I shot myself in the foot. After boasting about my 8 hours of sleep, two nights ago, last night, karma kicked me in the ass and I got a whole 2 hours of sleep. I feel like the senator’s daughter in the well in “Silence of the Lambs”. It spills the coffee in its lap.
This concerns me, not only because I turn into a raging devil monster, (picture Reagan from “Exorcist”; only taller) but because I want to lose a few pounds, and when I don’t sleep, I don’t lose. During Chinese New Year, my family and I consumed enough noodles to power a small submarine. On top of that, my husband’s schedule didn’t allow me as much running time as I normally enjoy. My daughter had a brief, yet, terrifying stint in the hospital, and then both the kids got a tummy virus. Both kids sick=homebound momma.
Life got in the way of my normal, healthy routine. As such, I now have around 10-13 lbs I would like to lose, both from eating everything in sight at the hospital, and eating everything around at Christmas and Chinese New Year.
Once again, I find myself having to get serious about weight LOSS, not maintenance. It’s a very frustrating place to be. It must be how Mitt Romney feels, except he can cover his frustration in dollars. Hell, he can cover his dollars in fur coats and top hats. I would need a lot of Benjamins to cover 13 lbs, and two, small, very well-placed top hats.
One of my biggest achilles heels is sweets. I just love em. I can’t eat a great deal of them, but I manage to eat what I can. The balls I made yesterday are great for this, and at about 80 calories a piece, not to mention the healthy fat, fiber, and protein, they are a filling alternative. Sometimes, however, I just want something with a creamy mouth feel. I want something that I can top with cocoa and feel good/ohsobadanddirty about. I.want.ice cream.
So I make this.
Banana Soft Serve, aka too damn good to be true.
First, let a few bananas go almost black.
Peel and slice the near rotten flesh, careful to remove all of the nasty banana threads. Lay these out on a piece of wax paper on a plate, in a single layer. Place in freezer and freeze AT LEAST overnight. Puree until smooth in your food pro. Eat. I add pb2 or espresso powder sometimes. Sometimes, I top with jam or homemade chocolate sauce, Often, I will roast the bananas in a pan with a bit of cooking spray before freezing, to bring out their sweetness even more. My pb2 banana fro yo has the 5 grams of fiber of the banana and all of the niacin and potassium, with only about 115 calories. Try it. You’ll love it.