6 Reasons I love this Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake Trifle recipe:
- It is SUPER EASY. Like super easy. As in, even if you make all the ingredients from scratch, all the ingredients are so EASY themselves, so the trifle is still EASY.
- The finish product makes the recipe seem way more difficult than it actually is, and therefore FANCY.
- Utilization of my current favorite Fall recipe: Slow Cooker Cinnamon Sugar Apples!
- You can make a larger, for scoop-able sharing, beautifully layered trifle to bring to the table at Friendsgiving, OR you can make individual desserts for everyone in the small dessert glassware you have gathering dust in the cabinet. Or if you are like me, you sloppily spoon it into Ball Jars because chucky stripes were always my preference to pin stripes.
- Speaking for Friendsgiving, the entire time I worked on this deliciousness, I thought about one of the BEST episode of Friends ever, The One Where Ross Got High. This is one of my most favorite episodes of the show, definitely Canon Worthy in my opinion, which is why this is considered a “reason” on this list of reasons why I love this recipe.
By the way, in case you want to make a copy of Rachel Green’s infamous “Traditional English Trifle” for your own Turkey Day table, the internet has got you covered: How to Make Rachel’s Thanksgiving Trifle and How to Survive Serving It and It was Gross, then Good, then Really Gross
- This recipe is easily customizable, which makes the individual serving idea an extra fun one! This would be a great dessert for everyone to prep together, layering their ingredients of choice into their Ball jar before screwing on a lid [I love this type for reusability which I’ve seen at Target, Wal-mart and on Amazon, too] and storing in the fridge for when dessert came around. [Don’t forget to label them!]
It’s like an at-home take on the Fro-Yo craze, right? Each human determining their own right amount of crunch to soft ratio. Each mouth prepared for the flavor dynamics of repetitive layers. The ability to add peanuts or nut butter without sending anyone to the hospital. Everyone wins!
- It fits into this week’s Recipe Wednesday Link-Up Theme over at HealthyLivingBlogs.com: Thanksgiving Desserts!
Fellow bloggers; you can link-up your own dessert recipes in the link-up, too! If you add a recipe that fits the weekly theme, we share your recipe on social media. It’s a great way to support the HLB community and promote your blog, too. Add your recipes here: Recipe Wednesday: #TurkeyDayYums Dessert Time
Here’s how I layered my ingredients in these individual Jar Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake Trifles:
Super Simple Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Cinnamon Apples
small cubes of Vanilla Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Bread
extra syrup from the apples
Cheesecake flavored pudding [I made mine from a JELL-O mix]
Toasted Maple Cinnamon Oats [recipe below]
more syrup from the apples
HOLY DELICIOUSNESS, BATMAN. Get a spoon. Next time I’m tossing some toasted pecans into the mix!
Toasted Maple Cinnamon Oats
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup (packed) brown sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup butter, melted [salted is a-okay in this one!]
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, placing a rack in the middle of the oven.
- Combine ingredients in a bowl, folding and stirring until well coated.
- Spread evenly on a baking sheet.
- Bake 10-30 minutes, depending on your desired crunch level. The longer you let it bake, the closer an eye you should keep on it. It can burn quickly if you aren’t paying attention.
- Cool on pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to storage dish to finish cooling.
- Once cool enough to touch, crumble any large pieces and set aside for use in Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake Trifle.
Take a little time today to set at least one healthy intention for the winter season. Below are resources to help you #Make1HealthyDecision for yourself. Then try to make another the next time a choice appears in front of you. Take it one step at a time. You’ve got this.
HYDRATE. Your body needs it all the time, and I especially feel a thirst when the climate is dryer, but we often forget about the importance of drinking up when exercising in the cold, too. One way our bodies get rid of water is through respiration, and in the cold we are working harder under extra layers of clothing and breathing more heavily because of it. [from here, which also highlights many other health benefits of water, too.]
- Easy Ways to Get Your Family to Drink More Water and a Water Tracker Printable from Philzendia
- Try this Water Drink Reminder App which sends notifications to your device to remind you to take a drink of water and track how much you’ve been hydrating.
- Have problems drinking plain old water? Try this from Greatist: How to Make Healthy Flavored Water at Home or Fruit Infused Water 3 Ways from Healthy Habits Happy Heart
- This one obviously caught my attention: Can Drinking 8 Glasses of Water a Day Make You More Productive? a 5 minute read from Fast Company with Bill SUkala, PhD giving his nutritionist and exercise physiologist POV
- How Much Water Should I Be Drinking? from The Holy Kale
- 5 Ways to Stay Hydrated during the Winter from Fit’N’Cookies
GIFT YOURSELF SLEEP. Experience has taught me that I do my best work when I am getting “enough” sleep, which for me means 7 – 8 hours a night. When I find myself feeling strayed from my happiest self, I often forget to look at my sleep habits. What am I doing right before bed? How do I treat a mid-night wake-up? Do I have a routine to help prepare for sleeping these days? I’m asking myself these questions TODAY to make sure I’m getting all the potential I can out of my sleeping time.
