Keto Coconut Cheesecake
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Keto Coconut Cheesecake recipe provided by Tara Wright, Whole Body Living

What in the world am I going to use for a keto cheesecake crust? That was the first question I asked myself when getting ready to create a Keto Cheesecake. Then I thought about coconut! We LOVE coconut around here!

This crust uses shredded unsweetened coconut and coconut oil. Make sure you allow enough time for the crust to cool while making this. Now that we have the crust down, it’s time to tackle the filling! I found that using a water bath provided consistent, creamy results.

It’s well worth the extra time of wrapping the pan and setting up a water bath!

If you haven’t already tried BochaSweet, I highly recommend you do. It’s a superfood alternative sweetener made from a Japanese pumpkin called the kabocha pumpkin. Daily consumption of BochaSweet may help to support healthy blood sugar levels. Unlike many other artificial or alternative sweeteners on the market, BochaSweet won’t spike your blood glucose!

Even better–it tastes amazing. So amazing, I give friends a spoonful to taste when they come over.

Keto Coconut Cheesecake

Keto Coconut Cheesecake

 

INGREDIENTS:

To Make Crust

  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted 100 g
  • 2  cups unsweetened coconut shredded
  • 2 tablespoons BochaSweet

To Make Cheesecake

  • 4 packages cream cheese (8 ounces)
  • 1 1/4 cup BochaSweet
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS:

Making The Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 convection).
  2. Prepare a springform pan by lining it with parchment paper. This makes removing the cheesecake from the springform pan a breeze!
  3. Combine melted coconut oil, shredded unsweetened coconut and BochaSweet and stir until completely mixed.
  4. Press into a parchment paper lined springform pan paying special attention to the edges. Once pressed in, bake in a 350 degree (325 for convection) oven for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove and allow to cool while making your cheesecake.
Making The Cheesecake
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Make sure all of your ingredients are warmed!
  2. Prepare your springform pan for a water bath. See the video and instructions on the blog post.
  3. Combine cream cheese and BochaSweet and mix on low until smooth. If your mixture is lumpy, this means your cream cheese isn’t warm enough. Warm it now before proceeding further. Also, make sure your other ingredients are warm. See the blog post for tips.
  4. Add eggs, heavy cream, sour cream, vanilla, salt and almond extract to the cream cheese mixture. Mix on low until smooth.
  5. Bake in a water bath for 60 minutes at 300 degrees. The water bath creates creamy, amazing results and is well worth the extra effort.
  6. Turn off the oven and allow to set for 4 hours or overnight.
  7. Remove your baked cheesecake from the oven and allow to cool completely before placing it in the refrigerator.
3 Ways Collagen Can Benefit Your Health
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Collagen is a “hot” ingredient on the supplement market, you may have heard about it from popular health gurus or seen it at your local vitamin shop. This powerhouse superfood is quite impressive when it comes to its anti-aging health benefits.

It’s a protein source that can be derived from the bones and skin of cows, chicken, or even fish.

It’s also found in our own bodies. It’s the most abundant structural protein in the human body and is found in skin, bones, muscles, blood vessels, digestive system, and tendons. Although, our modern diets are some underlying reasons for depleting our collagen production which leads to sagging skin, aging, joint pain, and weakened cartilage.

Now, is the time to start making collagen a priority in your life to get back your health to its youthful state. In this article, you will learn 3 ways collagen can help benefit your health.

1. Improves Health of Skin and Joints

As you start to age, your skin starts to lose its elasticity and wrinkles begin to form. This is due to a decrease in collagen production which can be solved by upping primarily the intake of the amino acids glycine and proline. These two amino acids play a major role in collagen production.

There is a total of 18 amino acids found in collagen. 8 of these amino acids are considered essential amino acids.

Ingesting hydrolyzed collagen has been shown to help counteract the changes brought on by aging.

A study conducted on 217 subjects that presently had fine lines or wrinkles resulted in 109 of these subjects had significant improvement in their facial lines after 60 days of treatment with collagen.

Collagen surprisingly also has some powerful benefits when it comes to joint health. A 24 week study conducted on athletes with joint pain showed significant changes by supplementing with 10g of collagen daily. The findings show promising for patients suffering from osteoarthritis.

2. Helps To Maintain Healthy Cardiac Function

Collagen is an essential compound that is considered vital to maintaining the health of cardiac tissue according to the Journal of American Collage of Cardiology.

