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Frozen Banana, Yogurt and Granola Bites – A Snack That Will NOT Ruin Your Diet

Looking for a sweet treat without ruining your weight loss goals? This frozen banana, yogurt and Grape Nuts treat might be what you are looking for.

Love Maegan Frozen Banana Snacks

I was searching the internet for snacks to replace my summer ice cream habit.  Something that is sweet but still provides some healthy benefits to nourish my body.  That is when I came across an idea on LoveMeagan.com that I felt might work to satisfy me. They were perfect!

Frozen Banana, Yogurt and Granola


Materials:

Grape Nuts Cereal
Yogurt in any flavor
Bananas
2 Shallow Bowls
Cutting Board
8×10 Cake Pan
Spoon
Knife or Banana Slicer

 

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Since we have been slicing plenty of bananas lately I decided to splurge and purchase a Banana Slicer.  For under three dollars, I am pleased with it and found it to be a good investment.

 

 

 

Directions:
1.) Pour Grape Nuts Cereal into one of the shallow bowls.  Spoon yogurt into the other shallow bowl.

2.)
Remove the banana peels and cut them into bite sized pieces.

3.) Dip banana into yogurt to coat and then into Grape Nuts.

4.) Place on 8×10 cookie sheet.  Once you are finished coating pieces, pop the cookie sheet into the freezer.  Freeze solid.

5.) Remove the frozen treats off cookie sheet and place into a freezer container or freezer bags.  When ready for a frozen treat take out a few pieces and eat straight for the freezer.

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How Soon ‘Not Right Now’ Becomes ‘Never’

For years my children have heard me use the phrase “Not right now” as their response to a question they had asked me.  I had never took the time to realize what that meant to them, until our daughter brought up the fact that people who say “Not right now” really mean there is a 90% chance your answer is no, it will never happen. Our daughter’s answer made me stop and think.

Why do I use the response “Not right now?” because she right.  I do normally mean the word no. I haven’t given any additional thought to it, it is not a possibility. Since she brought it to my attention, I have witnessed many additional people use the saying too.  I decided to conduct a little experiment to test a theory.  Do people over use the phrase and really want to say no, but chose to use the phrase instead. I have kept track of people and their response to their “Not right now” reply.  My list of people studied spans from volunteers, family, friends, school officials I have dealt with, a doctor, a lawyer and my own family. So, far in every case, the words “Not right now” have meant no.

I have followed up with the people who have given me this answer and asked the follow-up question.  The same question I asked previously and got the “Not right now” response the first time, became a dominate no the second time around.

That phrase is one phrase I am going to try to eliminate from my vocabulary.  If I mean no, I will say it.  “Not right now” for most people is a cop-out phrase.  It means they do not want to deal the question being asked. I am voiding saying no.

Instead of using this phrase I have to retrain my brain to use a direct response.  A yes or a no.  If I really mean “not right now”, I will tell the person asking that I can’t give them an answer at this time and they can ask me at another time or can I get back with them when I have made my decision.

Applying this to my life in an appropriate way has already resulted in positive results.  I feel I am communicating with the outside world with ease.  It has also resulted in positive light dealing with my own thoughts and actions.  When I find myself trying to use the excuse  “Not right now” to answer my own question or suggestion, it gives me a chance to reflect back and find my reason for not wanting to do it at this exact moment.

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I have found when I am reflecting back to try to answer why I would give the answer “not right now”  it is usually pretty clear that it stems from a perception problem.  I want to try to be the best person I can for myself and others.  I don’t want to let myself or the people around me down.  So, I give the “Not right now” as an excuse to get out of dealing with it at the moment.  A nice cushy…just don’t give an answer, so that the truth doesn’t hurt myself or others.

The saying “Not right now” has made me very lazy in my time commitment to myself over the past year. I am going to try to turn that around.  I need to get back on the wagon and care for myself and start appreciating the body I was given.  Stressing less about my outward appearance and deal with my mind and make a game plan on what items matter most to me. Do you find yourself doing this? Does “Not right now” become never for you?

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Dealing With Your Past So You Can Move On

Dealing With The Past So You Can Move On
Each of us has a past and that past can come back to haunt us if it is not dealt with properly.  Dealing with the past, allows you to move on.  We can’t go back and change how we dealt with it or change the outcome but WE CAN MOVE ON.  Take a lesson from it, grow from it and move on.

Emotional Eaters
Are you an emotional eater?  The past few days I have once again tried to bury some deep seeded feelings from my past. Why they keep resurfacing is beyond me.  Maybe some of the lifes hurts are so deeply rooted inside of us that we just can’t shake them.

It is in times of strong emotions that I turn to my trusty friend, food.  Food never lets me down!  It feeds something inside of me I can’t get a grip on. It is one cycle I would like to break, but how?  Guess it is time to work extremely hard to deal with a few things a didn’t want to.

Learning To Forgive
This is the hardest thing a person can learn to do but also the most rewarding for yourself.  Holding a grudge doesn’t hurt the other person, it hurts you.  Your body pays the price, your mind pays the price and ultimately, your entire being will pay the price if you harbor bitterness.

How does one go about forgiving someone who has caused you pain? I have found a few ways that have helped me.  I am not an expert by any means.  Just someone who has let go of a few things and is in the process of learning forgiveness on the strongholds of my life.

Talk It Out
You can use three ways to talk out your feelings.

Write a non-threatening letter:
 If it is a relationship that you would like to keep explain your feelings to the person you have been having trouble with.  A heartfelt letter can go a long way in sorting through your troubles.

Speak In Person:
Use non-threatening I feel statements to explain the situation.  If at anytime the conversation gets heated, back off.

Write A Letter To Be Destroyed:
Sometimes, we just need to get something off our chest.  I write letters all the time that I do not personally send to the recipient.  Most often the letters are to people who I do not wish to renew my relationship with or haven’t taken the time to calm down from yet.  For all practical purposes, I would like to rip them a new one – but will write it and destroy it.

Wake up


Have More Empathy
I believe in having empathy for people.  Understanding the situation they are in and the emotional states of other people.  We all have bad days but some families have EXTRA hard days; every day.  I don’t believe many people go out and purposely mean to cause you pain – sometimes you need to put emotions aside and “think” why they may have said this or that about you.  Could you take something that was said and apply it to your life positively?

How Many Times Are You Hurt Before You Move On?
This took me 39 years to learn.  How many times do you feel you can forgive someone? It depends.  Again, I look toward empathy first but I am a good judge of character too.  I look to see what the other person is doing and speaking about while they are with me.  If they are not a good person morally, there is no reason to give them another chance to hurt you repeatedly. You know in your heart if a person has your best interest in mind.

If they have repeat offenses in nature, then, I will forgive them but I will not be subjected to spending any additional time with them.  This will release the anger inside of me and allow myself to go on and be ok with the outcome.

Allowing Yourself To Fail
We are not perfect.  Nobody is. Once you realize this and tell yourself it is okay to fail; life becomes MUCH easier.  We don’t have all the answers, we can’t please everyone and with a little patience, we can make it through our days.  If you have been told you failed someone or you feel you have failed  – there is good news.  You can forgive yourself and whoever else played a part of that day and move on.  Today is a new day.  There is a new path to travel – get going!

Nikki