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Fighting the good fight

Friday, February 19, 2010

I am battling those BLTs. Fighting the good fight. Mostly winning. I didn't take a spec of the date cake I gave DH this morning (and it's healthy, as much as anything sweet is healthy). I refrained from licking the peanut butter knife after putting peanut butter in the dogs' kongs yesterday, and I ALWAYS lick the peanut butter knife.

I've also given myself permission to have something and not count the points. Not on a routine basis and not without eating it mindfully. But sometimes you just need a get out jail free card, ya know? I view it like the no weigh pass at WW (which I never use, because I always want to know the details, good, bad, or ugly).

But I will write it down. I MUST write it down. It's a moral imperative for me. And more often than not, I'm finding if I write it down, I'll count the points, too.

I'm sure some of you look at the recipes I've posted from time to time and think you eat THAT as part of a healthy lifestyle? No wonder you've been on a plateau for half a year. But I don't (usually) just willy nilly eat some chocolate. I plan for it. I make sure I can fit it in my day. And if I do veer of course, I try to figure out why. So I can learn from my mistakes. It's a constant learning curve!

I've had a couple of weeks lately where I have lost. This past week even included my chocolate oatmeal, baking some cookies, and a slice of flourless chocolate cake on Valetine's Day. And I lost 1 1/2 lbs. Weird, huh?

So I plan to review this past week. What can I learn from it?

I also know that I'm heading into pre-TOM time, and that's the dangerous BLT time, so what better time to start an anti-BLT program, right? I know that I still CAN lose weight pre-TOM. I've done it sometimes.

And here's another bonus oatmeal recipe. I took yesterday's date chocolate oatmeal and ran with it. This still falls into the occasional treat category (the apple pie oatmeal, for instance, I consider to be completely healthy, and I eat it on a pretty regular basis -- the chocolate oatmeal is an occasional treat).

So with no further fanfare, I give you:

Peanut Butter Cookie Oatmeal

1/2 cup oats
3 dates, chopped
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp dark chocolate chips

Cook oatmeal to desired doneness.

Mix in dates and peanut butter.

Top with dark chocolate chips (do not mix -- unless you really wanna).

OMG, it's like eating a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie. Sort of. The sweetness of the dates and the chocolate chips (I like Hershey's Special dark chocolate) play off so well against the slight saltiness of the peanut butter. Heaven!

How is your own battle with BLTs going? Come up with any solutions you want to share? What else is tripping you up lately?

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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/22/2010 7:59PM

    WOOHOO! Way to go on the weightloss... I just knew that accountability aspect would show you results! YOU ROCK! Keep up the hard work... no matter how hard it feels... you will only get stronger and faster! WOOHOO! JUDY BROKER HER PLATEAU!

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DDHEART 2/19/2010 11:09PM

    Like you I plan for my special foods, life would be way too boring if i couldn't have chocolate but I don't waste it on cheap chocolate, I have a little of the good stuff and that is enough and counted as my dessert or whatever.

BTW, loved the oatmeal variations....I frequently do a chocolate oatmeal with cocoa and dried cherries, you have gotten me thining about slipping some dates into tomorrow's bowl...often I'll chop up a pear or nectarine or whatever other fruit I have, stirred into the oatmeal when the oats are partly cooked since I ike the fruit to sauce up a bit too and flavor with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, almond or fiori di sicilia, grated orange rind etc. whatever combos seem complimentary based on the fruit being used....yumm, always different.

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CRAVE_FREE 2/19/2010 11:45AM

    You've got me curious about dates now because I don't think I've ever eaten them. BLTs mostly trip me up at parties where there's a snack table. I have a hard time accounting for what I eat there. My tactic usually then is to stick to what I know I like and only take one serving. Way to change your habits away from the BLTs!

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WOODLANDMYST 2/19/2010 11:18AM

  Hello! Just being aware of what's going on is a big step forward. I still have my moments of mindless eating - an ongoing struggle. Keep fighting the good fight! Blessings, Cyndy

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SUZY6281 2/19/2010 10:29AM

    Night-time eating trips me up. I want something sweet or salty in the evenings. Lately, I've been knitting like a fiend to keep my hands busy. It helps keep me on track. But I love your oatmeal ideas. I may use them- but not at night. Ha!


