Monday I spoke with my son who lives in California and I asked him what I could do to lose weight and not have to feel so deprived. He is a known foodie, but manages to stay slim as a reed. He told me that walking 5 miles a day would allow me to eat more calories. I laughed and said I couldn’t just start out at 5 miles a day, but I could do 1.5 miles a day to start. So for the past three days I have been walking 1.5 miles on the Freedom Trail in my town.
The weather has been extremely humid and hot, but the Freedom Trail is a long path covered by an overhead bower of trees that keeps the sun off the runners and bikers and provides occasional breezes that spur us on. After slogging through the first day and picking up a bit more speed the second and third day, I ended my walk with a breakfast of my own invention that I call Fruit and Yogurt Delight. Now I try to picture it in my mind as I keep up my walking speed, huffing and puffing away, but looking forward to my reward at the end – this lovely plate of creamy, rich, fruity yogurt dotted with crunchy goodness from the corn chex.
Above is a picture of my Fruit and Yogurt Delight, and you can see that is very simple, but all the ingredients are freshly prepared. I decided to use 2% Greek yogurt after trying 0% and not liking it that much. When I only used 1/4 cup of 2% Greek yogurt, I could not believe the difference in the flavor level. It now tasted so much creamier, richer, more divine, yet it only added a few more calories and 1.5 gr fat. I love it when I can find a way to keep the flavor of lots of calories, but not include lots of calories.Let’s face it, it doesn’t happen that often.
I took a selfie at the end of today’s walk and thought I looked exhausted and very chubby. I am hoping that a month of this walking and then eating my Fruit and Yogurt Delight at the end will make me appear slimmer and healthier in the next selfie I take. One can only hope. OR one can substitute a more youthful picture of me to make me feel better. lol
I am also working up to go the full 2.5 miles up and 2.5 miles back on the Freedon Trail, maybe by the end of September. Anyway, that’s my goal. If any of my viewers want to try walking and eating my Fruit and Yogurt Delight after exercising, go for it. We can compare notes as we go.
1/2 medium peach, sliced
10 fresh red or green seedless grapes
1/2 medium banana
1/4 cup Fage 2% Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup rice chex cereal
2 Equal packets or your favorite sweetner
Assemble all the ingredients.
Slice grapes in half before adding them to the fruit and yogurt delight. Also slice the banana along with the grapes. Then, peel the peach, remove the stone, and slice it up. I usually sprinkle some Equal on the peaches and yogurt and some cinnamon on the peaches and banana slices.
Pour the chex cereal into a 1/4 cup measure and sprinkle on top. In the picture I placed everything side by side, but in reality I stir it all together, test for sweetness and gobble it all up.