Collagen is rich in the amino acid proline which is great for cardiac health by reducing fat buildup in the bloodstream. It also has arginine which is an amino acid that helps with nitric oxide production and relaxes the blood vessels for better circulation.

There is also some interesting studies looking into how collagen supplementation can help with atherosclerosis. 32 healthy volunteers supplemented with collagen by adding it to a liquid of their choice (water, miso soup, green tea, or similar beverage). The changes after the 6 month study show a significant reduction in the cholesterol ratio along with the recovery of blood vessel elasticity.

3. Supports Healthy Hair and Nails

Nothing is more frustrating than seeing your own hair starting to recede when you look in the mirror. With collagen you can strengthen your hair follicles and have your hair growing vibrantly and fully like it was in its youth. Although, the findings are not yet clear, collagen shows potential when it comes to hair follicle regeneration.

Another broken nail? Say goodbye to broken nails. You are not alone, brittle nail syndrome is a common problem among women. Collagen supplementation has reported a 12% nail growth rate increase and a 42% decrease in broken nail frequency according to this PubMed study.

Adding collagen to your diet helps to keep your nails strong.

So, now you are probably quite AMAZED by these benefits and can’t wait to get your hands on this superfood!

Make Collagen A Priority For Your Health

You probably have a clear understanding why collagen should be an important component to your health goals. But, the challenge due to our fast-paced modern lifestyle makes it difficult to consume this amazing superfood on a daily basis.

We have made this easy for you by adding a sufficient dose of collagen in our BochaBars, our new line of protein bars. Whether you are constantly on the commute, facing long hours at work, or an active fitness enthusiast looking for a convenient way to get in more collagen. These bars are for you. You can also grab a 10 oz bag of our Grass Fed Collagen Peptides which can be easily mixed into smoothies, coffee, and soups for an extra protein boost. We are confident that you will notice new changes to your health.

Keto Caramel Sticky Buns
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Keto Caramel Sticky Buns recipe provided by Tara Wright, Whole Body Living

These low carb sticky buns use almond flour for the keto flour. The caramel sauce is made possible by my favorite sugar substitute, BochaSweet as well as just a hint of molasses for that brown sugar flavor we associate with caramel!

I recommend that you do not use cupcake liners or any liner in this recipe because it would make inverting the finished rolls difficult. Grease your muffin tins with coconut oil and they will slide right out and not leave a big clean-up job behind!

These should freeze very well. I didn’t get a chance to freeze any of these because they were quickly consumed by my family!

Keto Caramel Sticky Buns

Keto Caramel Sticky Buns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuisine: Keto
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Servings: 12

Your family won’t believe these keto sticky buns are low carb, grain free and sugar free! 
This keto breakfast (or dessert) recipe is sure to be a hit!

INGREDIENTS: 

Caramel Sauce

  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup BochaSweet
  • 1 teaspoon unsulphured blackstrap molasses
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Rolls

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping tream
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • ½ cup BochaSweet
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cup blanched superfine almond flour (140 grams)
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped

DIRECTIONS:

Make the caramel sauce:

  1. Prepare a 12 cup muffin tin (or two 6 cup tins) by greasing each muffin cup. Set aside.
  2. In a medium (3 quart) stainless steel saucepan, melt the butter until it begins to bubble.
  3. Add BochaSweet and molasses and stir until simmering.
  4. Whisk in cream and xanthan gum until xanthan gum is thoroughly blended. Whisk vigorously.
  5. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract.
  6. Ladle in a portion of the mixture into each greased muffin tin–splitting the caramel sauce evenly between the 12 tins.
  7. Optionally– add walnuts or pecans to the caramel sauce.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees convection).
Make the batter for the cinnamon rolls:
  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine eggs, avocado oil, heavy whipping cream and whisk together.
  2. Add salt, cream of tartar, baking soda, cinnamon, vanilla and BochaSweet and whisk until combined.
  3. Finally, whisk in the almond flour. Whisk until the batter isn’t lumpy.
  4. Using a scoop or small measuring cup, scoop the batter into the muffin tins on top of the caramel sauce–divide the batter equally between the 12 tins.
  5. Place filled muffin tin in preheated oven (350 degrees/325 degrees if convection) for 14 minutes or until muffins are set up in the middle.
  6. Once done, remove from oven and immediately invert onto a cookie sheet. See the video for a demonstration. The caramel sauce will be on top and you’ll have delicious caramel sticky buns!

