It amazes me how often life can bring new surprises and opportunities. A handful are easy to accommodate, appreciate and take in. Others seem heavy.
They can cause confusion, misinterpretation, emotional withdrawal, overwhelm and senseless actions. Most of the time, those are the ones that we cannot control the end outcome. We need to analyze and act quickly, the best we can. How do you take time to think and mentally prepare?
Over the past several years, my “think zones” are one of two places.
- In nature. I love to explore a new park, a rural area away from the city scene and just escape the buzz and commotion. Whether it is greenery or floriculture, I have a strong connect to the gifts Mother Nature first instilled on the planet.
- In the kitchen. I can clear my head and mind of most everything to just create, cook, bake and try new recipes. It’s so soothing for me. And if there is a lot in my head, I will usually walk to the kitchen to refocus and shift my energy to productivity.
After I’m done, I can come away with a clear head. And some tasty meals or sweets 😀
This one in particular, I came up with after a craving for some cheesecake. No point in spending money on sugary, less healthy cheesecake when I could make my own macro-friendly and gut healthy version.
The base was cream of rice, just like my post workout meal is supposed to be. But instead of doing just whey protein isolate and berries, I changed it up.
I don’t do this every day but on occasion, I will be within my macros and make slight changes to keep me accountable.
If you aren’t a cherry fan, you can easily do this with alternative berry like strawberries, blueberries or raspberries. Berries are lower in calories, lower on the glycemic index and pack a punch of antioxidants and beneficial vitamins.
And a touch of two crumbled Annie’s Honey Graham Crackers made the look and feel even more darling.
Now that I think about it, a touch of whipped topping (coconut or dairy version) would have made it even better! I typically stay away from fats post workout. So if I recreate again, I’ll add that on top.
What truly added the thickness and texture to the “cheesecake” was my Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin. Before you get your panties in a bunch, it is unflavored and per two scoops, provides 20g of collagen and 17g of protein! Talk about WINNING for a healthy gut!
After I made this, I ate it slowly, enjoyed each bite and took a epsom salt bath. I left my phone in another room and just zoned out. It was amazing.
After that 15 minutes, I did not feel any heavy burdens. I was refreshed. You don’t have to do exactly what I do. It might be surrounding yourself with people. I like some alone time. It might be playing a game, drawing, coloring, or listening to soothing music. Find what works for you. Do you, boo boo!
If you’re keen on a new recipe, try this out. You don’t have to use Beef Gelatin. Instead you could try another Collagen Whey Protein or regular whey protein. Alter as you see fit and have fun with it!
Protein Cherry Cheesecake Bowls
- 1/3 cup fresh cherries, washed, de-pitted and stems removed
- 1/2 cup nonfat plain Fage Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup almond milk or milk of choice
- Handful of ice cubes
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin or alternative Collagen Whey
- 2 drops liquid stevia
- Pinch baking powder
- 1/2 cup cream of rice, cooked in bowl
- Cook cream of rice as directed on box. I usually use less water to make a thicker consistency. Once cooked, use spoon to push to sides and bottom of bowl to form “crust”.
- In Vitamix or blender of choice, combine cherries, yogurt, milk, ice cubes, gelatin, stevia and baking powder. Blend on high for about 10-20 seconds until smooth.
- Pour into cream of rice crust and top with piece of fruit and if you’re like me, a ground up cracker (or two).
- Eat immediately or place into freezer for 10 minutes to set. YUMMY!