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

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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

 

Vegan MCT-Powered Latte Feature
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Perhaps, you are not all too crazy about coffee or want to change up your “go-to” morning beverage. This is why we went ahead and put together a delicious, creamy vegan yerba mate latte that packs a clean caffeine kick. This drink also contains energizing MCT powder, adaptogenic mushrooms, plant protein, and raw cacao to fuel your brain.

The addition of MCT (medium chain triglycerides) powder is a superfood that fuels the brain and breaks down into C8, C10, and C12 medium fatty acids. These fatty acids are further added to be metabolized in the liver and turned into energy. Further it breaks down into ketones and is used by the brain as fuel. This is a stable source of energy which is great for those that follow a keto diet. In this latte, you will also find a blend of adaptogenic mushrooms – reishi being one of our favorites – which contains properties that help to combat stress, enhance vitality, and potentially act as a detoxifying liver cleanse.

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Vegan MCT-Powered Tea Latte

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup brewed yerba mate tea
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seed butter
  • 1 scoop MCT powder
  • 3 capsules Mushroom Boost
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons plant protein of your choice (we used sunflower and pumpkin protein)
  • BochaSweet to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Start by brewing the Yerba mate and then add all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend together for 30 seconds or until frothy and creamy.
  3. Pour into a coffee mug. Enjoy.
Perfect Keto Cheesecake
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Keto Cheesecake recipe provided by Tara Wright, Whole Body Living

We should all give great thanks to my bestest friend Karen for starting me down this path! Way back in the day (we won’t even talk about how many years ago), I taught Karen how to make amazing cheesecakes.

She’s continued to make cheesecakes and has gotten very creative with flavor combinations. We stopped to see her on our way home from a family trip and she presented me with a Keto Cheesecake. You’re thinking “Wow, what an amazing friend!”.

Yep. She’s A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Then she wrote out the recipe for me and said “Make it PERFECT!” And so…..I did!

The Perfect Keto CheesecakePerfect Keto Cheesecake

Cuisine: Keto
Servings: 10 slices

According to my taste testers, this keto cheesecake tastes just like the real thing. Learn how to make a keto cheesecake that will amaze your taste buds and impress not only yourself but your friends and family too!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 packages cream cheese (8 ounces)
  • 1 ¼ cup BochaSweet
  • 4 eggs
  •  cup heavy whipping cream
  •  cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS:

To Make the Filling:
  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. Pour filling onto cooled crust.
  6. 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.
  7. Turn off the oven and allow to set for 4 hours or overnight
  8. Remove your baked cheesecake from the oven and allow to cool completely before placing it in the refrigerator
  9. Get my recipe for creamy keto caramel sauce and use as a topping!

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Calories: 380
  • Carbs: 4g
  • Net Carbs: 1g
  • Fat: 37g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Sugars: 3g
  • Sodium: 440mg
  • Potassium: 165mg
  • Cholesterol: 179mg

 

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MUSHROOM BLOG POST

Do you see “mushrooms” popping up everywhere? From mushroom coffee to lattes, these health promoting herbs are making their way into the mainstream.

At BochaSweet, we love to drink plenty of blended coffee, teas and lattes. What better way to supercharge our day than with a variety of potent mushroom extracts!

There are lots of different mushrooms out there, but there are 4 special adaptogenic mushrooms that stand out the most.

We went ahead and combined these mushrooms that you will soon learn about so that you can feel more vitality, less stress, mental clarity, natural energy, and more.

So, let’s get into it.

1. Cordyceps

These mushrooms are one of the most popular mushrooms out there.

Cordyceps first gained their claim to fame when the Chinese women’s track and field team broke multiple records in 1993.

Cordyceps are harvested in the high mountain regions of the Himalayas and used for centuries as food and medicine, dating back to the 15th century. The polysaccharides in cordyceps help to support immune function and energy production – ATP (adenosine triphosphate) – which combats stress.

From its ancient beginnings in traditional Chinese medicine, cordyceps has long been used as a highly treasured herb known for life-enhancing vitality by adapting to stress and for easy respiration as a “lung tonic”.

2. Shiitake

You can find these mushrooms easily at grocery store and make a great addition to any meal.

These mushrooms are rich in nutrition: high in B Vitamins, Vitamin D, potassium, zinc, and magnesium.

Shiitake mushrooms are a treasure from Asia that have been used for a long time as an adaptogen that can help the body deal with stress, and at the same time provide a boost to the immune system. It stimulates the body’s T-lymphocystes, these are specialized white blood cells that play a key role in the body’s defense against invading pathogens.

What is also unique about shiitake is that they contain all 8 essential amino acids as well as special fatty acid called linoleic acid.

3. Maitake

Maitake is a polypore mushroom known as the “hen of woods” that grows in clusters at the base of trees and also considered the “king of mushrooms” in Japan. It has been used in both Japan and China as both a food and tonic herb for thousands of years to help enhance immunity.

