• I Power Walk

    July 6, 2010

    It’s a scorcher out there today!! It’s not even 9:00 AM and it’s already 90 degrees! 8-O

    To avoid the heat, I got my workout in first thing this morning. My hip is a bit sore after two 5-mile runs last week, so I gave it a break by power walking instead. I used to power walk all of the time, but somehow, I got out of the habit. It’s actually a really great workout if you push yourself a little bit.

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    This morning, I used my Garmin to track my speed and motivate myself to really push it. I walked my first mile in just over 14 minutes, so I tried to pick up the pace for each mile after:

    • Mile 1: 14:13
    • Mile 2: 13:56
    • Mile 3: 13:48
    • Mile 4: 14:07

    As you can see, I increased my speed on each mile, except for the final one. I think a combination of hills and heat slowed me down. Even still, I got my heart pumping for a solid 52 minutes. And, according to the Power Walkers World online calculator, I burned 364 calories. Not too bad, right? I think power walking might be my new thing! :-D

    Breakfast

    Today’s breakfast was perfect for a hot summer morning– cool, creamy, slightly sweet, lots of flavors and textures. It definitely hit the spot after a long power walk! :-D

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    Breakfast Rice Pudding

    Makes 4 servings

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup uncooked arborio rice
    • 1 cup vanilla soy milk
    • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
    • 1/2 cup almond granola
    • 1 tbsp brown sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract

    Directions:

    • Cook arborio rice as directed and allow to cool for 15-20 minutes.
    • In the same pan as you cooked the rice, add the soy milk, cranberries, granola, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and any other goodies that you would like. Stir everything together.
    • Pour rice mixture into a large Tupperware container and store in the refrigerator overnight.
    • In the morning, scoop a serving into a bowl and grab a spoon.
    • Eat and enjoy!

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    Mmm! Great breakfast! :-D

    Arborio rice has a creamy consistency, so this cold version sort of reminds me of overnight oats, especially with all of the fun ingredients thrown into the mix. The recipe is easily customizable, so you can add your favorite ingredients just like you would with overnight oats. You’ll definitely see this recipe on CNC again!

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    Question of the Day

    What do you think of power walking? Is it a good workout? Do you ever do it?

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    Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul August 3, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I’ve never power walked before. Is there any special technique to it? Your times seem really fast for any type of walking. Any tips?

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    Krista July 31, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Power Walking is AMAZING! I power walk almost every day and have begun doing various types of ballet conditioning workouts for strength. I feel graceful and strong!

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    Gail Richey August 12, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I gave up running due to back/knee issues and only power walk. My PR is 12:20/mile for a 5k. Will be doing 20k in Sept and hope to stick to a 13/mile

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    Sandra Goldstein December 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Hi Tina, Thanks for posting this yummy recipe! It looks like a wonderful breakfast option particularly on the days I workout. I have been making pudding sometimes as a healthy dessert option but never thought of it as a way to start your day.

    What a great idea! Let me ask you is there a particular reason for using soy milk with this recipe or would any type of nut milk be fine? I have learnt recently how to make nut milk at home and would like to experiment with different types like hazelnut milk of cashew milk. Also do you think I could substitute cranberries with other dried fruits like dates or figs? I love the sweetness dates adds to everything and I must say I am such a ‘sweet tooth’! Thanks

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