Microwave Chocolate Coconut Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting!

microwave chocolate coconut cake recipe

 

Did someone say chocolate?!

It’s funny because I used to not be a huge fan of chocolate but these days I’m hooked. Usually when I have a craving for something sweet and chocolatey my go to are those skinny cow ice cream bars. My favorite are the chocolate truffle ones. They’re delicious and only 100 calories. As much as I LOVE those bars sometimes they just don’t seem to be enough. For those moments I feel like a mug cake is the perfect treat! I actually just recently came across mug cakes so I’m totally late on this fad but better late than never right? I’m an avid fan of cake but my problem is I can never have just one slice. Mug cake is personal sized which is so great because that means you get to eat the whole thing yourself without an ounce of guilt. Bonus is that it’s cooked in the microwave so hardly any waiting for this dessert.  I experimented with many different methods to cook the cake and after a couple major fails I realized my favorite was cooking the cake in a bowl rather than a mug. In a bowl the cake cooked evenly and turned out super moist. This recipe has definitely become a staple for me when I’m having an intense sugar craving. I don’t believe in depriving yourself of the foods you love. It’s about finding balance and a healthier portion. That way you can eat your cake and still fit into your skinny jeans!

Hope you enjoy my microwave chocolate coconut cake recipe!!

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Microwave Chocolate Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting!
microwave chocolate coconut cake recipe
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 seconds
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 seconds
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microwave chocolate coconut cake recipe
Instructions
  1. Spray non stick cooking spray in bowl. Use a paper towel to evenly spread the liquid and soak up any excess. Set bowl aside for later.
  2. In your second bowl add 1/2 tsp coconut oil and heat in microwave for 15 seconds or until melted. Add 1 TBSP almond coconut milk and an egg yolk. Whisk with fork.
  3. Add 4 TBSP fudge brownie mix and stir. I like to add 2 TBSP at a time to ensure the batter is super smooth. Use your spatula to scrape off the corners where the brownie mix tends to stick.
  4. Transfer cake batter into bowl coated with nonstick spray and microwave for 45 seconds. Rinse spatula, fork and second bowl while the cake is cooking to prepare for the frosting.
  5. Remove cake from microwave and set aside to cool. Add 1 tsp butter to clean bowl. If you're using a stick of butter 1 tsp would be 1/3 of a tablespoon slice. Heat in microwave for 10 seconds or until creamy when stirred.
  6. Add 2 tsp whipped cream cheese and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir ingredients together.
  7. Add 1 TBSP powdered sugar and stir until completely smooth. I switched back and forth between my spatula and fork to mix the frosting and make it super smooth.
  8. Spread the frosting on top of your cake and sprinkle 1 TBSP of sweetened coconut shreds on top. Enjoy...:)
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microwave chocolate coconut cake recipe

 

 

 

 

My Top 10 Tips for Weight loss

top 10 tips for weight loss

Happy hump day!! Hope you’re all having an amazing week so far. I wanted to share my top 10 tips for weight loss. Hope you enjoy reading.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links which means at no additional cost to you I will earn a small commission if you decide to make a purchase. I only recommend products that I feel can be helpful in a weight loss journey from companies I find trustworthy.

 

1. Use a planner or notebook.

Whether you life is crazy busy or more relaxed it can be helpful to keep track of your schedule on a daily basis. Once I started using a planner I felt like I had more control of my life and lots more time to incorporate the things that really mattered to me. No matter what your style or budget is, there is a planner out there for you! Having a planner can also be a great outlet to write down notes and reminders for yourself. Sometimes if I’m having a particularly difficult day trying to fight the urge to overeat I will make a little note in my planner to “not give in.” As I check my planner throughout the day I keep getting that little reminder. It totally helps me stay on track. Then at the end of the day as long as I didn’t give in I get to scribble it out. I know it sounds silly but it makes me feel like I conquered the day and I totally feel proud of myself for that! 

Check out this super cute planner from Amazon. I think I found my next one!

2. Track your calories good or bad.

I always feel so guilty when I have a day of binge eating because I realize how many calories I really ate. Sometimes I just want to pretend it didn’t happen but I know if I want to change I have to hold myself accountable for all the choices I make, good or bad. Rather than looking at my slip up like a failure I try to learn from it. It’s a chance to figure out why I over ate in the first place and what I can do next time to support myself in reaching this goal.

 

3. Start your day with a protein shake.

Occasionally my mom would buy protein shakes for my brother and if I was in a rush to leave or just didn’t want to cook I would just grab one of those. It had never occurred to me that protein shakes could actually taste good but I found that I enjoyed these shakes. After trying a couple different brands I realized there are many out there that I really like! I noticed when I started my day with a protein shake I had so much more energy that stayed with me through the whole day. Protein shakes also help me stay full longer so by the time I’m ready to eat again I can be satisfied with a smaller serving. Try it and see for yourself!

This is my favorite brand of protein shakes. They have a whopping 30 grams of protein and only 160 calories per bottle!

