Tiger Nut Energy Bites are the perfect nut free and AIP friendly snack or treat! They’re soft & chocolatey with a hint of nuttiness. Only 3-ingredients required for these delicious bites and they’re super easy to make!
DID YOU KNOW? Tiger nuts are not actually nuts, but rather tubers, like sweet potato, though much smaller in size. They get their name from the stripes on the tubers’ exterior.
These marble-sized tubers are chewy and taste like a cross between an almond and pecan with a hint of honey–making them a great nut replacement.
They are naturally gluten, grain and dairy free, so they’re perfect for those following a plant-based or paleo diet.
Tiger nuts can be consumed in a number of ways. You can eat them raw, roasted, soaked or boiled. You can also find tiger nuts in a variety of forms; tiger nut flour, tiger nut oil, tiger nut butter and tiger nut milk!
Lately, I’ve been experimenting with different tiger nut recipes. Not only do I get more variety in my diet with these small tubers, but they are packed with antioxidants, resistant starch fiber & vitamin E.
So, if you’re curious about tiger nuts or maybe you’re looking for nut free paleo recipes, I recommend trying some of my tiger nut creations …
Tiger Nut Energy Bites are the perfect nut free and AIP friendly snack or treat! They're soft & chocolatey with a hint of nuttiness. Only 3-ingredients required for these delicious bites and they're super easy to make!
DID YOU KNOW? Carrots are rich in beta carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A. This nutrient promotes good vision and is important for growth, development, and immune function.
However, beta-carotene is a fat soluble nutrient that needs to be coated in fat for greatest absorption. In addition, the absorption rate is better (up to 6.5-fold) if the carrots are cooked vs. raw.
Lastly, opt for whole carrots vs. baby carrots. Baby carrots are misshappen mature carrots that have been shaved down to a smaller more uniform size. The outer part that’s thrown away is much more nutritious than the inner core. The greatest concentration of nutrients is in the skin and the tissue right below it. When you remove the outer portion of the carrots, you also remove on-third of its phytonutrients.
So, to get the most health benefits from carrots, buy them whole then cook (saute, steam, bake) them in a high-quality fat like avocado oil, coconut oil or olive oil.
Boost your beta-carotene intake by adding carrots to your homemade healthy treats. Try these yummy Carrot Pecan Muffins. They’re perfect for the Easter and Spring season!
Carrot Pecan Muffins
INGREDIENTS: (12 medium sized muffins)
2 cups almond flour
1 tsp ceylon cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 pastured eggs, room temperature
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
1 cup finely shredded carrots (I used a food processor for this)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1. Preheat oven to 350F and place liners in muffin tray.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk almond flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.
3. Mix in eggs, oil, and honey/maples syrup. TIME SAVER TIP: Use a food processor for steps 2 & 3, if you have one.
4. Stir in the shredded carrots and chopped pecans.
5. Fill each muffin slot 3/4 of the way with batter.
6. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool before removing from tin. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or the freezer.
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!
Flourless Brownie Bites are the perfect healthy snack or treat for those following a paleo or plant-based lifestyle. They are soft, chewy and made with natural ingredients + sweetened with dates.
DID YOU KNOW? Dates have high levels of soluble fiber, which keep bowel movements regular by adding bulk to stool and helping it move faster through the intestines.
If you suffer from constipation, try adding dates into your diet as a natural constipation relief remedy. Consume in moderation.
In addition, dates are packed with vitamins and minerals and are a perfect natural sweetener and sugar alternative. I incorporate them into my gut healing smoothies and sweet treats (like the recipe below).
If you’re on the hunt for healthy dessert and snack ideas, I highly recommend whipping up a batch of these delicious and decadent balls! They are made with pure and natural ingredients, BUT all you’ll taste is real brownie flavour.
You may never feel the need to have a high-carb, sugar loaded, processed brownie again after trying these little balls sent from heaven!
Add almonds and coconut flakes into food processor and process until nuts are chopped into small pieces.
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.
Scoop out mixture with a tablespoon and roll into balls.
Enjoy right away or store in an air-tight container in the fridge for later.
Trail mixes make for a great snack when you’re on the go. They’re easy to carry around in a zip-lock bag or small container and the right mix will do a solid job of satisfying a hungry belly in-between meals.
BUT beware … many trail mixes on the grocery store shelves contain nuts that have been roasted at high temperatures, low-quality oils, excess salt, and/or high amounts of sugar from dried fruit.
Since it’s not easy to find a squeaky clean trail mix, I like to make my own. They’re real easy to put together and you have full control over what goes in them. You can get super creative or keep it simple – you’re the boss of your trail mix!
Give my paleo and vegan Travel Trail Mix a try. It’s a great combination of tastes and textures. You won’t get bored of this healthy snack.
No-bake Creamy Matcha Bars are delicious and so easy to make with only 5 ingredients needed! They are perfect for a mid-day snack or end of a meal treat. Best part is, you can feel good about enjoying these creamy matcha bars since they’re sweetened with honey.
Honey (and maple syrup) is a great alternative to refined sugar and artificial sweeteners when you’re looking to create healthy desserts, treats or snacks.
Did you know consuming high amounts of refined sugar and artificial sweeteners can contribute to IBS and other digestive system disorders.
Most artificial sweeteners cause symptoms of indigestion, including gas, bloating, cramping and constipation.
A big step you can take towards creating a healthier gut and supporting digestion is to remove refined sugar and artificial sweeteners from your diet and use small amounts of unrefined natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup instead – if needed.
Now it’s time to give these creamy and super satisfying bars a try!
No-bake Creamy Matcha Bars are delicious and so easy to make with only 5 ingredients needed! They are perfect for a mid-day snack or end of a meal treat. Best part is, you can feel good about enjoying these creamy matcha bars since they're sweetened with honey. Gluten, grain & dairy free. Paleo & plant-based.