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FITKAT2010 2/19/2010 8:15AM

    I have a sensitivity to chocolate and all processed food stuffs. My diet is incredibly healthy and I'm thriving on it. My hypoglycemia and Insulin Resistant Muscle issues are almost things of the past.

May I recommend that you eat more whole foods? It may be what your body is craving. And, you can increase calories because the body doesn't use all of them like it does the processed foods. And, yes, chocolate is processed food. I'm assuming you are using "rolled" oats? Processed also.

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Favorite oatmeal blends

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I adore oatmeal. I always have. Which is odd since I almost never had it growing up -- Mom wasn't too fond of it (altho Dad loves it).

So here are a few of my favorite blends (and a bonus or two):

Chocolate Oats

1/2 cup oats
2 tbsp semisweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

Prepare oats normally.

Sprinkle with semisweet chips, let melt a bit, then stir it all together.

Top with dark chocolate chips & enjoy!

This is a slight variation on a "dessert" from the Flat Belly Diet, but you know me, I eat it for breakfast. Only once or twice a week. It's still a treat, even if it's good for you. Which is why I love FBD, gotta love something that lets you eat chcoolate AND peanut butter.

I keep meaning to add cinnamon to this, but I keep forgetting.

Chocolate oats, take 2

1/2 cup oats
3 dates, chopped
1 tbsp cocoa
2 tbsp peanut butter

Put dates in oats & prepare as usual.

Stir in cocoa & peanut butter (and sweetner if you like -- I used some agave nectar).

I got this from the Real Age site, and modified it with the peanut butter for staying power. On reviewing my food yesterday, I realized I was so hungry by the end of the day because I'd had so little protein.

Not quite sure how I feel about this one yet . . . but it occurred to me this would be awesome with dark chocolate peanut butter in place of the cocoa. And still pretty healthy.

I'm not generally a big fan of fruit in my oatmeal -- apple pie or banana pie oats to the contrary, but I do love dates. Of course -- they're very sweet! But they're very nutritious, too.

Apple pie oats

1/2 cup oats
1 apple, chopped
2 tbsp peanut butter
Cinnamon, to taste

Put oats in the bowl with liquid, add apples on top, sprinkle with cinnamon.

Microwave 2 minutes 30 seconds (or to desired doneness).

Put peanut butter on top, mix, and enjoy.

Try this with bananas, but put them on after you've baked the oats unless you like mushy bananas.

Notice I haven't told you how much liquid to add. It's a personal matter. I like my oats nice and thick, so I don't use as much water as called for (and don't use milk since I'm usually loading it up with other stuff, but they do say that makes the oats creamier).

Waffle sandwiches

2 frozen waffles, thawed
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp dark chocolate chips

Heat skillet.

Spread peanut butter on one waffle.

Sprinkle with dark chocolate chips.

Top with second waffle.

I use just a tiny bit of coconut oil on the outside of the waffles -- you can skip that, or use some butter or margarine or whatever instead.

Fry up in skillet for roughly 2 minutes per side. I have a bacon press that I use on top -- my home made panini press (works really well).

This one also falls into the treat category, but I'm going to play with amounts of peanut butter and chocolate chips until I can see what I can get away with and still feel satisfied. It does tide me over a good long time (and doesn't take real long to prepare).

On the weight front, my WI jeans don't feel any looser than last week. OTOH, I've upped my game with my mindful eating -- really minding my BLTs -- which isn't to say that I'm not having some, but I'm making them much more conscious and that makes me feel much more in control.

Have a favorite oatmeal recipe you'd like to share? What's your favorite breakfast? How many hours does it keep you full? Or can you not face breakfast in the morning? (I used to be that was as a teenager, but now I couldn't even think of not having a good breakfast). How are you doing with those BLTs?

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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/22/2010 7:57PM

    Sounds yummmy... all versions!

I have one I plan to get up... the one I mentioned when I ate pizza, baked oatmeal raisin cookies, and the pizza wasn't a problem anymore. I have had it sitting here for some time, just waiting to plunk it in... will let you know when do!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 2/18/2010 9:47PM

    I have oatmeal every morning - make enough for six servings, portion it out and I take it to work for nuking. 5 cups water, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, 1/4 c raisins, 1/4 chopped dried fruit, 1/4 dried cherries, 2 apples chopped and 2 1/2 heaping cups Rogers oats. Let the dried fruit steep in the water until they become soft, add apples and then add oats. Cook as desired. I have mine with skim milk and a little brown sugar splenda. It's lovely and very filling. Smells like a freshly baked oatmeal cookie for breakfast :D

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CRAVE_FREE 2/18/2010 1:01PM

    Great oatmeal ideas. I can't wait to try them. Sometimes I mix some pumpkin puree with pumpkin pie spice in mine.

