Lemon Sesame Protein Balls (Keto, Paleo, Hormone Balancing)

Lemon Sesame Protein Balls (Keto, Paleo, Hormone Balancing)

DID YOU KNOW? Sesame seeds are beneficial for female hormones – at any age.

Sesame seeds contain phytoestrogens, plant compounds that are similar to the hormone estrogen.

Therefore, sesame seeds might be beneficial for women during menopause when estrogen levels drop. Phytoestrogens may help counteract hot flashes and other symptoms of low estrogen.

What’s more, sesame seeds are a rich source of lignan precursors. These specific compounds are produced by the microflora in the colon and have been shown to have powerful cancer-fighting effects on several specific types of cancer.

A 2012 study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that dietary lignans may act as a natural cancer treatment to reduce breast cancer risk by modifying tumor characteristics. In the study, lignan intakes were associated with a lower risk of estrogen receptor negative breast cancer. The study found that women with the highest intake of lignans compared to the lowest intake had a 40 percent to 50 percent lower chance of developing breast cancer.

If you’re looking for an easy way to add more sesame seeds into your diet, try my Lemon Sesame Protein Balls.

These protein balls are great for a healthy mid-day snack or quick pre/post workout fuel.

Make a batch and store them in the fridge or freezer, so you’ll always have a healthy snack ready to pop or take with you when you’re running out the door.

Lemon Sesame Protein Balls

INGREDIENTS: (15-20 balls)

1 cup sesame seed butter
3/4 cup PurePaleo Protein Powder vanilla (or PurePea Protein – vegan version)
6-8 drops food-grade lemon essential oil OR 1.5 tsp. lemon extract
2 tbsp sesame seeds (black or white)
1/4 tsp sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Add sesame seed butter, protein powder, lemon oil or extract and sea salt into the food processor and combine ingredients. Use a spatula to scrape sides if needed. Mixture should be dense and smooth so it can be pressed together. If it’s too wet, add more protein powder. If it’s too dry, add more sesame seed butter (1 tsp at a time).

2. Using a teaspoon, scoop mixture and form into small balls. If balls are too sticky to form, place mixture into the freezer for 10-minutes then remove and form balls.

3. Roll balls into sesame seeds then place them in large shallow tupperware so they are not touching one another.

5. Store protein balls in the fridge – or freezer for a frozen treat. Once the balls have firmed up, feel free to stack them in a smaller container.

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Zesty Guacamole (Plant-Based, High-Fiber, Keto)

Zesty Guacamole (Plant-Based, High-Fiber, Keto)

DID YOU KNOW? One avocado contains between 11–17 grams of fiber, which is more than almost any other fruit and most servings of vegetables, grains and beans too!

High-fiber foods are important if you experience digestive issue since fiber helps to increase healthy bacteria in your gut while decreasing bad bacteria that may be the cause of digestive disorders.

In addition, fiber adds bulk to your poop, supports regular bowl movements, and helps remove waste and toxins from your body.

Enjoy this zesty guacamole with/on:

Zesty Guacamole

INGREDIENTS:
3 large ripe avocados
¼ red onion (finely chopped)
1 small garlic clove (finely chopped)
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Peel and mash avocados in a bowl.

2. Add in onion, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, sea salt and black pepper.

3. Mix all ingredients and serve or store in a sealed container in the fridge.

TIME SAVER: If you have a food processor, throw all ingredients in and pulse until everything is chopped and mixed to your liking.

Chocolate Chunk Banana Muffins (Gluten & Grain Free, Paleo)

Chocolate Chunk Banana Muffins (Gluten & Grain Free, Paleo)

I got 99 problems and dunking these muffins into espresso is one!

Good thing I’m quick to eat them. That solves my problem fast ?

These delicious gluten free paleo muffins make for a great grab-and-go breakfast or snack.

Loaded with all the good stuff including quality protein and healthy fats that will keep you fueled until your next meal.

You can make a batch, freeze them and grab one whenever you need quick and healthy fuel. They thaw out pretty quick. Or store them in the fridge if you plan on consuming them within a week or so.

