I’ve come to realize that staying at home has turned me into my grandfather. He had unfinished projects all through the house for the first 18 years of my life. My favorite unfinished project was the sheetrock that he put up in the family room. He spackled (I have no idea how to spell spackle but apparently this isn’t it) the nail holes after he put the sheetrock up but that was where he stopped. So for as long as I can remember they had polka-dotted walls. I took inventory of my unfinished projects today…I have polka dots on 3 walls, 2 tables to refinish, 12 chairs to recover (1 is done so there is a mismatched set somewhere), plants for the yard (those are almost finished), herbs to plant, a broken armoire that needs to be moved and an attic door that won’t close. Oh! And I just refinished the shades on my chandelier – one to check off my list! I figure I have enough projects to get me through the summer. So to save some time in the kitchen, here’s a really quick, easy and healthy dessert for when you get a sweet tooth.
2 Medium Bananas, sliced
2 Tablespoons Sugar-Free Caramel Sauce
2 Tablespoons Chopped Pecans
Warm caramel sauce in the microwave for 15 seconds (30 if it has been refrigerated). Pour sauce over bananas and top with pecans.
Welcome to Day 2 of my getting healthy segment! Staying at home means more time to workout (I thought) but it’s a lot harder to make the time than I thought. I’m walking the girls to and from school and managing to still do the elliptical for 60 minutes on most days, but I realized today that I’m missing my stability ball. That was my chair at work for over a year. Now that I don’t sit, I guess I’m going to have to do some extra crunches to make up the difference. If you haven’t tried using a stability ball as a chair, I highly recommend it! I’m the most uncoordinated person in the world (I only almost fell off 3 times), so if I can do it you can too!
Here are some of the advantages to using a stability ball for your chair:
1) Researchers at State University of New York Buffalo found that people who sat on stability balls burned 4.1 times more calories per hour than those who sat in an office chair. That adds up to 640 calories burned each month.
2) Keeping your balance while sitting on a stability ball engages the core muscles in your back and abdomen, helping to increase their strength and endurance.
3) It strengthens your leg muscles.
4) Slouching really isn’t an option while sitting on a stability ball. Because of this, it’s a useful way to help keep yourself in ergonomically correct posture vs sitting in my chair with my leg tucked under me like I used to do.
To help you pick the right size ball, I found the following on the Gaiam website:
CHOOSE YOUR BALL SIZE
Height Ball Size
5’0″ to 5’5″ Small: 55cm/22″
5’6″ to 5’11″ Medium: 65cm/26″
6’0″ to 6’3″ Large: 75cm/30″
Most people start off gradually. I don’t know how to do anything gradually, so once I sat on it I never went back to my chair. Probably a good idea to start off slow though.
STRAWBERRY BREAKFAST BANANA SPLIT
Here is the 2nd recipe from the Biggest Loser Cookbook. This would be great for a healthy breakfast, snack or dessert. Delicious and even satisfies a chocolate craving!
3 teaspoons Sugar Free Hot Fudge
2 small Bananas, peeled and halved lengthwise
1 (6oz container) Light Vanilla Yogurt
2/3 cup Fresh Strawberries, chopped
2 Tablespoon Grape-Nuts Cereal
Place bananas halves in bowls.
Divide yogurt between bananas.
Top with strawberries & Grape-Nuts.
Warm hot fudge for 15 seconds in microwave safe bowl.
Drizzle over the top and serve.
Adapted from The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook, copyright 2009
Today’s Leopard Find: Yoga Mat!!!