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DMBEECHAM 2/18/2010 12:04PM

    I usually do a Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal with 1/2 scoop of Soy Protein Powder mixed in.

My DH does something similar with your waffle sandwich recipe. His is: Toast 2 waffles & let cool slightly, spread 1 Tbsp peanut butter on 1 waffle and 1 Tbsp Nutella on 2nd waffle. Slice a banana in quarters and fit at least three on the waffle with peanut butter. Top with waffle spread with Nutella to make a sandwich. He has one almost every day for breakfast.

I'll have to try some of your other oatmeal recipes. Thanks for sharing them!

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HEYRED221 2/18/2010 11:38AM

    I love oatmeal too! My fav is steel cut oats with a little brown sugar and chopped pecans. I also make some meal oatmeal chocolate chip cookies - but not too often since they are too many calories.

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/18/2010 9:42AM

    It's my fave breakfast meal and I absolutely miss it when I change it up. Wishing you a great day.

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BZYBOYSMOM 2/18/2010 9:25AM

    Yummy I had oatmeal with blueberries yesterday and morning! I had forgotten how delicious and good for you it is! DH eats it every morning! emoticon

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HARRIETEEE 2/18/2010 8:17AM

    oooo i'm totally going to try the apple pie oats today! thanks! xx

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BESSHAILE 2/18/2010 8:09AM

    Oh man! Those recipes are delicious looking! I can t wait to try some. I love oats too.


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MAMA_CD 2/18/2010 8:08AM

    My husband will love them, he's an oatmeal lover, Thanks!

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HANSEEN 2/18/2010 8:05AM

    Those recipes sound good. I will have to try some of them. I too love oatmeal. I confess that I will eat it uncooked as a snack. I love it.

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DRJJ2004 2/18/2010 8:03AM

    Loved the recipes, thanks! I love oatmeal!!

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Awareness is the first step

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

That's what they say, anyway. That in order to solve a problem, you have to be aware that you have a problem. Of course, you also have to come up with an action plan to solve the problem, as well.

BLTs (bites, licks, & tastes) will be the death of me -- literally. I've overcome a lot -- I am now able to eat a lot of foods that used to be trigger foods for me without much problem. Chocolate. Peanut butter. Cookies.

But those BLTs? They'll get you every time. I'm not even talking about the BLTs that occur when I'm baking. I'm talking about eating the half brownie when I put a brownie in my husband's lunch bag -- and not sitting down & savoring, either. Finishing up his food -- because it's so good and I'm still hungry. Or maybe I'm not even real hungry but it's so good how can you waste it?

The irony of "the" dress is that I went shopping because I'd gained a couple of pounds. Which is rather unusual for me, but I wasn't surprised I'd gained something, only how much. I was frustrated. Enter retail therapy.

I wasn't even looking for a dress. I don't have a lot of occasions to wear fancy dresses anymore. But I was wandering around the store, wanting to make sure I hit the cookware section in the back, when the dress just caught my eye.

I had done some baking that week. I wanted to make sure we had something for dessert on Valentine's Day in case I didn't want something at the restaurant (but their flourless chocolate cake was superb). And I want my husband to have something healthy to take along on his business trip.

My face was talking to me about the sugar I was consuming: I got a couple of zits on my chin. But at least I listened.

So now the problem is that I know the problem, but do I really? So I've decided to record my BLTs. Not necessarily adding in my points, but just record them. Get a handle on how often they happen, and how much of them there truly are. That is the first step.

I am happy to say that I took a small piece of a raw candy bar I made yesterday after lunch. Because I wanted a little something. Only instead of eating it standing in the kitchen, I put it on a plate and had it after I finished my lunch. I did not count the points -- not even quite sure how many there were, considering it was just a few bites. But it felt good, even so. I felt more in control.

When I got up, I thought I'll just count every BLT & the points, too. That lasted about 5 minutes. So far now I am baby stepping my way. The first step is to be aware. The first step is to really record everything I eat, even if I don't record (or know) the points.

What about you? Do you have problems with BLTs? What is your biggest obstacle to weight loss? How can you baby step your way to overcoming your obstacle?

Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/22/2010 7:55PM

    You are zoning in on that accountability aspect... WAY TO GO! Not easy, and sometimes I just want to say... F it... I am eating it, and do... lol! But I have improved dramatically in this aspect! You are sure to see results due to this self-challenge!

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HEYRED221 2/17/2010 2:26PM

    I can relate completely. Awareness is the first step! emoticon

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LEONALIONESS 2/17/2010 2:18PM

    My worst time is right when I get home.
Lately I've been working out right after work - driving directly to the SO's place for our daily P90x routine or to the rec center for cardio. When I'm running, I bring dates as an after run carb replenishing snack but that 140 calories doesn't go far!

I normally hit the door ravenous and, if I have a longer prep time dinner, I find myself opening the fridge for a nibble while I cook. I've been trying to make my daily coconut "shake" right when I come home since that's filling AND full of potassium/rehydrating minerals which are great post-workout.

I hack that coconut open like a MADWOMAN! LOL.

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CRAVE_FREE 2/17/2010 1:28PM

    I don't do BLTs because they are the gateway to way too much unhealthy eating. I have to make myself sit down and focus on all my meals, except for work, which may explain why I'm ravenous at the end of each work day. I am interested in the raw candy bar, is that a recipe you can share?

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/17/2010 11:04AM

    No such thing as bites, licks, or tastes in my life. (smiling) Life's too short for deprivation; at least that's my thinking now. Perhaps I'll evolve eventually into someone with more self-control. Have a wonderful day.

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KEAKMAN 2/17/2010 8:57AM

    For me it requires fierce concentration every minute of the day. It's hard work. (And I don't get to count it as cardio minutes!)

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BESSHAILE 2/17/2010 7:48AM

    Singing my sonsg again! My biggest danger time for BLTs is while I'm cooking dinner ... often very hungry. Sometimes I am successful at avoiding those BLTs by fixing a green smoothie the minute I get home and sipping that before I start dinner. In fact - If I do that I won't nibble.

Congratulations on identifying the problem. Looks like you're on your way to a solution - or two or three.

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KARBIE18 2/17/2010 7:15AM

    I've gotten better about trigger foods, too, but can't seem to bake without BLTs. There have been several times lately when I've wanted to make cookies, but haven't, just for that reason. I am aware of the problem, but rarely have the restraint. It's annoying, but real.

Way to go, listening to your body, and taking the steps you need to succeed. As you know, eating mindfully is often the key, but so much easier said than done sometimes.

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Honing my focus & book store finds

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

So I blogged a little while ago about my focus jeans (aka my skinny jeans). And I've come to realize that I need to be more focused in everyday life. You see, I have this pair of jeans that is practically falling off me. I pull them on every morning to take the dogs out. Only a lot of the time I end up never changing out of them.

This is a BAD THING. It's like giving myself permission to eat. The jeans are falling off me, I must be succeeding, so I can eat what I want, right? I'm more focused when I'm in something a bit more form fitting.

I pull on those jeans every morning because they're old and ratty and I don't have to worry about getting them messed up. Not that they really get messed up.

So now I am wearing the jeans that fit better. The ones that help me to hone my focus. I have a smaller pair of the loose jeans, but the smaller pair is still just too small to wear. As in they're not even focus jeans yet, because I can barely breathe in them. Weird, huh? The larger size is almost falling off me, but I still can't move down to the next size. I suppose there's a symbolism of my plateau in there.

As part of my week of birthday celebrations, I hunted down the local used book store. Used book stores are really dangerous for me, and so I've avoided it for 10 months.

One reason I love used book stores is you can find such interesting stuff in them. Old books you would never have known about had you not stumbled across them. And here's what I found and bought:

"The Weight Loss Diaries" by Courtney Rubin. Mixed reviews on Amazon, but generally good.

"Our Lady of Weight Loss" by Janice Taylor (who has written several books apparently). This one looks like a lot of fun. Also mixed reviews at Amazon, but again, the trend is good.

She has a Website at www.ourladyofweightloss.com , but that one seems rather commercial. She also has a blog at www.janicetaylorliving.com/blog/ .

So how bout you? Made any cool book discoveries lately? Any cool weight loss discoveries? Do you give yourself permission to eat more when you're wearing loose clothing? Do you wear loose clothing on PURPOSE so you can eat more?

