Grill some delicious summer grilled peaches and top with a creamy cheesecake topping for a healthy and easy dessert for your BBQ.
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Grilled Peaches Cheesecake is the type of healthy dessert that I have been making a lifestyle change to. I joked yesterday that I wasn’t so much concentrating on clean eating as I was about cleaning out my brain. Let’s face it; it is my brain that is calling the shots about food. It isn’t my stomach or hunger. So I’ve been actively pursuing “cleaning out” my brain.
Clean out all the negativity in it and especially learn to love myself. When I really drill down to why I eat, it is to make myself feel better. That seems totally strange since I have a happy marriage, a child I love, supportive family and a job that I like. There is not much to worry about or feel bad about. So why do I constantly beat myself up? Why do I constantly put myself down?
I need a mental shift. I was not naturally shy as a kid, I became shy after a year of bullying by some kids when we lived in England. Well that was over 30 years ago, time to let it go already. I am also incredibly hard on myself when I do something I perceive as “wrong”. Wow, do I really beat myself up. Heck I still feel bad about stuff I did when I was 4 years old. I kicked a kid in the nose who was letting out air from car tires. He wouldn’t stop so I kicked him.
I really understand that until I “clean out” my brain, I am never going to successfully lose weight and keep it off. In fact, I’ve had success losing weight but it always comes back. Additionally, I know what to eat. I know how to make healthy food delectable. Furthermore, I know how to exercise. I know everything I am supposed to do to lose weight. It should be easy, but for that little voice in my head that says “eat”. You deserve it.
So I am reading a book to try to love myself and see eating healthy and exercise as the true way to love myself. Wow! It is hard. I mean really hard. That little voice in my head is trying to sabotage me already, and I am only halfway through the book. Luckily the author talks about this happening, so I am not beating myself up over it. It is just part of the process. I’ll let you know more about the book once I finish it and really work it. It is going to be a work in progress. While I’m reading it, I am concentrating on exercise and really upped my game. Feeling physically strong helps me knock down that little sabotage voice in my head. I know that works I just have to make myself as strong as possible.
So back to Grilled Peaches, I want my brain and stomach to think about fruit as dessert rather than cake, pie or ice cream. It is about portion control and healthy options. Grilled Peaches are the kind of mind shift I want to be permanent. It reminds me of a cartoon I saw where someone asks the woman how her diet is going and she screams while staring at a piece of cake “It’s a lifestyle change”. Yup, I know that feeling of hitting your head against a brick wall trying to make it a lifestyle change. The most important part, I do not give up. I may lose the battle from time to time, but I am determined to win the war. So tell me what works for you? What is not working for you? Lets help each other and pick better options like Grilled Peaches.
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Grilled Peach Cheesecake
- 2 large peaches cut in half, seed removed
- 2 tsp. oil
- 2 tsp. apricot preserves
- 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 2 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. lemon zest
- 4 tsp. graham cracker crumbs
Heat grill to medium-high.
Microwave oil and preserves on high for 20 seconds.
Brush the peaches with mixture.
Grill on each side for about 3 minutes.
In a small bowl, mix together next 5 ingredients.
Top peaches with ricotta mixture and sprinkle on graham cracker crumbs.
I calculated 6 Weight Watcher smart points
Happy Healthy Eating,
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