Thursday, August 27, 2015

Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets - THM S

I was inspired yesterday by a YouFood friend to get creative and make something yummy that follows the Trim Healthy Mama plan.

So today I had some time and decided I would try to make chocolate cheesecake tartlets.  I started by using my favorite pie crust recipe from Elana's Pantry. It is super yummy and super easy, which makes it super duper right?

Okay, I'll just leave that alone.

I mixed up a batch of pie crust, divided it into 24 pieces and pushed each piece into my mini muffin pan that was waiting with liners in it.

I baked them for about 8 minutes, until edges were lightly browned. I then set them aside to cool.

Next I made a batch of whipped topping using heavy whipping cream, you can see how I do that here.

I put it in the fridge to stay cool.

Heat up your coconut oil and mix in the cocoa. 

Put the cocoa mixture into your mixing bowl with your softened cream cheese and sweet blend and mix with the paddle until thoroughly combined and smooth.

Then fold in two cups of your whipped cream, gently until well combined. Place it back in the fridge to set up a little.

Then I mixed up a batch of ooey, gooey, yummy caramel sauce. Oh my word I love this stuff!!
 I'm talking I could just eat it out of the jar with a spoon. Or in my coffee. Or with skinny chocolate. Or off a spoon, did I say that already. Yes. It. Is. GOOD!
You can find the recipe I use here.
I also put it in the fridge to cool.

When everything is cooled and you are ready it is time for the fun part. Assembling.

Just take a crust, top with a small scoop of the chocolate cheesecake, follow with a nice dollop of whipped cream and a generous drizzle of caramel yumminess.

Then savor each bite, both of them - because these are tartlets. Think small. 
Then think these are small... and on plan.... so I can have another one. 
Oh yeah!

Chocolate Cheesecake Filling:
8 oz softened cream cheese
6 Tbsp cocoa
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp sweet blend
2 cups whipped cream

I apologize for not having more pictures, my computer is really acting up and it took way too long just to get these loaded. I will try to edit this post another time and add more photos.

I hope you enjoy them!

These are a Trim Healthy Mama S dessert.


I think this would also be great as a regular pie! The tartlets are nice to take to a potluck or dinner though.

*Next time I think I am going to make the crusts thinner.

Monday, August 10, 2015

My Facebook Page

I just wanted to let you all know that while I may not be very consistent blogging on here, my Facebook page is much more active. It takes a lot less time to post a quick note on there compared to here and let's face it, we are all pretty busy - so I know you understand where I'm coming from.

This week I'm sharing some tips about how I make Trim Healthy Mama work for me so be sure to check out my page on Facebook. I also love the interaction there, I love hearing from all of you and getting to know you a little better on there. I look forward to seeing you all there!


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Increasing My Running Speed and Endurance

When I started running I used the Couch to 5K app and I really enjoyed it- for awhile. However, once I reached a certain point it was moving too fast for me and I couldn't keep up with the daily goals. I kept running, sometimes using previous days on the app and sometimes just making up my own goal that day. But I wasn't seeing much improvement in my 5k times and knew I needed to do something different.

That is when I really started researching what others do to increase their speed and endurance and I found out there is a vast amount of information on the internet about the subject. I read and read, then I asked questions on the THM runners facebook group. (They are so supportive and helpful!)

I learned enough to come up with my own plan and it has helped me tremendously! I thought I would share what I do each week, but then I highly encourage you to do some reading on your own and find out what works for you. Just because this works for me, it may not be the best for you. Also remember that I am not a professional, I am just sharing what I do.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My fitness journey

I've been thinking and praying about how I can best encourage you in your fitness journey, and I believe the best way is for me just to share my journey with you.

So, I plan to just kind of journal about my exercises, my food choices or whatever is speaking to me that day. I pray that you don't find it boastful or prideful, but instead are encouraged in your own life.

I want to encourage others no matter what their level of fitness. I have so much to learn and I want to share it all with you as I go.

I don't want to devote hours each day to being fit, instead I want to spend my time on what really works without taking tons of time.  While fitness is a passion of mine, it can't take up my whole day. I'm a wife and a mom first and those two jobs take up most of my time.

Today I want to share what I have been doing for upper body strength. I got this routine from several sources on the internet and put together which ones I would/could do consistently.

I know the quality of the photo is not great, but I hope you can read it anyway.

I keep this paper tacked up on the wall in my room where I work out and I use 3lb weights on the ones that require weights. I've been doing these three days a week, opposite of my run days. They really don't take long to get done, but they work! 

Here is a progress picture-

There is only 10 days between the two pictures and I know it isn't a huge difference, but it is enough to notice. Which makes me want to keep going!!

The other things I've been doing each day to help upper body strength are pushups and a plank. Each day I add a pushup and add time to my plank every other day. I am up to 17 pushups and a 95 second plank!

Working out doesn't have to be extra strenuous and it doesn't have to take hours. I'm usually done in 30 minutes.

Are you exercising regularly? It is so important to your overall health. I pray you find something you like and then stick with it.