Apple tart for one

Yesterday, I got to teach the Tabata class at work. My friend, who has it every week, is recovering from a triathlon and said, “Hey Gina, will you teach today?”

Um, is the Pope Catholic?

Even though I’m not new to Tabata, the class is very structured with specific moves for each round and recovery rounds in between (like asymmetrical squats with a body bar 8 times, tap the bar 8 times, hold the squat and switch your hands, etc). I was definitely nervous, but I loved it. 

Afterwards, one of the girls who took that class was walking over to her friend waiting outside and her friend said, “Oh my god! You took that hard class! The Tabitha class!”

And the girl said, “Yeah, that’s Tabitha right there!!” and pointed at me. Obviously they were joking- it was pretty funny.

The sweet potato chili for din was just as good as anticipated (especially with a blanket of goat cheese and a little sea salt), and I spent the rest of the evening reading and hanging out with the Pilot. 

Chili 2

When I’m home from work on my lunch break, I’ll usually play with Liv for as long as possible before grabbing some clothes and food for the afternoon. I love to make nana some lunch, too- I feel like it’s the very least I can do because she and my mom take such amazing care of Livi on the days I work. 

We had some leftover curried chicken salad atop romaine with some Tamari as dressing: 


and then I made her a little apple tart for one before heading back.

Tart 4

It’s really just a more exciting version of my “baked” (aka microwaved) apple, but has an almond meal crust, lots of cinnamon and a little butter.

2 T almond meal, a pinch of sea salt and a drizzle of honey, pressed into the bottom of a tart pan:


Sliced apple, with lots of cinnamon, the juice of 1/2 lemon, an a smidge of butter: 

Tart 2

Microwaved for 2 minutes. Super easy, and a healthy little autumn treat.

Tart 3

This morning, I’m enjoying breakfast with Liv and then off to work. I’ll see you later on the Family page- hope you have an amazing day.



Something to do: Speaking of Tabitha… I mean Tabatas… it’s TABATA THURSDAY! Pick any 4-minute workout here and feel free to mix and match, or do a few throughout the day. Of course, check with a doc before making any major fitness changes and don’t forget to check in and let me know how it goes. For more info on Tabata training, here’s the Focus On post.

Tabata thursday june 28


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  1. I so think you should to a Fitnessista iphone app with all of your workouts! I would happily pay big bucks for it!! 🙂

  2. Ha ha, the Tabitha thing cracked me up for some reason!
    I make baked cinnamon apples as a side dish all the time, but I’ve never thought to add a crust to the bottom of it! That’s a great idea!

  3. Love the apple tart! What a great quick treat and so perfect for fall! Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a great idea for something sweet..yum!

  5. i am definitely trying that healthy little baked apple dish! I finally have ramekins (thanks to a house warming gift), and since I don’t have a ton of people to feed, baking one individual apple would be perfect. Thanks for the idea!!

  6. This tart looks so good! I just pinned it and will be making it in the future for sure.

  7. Hey Gina! Question. I am a fitness instructor as well and want to start a Tabata class in my club. Just wondering how the class you taught was structured and how long it was. Thanks! 🙂

  8. Now that’s an adorable little apple tart. She’s one lucky girl 🙂

  9. Hi Gina! Love your blog! Any chance you can show some workouts without any high impact exercises? I have a back injury and am always looking for new exercises to do that are still low impact enough for me.

    • Fitnessista says:

      sure! i try to give modifications when possible, too. for tabata, i don’t recommend it if you’re injured- wait til you heal

  10. LOVE your chili recipe. Have made it many, many times. Always a favorite. I think you inspiredy dinner for tonight. Yum.

  11. That tart looks delicious! One of the many flavors I love of fall!

    I’ve never taken a tabata class, I’ll have to look into it! Thanks!

  12. I’m a huge fan of almond meal crusts – delicious and gf!

    The Tabata recaps and exercises you post always are fun. I am sure people love taking your classes!

  13. Oh what a perfect Fall treat! And I love how quick and easy it is. I sometimes get a craving for a slice of warm apple pie, but I never feel like taking the time to make an entire pie. Definitely keeping this recipe in mind 🙂

  14. I need to try some tabata exercises! That tart looks like great portion control.

  15. Ooooh! I want to try out your microwaved apple! So simple and yummy…plus, I’ve really been craving apple crisp as the Canadian Thanksgiving is next weekend 😉

  16. I wish my gym had tabata classes! I try to do my own on the treadmil, but everything is more efficient with an instructor!

  17. Yummy apple treat!

    Last night, I had a dream. I was sitting on the edge of a bed talking about my work dilemma. (My old company closed, and I’m looking for work.) I was talking to three women who I guess, subconsciously, I really respect. My mom, my aunt, and YOU! lol My alarm went off so I’ll never know what you think about the jobs. lol Isn’t that funny?

  18. One morning after doing a Tabata workout in my hotel room while travelling for work, I posted on Facebook “I just did Tabata in my hotel room and wow was it hard!” Almost immediately, a bunch of people were like “who’s Tabitha?” Hardy har har. 😉

  19. Nice work Tabitha! : )

  20. I would kill for a tabata class! Your easy apple tart looks delicious. I only ‘cook’ with very few ingredients, 1 bowl, and if I can help it, no real oven.

    This fits all my criteria! 😉

  21. That sweet treat sounds so good!

  22. Tabata CLASS?! Taught by YOU?! That sounds amazing because I love your tabata workouts as is, in their 4 minute form. I did the september workout tonight but did 3 different tabata routines for the hiit bliz parts-sooo sweaty and awesome 🙂

  23. Everytime I see you right Tabata I think of the name Tabitha! Haha, how uncanny!

  24. Hahaha my name is Tabitha and a) this is probably my favorite post title 🙂 and b) I too think of myself when I hear Tabata! haha. Happy weekending!

  25. I love that idea to make an almond meal “crust”! I’m definitely going to have to try this idea next time I make microwaved apples!

  26. I’ve never taught (or attended) a full tabata class (just have incorporated a tabata track or two into a HIIT class, etc).

    How long did your class run? An hour seems long, but I suppose do-able depending on the range of exercises and breaks. I’m just curious to know the breakdown, as I love “tabitha” too 🙂

  27. I’ve never taught (or attended) a full tabata class (just have incorporated a tabata track or two into a HIIT class, etc).

    How long did your class run? An hour seems long, but I suppose do-able depending on the range of exercises and breaks. I’m just curious to know the breakdown, as I love “tabitha” too

    • Fitnessista says:

      it was 45 minutes. i can’t give details on the breakdown because it was developed specifically for our location- it’s extremely intense but created in a way that makes it manageable

  28. That apple tart looks great! I’ve never heart of a tabata class, I’ll have to look that up

  29. Have you seen this cereal? Thought the name was funny:

  30. I absolutely adore Tabata intervals, such an efficient way to workout!

  31. I LOVE tabatas. It’s a great workout and when it’s such a small timeframe there really is no excuse for not doing it, bring it tabitha I’m going to rock this tabata! 😛 LOL!

  32. Just a note that your links to “all tabata workouts” don’t work. They all lead to this page. I was looking for them but can’t find any. Just wanted to let you know!

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