Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Walking my butt off (literally) and a recipe

Today I walked a total of almost FOUR AND A HALF MILES! I only half did it out of desire-- all of this walking was done because our car was in the shop today and, well, I had things to do!

I took the dog on my big walk, the 3.1 mile walk from my house to the car repair shop. During our walk we went from an elevation of 0 feet to 492 feet. This was over the course of about eight blocks, but still.

I was ravenous when I got home, though I've been trying very carefully to count my calories right now. I already had a latte today that was very high in fat and calories (I got sucked in to the book store still having eggnog lattes this time of year!) so I didn't have many to spare. I figured walking that far gives me a little caloric leeway, however, so I had a bowl of cereal with yogurt and strawberries.

Here is a great recipe to take the place of sour cream when you make anything Mexican flavored, it would sub in any other place raita is eaten, as well. I got the idea to make raita from my mom and I love the way this recipe turned out! I'm looking forward to eating it over curried lentils and cauliflower later this week, too.


1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and grated
2 cups plain yogurt (I used Mountain High low-fat plain)
handful of chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon of cumin
pinch of paprika, salt and pepper
(you could make this spicy by adding cayenne!)

Mix everything together in a bowl and voila! 1/4 cup of this has 44 calories and one gram of fat. In contrast, 1/4 cup of regular sour cream has 120 calories and 10 grams of fat! What a difference.

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