Warm cinnamon fruit salad

Last night I hit the gym to do a 4.5  mile run on the treadmill (it was too dark to run outside at that point) and a full-body strength workout.

When I have to spend more than like 20 minutes on a cardio machine, I normally like to lift weights before I do the cardio because I know I won’t feel motivated to do all of the lifting afterwards, whereas if I do my lifting first, I can usually muster up the motivation to stay on a cardio machine long enough to finish. Does that happen to anyone else?

I feel like the reason is because with lifting, I’m constantly pausing to change weights, start new sets, move to a different machine, etc., and it gives me that many more opportunities to think about how tired I am.  On a cardio machine, I simply start and then chug along until the time or distance is up, and there’s no stopping to think. Basically, if I could turn into a zombie at the gym, I would be really freakin’ fit.

So last night I followed my normal order of events, and after lifting, hopped on the treadmill to start my 4.5 miles. And then at 1.5 miles, I was suddenly hit with the running-on-empty-no-pun-intended-my-stomach-is-an-bottomless-pit feeling. So I incline walked 0.5 miles, stretched, left, and came home to make this laughably easy and delicious experiment instead!  Ah, well. Not every run is your best one. I’ll make up the miles sometime in the next day or two.

Warm Cinnamon Fruit Salad

serves 1

Ingredients:

1 medium size banana

1 medium size apple (any kind)

Approximately 1 cup of green grapes

Approximately 2 tablespoons of Earth Balance, butter, or margarine

Cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice to flavor

Plain greek yogurt to garnish

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1. Slice up all fruits into medium-to-small size chunks.

2. Throw all of the fruit and Earth Balance/butter/margarine into a medium-sized pot on the stove. Set heat to medium-low.

3. Gently stir mixture for about 10 minutes, sprinkling in the desired amount of cinnamon (and I later decided to add pumpkin pie spice as well) about halfway through. Let all of the fruit be coated with the Earth Balance and cinnamon. Don’t worry about the bananas getting all mushy – that’s the best part.

4. The mixture will start smelling really, really good, and infiltrate your whole house. Make sure to continue stirring slowly while protecting it from the others that will surely come in to see what you’re making.

Protect it closely.

5. After about 10 minutes, take the mixture off of the heat and serve immediately.

Garnish with a generous dollop of Daisy plain Greek yogurt. Don’t skip this part! The tartness of the yogurt is the perfect cool, creamy compliment to the sweet, syrupy salad (<– alliteration station). Plus it gives it staying power by adding protein.

The best part about this meal is that it’s healthy and tastes like a dessert. Who doesn’t like dessert for dinner?

Enjoy!

Off to try to accomplish that 4.5 mile run before it’s too dark outside.

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2 thoughts on “Warm cinnamon fruit salad

  1. I think that lifting weights before cardio is the only way do it! You will have the most energy if you lift first and research shows you will burn more fat doing it that way too!
    That’s crazy you run so much after weights- if I ever do cardio post weights (not very often right now) its no longer than 20 minutes, usually stair stepper or HIIT on treadmill.
    That meal looks delicious btw- it sounds more appealing for breakfast though!

    • I didn’t know that there were fat-burning and energy benefits to the way I was doing it – how interesting (and awesome)!

      And yeah, it is kind of crazy to run more than like 3 miles after lifting, isn’t it? Haha. And I don’t even enjoy it that much! I’ve just been stuck following Hal Higdon’s Novice training plan for my half marathon, which calls for strength + running once a week. I’m thinking I need to switch it around so I don’t have to do that anymore, though, since my maintenance-run distance is still going up…

      This meal WOULD be great for breakfast! But I’m a breakfast-all-day kinda girl 😉

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