I have several library books I must get thru before I get to these books, so it will be a while before I report on them. But for now, I'm honing that focus!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/22/2010 7:52PM

    I am aspiring to read more this year, but am having a hard time getting much of any more me time in then SP in... hmmm!

Anywho... glad you are happy about your finds!

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DDHEART 2/16/2010 5:01PM

    Glad you got to the used book store finally...I've been waiting to hear about your finds since I knew you wouldn't be ale to hold off going forever! I have made the same error of wearing my old jeans since I don't want to mess up better ones and it does make me feel that I'm doing better than I am....now I've been trying to only wear the smaller ones. Amazing how the mind is so powerful!

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CRAVE_FREE 2/16/2010 2:46PM

    I have two pairs of jeans I wear to keep myself in check; hoping they will be as loose on me one day as yours are. I had a pair that I could pull on and off without unbuttoning them, but I put them away for the same reasons you stay away from them.

I keep reading random medical books like "The Anti-Depressant Handbook" and "Taking Control of your Fertility." Did you know anti-depressants were discovered when looking for a cure to a disease? So random! Hope your books are winners!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/16/2010 10:16AM

    I wore my bigger pants for awhile because it didn't sink in that I'd lost weight. In fact, I sometimes shop directly to the bigger sizes now, and then remember "oh yeah, I no longer need those." I hope you are having a wonderful birthday week/month/year. (smiling)

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BZYBOYSMOM 2/16/2010 9:27AM

    I also love the used book store!!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 2/16/2010 9:04AM

    I agree that baggy pants can give you the green light in your mind.
I also get the green light if I work out.
I have a lot to work on. Reading blogs like yours gives me lots to think about.
Thank you for the wake up call.

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KEAKMAN 2/16/2010 8:46AM

    hmmm, were you watching me this weekend? Saw me living in my sweats and decided to blog about it, huh?! I'll swear off the baggy sweats and back to the jeans for me!

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SHEILA1505 2/16/2010 8:21AM

    I can relate to those jeans! My jeans are loose, the pockets are visible and out of shape because I stuff my cellphone into one and my bunch of keys in the other when I go to gym - so they are no longer the hip-huggers that I like. They are not in the least bit flattering any more.

Sooooooo - today I went to look for a smaller size - the most offensive shop assistant told me that I should expect them to stretch and get baggy, and should just have the same old size cos I'd NEVER fit into the next size down! Well, she just lost a sale - 2 or 3 pairs if I could find any to fit as I'd take light blue, dark blue AND black. The point is that department doesn't stock a smaller size unless it is also Petite (which I am not - you would be considered to be as you are 5'1 or 2")

So I told her that I obviously I need to try another store where they stock what I need and where assistants are not so rude. She thought I was joking - I am so serious that I am considering closing my account with them after 25 years.

I have a pile of books in my cupboard, just waiting for me to get to them, in fact I avoided the annual book sale because of this! Do you think Spark is gobbling up our reading time?


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Best use for overripe bananas

Monday, February 15, 2010

We'll get to those bananas. This is the dress -- the size 6 Calvin Klein. That is the upside of being so short and being so small on top -- you can wear smaller dress sizes. Dresses aren't usually all that hard -- shorts & jeans are a whole different story.

DH said keep the dress as a birthday present, and I could wear it at his conference in NYC in May. I don't know, I'd have to lose a little weight. I know it doesn't look that tight, but trust me, getting into it and sitting ain't easy. It would make great incentive, you'd think, but that sort of incentive always works more like pressure to me -- and while I usually work well under pressure, not when it comes to weight loss.

We didn't get a good photo of the red velvet dress. I blogged about this a while ago -- how I wore this once about 20 years ago, and have hung onto it ever since. I wore it to dinner last night. Maybe I'll get to wear it again next year!

Ok, you must make this. Not only is it healthy, it's addicitive:

Banana Walnut "Ice Cream"

2 ripe bananas, frozen
1/3 c soy milk
1/2 ounce walnuts

Blend. Enjoy.

2 servings.

It really helps if you have a high powered blender like a Vitamix, and it also helps to let the bananas thaw for about 30 minutes or so first.

Less than 200 calories for a good size serving. Delicious. Overripe bananas will never go to waste in this house again! I have other uses for overripe bananas, but this is hands down the best.

How did your Valentine's Day go? Did you overindulge in any form? If so, then get right back to healthy eating. Now. This minute. Even if you ate a pound of chocolate yesterday, as long as you get right back to your healthy habits you'll be fine.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/22/2010 7:49PM

    Awww... you look absolutely beautiful!!!

