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Creamy Peanut Butter Dip For Your Fruit

I'm always on the look out for something new to try in the kitchen. I love to cook and experiment and when it comes to eating healthy, I'm always open to try new things.

I went through a phase where my breakfast consisted of a flax seed 1 minute muffin. I made it everyday, adding little things to the main recipe like chocolate chips or dried cherries.

  • Flax Seed Mug Muffin
  1. 1/4 c ground flaxseed
  2. 1 tsp cinnamon
  3. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  4. 1 tsp butter
  5. 1 egg
  6. Sweetener (I use one packet of Stevia from Trader Joe's)
  7. berries froze/fresh (optional)
  8. Mix together all the ingredients in a mug/microwavable dish. Microwave for 1 minute. Eat nom noms.

I loved this recipe but got tired of it and retired it for awhile. Lately I've been itching to eat it again because it's so simple and filling.

In the time since this recipe I've signed up with Pinterest and found it to be a wonderful tool for time wasting....I mean recipe finding. I have a whole board of nothing but recipes and a separate one for fitness items like workouts and motivational sayings.

Sometime today I did find a recipe for healthy dips. One was a creamy peanut butter recipe using greek yogurt and peanut butter.

Hummm....yeah this is worth a try, I decided. So off to Target I went at lunch and grabbed all the ingredients.

The original recipe was found at Fit Sugar called Snack Attack.I altered it a bit and below are listed the ingredients I used today. 

  • Creamy Peanut Butter Yogurt Fruit Dip
  1. 6 oz Fage 0% plain yogurt
  2. 2 tbsps Laura Scudder All Natural Nutty Peanut Butter
  3.  1/2 tbsp honey
  4. 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  5. One apple
  6. Mix all together and chill. Then dip and enjoy!

It came out great! The choice to use a nutty peanut butter was awesome because it gave it a bit it crunch that I like. The recipe called for vanilla yogurt and I'm glad I went with the plain because I think the vanilla flavor would have been too much. The honey and cinnamon and peanut butter with that slight tang from the yogurt is perfect.

My batch came out to 8 tbsps. I was overly generous with my first tasting so I ended up eating 3 tbsps with one apple. But it was soooooo good!

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If you are looking for something new to try and want to keep your calories low, 1 tbsp of this stuff is about 43 calories based on the ingredients I used.

Gettin' My Run On!

Since returning from my trip, my training has pretty much sucked. I haven't had the energy or the motivation to run without whining or walking a lot. My poor sister has had to put up with a lot of complaining from me.

I'm glad she's a good sport and continues to push me.

On top of that we've been having a heat wave here in California that's had the temps up over 100 lately. And for safety reasons we try not too run after the sun sets too low and it gets too dark. Much of our skyline route is twisty and winds up through neighborhoods without sidewalks. So we've been running as late as we can to avoid the heat but not too late to run after dark. It's a weird balance we're trying to find.

Nonetheless, we've updated our route to extend out to 4.5 miles.

Our original route cut off at a steep hill which we would coast down and then finish our run home ending at 3.5 miles total. Not a bad run but we wanted to add to it.

 

Adding on that extra mile was scary at first. I didn't think my legs and body could last because I was struggling just to get through the 3.5 miles we were running originally. But with my sister training for a half marathon, she needed more mileage during the week to support her lengthy runs on the weekend so I agreed to add the extra mile to my own training.

 

As of last night, I was able to complete this run with only two points where I had to slow down to catch my breath or stretch a tightening muscle. My time wasn't what I had hoped for (56 minutes) but the fact that I could run up the hills and finish without walking much is huge for me. Now I know I can run this route without walking and I can run it at a consistent 12 minute mile pace. With this knowledge I can build on it and work on my pace, improving it bit by bit.

From: Running With A Purpose

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