Nutritional Information (Per Serving):

  • Calories: 227
  • Total Fat: 21g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 51mg
  • Sodium: 248mg
  • Potassium: 77mg
  • Total Carbs: 5g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 1g
  • Protein: 5g
3 Amazing Benefits of Eating Almonds
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Almonds are packed with protein and contain beneficial nutrients such as magnesium.  Almonds also contain powerful antioxidant, vitamin E, which helps to combat oxidative stress that contributes to aging. This superfood tree nut is a beneficial choice for diabetics for supporting healthy blood sugar levels. Since high levels of LDL cholesterol is a well-known risk factor for heart disease, the daily consumption of almonds is highly recommended by nutritional experts because almonds have impressive benefits to lowering the LDL and maintaining the “good” HDL cholesterol.

Almonds Have Life Extension Benefits

Almonds have an interesting history. They have been consumed as far back as B.C. They were served to Egypt’s pharaoh’s as a prized ingredient. During the silk road era explorers would consume almonds while traveling. 

Ancient Indian Ayurvdeic practicioners even touted almonds for their life enhancing capabilities.

Today you can find almonds widely available as a raw snack, nut butter, almond milk, or even in flour form.

Nutritional Information (1/4 cup serving size)

Almonds are rich in essential nutrients 

  • Vitamin E (16mg)
  • Riboflavin (0.4mg)
  • Manganese (0.8mg)
  • Magnesium (97mg)
  • Phosphorus (172mg)
  • Calcium (96mg)
  • Iron (33mg)

Vitamin E found in almonds helps to nourish the skin and reduce signs of aging.

Almonds are consumed in the raw nut form or as almond butter which is another good option. Sounds like a pretty tasty path to longevity, if you ask me!

Almonds Help to Support Health Blood Sugar Levels

With more than 50% of American adults currently with prediabetes and an alarming 30 million that already have diabetes according to JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).

It makes sense to start eating a food source that can help to support healthy blood sugar levels. It’s as easy as consuming some almonds! Or, simply grab one of our delicious BochaBars that come in two flavors: Chocolate Peanut Butter and Vanilla Almond Crunch.

The rich amount of Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA’s) found in almonds has a slow rate of glucose being released into the blood stream.

A pubmed study was conducted on 65 adults with prediabetes that had a modification to their diet over a 16 week period… where 20% of their energy was derived from almonds.

The results were astonishing with the almond group exhibiting a greater reduction in insulin compared to the nut-free control group.

To conclude, consuming a diet that had 20% of it coming from almonds over a 16 week period improved markers for insulin sensitivity.

Almonds Can Help Support Healthy Cholesterol Levels

I’m sure you are probably aware by now that having high LDL cholesterol is a significant risk factor for heart disease. For optimal health, you want to have a higher amount of HDL “good cholesterol” while keeping LDL substantially lower. Almonds have  benefits for healthy cholesterol levels.

A PubMed study was conducted as a randomized crossover study on 27 hyperlipidemic men and women for 1 month. The results showed that the almond consumption group produced the greatest reduction in levels of blood lipids along with a significant reduction in LDL cholesterol.

Make Almonds Part of Your Healthy Diet

So, there you have it. Now you can see why we utilize almonds as one of our main ingredients in our line of great tasting gluten-free protein BochaBars.

Go ahead. Enjoy a BochaBar. Be proactive and make almonds part of your healthy diet and receive these 3 amazing health benefits.

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Lemon Curd Keto Cheesecake recipe provided by Tara Wright, Whole Body Living

My absolute favorite dessert on the planet is a cheesecake with lemon curd on top! As soon as I mastered my Keto Cheesecake, I knew Keto Lemon Curd was my next challenge!

I adapted this recipe from The Joy of Cooking Lemon Curd Recipe. With my new secret weapon (BochaSweet) in hand, I knew it wasn’t going to be too difficult to get the taste just right.

I really like a tart lemon curd and to get the perfect tart flavor, I used Lemon Vitality Essential Oil by Young Living.

Lemon Curd Keto Cheesecake

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Cuisine: Keto
Servings: 14 slices

A low carb cheesecake topped with tart keto lemon curd is the perfect keto dessert for any celebration! We enjoyed this low carb lemon curd cheesecake for the first time on Easter! Comment and tell me what occasion you’re celebrating with this festive keto cheesecake.

