So, I’ve been working out, y’all. And, as I’ve mentioned before, when I work out, I WORK OUT. This isn’t a tea party. By the end of 40 minutes, my face is beet red and I’m feeling tired. Right now I’ve just been hopping on the treadmill and staying on there for a solid 45 minutes. Because my body is getting used to working out again, I’m actually going every other day to the gym (to avoid injuries.) My three workouts, thus far, have been 45 minutes intervals of fast walking on a tall incline and running (faster than a slow jog) with an average of 3.75 miles per workout (wooooooo!). I ran 4 miles the first day, when I wasn’t feeling tired from consecutive workouts yet! (Ugh, yesterday it was like pulling teeth just to make it to 3.5 miles…. my body was tired! In my head, I kept pumping myself up and thinking, “You still got it! You go, girl!”)
Anyway, with all of this working out, I’ve been hungry and needing quick post-workout snacks. Today, while on Pinterest, I spotted a plain yogurt-covered blueberries recipe that involved dipping blueberries (on toothpicks) into plain yogurt. I don’t have blueberries or toothpicks, but I have cherries and greek yogurt. Time for a fun treat!
I added almond extract and cinnamon to my plain greek yogurt. I then dipped my cherries into the flavored-yogurt mixture and set the covered fruit down one inch apart on a plate.
I froze these little beauties, and…….. woo! They are delightful!
I really like these as a snack. I wasn’t sure how flavorful the yogurt would taste after being frozen, but the little cinnamon and extract go a long way! Yum! (I may or may not have been snacking away on these while I shot the pictures….) Of course, cherries are a little more cumbersome than blueberries because of the darn pit, but who doesn’t love the rich flavor of cherries and almonds? And the stem acts as a built-in toothpick. You could even do one more layer to these frozen beauties by dipping them into diced nuts or chocolate, mmmmm! Enjoy!
Frozen Cherries ‘n’ Yogurt Treats
1 cup of clean, rinsed cherries (with stems)
1 cup of plain greek yogurt (or a non-cow’s milk yogurt)
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp honey
Mix together yogurt, extract, and cinnamon. Dip cherries into yogurt, making sure you cover the entire piece of fruit. Place one inch apart on a plate and put in your freezer for one hour. Take out of freezer and let defrost for 3 minutes. Then enjoy!