Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe

If you’ve been reading the blog for any time now, you know what I have a huge sweet tooth. I’m a strong believer that sweets and desserts are fine in moderation.

Cheesecake is one of my all-time favorite desserts and strawberries are the perfect fruit (they go great with basically everything).

With spring and summer coming up, I thought it would be the perfect time to share this delicious strawberry cheesecake recipe. Enjoy!

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My new favorite smoothie

Today after a grueling four miles (don’t laugh! I felt like death at the end of my run) I didn’t feel like making real food, so I whipped up a quick smoothie and I think I’ve found my new favorite!

12 ounces of milk (any kind will work!)
1 scoop of protein powder
6 ounces of strawberry Greek yogurt
A small scoop of peanut butter
A couple pieces of ice

I blend mine in a Nutribullet and then it’s ready to drink!

Sweet treats to serve at your next daytime party

I love parties and hosting. From the food, the friends and fellowship, I love hosting others in our home or even planning parties elsewhere.

The great thing about daytime parties (my favorite time is 2 p.m.) is they are a breeze to throw together! You don’t need a full meal, just something sweet to nibble on. So I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ideas and recipes to help make your next daytime party a hit. Enjoy!

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CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Let’s be real — I use the Nestle Toll House pre-cut cookie dough. It works fine and they are so good. I under cook them just a little so they are extra soft and chewy.

CAKEPOPS
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Author: Divas Can Cook
Ingredients
  • Chocolate Cake, prepared (I used ½ of a 9×13 devils food box cake)
  • Chocolate Frosting (amount depends on moistness of cake. I used two big spoonfuls. See video)
  • 2 boxes Premium white chocolate ( I used Baker’s brand)
  • cake pop sticks
  • sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Add cake to a large bowl.
  2. Crumble until it resembles fine crumbs
  3. Add in frosting a little bit at a time until cake is moist and can hold a ball shape, yet still slightly crumbly.
  4. Use your hands to incorporate the frosting into the cake crumbs.
  5. Use a mini ice cream scoop and scoop out two balls of cake mixture.
  6. Roll the mixture into a tight ball and place on a plate.
  7. Repeat until all the cake mixture has been rolled into balls.
  8. Melt 2-4 ounces of white chocolate in the microwave.
  9. Dip the tip of the cake pop sticks into the white chocolate and insert into the cake balls about half-way.
  10. Freeze for about 20 minutes.
  11. Meanwhile prepare all of your decorating supplies.
  12. Melt the remaining chocolate in a large cup. Make sure you have enough chocolate to completely submerge the cake ball.
  13. Remove cake balls from freezer.
  14. Dip cake balls carefully into the chocolate until covered.
  15. Let the excess chocolate drip off. Swirl and tap gently if needed.
  16. Add the sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet. It will harden quickly.
  17. Stick the decorated cake pop into a styrofoam block to finish setting.
  18. Place into the freezer to speed up setting time.

GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE-STRAWBERRY PARFAIT
Ingredients
1 container (5.3 oz) strawberry Greek yogurt
1/4 cup Chocolate Chex™ cereal
1/4 cup chopped fresh strawberries

Steps
Place half of the yogurt (about 1/3 cup) in bottom of 8-oz glass or small canning jar. Sprinkle half of cereal over yogurt in glass, then sprinkle with half of the chopped strawberries.
Top with remaining yogurt, cereal and strawberries.

Tips
Presentation/Garnish: Top parfait with mini chocolate chips for added indulgence.
Substitution: Swap Vanilla Chex™ cereal for the Chocolate Chex™ cereal, if desired.
Healthy: Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is gluten free. Products and ingredient sources can change.

 

10 tips to help you make the perfect breakfast

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1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up.
Seriously cannot stress this enough. One glass of water can jump start your day, hydrate you and get your mind sharp and ready to go first thing in the morning. Plus, you’ve been sleeping for 7-8 hours — your body should be craving water!

2. Keep it simple.

Sometimes I just grab a breakfast bar and a banana. While I make sure my breakfast bar isn’t full of extra sugar or anything fake, it’s simple, fast and easy. While I love breakfast sandwiches, it’s not always realistic for me to make those every day.

3. If you can prep it, do it.

For mornings when I’m on the go, I like to know I have something healthy and filling prepared to help me start my day.

4. Eggs are your friend.
Scrambled or hard boiled, the entire egg or just the egg whites — it’s all good!

5. Peanut and nut butters.
*This is goes for numbers 4 & 5.

  • Protein – breakfasts filled with protein provide you with more staying power than those that are just carbs.
  • Fiber helps keep you full longer than refined carbs will.
  • Fat is important in providing balance and satiety, giving your breakfast much more staying power. Aim for fats found in nuts, seeds and avocados.
6. Smoothies.
Making your own smoothie is a great way to pack in a lot of nutrition without a lot of effort. The key is to make sure that you’re getting that balance of fiber, protein and fats. Try blending fruit, almond milk a big spoonful of nut butter and a scoop of protein powder for a filling smoothie. Spinach is great in smoothies too. It adds a kick of nutrients and on the plus side, you can’t taste it!
7. Greek yogurt and fruit.
Parfaits are such a simple way to get in some fruit, healthy fats and protein.

8. Skip the expensive latte.Novelty coffees like Starbucks and lattes are a special treat for me. While I don’t drink coffee every morning like some of you all, I still like the kick of caffeine every now and then. Make your coffee at home and you will save on calories and cash, while still getting your morning java.

9. Oatmeal.
Now, while I am not a fan of oatmeal, it is a good choice for breakfast, if you like that sort of thing (I can’t get over the texture).

10. Foods to avoid: Bacon, sausage, hash browns, processed cheese, biscuits with gravy, or “fake” granola bars.

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