Tiger Nut Lemon Cheesecake Bars (AIP, Nut & Dairy Free)

Tiger Nut Lemon Cheesecake Bars (AIP, Nut & Dairy Free)

Tiger Nut Lemon Cheesecake Bars are rich & creamy with a hint of tartness and tiger nut crunch. The perfect cheesecake recipe if you’re following an AIP, plant-based, nut or dairy free diet.

DID YOU KNOW? Tiger nuts are recommended for healthy skin, weight management, and fertility—all because of vitamin E!

One serving of tiger nuts provides you with 278% of the daily recommended value–that’s 3mg of vitamin E!

Vitamin E is important to our health due to its powerful antioxidant properties that may help reduce free radical damage and slow the aging process of your cells.

Free radicals not only weaken and break down healthy cells, but these molecules may also contribute to heart disease and cancer.

It’s important to have a diet rich in antioxidants to protect yourself from oxidative damage over time, and tiger nuts are a great source of antioxidants.

If you’re looking for tasty ways to add more tiger nuts to your diet, check out some of my tiger nut recipes (including the yummy cheesecake below!).

Want more tiger nut recipes? Then you’ve got to try …

tiger nut cheesecake

Tiger Nut Lemon Cheesecake Bars

INGREDIENTS: (makes 9 small bars)
Filling:
1 cup skinned tiger nuts, soaked and drained
6 tbsp maple syrup
6 tbsp lemon juice
6 tbsp coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 drops food-grade lemon essential oil (optional)
¼ tsp sea salt

Toppings:
1 tbsp tiger nuts, crushed (use a food processor for this)
Fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries or blackberries)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Put tiger nuts in a jar, fill with water and let soak in fridge for 12+ hours. Drain well.

2. Process all filling ingredients in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Note: Tiger nuts are not easy to breakdown, so you may need to blend for a while, scraping the sides of the blender along the way.

3. Transfer cheesecake filling into small glass container (5″x 5″) and smooth out.

4. Decorate with toppings and freeze for at least 5 hours. Cut cheesecake into bars and carefully remove from container. Thaw out briefly before serving. You can keep these bars frozen or refrigerated afterwards.

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Peppermint Mocha (Dairy Free, Plant-Based, Paleo)

Peppermint Mocha (Dairy Free, Plant-Based, Paleo)

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between cacao and cocoa powder?

Cocoa powder is actually made similarly to cacao, except cocoa is heated at a higher temperature during processing.

Less processed cacao (to which less heat has been applied) — such as raw cacao — tends to contain more antioxidants.

In addition, cacao powder generally contains more fiber and nutrients including selenium, magnesium, chromium and manganese than cocoa powder.

Though raw cacao is well-known for being healthier than cocoa, cocoa powder is still healthy for you. When purchasing cocoa at the grocery store, it’s important to buy plain cocoa powder, without artificial flavors and added ingredients. Be on the lookout for regular cocoa powder or dutch-processed, which is dark cocoa powder.

If you buy raw cacao powder, remember that some of its antioxidants will be destroyed by heat. Consider using cacao powder in smoothies and no-bake desserts/snacks. Cocoa powder is ideal where heat is involved.

Peppermint Mocha

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1 cup almond or coconut milk, unsweetened
1 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
2-3 tsp. maple syrup or honey
1-2 shots espresso (or 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee)
1 drop peppermint essential oil (food grade) or 1/2-1 tsp peppermint extract
Dark chocolate shavings, for garnish

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. In a saucepan, warm milk, sweetener, cocoa/cacao and peppermint over medium-low for roughly 5-minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Froth the milk mixture with a blender, immersion stick or other tool.

3. Brew espresso then combine the milk mixture with the espresso. Garnish with dark chocolate shavings, if desired.

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Cold Matcha Latte (Dairy Free, Plant-Based, Paleo)

Cold Matcha Latte (Dairy Free, Plant-Based, Paleo)

DID YOU KNOW? Matcha Green Tea can help to support weight loss.

According to a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consuming green tea increased thermogenesis, (the body’s rate of burning calories) from 8-10% to 35-43% of daily energy expenditure.

So what causes this increase in thermogenesis?

Polyphenols – plant-based compound with powerful antioxidant properties.

Matcha is an excellent source of the polyphenols – and contains significantly higher levels than regular green tea, increasing its metabolism boosting and thermogenic effects in the body.

Of course, you can’t out-matcha an unhealthy diet – BUT matcha green tea in addition to a healthy diet is a great and natural way to raise your metabolism and help support weight loss.

Give this Cold Matcha Latte a try! It’s a great way to start your day or try it as a gentle mid-day energy boost!

