of choice to one lucky Eat Spin Run Repeat reader. Here’s what to do in order to enter:

  • Mandatory entry: Comment below telling me what your favourite thing to bake/cook is over the holidays.
  • Optional entry: Like the Apple Crisp recipe on Love Grown Foods’ Facebook and Pinterest pages, and comment again back here letting me know you did.
  • Optional entry: Tweet about this giveaway. Perhaps something like…

This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the United States, and I’ll announce the winner first thing on Friday morning. Good luck! 🙂