Saturday, January 5, 2019

New Year's Resolutions...and a low-cal dessert recipe! Roxanne Rustand

I don't know about you, but at the beginning of each year, I decide that this is going to be my year to exercise, lose weight, and work even harder at my writing. 

To that end, I went to the YMCA today and starting my water walking again, and tonight I am limping around the house like a hundred-year-old granny.  :)  Do you have an exercise schedule and keep at it?  I have resolved to get to the Y or use the treadmill at home four times a week this year.  No excuses!  I have also resolved to avoid making heavy, high-calorie meals and desserts. It's only January 5th, but I have high hopes!   :)

Here is a very quick, light dessert, if you are thinking the same thing. There are lots of versions of this recipe floating around, super fast and easy!


25 Oreo Cookies sugar-free (or regular) Don’t remove the white filling.
5 tablespoons butter melted. 

Finely crush your cookies using a food processor or a rolling pin. Stir in melted butter and press crumbs into the bottom and sides of a 9" pie plate. Chill for about a half hour, then fill. For a crunchier crust, bake 8 minutes at 350°F and cool completely before filling. For fewer calories, skip the butter and press the crushed cookies into the pan as-is, though they won't have as much structure.
2  pkg sugar-free lime gelatin
1/2   cup boiling water
24    oz  key lime yogurt  low fat (I listed total ounces here as the little containers vary in ounces)
16    oz  frozen whipped topping --choose sugar-free or fat-free, thawed

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water.
Blend into the yogurt, then fold in the whipped topping.  Pour into crust.
 Sprinkle with extra crumbs, or “frost” with additional whipped topping and then sprinkle with cookie crumbs.
 Any combo of gelation and yogurt flavors will work.
Note that if you use a purchased graham cracker crust, this will probably fill two of them unless you cut the recipe in half.
Refrigerate for at least  two hours

Best wishes to you all for a  happy, healthy and successful year in 2019!

Roxanne Rustand


  1. Thanks for the recipe, Roxanne. I walk 5 miles a day on my treadmill--5 days a week. Fortunately, I'm able to listen to audiobooks!
    Thanks for the recipe, and Happy New Year to you too!

    1. Wow. I am so impressed by your regimen!! Good idea about the audio books, I'll have to start doing that, too!

  2. I wake up early every day and walk anywhere between 90 min to 2 hours at a 4-mile-an-hour pace. I have a love affair with food (your recipe sound delicious!), so I really need to burn off all those calories.

    1. Oh my goodness--you and Josie have made me realize just how lazy I have become!! Walking 90 min to two hours is amazing to me--and especially at 4 mph. You've given me a new goal...if only increasing to an hour and a faster pace!

  3. I love key lime pie. Yum! I play tennis 4 or 5 times a week. Besides that, I aim for 12,000 steps on my fitness tracker. I make it most days except when we travel. Being on a plane for 4 or 5 hours or in the car for a long time cuts down on the steps. My goal for the new year is to incorporate some weight training, too. I hate to lift weights, but I need to build these old muscles. Ha!

  4. I am in Physical therapy now so I have those exercises to do and I use a recumbent exercycle every other day. I have to be careful. I suggest you be careful too, Rox!

  5. Thank you for the recipe, Roxanne. I try to walk an hour a day, six days a week, and to eat healthy as many meals as possible. I prefer to walk outdoors. But when weather keeps me inside I use my elliptical stepper, and either watch an old comedy, or listen to a podcast. Good luck with your resolutions!

  6. I am an aqua aerobic maniac at the Y. And occasionally dance to a Richard Simmons CD, which my family considers hilarious entertainment. I resolve to "keep on keepin' on!"