The key to both long-term and short-term health is to be consistent. We all know by now (and if you don’t, now you do) that fad-diets just don’t work. Physically, yes they often are effective. But keeping and staying shape and healthy is both physical, mental and emotional as well. An effective way to maintain a healthy weight and diet is to replace, and not omit. For example, instead of telling yourself “I will never eat cheesecake ever again!”, you can simply replace the cheesecake with a healthier alternative such as this recipe below. This cheesecake recipe is delicious, low-calorie, and a great choice for those days when your sweet-tooth cravings are too strong to ignore.
Low-Calorie Cheesecake Ingredients:
- 3/4 cup cottage cheese (nonfat)
- 2/3 cup plain yogurt (nonfat)
- 1 tbs flour
- 2 tbs sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 4 egg whites
- 1/2 a lemon; juiced
- 1/2 cup mixed berries (fresh, not frozen)
Low-Calorie Crust Ingredients:
- 6 sheets graham crackers (3.5 oz total)*
- 2 tbsp raw sugar
- 3 tbsp cold whipped butter
*Use gluten-free graham crackers to make this gluten-free.
- Place all the ingredients into a food processor, pulse a few times.
- Add 1 tbsp water, pulse a few more times until it has a texture of coarse meal
- Press into an 8-inch pie dish making the crust about 1/8-inch thick evenly all around and up the sides.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and spray the bottom of your baking pan
- Combine cottage cheese, yogurt, flour, sugar, salt, and lemon into a blender or food processor and whip until you have a smooth batter
- Add the egg whites to the batter and pulse a few times until combined
- Gently mix in your berries to the mixture with the spoon; do not blend them in
- Pour in the batter into the pre-greased pan and place in oven for 30 minutes; check frequently to make sure the cheesecake does not brown or dry out
- Serve hot out of the oven, or chilled in the fridge and enjoy! 🙂