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Mini Mixed Berry Collagen Cheesecakes

Thank you Vital Proteins for sponsoring this post so I can share the recipe for these healthy and high protein mini mixed berry cheesecakes.

I'm a firm believer that A: everything in mini size is more adorable and B: dessert is never optional. Combine mini WITH dessert in a cheesecake form and now you have a non-optional adorable dessert that you just have to make this summer!

These mini mixed berry cheesecakes are made with a vanilla cookie crust and and cheesecake layer that incorporates greek yogurt to keep the fat content low and the protein level high.  The cheesecake layer is also berry flavored so I topped each one with a blackberry and raspberry to keep up the theme.  Hit each one with a squirt of whipped cream and now you have a healthy themed dessert ready for the 4th of July!

I actually used two different flavors of collagen from Vital Proteins in this recipe to boost up the protein and give this dessert all the added health benefits that collagen aids in including healthier hair, skin and nails and better gut and joint health.  I used vanilla collagen peptides in the crust of the cheesecake and the mixed berry collagen peptides in these cheesecake portion.

Both of these versions of collagen peptides are supplemented with hyaluronic acid (also helps promote healthier hair, skin and nails) and probiotics to support better gut health.  Both versions of these peptides are still only sourced from one ingredient: grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hides but they are flavored with organic ingredients which adds great added flavor to these mini cheesecakes as well!

The best thing about mini desserts is they are also mini in calories! One cheesecake is just over 100 calories but still makes a super satisfying dessert. So good that you can have more than one with no guilt whatsoever! They don't taste "healthy" either: I guarantee if you make them for a 4th of July picnic this year NO ONE will be able to tell that they are made "healthier" than a typical cheesecake. I would plan on making a double batch for sure!

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Your Whims Wednesday #359 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Watermelon Sangria & Infused Pizza by All That’s Jas
Infused watermelon pizza with mixed fruit.

Chicken, Roasted Veggie, and Pesto Salad Bowls by The Kittchen

Blue Hawaiian Jello Shots Recipe by Home Cooking Memories
Blue Hawaiian Jello Shots Recipe

DIY Shiplap on a Budget by Simply Beautiful by Angela

4th of July Cookies by Butter with a Side of BreadSuper Simple 4th of July Cookies made with just 4 ingredients and NO BAKE! Easy red, white and blue cookies made with Milano cookies dipped in red and blue melting chocolate then sprinkled with gold stars. Made in just 15 minutes and they’re perfectly patriotic!

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Now... onto this weeks party!

Your Whims Wednesday #358 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Blueberry and Goat Cheese Crostini Recipe by 5 Minutes for Mom
Blueberry Goat Cheese Crostini w Thyme Honey

Crepe Paper Peony Hoop Wreath by Faeries and Fauna
Crepe paper peony wreath pin image.

Creamy Tequila, Cilantro and Lime Salad Dressing by Low Carb Delish
Add a little southwest to your salads with this creamy tequila, cilantro and lime salad dressing recipe!

Patriotic Strawberries with Natural Food Coloring by Sew Historically
Healthy 4th Of July Strawberries Without Artificial Food Coloring

Beach Bag Made out of a Beach Towel by Gluestick

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Now... onto this weeks party!

Spring Visit to the Finger Lakes on Keuka Lake

I have seriously fallen in love with visiting the Finger Lakes and wanted to share all the details of my last trip for anyone else who is considering visiting the area! My boyfriend and I made a trip last September for my birthday weekend (read about day 1 here and day 2 here).  It was my second trip to the area and Will's first time visiting and he liked it so much that we planned another trip back at the beginning of May this year!

From where we live in the Philadelphia suburbs it's about a 4 to 4.5 hour drive to southernmost area of the Finger Lakes so it's a pretty doable trip for a long weekend.  We left on a Thursday evening after work to make the drive up and it was pretty smooth sailing: it's a very scenic drive actually complete with designated "scenic overlooks" outside of Williamsport PA :)

We got up to the area by about 9PM and were not quite ready to just check into our hotel and go to bed...so we cruised around the town of Bath, NY which is right outside the town we were staying in on Keuka Lake looking for any place that was still open. One thing to take note of: the Finger Lakes area is a pretty QUIET area.  Besides all the winery attractions, there are not a lot of other things going on! Not many places are open late.  We found a restaurant online called "Liberty" that was supposed to be open late, but as we were walking around trying to find it we found The Office Bar  in Bath instead.

Now let me say this...if you ever find yourself ever staying on Keuka Lake I would not go out of your way to visit this local watering hole, but if you are up for a good time and meeting some locals, it's open late and fits the bill! We wandered in (we were literally greeted at the door by a man with one leg) and I was immediately worried about what I could find to drink (I don't like beer and most "townie style bars" serve really crappy cheap wine) but I forgot that I was literally in one of the best wine counties in America so even crappy townie bars serve good wine! I was so happy to get this tiny little bottle of local Finger Lakes wine after the long drive. 

Your Whims Wednesday #357 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Coconut Rum Grilled Shrimp by Home Cooking Memories
Coconut-Rum Grilled Shrimp - only 5 ingredients and this delicious summer dinner can be on the table in no time!

DIY Fish Soap by Gluesticks
Melt and pour soap made from glycerin soap blocks! These little fish soaps are easy for kids to make and fun to customize with different scents! An awesome gift idea or summer craft for kids!

Cream Cheese Danish Recipe by The Country Chic Cottage
A cream cheese danish recipe that you will love! The addition of chocolate chips makes this one extra special! Easy to make with store bough puff pastry!

Easy Lemonade Stand by Rain on a Tin Roof
Easy DIY Lemonade Stand - use this tutorial to make a simple lemonade stand for kids!

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Now... onto this weeks party!