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.
Ive been wanting to make popsicles for a long time and now that summer is here I think I better get on it! the shake and the popsicles look great!ReplyDelete
I have to get some of those popsicle molds. They really have become intensely popular with all sorts of wild varieties. Thanks for the nudge. I'm off to find some on Amazon.ReplyDelete