I’m writing to you from the North Pole! (Well...that’s what it feels like anyway.) I have been cooped up in the house for what feels like ages, and with the sub zero temperatures and mountains of snow, it’s not like getting out is much of an option. I’m getting a touch of cabin fever, but at least in my own home I don’t have to worry about unhealthy eating: healthy food is all we have around here!
With healthy food taken care of, my main concern has been getting some exercise. I had been making frequent trips to the Y, and I can tell it’s paying off, but what can you when you’re snowed in? The house walls felt like they were closing in on me, and I could tell my sister was getting the same feeling. That’s why I decided to brave the cold, bundle up, forget I’m a junior in high school for a minute, and play in the snow! My sister and I wrapped up in layers upon layers of coats, hats, scarves, gloves, coveralls, and socks. I topped off my winter-chic look with my camouflage hunting boots. (You can take the girl out of Kentucky, but you can’t take the Kentucky out of the girl).
As we ventured outside, we saw a snow drift that was nearly as tall as my sister, and stretched the length of our whole yard. Of course we headed straight for it! I spent the majority of my time building a tunnel, my arms were getting a great work out, and I made more snowballs than you could possibly count. Attempting to run through the nearly waist deep snow and laughing until I couldn’t breathe made for an excellent, calorie-burning exercise that was more fun than going to a gym! My mom teaches kids that playing in the snow, building a snow man, or having a snowball fight can be wonderful and fun exercise. If you’re looking for way to work out when you’re snowed in, suit up and head outside. ☺
Oh, and when you come back inside, my dad found a great recipe for hot chocolate sweetened with honey! It’s healthy and a great way to warm you up after a chilly day! I’ll include it below.Enjoy!
1 ½ cups of skim or low fat milk
1 ½ tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1 ½ tablespoons of honey
¾ teaspoon of vanilla
Directions: Heat milk in a saucepan on medium-low heat until warm. In a separate bowl, mix together honey, cocoa, and vanilla. Once blended evenly, add the mixture to the milk, and whisk. Pour into a cup and enjoy!