Friday, April 10, 2009


Hi Everyone,

One of our Good Health Guidelines is to work up to 30 minutes of activity on most days.

How are you doing on working up to that goal?

Adding activity into your life begins one step at a time. Maybe 30 minutes seems like a huge chunk of time to start with. Five minutes could be a new starting point. Five minutes is a beginning. Maybe five minutes twice a day. Next week up to ten minutes.

If you are doing that 30 minutes three days a week - work on a fourth day. Building up is the key. Having a plan, just like with our eating, is essential. The weather is getting nicer and walking outside could really be pleasant, but we will still have those rainy days and we need a contingency plan. I love the DVDs we have at Weight Watchers with activity times ranging from 10 minutes to 40 minutes. Check them out at the meeting!!

Weight Watchers is promoting a spring 5K (or smaller) walk. We will be providing an on line 8 week training program. Get the info at your meeting this week.

serves 4 points value 4

1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
3 Tablespoons unsalted light butter
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 large ripe bananas, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch slices
2 Tablespoon dark rum
1/2 pint vanilla fat free frozen yogurt

l. Combine the brown sugar, butter, and nutmeg in a large nonstick skillet. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Add the bananas and cook, tossing to coat, until the bananas begin to soften, 2-4 minutes. Increase the heat to medium, remove the skillet from heat, and pour in the rum. Return the skillet to the heat and ignite the rum with a long wooden match; cook, shaking the pan, until the flame goes out, about 30 seconds. Continue cooking until the sauce thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Remove the skillet from the heat.

2. Place a scoop of frozen yogurt into each of 4 serving dishes. Top each scoop with warm banana mixture and serve at once.

Note: If you'd rather skip the rum- and the flames- substitute 1 teaspoon imitation rum extract or add 2 tablespoons pineapple juice and a few drops of vanilla extract with the bananas.

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