The beta-D-glucans found in maitake mushrooms help to boost the immune system.

4. Reishi

Reishi is another popular adaptogenic mushroom and are also known as ling zhi in Chinese. They are tied to longevity, better immune function, and mental clarity. They can be consumed as a tincture, tea, powder form, or in soup.

Reishi grows on hardwood trees and is considered one of nature’s most powerful immune-modulating herbs, and has been utilized for over 2,000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Used for millennia in Asia, Reishi has been respectfully called the “mushroom of immortality”. Surprisingly, reishi mushrooms also have the potential to act as a detoxifying liver cleanse.

It is also underrated for its nootropic properties (enhance memory or other cognitive functions) which help boost mental performance and overall brain health.

“Yoga In A Bottle”

You may not be able to actually feel the positive effects of mushrooms to your health, but you can rest assured that they are doing their job.

So, it makes sense to include BochaSweet Mushroom Boost in your day-to-day life. Experience feeling more relaxed, more at ease, and less stress, almost like “yoga in a bottle”.

Keto Coconut Frosting
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Low Carb Coconut Frosting recipe provided by Tara Wright, Whole Body Living

Coconut desserts are a family favorite in our household. I created this specific recipe for my youngest 13th birthday. She requested cupcakes with a creamy coconut frosting. I wanted to see if I could create something so good, she wouldn’t know it was a sugar free frosting!

With this Low Carb Coconut Frosting Recipe, I really outdid myself. (Her words). When she bit into the cupcake, she closed her eyes and nodded her head vigorously. She said “perfect”. If a 13 year old approves, it’s worth it, right?

These recipes, are, of course, meant for special occasions and not everyday indulgences. This is a way to stick to your low carb keto diet for birthdays and holidays where it may otherwise be tough.

After all, food is a part of life. We celebrate with cake on our birthday. Why shouldn’t you be able to remain sugar free, low carb and grain free? Have your cupcake and eat it too! You truly won’t believe these are keto!

Low Carb Coconut Frosting

Course: Dessert, Keto
Cuisine: Keto
Servings: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes

This low carb frosting recipe is creamy, rich and indulgent. It pipes onto cupcakes perfectly. I like to toast some unsweetened coconut and sprinkle on top for an added crunch & a pop of flavor.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup culinary coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup BochaSweet
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut toasted (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. For best results, bring your ingredients to room temperature by sitting them out on the counter for a few hours prior to making.
  2. In your mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the toasted coconut.
  3. Mix until combined on low speed. Then, gradually increase the speed to high and beat for 3 or 4 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  4. Frost your cupcakes or cake and then sprinkle on the toasted coconut.
  5. Store your finished dessert in the refrigerator. Prior to serving, remove your dessert from the fridge a few hours ahead. This frosting is at it’s creamiest at room temperature.
Keto Coconut Frosting


NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Calories: 74
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 18mg
  • Sodium: 49mg
  • Potassium: 14mg
Keto Maple Syrup (Tara)
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DIY Keto Maple Syrup

DIY Keto Maple Syrup recipe provided by Tara Wright, Whole Body Living

One morning, my husband and I were enjoying keto waffles drizzled lightly with a sugar-free maple flavored syrup. My husband looked at me and said “You used to make homemade syrup, could you make the same thing in a Keto version?”

Well, why not?

It took me quite a bit of trial and error to get this keto maple syrup just right. This syrup won’t harden in the refrigerator, but it does still tend to separate and require a vigorous shake before use. Adding additional xanthan gum causes too much thickening for our tastes.

This Keto Maple Syrup is so much more than a pancake syrup. Try it on salmon to make a Keto Maple Glazed Salmon. It’s also great on pork chops, chicken breasts and kabobs! We’ve even recently been experimenting with making keto maple glazed bacon! Oh yeah!

DIY Keto Maple Syrup

Keto Maple Syrup (Tara)

Course:
Breakfast
Cuisine: Keto
Servings: 24 Servings

You’ll never buy keto pancake syrup again with this easy-to-make low carb syrup recipe. It’s not just for pancakes! Use it as a baste for keto maple-glazed salmon, pork chops or bacon!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup BochaSweet
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water and BochaSweet.
  2. Stir mixture until completely dissolved (the mixture will look clear). Then bring to a boil.
  3. Add 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream and bring the mixture back to a boil.
  4. Simmer for 1 minute.
  5. Add butter and boil for 1 minute
  6. Vigorously mix in 1/8 tsp xanthan gum (this thickens the syrup and prevents separation)
  7. Remove syrup from heat.
  8. Add maple and vanilla extracts.

 

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Calories: 25
  • Fat: 2g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 9mg
  • Sodium: 10mg
  • Potassium: 3mg

 

 

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