 

4. Take before pictures.

I failed on this one big time. I have always been overly self-conscious taking pictures but at my heaviest I especially was. It would have never been my idea to take a picture when in a social setting. To get pictures at my heaviest I had to have my sister send me some. I remember every time she brought up the idea to take a picture I’d always roll my eyes because I just hated how I looked. I appreciate them now though because it allows me to see how far I have come.  

 

5. Stay hydrated.

What seems to work for me is having a full glass of water with every meal and taking lots of sips throughout the day. It really helps to always have a water bottle with me. Staying hydrated keeps those annoying food craving at bay. Yay! There are all kinds of tips and tricks and even apps out there to help you track your water consumption and make sure you’re getting enough. It’s definitely worth looking into and seeing what speaks to you.

If your someone who hates the taste of water or maybe you just want to switch it up, here’s a few ideas:

  • Add fruit and/or lemon to your water
  • Mix ¼ cup juice with 2 cups water. It adds a nice fruity flavor to water but without all the calories and sugar of a full glass of juice.
  • Drinking green tea or whatever your go to tea is with a little honey. Green tea is great because it gives you metabolism a boost which definitely helps with losing weight.

 

6. Eat food you enjoy but don’t be afraid to try something new!

When I decided to buckle down and lose the weight I knew it had to include yummy food but at the same time I needed to be open to trying new things. Realizing I actually liked protein shakes was a great reminder of that. Eating healthy food I liked helped me make this a lifestyle change rather than a diet I couldn’t stick to.  

 

7. Eat small portions but eat often.

I like to eat small portions about every 2 to 3 hours, ideally eating 6 times a day. Eating like this helps reduce those intrusive cravings and controls your blood sugar. When trying to lose weight it also beneficial to have a cut off time. The problem with eating right before bed is our bodies become more likely to store those calories as fat which can make trying to lose weight really difficult. 7:30 pm seems to be perfect time for me to be done eating for the day and stay away from the kitchen.     

 

8. Be prepared for hunger to strike. Always pack a snack and water with you before leaving home.

This tip is an extension to the last one. I try to not ever let myself get too hungry because when I do I make bad food choices. One of my biggest weaknesses is fast food. I used to stop at drive thru’s all the time while out and about. When I’m hungry I tend to forget about the goals I set for myself and just act on that impulse to eat whatever is available. I still do this sometimes but lately I have been packing healthy snacks in my purse and bringing my water bottle with me everywhere I go. It’s seriously makes a huge difference and I find myself not needing to stop to get fast food. 

Having a fun water bottle always makes me more likely to bring it everywhere. I love this one!

 

9. Be patient with yourself. Losing weight takes time.

When I didn’t see the weight coming off as quickly as I would have liked I decided to just stick to it and find a feeling of accomplishment at the end of each day I gave my all. It helps me to not get too ahead of myself and just focus on putting in the work needed to reach my goals.

 

10. Be proud of yourself!

For me, deciding to lose weight was like deciding to turn my whole world upside down. All the habits I had grown so accustomed to needed to completely change. Taking on a weight loss journey is hard enough. Don’t beat yourself up because you’re not perfect at it, be proud that you decided to make this lifestyle change! It can be totally scary to take on something new but you’re doing it and that is an accomplishment in itself!

 

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Easy Low Calorie Mexican Pizza Recipe!

Happy Monday everyone. Hope you all have had an amazing start to your week! I’m so excited to share this recipe with you. I’m obsessed, I’ve seriously been making it everyday for lunch. Best part is it’s super simple to make which is perfect for someone like me who gets impatient waiting for yummy food.  It’s my easy low calorie Mexican Pizza! This recipe is great for weight loss because it’s filled with healthy fat and fiber which helps you feel full and satisfied. It also happens to be gluten free and vegetarian but this recipe is versatile so feel free to make swaps to make it all your own. It’s just a template to inspire ideas! Just remember to track those calories or stay within the guidelines of whatever your plan is if you decide to make changes. It’s so easy to start adding stuff and before you know it your healthy low calorie meal turns into a 1,000 calorie one. I know personally from making that mistake too many times!

easy low calorie mexican pizza

 

Ingredients and Tools

1 corn tortilla (Mission extra thin yellow corn tortilla)

¼ cup vegetarian refried beans (Rosarita vegetarian refried beans)

¼ cup shredded Mexican cheese (Wisconsin Premium Mexican cheese)

1/2 tsp peanut oil (or whatever your prefered oil is)

1/4 avocado (medium-sized)

2 Tbsp salsa (Mission medium salsa)

pan and lid to cook with

spatula

pizza cutter or knife

 

Directions for my easy low calorie Mexican pizza

 

Step 1:

Once you have all your supplies ready start by placing the corn tortilla on your plate and evenly spread your ¼ cup of vegetarian refried beans. Add 1/4 cup of shredded Mexican cheese on top.

Step 2:

Heat 1/2 tsp of peanut oil in pan. Usually almost 1 minute on high heat is perfect for me. Move the pan around while it’s heating to spread the oil a bit. Don’t worry it doesn’t have to be perfect!

Step 3:

Lower heat to medium and use a spatula to place the Mexican pizza in your pan. Safety first! Then cover with the lid and let it heat for 3 minutes. After the 3 minutes are up use your spatula to move the pizza around a bit to ensure its heating evenly and not burning. Recover with lid and let cook for another 2 minutes on medium heat.

