Key Lime Pie Mini Dessert & Another New Start

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Over the past 3 years -since I’ve been married- I’ve gained 50lbs. Being loved so much, having another person to cook for all the time and to go out with to eat, and then graduating from school, and now not working; have all added up to a drastic change in lifestyle for me. The changes have equaled a happier life, but also a much heavier life. It’s time to change all of that! I can be happy and healthy!

To help me -and you- with this lifestyle change, I’ve been coming up with lighter recipes, and ways to control portions. So here’s one of a few mini desserts I’d like to share with you.

Key Lime Pie Mini Dessert in a Cup

1/4 Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
2 tsp. Honey
1 Container Yoplait Fat Free Key Lime Pie Yogurt
Light or Fat Free Whipped Cream Topping like Redi Whip.

This one is so simple! Microwave cracker crumbs and honey in a bowl for about 10 seconds and then stir together to moisten all of the crumbs. Add about a teaspoon of crumbs to the bottom of 4 shot glasses, press down. Fill the rest of the glasses with yogurt, then top with a small squirt of whipped cream. And there you have a small pie in a cup!

So why does this help me? Well one of my biggest obstacles with living healthy is my love of desserts. I love to have sweets, cookies, pies, and chocolate!!! I seriously feel that I need a dessert everyday. What frustrates me is I can’t remember when that started, I’ve always loved sweets! I remember I used to have a bowl of cereal at night, to substitute something else for dessert, and that was in high school… But this mini key lime pie maybe has a gram of fat, less than 6 grams of sugar, and only 25 calories! That saves me at least 10 grams of fat, 15 grams of sugar, and 100 calories or more over a typical dessert like cookies, ice cream, or a chocolate bar. (Or even that bowl of cereal)

For me, I really need to watch my sweets, because it’s so easy to eat way more than I need. They just kind of melt in your mouth, and before I know it I’ve eaten way too much! All I really need is a few bites to sweeten the pallet, not to add more calories to my diet. These mini desserts, and limiting portions will really help kick start my healthier life style this time, I just need to stick to it!…

…Ok, yeah, you heard me right, ‘this time.’ Those two dreaded words that I’ve heard myself say time and time again. Since Dec. ’09 I’ve been trying to get my health back on track, and have struggled to maintain a healthier lifestyle. I find myself splurging because I crave something rich, or don’t want to cook tonight. Or I think, ‘it’ll be alright just this little piece, just this one time.’ (I’ve got it, I’m a food addict!) My will power is very small when it comes to good food and exercise. But the funny thing is I can be determined and finish just about anything else. In fact, I pushed to get accepted into college, into my major, and pushed through school to graduate. I have endured a lot, but this one silly habit of eating too many sweets has been staring me in the face, and each time I say I’m going to conquer it, I give up. I know that’s not me, and I know I can change. I’m sick of giving up…

So here’s to another shot at trying to lose this extra weight and changing my life! This is just one of many things I need to change, but it is a start! If I can stick with this for more than a month, a year, a lifetime -then I’m conquering yet another big challenge. It’s time to really change this time and change for good… Let’s go!

What things are keeping you from living healthy or changing your life?

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  1. GO BABEEE!!!! You got this!

  2. I also have very low motivation for exercise. I’m about halfway for eating healthy (I’m certainly not a “health nut” by any means, but I do try to eat my veggies), but exercise? No way. It’s hard work.

    Anyway, these mini key lime pies sound great! I’ll definitely need to try them out. I finally did the lemon bars a few weeks ago and they were a hit, by the way. ^_^

  3. Great idea and I love lime!

  4. These are adorable and I love the idea that they are healthy!

    • Thanks so much! They’re tasty little things!

  5. These look amazingly yummy!!

  6. Wow, those look so delicious. I’m drooling over here!

  7. Looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing at Pin It and Win It!

  8. I’m coming to you from Its a Keeper Thursday and when I saw the “healthy” note, I had to check it out. I, too, am hoping to lose some extra weight and I’ve committed to eating better through (I am going back to Weight Watchers) and working out. Ugh, I’ve even been training for a 5K I will be running (um jogging) this Sunday. “This time” is a very familiar phrase I hope I don’t have to use again! Good luck to you in your healthy endeavors!

  9. Love these!! Thank you for taking the time to link up to Foodie Friday!

    • Thanks for hosting!

  10. When I was a teacher, I used to take yoplait key lime yogurt with graham crackers to sprinkle in as a snack. SO delicious. These are perfectly adorable! I would love it if you’d link up at Off the Hook.

  11. We love key lime anything around here, but especially my husband. Perfect for this summer to treat him. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & see you again soon!

  12. This is such a great idea! I lost 40 pounds last fall due to a major reduction in portion size, and sugar. I would love for you to link this to my Sunday Slice party.

    Malory
    http://snips-and-spice.blogspot.com/2012/06/sunday-slice-its-party-1.html

  13. I love this idea! Such a great recipe, and minis are SO cute.

    • Thanks so much!

  14. looks yummy!

  15. These look fantastic! Megan

  16. They are so cute, I love any thing mini!

    • Thanks so much :)

  17. The desserts look delicious and healthy! Good luck with your lifestyle changes – you will get there! We all have setbacks, low will power etch, but you’ve just got to keep on trying, and you’ll find you’ll get a little further each time, until one day you realise you’ve done it! Good for you for making the effort!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

  18. They certainly look delicious and so cute. A great way to get that little bit of sweetness you’re craving. Much luck with the lifestyle change.

  19. This is looks so good, I was wondering if you would link it in my Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Here is the link:

    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/06/natural-aftershave-and-wednesdays.html

    I would love to have anything that you would like to link.
    Sincerely,
    Debi Bolocofsky
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com
    Adorned From Above

    • Hi Debi! We’ve all been so busy this week, so we haven’t been able to make it to several parties, but I think we’ll make it over next week. Thanks for the invite!

  20. I love this healthy dessert idea! I am going to show it off tonight at my party, hope to see you there!

    • Thank you so much! Things have been pretty busy for all of us girls so we’re missing parties this weekend, but we’ll be back next week!

  21. They look delish – and even better that they are pretty healthy too! :) I had to add this to my recipes. Thanks! :)

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