I am not a natural runner.
I know a lot of people say this, but I probably the only person who has ever told the truth when saying this. It's kind of a thing in my family - none of us, except my Dad maybe, can really run. I am a short distance sprinter. That's how I roll.
I played tennis and netball for so long I am used to running short distances quickly, using quick bursts of speed to get me from place to place and then getting a quick break every so often. Sure those sports require endurance, and I have endurance, but a different kind of endurance. I cannot continuously run for ages.
So when I go to the gym and run 5km, I run as hard as I can for a few hundred metres, then walk/jog for a few hundred, then run hard again. I cannot jog or run at a moderate speed. It's just not how I do things.
And that is probably why I will never win another running race (my third place in 200m in Year 7 counts as a win, ok), or why, if I enter a marathon, I will come last. I am a tennis player, a sprinter, a skipper, and I'm used to moving my whole body in order to hit a ball.
But even though I'm not a natural runner, I try. I try very hard. I try until my ankles hurt, my shins hurt and for some odd reason, my shoulders (bad posture here). And that's all anyone can ask of me - that I try.
And for today's little inspirational treats, perfect now that the hot weather has well and truly hit us in Queensland, are frozen yoghurt bites. I would kill for one of these babies right now. It is so deliciously hot today (Sunday, for all you Australians who might remember yesterday's heat). These bites are so cold they hurt your teeth, but the sweet biscuit base combines perfectly with the cold, slightly sweet yoghurt to create the perfect snack. You could eat several and not even notice. Out of the bites I made, the strawberry ones were my favourite.
Level of Difficulty: The easiest summer treat ever – and no bake at that, so you don’t need to turn on a hot oven.
Average Cost: $
Main Ingredients: Granitas and Greek Yoghurt
Occasion: Anytime you want.
Menu Options: Use whatever Greek yoghurt you like – plain would work too, but I prefer the flavoured types, especially for something like this.
Makes 24 mini-muffin-tray sized bites
What you need:
- 100 g granita biscuits / graham crackers / sweet plain biscuits (for Australians any Arnotts biscuits would work)
- 3 tbsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp cold water
- 2 170g Chobani Greek yoghurt containers (preferably two different flavours – I used strawberry and mango) or another type of flavoured Greek yoghurt
What to do:
In a food processor, process the biscuits, almond butter and honey. Add the water to make sure a thick dough forms. You want the dough to be rather wet so it stays together well.
Grease a mini muffin tray well. Using a tablespoon, pick up balls of dough and squish into the muffin tray until each muffin round is filled.
Add a tablespoon (probably a little less) of Greek yoghurt into each muffin round until all are filled. You should have exactly half of the tray with one flavour and half with the other flavour.
Freeze bites until set. Eat frozen.