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NOW2DAY 2/17/2010 9:06PM

    Thanks. That's a better choice than muffins. Your animals are so adorable and they look like they love each other.

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STARTSPARKING 2/17/2010 4:40AM

    You look gorgeous in both dresses. Congratulations on all that you have accomplished! emoticon

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 2/15/2010 6:28PM

    thanks for the recipe. And you look great!!!!!

Keep up the great work.

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LEONALIONESS 2/15/2010 3:06PM

    Oh! Also, you look FANTASTIC!!!

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LEONALIONESS 2/15/2010 3:06PM


I've been eating banana "ice cream" each night lately.
I just toss a frozen banana into my Ninja with about a tbs of cold water. Blend until creamy. Nothing else needed though I sometimes add a tsp of PB or some berries... good with cocoa powder, too!

I also don't thaw at all because then they get goopy. I like mine right out of the freezer so the texture is the most ice creamy. Since you're mixing with liquid the slightly sticky goopy texture of "not rock hard solid frozen" banana probably isn't noticeable.

Mmmm... love this stuff.
My homemade almond/coconut milk ice cream with dark chocolate chunks, coconut flakes and mint extract has been sitting unloved in my freezer since I've been on a banana ice cream kick!

Also, the local vegan raw place makes an EPIC parfait with banana ice cream blended with berries, in a sundae cup where the bottom is filled with a dollop of date paste and almond slivers. OMG. It's the most amazing dessert!

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KARBIE18 2/15/2010 10:16AM

    Yum! That sounds easy, and I happen to have some overripe bananas. I don't have the other stuff, but I can put the bananas in the freezer until I go shopping again. Thanks.

I do have a couple of shirts that are my current "focus pieces", but I already own them, so there's no pressure. They fit, but they cling to every bump and bulge, and I ALMOST wear them all the time. I'm thinking about going back up to Chicago in a few weeks, and my goal is to wear one of them, and my "skinny jeans," by then without feeling self-conscious.

The dress looks great on you, and I think you should keep it, but I know what you mean about the sitting. There are quite a few things I could wear if I never had to sit down!

Comment edited on: 2/15/2010 10:17:17 AM

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DDHEART 2/15/2010 9:31AM

    Love the pictures! I have bananas in the freezer all the time....they get over ripe, they get broken into chunks in a ziplock in the freezer....add them to the blender with a soy shake...choc/banana shake....yummm!

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KEAKMAN 2/15/2010 9:12AM

    You look FANTASTIC! And your recipe sounds great! As for yesterday, Scott is good to me - he buys me flowers for the front yard, no chocolate, so no temptation!

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SEKSUNSHINE 2/15/2010 6:55AM

    You look great! I'll try the banana ice cream, maybe my grandson will eat it. He is 7 and eats no fruit or vegetables. I could just strangle his parents for this! They only fruits they ever gave him were blended up in real ice cream as a milk shake. Needless to say he has food issues and I don't think he will live here long enough for me to help him get over them.

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ME2448 2/15/2010 6:52AM

    Love the dress

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DEEDUM 2/15/2010 6:37AM

    Love the dress! It looks so perfect on you!

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BESSHAILE 2/15/2010 6:23AM

    emoticonWow! that dress is stunning on you. I hope you do keep it because you look so prett in it. But don't keep it if it puts pressure on you. Just if it makes you happy.

LOL - and you can always just wear it for your husband at home with a candle lit dinner. After all - he likes it.

Thanks for the banana recipe too.

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CELEST 2/15/2010 6:06AM

    That sounds like a great dessert. I am sending it to a friend of mine who has a diabolical ice cream dessert which includes cornflakes, tons of syrup and cream. Its so rich that after 1c you feel sick. This is better, healthier and legal.

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SHEILA1505 2/15/2010 5:43AM

    I have copied that recipe - thank you! Got some bananas that are definitely past their sell-by date - will FF yogurt work?

Not being difficult! Promise

Love the dress (CK) and the fact that you wore the red one - don't only keep it for Valentine's that would be such a shame.

I saved up the little 70%chox from coffees and had those last night to use up the rest of my calories - you know, I didn't really enjoy them as much as I would have enjoyed them with the coffees ... oh well. Perhaps cos I was on my own but have coffee with friends?

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