I’m just so excited that my visit to the physiotherapist last Friday was one with awesome news. After some assessment, I could tell from her face that she was very pleased with my progress. My repaired Achilles tendon is healing well. She said I can start my driving and also go to the gym to do some work out to further strengthen my Achilles tendon….yippee….so happy! I was so happy that after the physio session, I went with my girl to MacDonald. We had something light and watched Olympic badminton together on my iPad. That was fun! However, I have to take things slowly. Yes, no rush, but at least I am gaining more freedom by the day……*BIG smiles*.
After almost 3 months, I took to the road on Sunday for the first time. You can imagine my most delighted feeling. I’m driving again!! I just felt so good and smiling all the way. My husband sat next to me as I drove but he kept telling me to look out and go slow. Of course I did! I guess he must have kept his eyes wide open and his hands on the hand brake all the time just in case…..haha. Well, it was just a short test drive. And yesterday, I drove to the supermarket on my own and did marketing for the first time after all these months.
I told my girl I wanted to make blueberry ice cream to celebrate my joy. I had long wanted to make blueberry ice cream but so far have not tried. So, we bought a big packet of frozen blueberries, 1kg. It cost £3.99. That’s cheap compared to the fresh ones. Blueberries come with a lot of health benefits and it’s one of my top favourite berries. I like it in cakes, added to yoghurt or in smoothies.
To make this ice cream even healthier, I used stevia, a natural sweetener, instead of all sugar. NuStevia is a premium natural sweetener which I won in a giveaway as mentioned in my previous post. It tastes so sweet, natural and zero in calories. How amazing is that! Ice cream is generally loaded with sugar but adding stevia cuts down on the calories. This is my first try with stevia so I still added some sugar. It came out successful and very delicious. I guess if I use all stevia, it will come out successful too. You can try that.
To make this healthier and lower in calories, I used 0% TOTAL Greek yoghurt which is a very creamy delicious yoghurt even though it is 0% fat. I like it for its good quality.
Here is my easy and simple low fat blueberry yoghurt ice cream recipe, no additives and no preservatives added. You don’t even need an ice cream maker.
500g frozen blueberries
1/2C unrefined sugar
3 packets NuStevia
pinch of salt
500g 0% TOTAL Greek yoghurt
Put blueberries, sugar, salt and stevia in a pot. Bring to boil. Keep stirring until the sugar dissolves. Mash with a potato masher. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool completely.
Stir in the yoghurt and pour into a container. Put it in the freezer. I used a metal container.
After about 1-2 hours, take it out and stir to break up the ice. Put back into the freezer. Stir again after 1-2 hrs. Repeat another time. Then leave it in the freezer. Your ice cream is ready when it hardens which would be about another 1-2 hours, or more. It is ready for serving.
It is creamy, healthy, sweet and delicious. I will definitely be making this ice cream again. Making ice cream at home actually is really easy. No problem even if you don’t have an ice cream maker. Hope you will give this a try.
For those with diabetic condition you can try omitting the sugar and replacing it with stevia.
Olympics is still on and I hope you have lots of fun watching your favourite sports. My top favourite, tennis and badminton, were all over on Sunday….so sad. Wish it goes on another week!
On Sunday, I watched the men’s single badminton final between China and our Malaysian hero, Lee Chong Wei. It was just nail-biting! What a sad moment that Lee Ching Wei lost, narrowly. He apologised to the nation for not getting a gold. He is just so humble and so sweet. The whole nation just warmed up to him. He did his best, put up a good fight, displayed amazing sportsmanship despite still recovering from a torn ligament in his leg. He deserves everyone’s respect and love. BBC commentator said that he is a real role model. All Malaysians are just so proud of him. He is such a real inspiration!
I have been most inspired watching a lot of these sports men and women. Many suffered from various forms of injury but still came back strong. They never gave up even though some thought of doing so. This is great encouragement to me. I will have to get back to my badminton as soon as my leg is fit enough to run, not because of any competition but just for the love of it. It’s very good for exercise and also meeting people who share the same love for it.
Know what, I received the MOST beautiful keychain through the mail over the weekend! I really like it very much. It reminds me of one thing I really love to do in life and a reminder that I’m just nearer each day getting back to badminton. It gives me more discipline to do all the daily exercises given by the physiotherapist…..the stretching, massage and bending of my Achilles tendon.
Oh, the tiny shuttlecock tube is also a whistle. I told my girl that from now on, I will blow the whistle when dinner is ready, save my voice from calling everyone. Then I blew it to show her. She shook her head and said, ‘No, you need lots of practice!’ It must have sounded so horrible….haha. She said I need 3 tunes, one for each one. She’s just that cheeky. She thinks that will take me ages to learn and I will give up half way!…..hmmm. Maybe I will just blow when I’m annoyed with anyone of them….haha. In that way, I don’t have to do it the right way……*grin*
Ok, hope you have a great start to the week. Health is our greatest investment in life and I really hope you are eating well and keeping up with your regular exercise.
Till then, see you in my next post. Keep Smiling!
Other blueberry recipes that you may be interested in:
Blueberry Pound Cake
Blueberry Orange Cake
Blueberry Banana Streusel Cake
Super Easy No Dairy Blueberry Cake
Blueberry Smoothie - Healthy Breakfast In A Glass
“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”
- Zig Ziglar