Today I was watching some reality TV about weight loss. Typically, I am watching those shows while eating a brownie or stuffing my face with chips. Today, though, I was feeling physic-ally fit so I decided to go on a nice leisurely walk and listen to my new favorite podcast. I took my usual loop and saw the entrance to an appealing looking trail. I decided today was the day to see where it led.
It was actually a beautiful trail with lots of trees, a babbling brook, and wildflowers. Unfortunately, there were also lots of different paths I could take on the trail. I took several routes, making sure I went back to entrance I took. But then I decided to go on a different, more appealing path and ended up exiting in another area. When I stepped off the trail it was like I entered some weird suburban alternate universe. Every street I went on was a cul-de-sac. There were no people. It was getting hot out.
So after 30 minutes of wandering I found a highway and walked in the ditch for a while. Then I found a stoplight, and finally, a numbered street! Eventually I made it home. On the way, I found a gas station, a few new churches, and several of the apartment complexes we had looked for (and not found) when we were first moving here.
So, in honor of that, I Erin and I decided Rochester needs a new motto. "Get lost in Rochester, you never know what you might find."
You know what I found? A lovely farmer's tan.
After a walk of that nature, I came home wanting what every person wants after a "traumatic" experience. A popsicle. Fortunately, I had made some that very morning.
|I used a variation on this recipe to create a chocolate banana milkshake the same day I made the popsicles.|
|With what was left of the shake, I made popsicles in a cheap-o mold from Hy-Vee. Worked like a charm.|
|Here I am woofing that thing down to sooth my soul after a long walk in the sun.|
The recipe for this shake/smoothie is really easy and the original was created by a dietician as a healthy snack. That means you should try it out guilt free!
Chocolate Banana Smoothie
Adapted from a recipe by Linda Wagner
1 frozen banana
1 cup of lowfat milk
2 T. cocoa powder
2 T. of sugar substitute (I used Stevia)
1 tsp. vanilla
Blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy cold out of the blender.