Do you have an allergy or intolerance to eggs? Use one of the egg substitutes below:

  • 1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water (whisk until gelatinous and creamy) = 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds + 3 tbsp water (Stir and allow to rest for 15 minutes) = 1 egg

Love this recipe? Then you’ve got to try my Double Chocolate Banana Muffins!

Chocolate Chunk Banana Muffins

INGREDIENTS: (12 medium sized muffins)
4 pastured eggs*
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tbsp honey or maple syrup (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted
1/2 cup almond flour, sifted
1 tsp ceylon cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 dark chocolate bar (85% or higher, chopped into chunks)

*Substitute with 4 flax eggs or 4 chia eggs for egg free version.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease muffin tin with coconut oil or use liners.

2. Beat eggs in bowl, mash bananas with a fork on a plate, then add all wet ingredients together and mix thoroughly.

3. Mix all dry ingredients in a separate bowl then add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and continue to mix until a thick smooth batter is formed.

TIME SAVER TIP: Use a food processor for steps 2 & 3 if you have one.

4. Add chocolate chunks into the batter and mix (save some to add on top).

5. Fill muffin tins 3/4 of the way with batter. Top with remaining chocolate chunks.

6. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cool before removing from tray.

Pumpkin Spice Latte (Dairy Free & Delicious)

Pumpkin Spice Latte (Dairy Free & Delicious)

I’m officially obsessed with my morning Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s to the point where I wonder how I survived all the other seasons without it!

I like to make my lattes rich and creamy by using canned coconut milk which has a higher fat content.

You can also add collagen powder if you’d like. It’s a simple way to boost this warm and comforting beverage with nutrients that support your bones, joints, skin, nails and gut! It also makes this latte super satisfying, so it tames a hungry belly in a healthy way.

Enjoy this latte with a Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffin. It’s a match made in pumpkin spice heaven!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1 cup coconut or almond milk, unsweetened
1 shot espresso
1/4 – 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 scoop collagen powder (optional)
1 tsp maple syrup (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Warm-up milk on the stove-top.

2. Add all ingredients into a blender.

3. Blend for 30+ seconds to get a delicious and frothy latte.

Mocha Collagen Latte (Dairy Free, Keto, Paleo)

Mocha Collagen Latte (Dairy Free, Keto, Paleo)

Have you ever considered adding more collagen to your diet to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, support your bones & joints or improve your gut health?

The best dietary sources of collagen are from inedible parts of animals, like bones and cartilage. The majority of Western diets aren’t rich in collagen since these animal parts tend to be discarded in food preparation and cooking.

Since animal food sources of collagen are less used, supplementation is an easy and accessible option to boost your intake.

The collagen found in most supplements is hydrolyzed, or separated, into amino acids making it more bioavailable (meaning its ability to be absorbed through the intestine and utilized in the body).

Studies have found that collagen in food has less bioavailability, compared to hydrolyzed collagen which is why collagen supplementation is very popular these days. 

Whole Body Collagen is my go-to collagen powder. I add it to smoothies and hot drinks like my Mocha Collagen Latte below. It’s an easy way to support my body with nutrients that I may not be getting through my diet.

Mocha Collagen Latte

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1 cup coconut milk, unsweetened
1 shot espresso (or 1/2 cup strong coffee)
1 scoop collagen powder
1 tsp cacao powder
1 tsp honey or a pinch of stevia (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Blend all ingredients for 30 seconds, pour into your favourite mug and enjoy!

Egg, Bacon & Artichoke Wrap

Egg, Bacon & Artichoke Wrap

Egg, Bacon & Artichoke Wrap

INGREDIENTS:

2 eggs

3 bacon slices

2 artichokes (jarred/canned and quartered)

1 tsp mayo (from Chosen Foods)

1 Super Green Wrap (from Live)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Using a stove-top pan, cook bacon and set aside.

2. Add eggs to pan with bacon fat and cook according to preference.

3. Spread mayo onto wrap and layer with bacon, eggs then artichokes.