WIAW – Berry Cheesecake Parfait

Happy Friday! OK, well it’s my Friday — anyone else? I’m looking forward to the long weekend of hopefully catching some sun on this pale body of mine! Since it’s really Wednesday – It’s WIAW! Check out Jenn’s blog if you are weird like me and enjoy seeing what other people eat.

wiawphotobutton Breakfast: Eggs, Spinach & Watermelon

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Snack: Apple

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Lunch: Quinoa, Tomatoes, Onions, Avocados, Cashews and Mushrooms with Taco Seasoning & Salsa.

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Snack: Clif Z Bar

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Dinner: Shrimp Enchilada Bake

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Dessert: Berry Cheesecake Parfait

I whipped up these mini desserts in 5 minutes and thought they’d be the perfect treat for a July 4th celebration! I only did measurements for Adam and I so this would be best for a small crowd. (Easy to double/triple this recipe)

 

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 Berry Cheesecake Parfait (Serves 2)

Ingredients

  • 2 sheets of graham crackers
  • 2 tbsp fat free cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2/3 cup of Tru Whip (or cool whip)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

Directions

  • Crumble 1 sheet of graham crackers – Divide into each glass as your “crust”
  • Mix cream cheese and sugar until combined
  • Fold in Tru Whip with cream cheese mixture
  • Layer 1/4 of mixture onto crumbled graham cracker “crust”
  • Add sliced strawberries & blueberries
  • Layer in remaining cream cheese mixture
  • Add more sliced strawberries & blueberries
  • Top off with extra Tru Whip (if desired)
  • Place remaining graham cracker strips into top of parfait

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Enjoy your 4th of July!

WIAW – Funfetti “Ice Cream”

Happy Hump Day! The fact that it is already Wednesday is really making this week more enjoyable… even with the 50 degree weather + rain. I give up on Mother Nature and I’m reallllly over you, May. Since it’s WIAW I’ve linked up with Jenn. Here are my Wednesday eats!

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Breakfast: Protein Waffles with Peanut Sauce — This is my new favorite breakfast! 34 grams of protein, 230 calories and 19 carbs. Delicious.

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Morning Snack: Apple & Almond Butter

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Lunch: Dirty Rice & Beans with homemade Guacamole

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Snack: Coconut Yogurt with Homemade Granola & Strawberries

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Dinner: Zucchini Noodles with an Avocado Pesto Sauce

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Dessert: Funfetti “Ice Cream”

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So as you may or may not notice from the above pictures… I went vegan! I’m testing it out for health reasons right now and see if it helps with some of my issues. I’m only on day 10 today but it seems doable as long as I am prepared with foods for the week (or I convince my husband to go to a Vegan restaurant in NYC – review tomorrow). My toughest part of this journey will be NO FRO YO. I might cave in once in a while but for now, I’m holding out strong. When my friend Ashley sent me a picture of her frozen yogurt last night – I instantly craved a bowl. I whipped up this mock funfetti ice cream for Adam and I and we both agreed that it tasted exactly like cake batter. Vegans can have fun too 🙂

Funfetti “Ice Cream”

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas, frozen and broken into chunks
  • 1/3 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1.5 tbsp Sugar Free Jello Pudding Mix – Cheesecake Flavored
  • Sprinkles

Directions

  • Blend bananas and almond milk until creamy
  • Add vanilla extract and sugar free cheesecake pudding mix
  • Blend until smooth
  • Pour into bowls (or cups) and sprinkle away ( Don’t add sprinkles to the blender – They will bleed and turn your ice cream colors)

Enjoy!

 

 

Standard Grandma Foods

This past weekend I set out to Maryland for a bachelorette party, Mother’s Day & hopes of meeting my new baby cousin. All 3 were a success! Sleeping, was not…but hey I can sleep when I’m 90.

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When we go to Maryland, we usually stay with my Grandma since she has plenty of extra space and I can’t help but taste test everything she has out for “snacks”. Since Adam and I don’t keep these items in our house (we can’t be trusted), I know I can indulge when I’m at Grandma’s. There are a few things I can always count on being in her house.

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Ice Cream: That is literally her freezer. Nothing else.

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Pretzel M&M’s: Yes, I did finish off the bowl.

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King Size Candy Bars: I don’t know how she can have these in her fridge and not touch them!?

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Snapple Peach Tea: This one is for the boys — They drink 3 in a sitting. #animals

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Kettle Cooked Chips: This is always served with Helluva Good French Onion Dip

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Sugary Cereals: Bring me back to my childhood days ❤

What foods can you guarantee being at your Grandma’s house?

 

What We’ve Been Eating Lately

I missed out on the What I ate Wednesday because I was too busy unpacking since we are FINALLY back in our apartment!!

PicMonkey Collage (Sneak Peek at the bathroom!)

But I have been semi good at taking pictures of what I’ve eaten over the past week so here’s some pictures!

Breakfast:

Egg whites with butternut squash, caramelized onions and pepper jack cheese on an english muffin.

Egg whites with butternut squash, caramelized onions and pepper jack cheese on an english muffin.

 

Barbaras Original cereal with blueberries & almond milk

Barbaras Original cereal with blueberries & almond milk

 

Red Velvet Pancakes

Red Velvet Pancakes 

Lunch:

Sweet Potato with black beans, cottage cheese, cheese & BBQ sauce

Sweet Potato with black beans, cottage cheese, cheese & BBQ sauce 

Chipotle - Vegetarian Salad. Brown Rice, Black Beans, Fajita Veggies, Corn Salsa and LOTS of Guacamole

Chipotle – Vegetarian Salad. Brown Rice, Black Beans, Fajita Veggies, Corn Salsa and LOTS of Guacamole 

A can of tuna mixed with homemade cranberry sauce and some cornbread

A can of tuna mixed with homemade cranberry sauce and some cornbread 

Panera: Caesar Salad & French Onion Soup with a whole wheat baguette

Panera: Caesar Salad & French Onion Soup with a whole wheat baguette 

Snacks:

Must. Stop. Buying. These.

Must. Stop. Buying. These. 

Mint Hot Chocolate (i dont do coffee)

Mint Hot Chocolate (i dont do coffee) 

Dinner:

Sushi

Sushi 

 

Pizza Night: Pesto Sauce, Caramelized Onions, Butternut Squash & Ricotta Cheese (Adam's side also had chicken sausage, bacon and mozzarella cheese)

Pizza Night: Pesto Sauce, Caramelized Onions, Butternut Squash & Ricotta Cheese (Adam’s side also had chicken sausage, bacon and mozzarella cheese)

 

The cheesiest Baked Ziti I've ever had.

The cheesiest Baked Ziti I’ve ever had. 

Dessert:

Pretzels rolled in cinnamon and sugar with a scoop or strawberry and vanilla ice cream topped with hot fudge and rainbow sprinkles

Pretzels rolled in cinnamon and sugar with a scoop or strawberry and vanilla ice cream topped with hot fudge and rainbow sprinkles 

Lots and Lots of Hot Chocolate (ok fine, it's mostly marshmallows)

Lots and Lots of Hot Chocolate (ok fine, it’s mostly marshmallows) 

Don’t forget to also check my Fashion page (updated a couple of times a week) for what I’ve been wearing!

Questions: What have you been eating lately??