Yesterday I completely blew off my morning workout. I would say it was in light of wanting to catch up with the news of Bin Laden’s capture and death (I’m in bed by 10pm, guaranteed), but I hadn’t even put my feet on the floor before I had decided a morning workout was just not in the cards. I made up my workout before class, though. Crunch Diesel. Or as I like to call it, 23 minutes of bust your hump hell (the last 5 minutes I was verbalizing profanities). Have I mentioned lately that I hate resistance training? I’m going to Chicago again this weekend and my mom has plans for us to attend step at 8am and the strength and conditioning class at 9am this Saturday. I (not so happily) agreed. Mama Prevention (though very youthful and fit!) should not be running circles around her 25-year-old offspring.
But seeing as Melinda is a total sweetie and sent me Kinder chocolates from the other side of the pond, serious workout endeavors will be in order. From the time I got home from work to the time I opened the box and enjoyed 200 calories worth (or should I say 400-and-some kilojoules?) was about 4.2 seconds. And yet, that would be considered savoring the flavor. Kinder chocolate is amazing. I sure as heck had trouble maintaining my weight while living in Italy. I’ve determined the Italians are one of two things: 1) freaks of nature, and/or 2) so completely obsessed with fashion (Prada, Gucci, etc. that does not accommodate much over a BMI of 20, if that) that they eat like mice. Thank you, Melinda! You are the best!
As I ration out my Kinder, and pry it from the hands of my junk food-loving husband, I’m glad I have a lower calorie treat to substitute. I would say I would “settle” for these Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries, but that would be an injustice to them….they’re delicious. And I think everyone was made aware by Whole Food’s strawberry sale last week…berries are slowly coming into season And cream cheese? Well, I’m under the impression it’s always in season. Har har.
1 1/2 pints fresh strawberries (~28 berries)
1 8 oz. package low-fat cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract or lemon juice (I used a little of both)
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
In a medium bowl, beat the softened cream cheese, vanilla and sugar in a bowl until fluffy.
Place the filling in a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Set aside.
Take the strawberries and with a paring knife, cut an X from the tip of the strawberry almost all the way through. Gently push the tip of the pastry bag in the middle, and pipe in the filling.
Chill until serving. Yield: ~ 28 strawberries.
Nutrition Information (per berry): 34 calories; 1.7 g. fat; 6 mg. cholesterol; 34 mg. sodium; 3.9 g. carbohydrate; 0.5 g. fiber; 0.7 g. protein
Result: Simple and delicious! I can’t think of a better sweet to end a warm, summery day! Now, I just need that warm summery day! These were simple to make and took very little time. They also require no baking! Enjoy!
I (finally) got around to returning lots of reader emails yesterday. I apologize for my response time and sincerely appreciate all of your notes and questions! Thank you!
Question: What fruit/vegetable are you anxiously awaiting to come in season this spring/summer?
Peace & love,