Step 4:

Remove Mexican pizza from pan with your spatula and place back on your plate. Top off your pizza with 1/4 of a medium avocado and 2 Tbsp salsa. Use a pizza cutter or knife to slice into 4 pieces and enjoy!

 

Nutritional information

If you want to make it just like I did here’s the nutritional facts for my recipe.

easy low calorie Mexican pizza

 

How to eat your easy low calorie Mexican pizza

One of the more difficult aspects of losing weight for me was reducing the size of portions. It takes some time to get used to but just like anything else, the more you do it the easier it gets. I promise!

If your still adjusting to smaller portions here’s a few tips:

  • Eat your meals with a full glass of water or your go to beverage. Take lots of sips between bites.
  • Do you best to take your time but still enjoy yourself.
  • Plate your food on a small plate. A full plate is always more appealing!
  • If your like me and love going back for seconds switch your focus to something else right after eating. Find a good distraction.

Obviously life happens and eating like that all the time isn’t always possible but when you can, give it a try. They may seem like small unimportant changes but its amazing what a difference it can make in feeling satisfied with smaller portions. As always thank you so much for reading!

To read more about my weight loss story click here.

 

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Weight Loss Perks and Why You’re Worth It

weight loss perks and why your worth it

When I began my weight loss journey I never really knew where it would take me. I figured since I feel crappy every single day maybe if I lose the weight I will feel better. That is how all of this started. Obviously I still have a long way to go but I have come to love this journey. I’m in it for the long haul now. One of the most amazing perks of losing a significant amount of weight is rediscovering your love of so many activities and experiences.

Weight loss perks and benefits

When I was younger and at a healthier weight I remember my life being so full of things I enjoyed. One thing I adored doing was blasting my favorite songs while dancing and singing. I will be the first to admit I’m a terrible dancer and singer but that didn’t matter because it was so much fun for me. Unfortunately the heavier I became the less I enjoyed that activity. Dancing became painful because being on my feet hurt. I would end up practically gasping for air and drenched in sweat after 10 minutes. After losing 50 pounds I’m finally starting to enjoy dancing around like an idiot again. What is lost can abso-freaking-lutely be found again.

Another amazing activity I found my love for again is shopping and all things fashion. After putting on almost 100 pounds I was hot and uncomfortable all the time and clothes just added to the discomfort. I began to lose my love of fashion and started spending more and more time wearing ratty old t-shirts and big comfy sweat pants. Which of course resulted in me spending more and more time hiding out in my room watching Netflix for way longer than I care to admit. It’s a vicious cycle isn’t it? After losing about 40 pounds I decided to go shopping to get some new clothes. It became such a profound experience and I will never forget the feeling looking in the mirror in that dressing room after slipping into a cute little dress that actually fit. I felt so healthy and happy! It wasn’t just the fact that the dress fit but that shopping for clothes went surprisingly very smoothly. I realized it was because I felt better and was not distracted by all the annoying pain and discomfort of being overweight. Wandering through the store and I found myself mentally planning outfits and envisioning myself strutting around confidently in them. I found a little piece of myself that had been missing for so long.

The final activity I wanted to talk about is going out to eat with friends and family. I have to admit I’m totally food crazy! I love all the greasy, cheesy, fatty foods! At my heaviest going out to eat was a regular habit for me but it was never completely satisfying because I would end up feeling so self-conscious as I was scraping all the last little bits of food off my plate. I didn’t understand why I can finish my whole meal and still be hungry while everyone else ate only half of theirs. The fact is that I just had to face the reality that I had been using food as an emotional crutch for far too long. I was used to eating huge portions because that’s what made me feel good in the moment so anytime I was around food without even thinking I would just eat everything in sight.  We all have things that make us sad, stressed out and anxious. When those feeling invade your daily life and take over most your hours of the day I think it is human nature to try to find a way to escape it. So that’s what I did. After facing some of my issues with overindulging in food and losing 50 pounds I am happy to report the grass really is greener on the other side. Now going out to eat with family and friends truly is a treat. I’m not so focused on how much food I can shovel down without anyone noticing and more connected to the people or person I am with.

I want to encouraging anyone and everyone to not give up on the things that make you happy. Gaining weight can sometime make it difficult to enjoy some of your favorite activities but please know you’re worth it and deserve to have and live a life full of the experiences and people you love. I never wanted my weight to hold me back. You shouldn’t either! I know we all gain weight for different reasons. For some of us it is emotional eating, prescriptions, depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, digestive/health issues or maybe you just love food so much that you overindulge in food as much as you possibly can. The list goes on and on. Everyone has their own unique life journey but I truly believe no matter what your story is we are all in this together. I don’t know if this blog will reach anyone but if you’re reading this please know I would love to hear your particular story. Whatever that may be. I feel the more you surround yourself with people who support you in this journey the more beautiful your transformation becomes because not only are you transforming on the outside, you begin to transform on the inside too. As always thank you so much for reading!

To read more about my weight loss story click here.

 

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