Independence Day Protein Cheesecake

Healthy food comes with a stigma – people automatically think it tastes like dirt but that is so not that case with this cheesecake. Whenever I’m asked to bring a dessert for a fun gathering amongst friends & family, I make sure to disguise how healthy it is until AFTER everyone has had a bite, or two for this exact reason.

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Summoning the God of Sun, Ra

This cheesecake recipe is satisfying and perfect if you’re on a high protein, low fat diet or if you want to maintain a healthy diet regardless of it being a holiday weekend.

Bring it to your friends and families 4th of July celebration this weekend – you should probably make two…I guarantee people will want seconds!

Strawberry Cheesecake

 

Ingredients 

  • 2 scoops vanilla protein
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 oz fat free cream cheese
  • 2 containers of fat free strawberry greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar free jelly with fiber
  • 250g strawberry
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sweetener

Directions

Mix everything in a food processor or a Vitamix

  • bake at 325 for 30 min
  • drop to 200 for an hour
  • refrigerate for 4+ hours

What’s your favorite 4th of July dessert? Tell me below in the comments :) Have a safe and fun Independence Day!

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Makeup and More

In late 2014, I started contributing to an amazing lifestyle blog, PippaLoves. Below you’ll find my posts. Check them out and let me know what you think!

The Girls Guide To Dressing For Success While Staying Fabulous

During the week you can find me in black yoga pants or leggings, a sporty black tank-top, and a comfortable hoodie or sweater…both black, of course. Click here to read more

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Got 10 Minutes? That’s All You Need To Look Fabulous All Day, Every Day

I start with Glam Glow’s YouthMud It exfoliates the skin and leaves it smooth and bright in only 10 minutes. Enjoy the tingle! Click here to read more

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6 Face Masks That Will Rescue Your Skin From Winter

Face masks are a huge part of my beauty routine. I use a variety of different masks throughout the week and like Martha Stewart, I never use the same mask two days in a row! Click here for more

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Labor Day Weekend, 10 Things To Do In Miami

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La Vie En Rose

This year has been full of highs and lows and just as things were starting to look up, life happened. Minor setbacks are frustrating but I refuse to allow them to cripple me. Uh huh, honey!  I am moving forward with my life and doing so with a positive outlook. I do have my moments, but that’s what yoga and kickboxing are for, right? 😉

Some people ask me how I maintain such a positive energy despite everything I’ve been through. It’s simple. I did my time- I spent several months self-reflecting, trying to make sense of my life. My fight is won-if I can survive last summer, I can get through anything. So pardon me while I live my life through rose colored glasses  (hence the post title, La Vie En Rose) because from where I’m standing, things are looking good and they can only improve.

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La Vie En Rose, Summer Edition

Two days after attending The Good One’s Chef Battle ,I had the 1st of 5 reconstructive hand surgeries. I usually shed a few tears as the nurses wheel me away from my family to the operating room but not this time, guys!  I was all, “yah, I’ve got this! Oh! Look at that room. I had surgery in OR 315 last year!” The nurses smiled and waved as I went by- they remembered me from last summer…I guess I made quite the impression when I asked if I could have prosciutto as my post-op meal. What else would I want after 12 hours of fasting?!

While I waited (impatiently) for the doctors to anesthetize me, my girlfriend Karissa walked over from the cardiology department for a quick chat, isn’t that sweet?  Thanks Karissa!

Next, I was taken into the frigid operating room and chatted with the doctors and staff about my summer until I drifted off to sleep. When I woke up in the recovery room I cried and told the staff how much I loved them! haha A BIG thank you to Dr. Goverman, Dr. Fagan and their staff at the MGH Burn Unit for taking such good care of me.

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My pre-op happy face…do you see the fear in my eyes?

Last week I went back to MGH for my post-op appointment and my doctors’ were extremely impressed with the results. This news is helping to calm my nerves for my 2nd surgery on September 5th. Despite having gone through 5 surgeries in the last few years, just the thought of anesthesia makes my skin crawl! Here’s to surgery #2 being just as successful as the 1st.

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Oh Hay Tom Brady! Fancy seeing you here

Once my hand healed, I was ready to get off the couch and have some fun. My girlfriend Jenna scored last minute tickets to the New England Patriots Training Camp and lucky for me, she asked me to join her! We sat 5 rows from the field. 5 ROWS! It was icredible. We could see Tom Brady’s pearly whites every time he laughed and joked with his teammates. Tom Brady. He’s just like us! I thought Jenna was going to faint at least 5 times throughout the practice but she held it together haha. We really wanted to get an autograph but no such luck. We must have missed the memo about bringing a cute child to dangle over the field. Next time, it’s game on- we will BOTH bring a child!

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She couldn’t even…

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Patriots Nation!

The following weekend I attended an incredible blogger trip to Saratoga, NY for the horse races. I’ll post details about that another day but here is a sneak peak:

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Spending time with Black Jack

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Bloody Mary Bar at the Boston Blogger Brunch

On Sunday, I spent a relaxing evening in Newburyport with a friend. We started off at Brine for cocktails and oysters then headed to Ceia Kitchen for an incredible dinner. I think we ordered everything off the menu! We had an assortment of cheeses, charcuterie (naturally), and an assortment of their small plates.

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Downtown Newburyport, MA

If you visit Ceia, which I highly recommend, you’ll notice beautiful award plaques hanging on the wall. For three consecutive years, Ceia was honored as Newburyport’s first and only ‘Award of Excellence’ by Wine Spectator. Wine lovers, prepare to be impressed by the extensive wines offered by the glass and bottle.

Ceia Cheese Plate

Ceia Cheese Plate (photo taken from Ceia’s website)

I was thrilled to see they had one of my favorite cheeses on their menu-Leonara. It’s a soft goat cheese with a grassy, mild goat flavor from Leon, Spain. I recommended eating it before your meal and if you’re a cheese lover like myself, have some after dinner drizzled with honey. It makes for a  lovely dessert and it also aids in digestion, how fitting!

Of all the small plates we shared, our favorite was The Egg– a coddled egg served in a mini mason jar with truffle, plump mushrooms and foie sauce. We also loved the stuffed squash blossoms and the gambas (shrimp) with Nora Chiles and garlic. The Nora chile is very mild and it has a nice sweet taste that complimented the gambas perfectly.

I apologize for not taking any photos to share with you. I was really into the experience and my iphone went untouched for a few hours. Shocking, I know!

The Best is Yet To Come

— I received a callback from the audition I had back in May! I  had my second audition last Friday and I think it went really well. Fingers crossed! The production process is a slow one but it’s worth the wait. Eek! I’m so excited!

— It happened again. My incurable wanderlust has resurfaced and soon I’ll be packing my bags and heading overseas. Can you guess where I’m headed? Check out my Instagram to find out!

La vie en rose isn’t so bad, is it?

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Advice from a great friend

My Favorite Pantry Staples for Easy Everyday Cooking

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