DID YOU KNOW? Gelatin is a protein product derived from collagen and its unique amino acid profile gives it many health benefits.
One of those benefits includes improving gut health — in particular, protecting the gut wall from damage.
Glutamic acid (an amino acid found in gelatin), is converted to glutamine in the body. Glutamine has been shown to improve the integrity of the gut wall and help prevent “leaky gut”.
A “leaky gut” is when the gut wall becomes too permeable, allowing bacteria and other potentially harmful substances to pass from the gut into the bloodstream, a process that shouldn’t happen normally.
This is thought to contribute to common gut conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Homemade jello is a fun and easy way to incorporate gelatin into your diet. Give this yummy Strawberry Jello a try. It’s healthy jello for adults and kids–and the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day!
2. Add almonds and coconut flakes into food processor and process until nuts are chopped into small pieces.
3. Add dates, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and sea salt into the food processor with almonds and continue to process until ingredients starts to stick together. If mixture is too dry, add a teaspoon of water at a time until mixture becomes sticky when you press it together.
4. Scoop out mixture with a tablespoon and roll into balls.
5. Enjoy right away or store in an air-tight container in the fridge for later.
DID YOU KNOW? Most traditional rum ball recipes are packed with low-quality and inflammatory ingredients like vanilla waffers, confectioners’ sugar and corn syrup.
My love for rum balls dates back to my little Jen days. My Nonna (a.k.a. Ma) use to make them for the family around Christmas time. Not sure who inspired her to make rum balls since they’re not a traditional Italian recipe, BUT I’m glad she did because they were delish!
Since my craving for rum balls is still strong, I decided to put a healthy spin on this popular treat which can be enjoyed any time of the year–not just the holidays.
Instead of using vanilla waffers, I use a combo of almond flour and shredded coconut, which creates a great gluten free base. I also kicked nasty corn syrup and confectioners’ sugar out and replaced them with a natural and pure sweetener, maple syrup.
The combination of coconut, rum and chocolate makes this a delicious treat you’ll crave all year round. Give this easy, no-bake recipe a try!
For a alcohol free and kid friendly version, omit rum and increase maple syrup to 1/2 cup.
DID YOU KNOW? Peppermint may relieve digestive symptoms, such as gas, bloating and indigestion.
A review of nine studies in 926 people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) treated with peppermint oil for at least two weeks concluded that peppermint provided significantly better symptom relief than a placebo.
In one study in 72 people with IBS, peppermint oil capsules reduced IBS symptoms by 40% after four weeks, compared to only 24.3% with a placebo.
Additionally, in a review of 14 clinical trials in nearly 2,000 children, peppermint reduced the frequency, length and severity of abdominal pain.
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1. Soak dates in water for 30-minutes and drain.
2. Add nuts and coconut flakes into food processor and process into a fine crumble.
3. Add dates, cocoa powder, peppermint oil/extract and sea salt into the food processor and continue to process until ingredients start to stick together. If mixture is too dry, add a teaspoon of water at a time until mixture becomes sticky when you press it together.
4. Scoop out mixture with a small spoon and roll into balls.
5. Spread remaining coconut flakes on a plate and roll balls into the flakes to coat.
These soft and doughy balls are the perfect healthy treat for the holiday season!
According to some of my taste testers, these delicious bites taste like eggnog flavoured timbits! So, you’re in luck because timbits have never been this healthy – and packed with quality ingredients that will leave your body feeling good and satisfied.
These no-bake balls are real easy to whip up in one bowl or you can use a food processor to make things even easier. Freeze the dough for roughly 15-minutes and then roll into bite-size balls. Enjoy these creamy balls as a snack or treat.
Gluten free, grain free, dairy free, raw & plant-based.
Pair these eggnog dough balls with my Eggnog Latte. It’s a match made in eggnog heaven!