Category Archives: Sweets

Pumpkin Protein Cheesecake

I have the ultimate seasonal dessert to share with you today. When September hit, my brain immediately started thinking of pumpkin recipes to cook up. I set a goal to create the perfect “healthy” pumpkin protein cheesecake, and on Monday night, I did exactly that.

There’s a popular recipe floating around Instagram that I’ve been wanting to test out (if you search the hashtag “#procheesecake” and look through the earliest posts, you’ll find it), so I used that as my starting point and made a ton of modifications to come up with this thing of beauty. Luckily, I’d gone to Trader Joe’s on Sunday morning and stocked up on all things pumpkin, and several of those items ended up in this recipe.


Do yourself a favor and make this during your meal prep this weekend, then enjoy it as dessert or a mid-day snack all week long. The macros are great for a pre-workout treat!

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Pumpkin Spice Protein Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

It’s September. In my world, this means two extremely important things:

  1. Fall is right around the corner (even though the Texas heat makes this a little hard to believe)
  2. PUMPKIN. SEASON. (Insert shamelessly girly, annoying squeals of excitement here)

As soon as I realized both of these facts last week, I immediately caught a bad case of what I call the “baking bug,” which is a serious sweet tooth paired with the irresistible urge to fire up that oven, bust out a spatula, and make some delicious baked goods. Since I make servings on servings of baked oatmeal and muffins every single weekend, breakfast was out of the question. I wanted dessert. Cookies, specifically. Lots of ’em. And obviously, they needed to be pumpkin-based. Continue reading Pumpkin Spice Protein Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Birthday Mugcake + When More Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Better

It’s been quite some time since I’ve written with full transparency and honesty about more than just food. If you look back at my posts from earlier this year, there was more depth to my writing. I’ve realized that the busier I got, the less I let myself think about tougher topics: what I’m struggling with, where I need to improve, and anything too far past the level of “here’s a yummy new recipe to try!” Today, I’m breaking that cycle and jumping on the soap box for a quick post.

I will say that the focus of this blog is to share RECIPES. I’m not a fitness “expert,” certified trainer, nutritionist, or a doctor — I just know two things: 1.) how to cook healthy foods that taste good, and 2.) what worked for me when I was trying to lose weight. I purposely don’t write posts like this very often because I don’t have the “official” knowledge to tell everyone who reads this how they should develop a training or nutritional plan. However, sometimes I learn things the hard way, and I want to share it out so that you can learn from my mistakes. :o) And, of course, I won’t click the “publish” button on any post without including a damn delicious recipe. If you’re not interested in reading any of this “deeper” stuff, scroll down for CAKE. (Or, scroll down for cake now, make the recipe, then scroll back up to read the rest of this post while you eat the delicious cake. Yeah, do that.)

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Red Velvet Protein Brownies

It’s been a while since I’ve written a post with more depth than just a recipe. Today is the first time in about 3 weeks where I feel like I actually have the mental capacity to do that, and it’s the perfect opportunity to talk about two things that I haven’t done so well these past few weeks: managing stress and maintaining focus. AND, I have a new dessert recipe that is just the bomb. I got some new protein powder this week, caught the baking bug last night, and it resulted in delicious, decadent red velvet protein brownies. YUM.

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Quest Bar Molten Cupcakes (with Cookie Butter Center)

I know I was all “I’m too busy to post stuff because of SXSW” in my previous post, but I NEED to share one last dessert creation that I came up with last night before I go off the radar for a bit. This one simply can’t wait until next week. It’s too amazing to keep from you guys for that long.

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