Enjoy this latte with these Coconut Matcha Protein Balls!

Cold Matcha Latte

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk
1 tsp. matcha tea
1 tsp. honey
4 ice cubes

BOOST your latte with collagen protein – add 1 scoop Whole Body Collagen powder.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Blend ingredients until smooth.

Maca Matcha Smoothie (Plant-Based, Dairy Free, Hormone Balancing)

Maca Matcha Smoothie (Plant-Based, Dairy Free, Hormone Balancing)

DID YOU KNOW? Maca is a root vegetable in the Radish family that is known for its hormone balancing effects.

Maca is an endocrine adaptogen, meaning that it does not contain any hormones, but rather it contains the nutrients necessary to support normal hormone production.

This root has been studied to help enhance fertility, normalize symptoms of premenstrual/menstrual symptoms, as well as the symptoms of menopause including hot flashes, night sweats, cramps, fatigue and lethargy.

You can easily add maca to your diet by blending it into a smoothie. Try this Maca Matcha Smoothie. Look for gelatinized maca for easier digestion and absorption.

Maca Matcha Smoothie

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk
1 frozen banana
1 tsp. matcha tea
1 tsp. maca powder
1 tsp. honey (optional)
Ice cubes (recommended if your banana isn’t frozen)

BOOST your smoothie with collagen! Add 1-2 scoops Whole Body Collagen.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

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Coconut Matcha Protein Balls (AIP, Paleo)

Coconut Matcha Protein Balls (AIP, Paleo)

3 ways coconut oil can support weight loss

#1 BOOSTS METABOLISM

Coconut oil is high in MCTs (medium chain triglycerides), which are fatty acids that are metabolized differently than most other fats, leading to beneficial effects on metabolism.

Several studies confirm that when humans replace the fats they are eating with MCT fats, they burn more calories.

Therefore, a calorie from coconut oil is NOT the same as a calorie from olive oil or butter (although these fats are perfectly healthy too).

#2 REDUCES APPETITE 

Many studies on MCTs show that compared to the same amount of calories from other fats, MCTs increase feelings of fullness and lead to a reduction in calorie intake.

So, coconut oil boosts fat burning (“calories out”) and it also reduces appetite (“calories in”).

#3 SHRINKS BELLY FAT

Eating coconut is particularly effective at reducing the harmful belly fat in the abdominal cavity, which is strongly associated with disease.

Studies also show that MCTs lead to weight loss, but the weight loss effects of coconut oil appear to be fairly mild, except for the abdominal fat.

Now give these delicious, coconut-rich protein balls a try! They’re AIP, Paleo & IBS friendly.

Coconut Matcha Protein Balls

INGREDIENTS: (app. 20 balls)
1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1/2 cup tiger nut flour (or almond flour if not following AIP)
4 tbsp PurePaleo Protein powder (vanilla)
2 tsp matcha green tea
4 pitted dates (soaked for a few minutes)
1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
1/2 cup coconut butter/manna (melted)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Add all ingredients into a food processor and process until ingredients start to stick together. If mixture is too dry, add 1 tsp of coconut butter or oil at a time. If mixture is too wet, add 1 tsp of tiger nut flour (or almond flour) at a time.

2. Scoop out mixture with a tablespoon, press firmly together then roll into balls.

3. Enjoy right away or store in an airtight container for later.

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Cold Lemon Hibiscus Tea (Plant-Based, Antioxidant-Rich)

Cold Lemon Hibiscus Tea (Plant-Based, Antioxidant-Rich)

DID YOU KNOW? Hibiscus tea is loaded with antioxidants and could be helpful in reducing oxidative stress in the body.

Oxidative stress occurs when free radicals invade the body and the body doesn’t have enough antioxidants to combat them. Free radical damage may contribute to many health issues ranging from cancer to aging skin, so hibiscus tea can be helpful.

In fact, hibiscus has been shown to contain ORAC values twice as high as matcha tea, which was previously thought to be the most potent tea source of antioxidants.

Give my Cold Lemon Hibiscus Tea a try. It’s great for the warmer months, when you’re craving something refreshing.

I steep this tea in a mason jar, store it in the fridge overnight then add fresh lemon to it in the morning. It’s awesome to sip on throughout the day!

Cold Lemon Hibiscus Tea

INGREDIENTS:
1-2 bags hibiscus tea
1/2 lemon, thinly sliced

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Add tea bag to a mason jar filled with hot water (add 2 tea bags if using a large mason jar). Cover with lid and set aside on counter.

2. Once tea has cooled, remove tea bags and refrigerate until cold.

3. Add sliced lemon (and ice cubes if you want) to mason jar and enjoy!