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With warmer months quickly approaching, I’m sharing with you my new fitness routine as well as two springtime recipes for a Sparkling Strawberry Granita and Frozen Fruit Ice Cubes using refreshing and delicious TEN 7UP which has only ten calories per serving…..
I used to be a runner.
Every morning after I dropped my kids off at school, I would lace up my running shoes, put the leash on our yellow lab, strap a phone to my arm and head out the door for a morning run. It was “my special time”. Forty five minutes of quiet where I could be alone with my thoughts. It was where many blog posts were written and an arsenal of recipes created.
I wasn’t always a runner, in fact when I was younger, I hated to run. But when I turned 40, something happened. My weight became harder to maintain so I began walking 3 miles a day and eventually took up jogging. About 6 months into my running program, I developed plantar fasciitis in my left foot which forced me to stop running. A few months later, my foot felt well enough to try to run again. After about 4 months of running/walking, I developed a heel spur in the opposite foot which prevented me from not only running but walking distances on our trails too.
Stopping an exercise program because of an injury is difficult. You see all the progress you worked hard to achieve often disappear. It’s an intensely frustrating time but it’s important to find another form of exercise that you can enjoy so that you keep active. As we age, inactivity is not our friend.
With warmer months fast approaching, I’m working hard to get back in shape through walking, yoga and eating right. And you know what? It’s working!
Along with my new exercise program which consists of a daily yoga practice and walking, I’ve been making lots of ingredient switches in the recipes I’m creating. I love experimenting with new products and I’m excited to share one that I love with you.
I’ve made the switch to the TEN beverage line that I recently discovered at Walmart. These delicious drinks have only 10 calories per serving. That means I don’t have to sacrifice great taste for calories. The four wonderful flavors I’ve tried are TEN 7UP, TEN Sunkist, TEN A&W Root Beer and TEN Canada Dry Ginger Ale and I love them all. The TEN Sunkist is ideal in a low-cal Dreamsicle (vanilla ice cream and sunkist) and the TEN A&W is absolutely delicious in a skinny root-beer float (vanilla ice cream and root beer). I love the refreshing TEN 7UP and TEN Canada Dry for sipping throughout the day and I’ve even incorporated the TEN 7UP in a light and flavorful Strawberry Granita which is a delightful spring/summer dessert. When it’s hot outside, a granita is the perfect refreshment. Think of it as a fancy sno-cone and it’s so simple to make too.
To make a Sparkling Strawberry Granita, here’s all you do…
In a blender, combine a pound of strawberries, two cups of TEN 7UP, lemon zest and lemon juice. Blend until pureed.
Pour into a 9 x 13 dish.
Place the dish in the freezer and freeze for an hour.
Remove the dish from the freezer and use a fork to scrape the granita from the edges to the center.
Return the dish to the freezer and freeze for at least an hour longer. Remove the dish from the freezer and scrape the icy puree with the fork again.
Spoon the mixture into bowls and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
Creamy and intensely satisfying!
Another way I love to use the TEN 7UP is in these sweet and festive low calorie fruit filled ice cubes. Such a pretty way to add a little color to your drink plus, it’s a great way to sneak a little fruit into your kid’s diets!
All you do is…
Combine 6 ounces of raspberries, 6 ounces of blueberries and 1/4 cup of TEN 7UP in a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze.
Fill a pitcher with TEN 7UP and add in the ice cubes. It’s fun to watch the 7UP turn to the pretty shade of pink.
If you’re ready to up your exercise game, I think you’ll love the May My Walk app. I’ve downloaded it to my iPhone and I love it. It can track all of your fitness activities, record your workout details, including duration, distance, pace, speed, calories burned and more and will allow you to save and track your workout data.
If you’re looking to either begin a yoga program or if you’d like to improve your home practice, be sure to check out yoga instructor, Jason Crandell’s Yoga Journal podcasts. Personally, I love Jason’s method of teaching. He is the sort of instructor who is so clear in his instructions of the poses, you could almost do the postures with your eyes closed…almost.
Sparkling Strawberry Granita
- 1 pound strawberries , rinsed and hulled
- 2 cups TEN 7UP
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
FRUIT FILLED ICE CUBES
- 6 ounces raspberries , rinsed
- 6 ounces blueberries , rinsed
- 1/4 cup TEN 7UP
- TO MAKE THE STRAWBERRY GRANITA
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
- Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 dish and place in the freezer to chill. After about 1 hour, remove the pan from the freezer and use a fork to scrape the frozen puree from the edges to the center.
- Return dish to the freezer and freeze again. After another hour, remove the dish from the freezer and scrape the icy puree with a fork again.
- Spoon into bowls and top with whipped cream, if desired.
- TO MAKE THE FRUIT FILLED ICE CUBES
- Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into ice cube trays and freeze until solid.
- Take a few ice cubes out of the tray and place in a large pitcher or in a single serving glass and pour TEN 7UP over them.