INGREDIENTS:

To Make Crust

  • 4 cups walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons BochaSweet
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

To Make Cheesecake

  • 4 packages cream cheese (8 ounces)
  • 1 1/4 cup BochaSweet
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

To Make Keto Lemon Curd

  • 6 eggs
  • 2/3 cup BochaSweet
  • 2 lemons grated zest
  • 1 cup lemon juice (3-4 lemons)
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut in pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5-8 drops Young Living  Lemon Vitality Essential Oil (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Making The Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a spring-form pan with parchment paper.
  2. This is optional, but makes removing the cheesecake and transferring it to a plate a breeze!
  3. Pulse walnuts in food processor until finely ground.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and process for 1 minute until it forms into a batter.
Preparation
  1. Prepare your tools so that you can work quickly. You will need a mesh colander like the one pictured in the video to strain the lemon curd. You will also need a bowl you that the mesh colander will fit in so that you can pour the lemon curd into the colander with ease. Have this set up beside your cooking area.
  2. Transfer the batter to your lined springform pan.
  3. Working from the inside out, press batter into the spring-form pan making sure the batter goes to the edges and is pressed down firmly.
  4. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and cool completely before filling. (The middle will look like it’s not quite set up, and this is ok!)
Making The Cheesecake
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Make sure all of your ingredients are warmed!
  2. Prepare your springform pan for a water bath. See the video & instructions on the blog post.
  3.  Combine cream cheese and BochaSweet and mix on low until smooth. If your mixture is lumpy, this means your cream cheese isn’t warm enough. Warm it now before proceeding further. Also, make sure your other ingredients are warm. See the blog post for tips.
  4. Add eggs, heavy cream, sour cream, vanilla, salt and almond extract to the cream cheese mixture. Mix on low until smooth.
  5. Bake in a water bath for 60 minutes at 300 degrees. The water bath creates creamy, amazing results and is well worth the extra effort.
  6. Turn off the oven and allow to set for 4 hours or overnight.
  7. Remove your baked cheesecake from the oven and allow to cool completely before placing it in the refrigerator.
  8. Get my recipe for creamy keto caramel sauce and use as a topping!
Making The Keto Lemon Curd
  1. In a medium saucepan, mix the eggs, BochaSweet and lemon zest together until thoroughly combined.
  2. Add lemon juice and butter and turn heat to medium.
  3. Whisk constantly over medium heat until mixture is thickened and come to a gentle simmer. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 20 seconds. Remove from heat.
  4. Pour lemon curd through the mesh colander that you have set up with a bowl underneath. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, work the lemon curd through the colander. Set the colander aside.
  5. Add 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and 5 drops Young Living Vitality Lemon Essential Oil (optional). Taste the lemon curd and add additional drops of oil until you’re pleased with the tartness.
  6. Allow the lemon curd to cool for about 30 minutes before pouring it on top of your cheesecake. (Cheesecake should still have the springform pan on it.
  7. Pour filling onto cooled crust.
  8. Pour the lemon curd onto your finished cheesecake and spread until even. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours prior to serving.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving):

  • Calories: 656
  • Total Fat: 64g
  • Saturated Fat: 27g
  • Cholesterol: 224mg
  • Sodium: 385mg
  • Potassium: 334mg
  • Total Carbs:  10g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 4g
  • Protein:13g
  • Sodium: 385mg
  • Potassium: 334mg
Coconut Powered Pancakes
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Coconut flour is a popular choice for people following a ket diet but often it’s very difficult to get the right texture or taste. These coconut powered pancakes have a delicious, moist texture that will make your taste buds explode. Especially, when served with our keto-friendly DIY BochaSweet™ maple syrup.

A distinct variation to many typical recipes you will find is the addition of coconut yogurt to add a clean, dairy-free source of probiotics. Plus, these pancakes are packed with collagen protein and MCTs for sustained energy and gut health. Make sure to use an eco-friendly non-stick pan to easily flip these pancakes after a few minutes on each side.

Coconut Powered Collagen Pancakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cacao butter
  • 3 teaspoons BochaSweet
  • 1 tbsp MCT powder
  • 2-3 tbsp grass-fed collagen peptides
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • Optional: a little water

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Whisk together melted cacao butter, coconut yogurt, BochaSweet, salt, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  2. In a separate bowl combine coconut flour and baking powder. Mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Allow the batter to sit to thicken. If too thick, you can add an additional egg or a little extra water to thin it out.
  3. Lightly oil the skillet with some coconut oil over medium heat. Scoop out heaping tablespoons of batter onto skillet to make pancakes a few inches in diameter.

Serves: 6

Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 180
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbs: 5g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Sugars: <1g
  • Cholesterol: 95mg
  • Sodium: 200mg

 

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