- 10 Tips for a Healthy Night’s Sleep from Hungry Healthy Happy
- Tips for Sleeping Like a Champion from Your Path to Fit
- 10 Best Evening Routines for Perfect Sleep from nutriciously
- 5 Sleep Attitudes to Fix So You Can Finally Kick Insomnia’s Butt from Rebecca Scritchfield
- A Breathing Technique to Help You Fall Asleep Faster from My Inner Shakti
- Trust Me, I Tried it: This Podcast Will Help You Fall (and Stay) Asleep from the Muse
- 8 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight from Coffee Cake and Cardio
- Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep from Hustle + Brussel
- 5 Tips to Breaking Bad Sleeping Habits from Step it Up With Steph
- 10 Steps You Can Take Today to Get More Sleep Tonight from Health on a Budget
THINK ABOUT FOOD AHEAD OF TIME. If you’ve never meal planned or food prepped before, DO NOT get overwhelmed. Start small and focus on what works best for you. That could mean planning your meals for just two days out of the week. Or maybe cutting up all your veggies on Sunday afternoon so you are more likely to grab/use them throughout the week. Or packing your lunch of the office two days at a time.
Meal Planning & Food Prep Resources
- Jessica posts a weekly menu on Nutritioulicious weekly in her Menu Plan Monday series
- Make the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice: Meal Planning and Food Prep
- Melissa’s Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner series on Sound Bites with the Guild Free RD is all about making ordinary rituals extraordinary at your dinner table…all it takes is a little more thought!
- Learn all about the #1 Tip for Healthy Eating in The Ultimate Guide to Food Prep EBook or Bundle Packages from The Lean Green Bean
- How I Prep Food for the Week from Wholefully
- Top 12 Tips for Meal Planning Success from Holley Grainger, MS RD
- 5 Easy,Tasty Protein-Filled Breakfast Ideas (and the importance of protein at breakfast) [Video] from Sarah-Jane Bedwell, RD
- 45 Healthy Freezer Meals to Help You Reclaim Dinner Time! from Spicy RD Nutrition
- 21 Freezer Meals for People with Zero Time During the Week via Greatist
INDOOR AT-HOME FITNESS. This is my answer to NO EXCUSES and JUST DO IT ambitions. When the icy, snowy weather and freezing cold temperatures hit the Northeast, going to the gym or fitness class can seem daunting, let alone outdoor activities.
You can easily make at-home fitness a possibility for your lifestyle; keep trying things until you find what you like and will stick with or try again and again. If you can’t keep morning workouts consistent, give evenings a try. If workdays are way to full, make weekend sweat sessions a priority.
At-Home Fitness Resources
- This Popsicle Stick Workout Jar from Cassie at Wholefully is a great activity to change up your at-home fitness routine.
- Video: At-Home Barre Workout from Melissa Kolbeck and 60-Minute Barre Workout for Home from A Daily Dose of Fit will have your ballet legs burning before long
- Dumbbell & Body Weight Workout – I added 15 exercise demos from Spark People to a Pinterest board that I can do in my living room any time of day.
- 20 Minute Arms & Abs Circuit Workout from Treble in the Kitchen
- bunches and bunches of Bodyweight Exercises and Workouts from Greatist and Your Trainer Paige Kumpf, too
- Build a Great Home Gym Without Breaking the Bank from Former Fitness Flunky
- 4 Reasons to Workout from Home from Slim Sanity
- Home Workouts: Setting Up and Staying Motivated from Say What You Need to Say
- multiple friends have recommended Yoga with Adriene videos on youtube; I’ve watched two and can’t wait to dig in this winter
WELLNESS AND SELF-CARE. Have you guarded yourself from the hustle & bustle stresses that come with the holiday season and end-of-year tasks on your To Do list? This time of year can be especially hard for those of us in emotional seasons of loss or change. But even if everything is peachy in your day-to-day taking time for YOU is still a necessity for a sane brain. Set an appointment with yourself or a friend to do something that helps you feel refreshed.
Wellness and Self-Care Resources
- This “here’s your reminder” tinycarebot twitter account is my favorite November discovery. This account is fantastic for sending quick reminders to take care of yourself in the small ways that matter directly into your feed. “remember to rest your eyes” and “lift your arms high and stretch please” encourage the tiniest moments of #make1healthydecision’ing straight to your phone or computer screen.
- If you are feeling grumpy, bunches of friends have a suggestion for that
- It’s probably not news to you that science says signs point to this wonderfulness: coloring is good for you. My favorite designer of coloring pages is Alisa Burke, who releases free coloring page downloads often on her blog. I also own several of her coloring books [as well as other products – I’m a def. fan!] and would label them all “highly recommended.”
- The Greatist Coloring Challenge also delivers 5 days worth of free coloring page downloads fit for those of us on a quest for a healthy, happy life.
- If writing is more your style, give these 30 Journaling Prompts a try
- How to Create a Worry Journal: advice from Carrie on Living who uses this strategy to manage anxiety and stress herself.
- Save this to your phone for when you need it: @megandollarhide’s favorite breathing tool for when she can’t seem to breathe deeply on her own.