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Whey protein has been around for decades and is notorious for being a popular “bodybuilding” supplement. Sold in protein tubs, bars, baked goods, drinks, and much more. This muscle-building supplement has been shown to help with muscle growth, blood pressure, insulin sensitivity, reduction in inflammation, and weight loss. Whey protein has a high nutritional value and has been revealed to have numerous health benefits found in scientific studies. But, is it keto-friendly? Read on to find out.

What is Whey Protein?

Whey protein is derived from dairy, it is a liquid extraction that is created by separation of milk during cheese production. It is a complete, high quality protein that contains all nine of the essential amino acids.

Milk contains two main types of protein: casein (80%) and whey (20%). Casein is a major component of protein found in bovine milk, in the form of micelle, to better simplify things it is the white color of milk. In its original state, whey is a mixture of water with some protein, fat, carbohydrates, and lactose. Whey is created into three different types of protein powders which can be conveniently added into shakes, meal replacements, and protein bars.

  • Whey Protein Concentrate – Contains about 70-80% protein, moderately concentrated form of whey with less lactose than whey protein powder
  • Whey Protein Isolate – Highly concentrated in protein content (90-95%), has had most of the lactose and fat removed
  • Whey Protein Hydrolysate – Considered the “predigested” form of whey protein as it has undergone partial hydrolysis, this helps the body more easily absorb the protein

Whey Protein Concentrate is the form of whey protein we have decided to add into our keto-friendly line of protein bars, BochaBars. The source we use is high quality and grass-fed from New Zealand cows.

The essential amino acids found in whey protein helps improve muscle protein synthesis and the growth of lean muscle mass.

This sounds like a beneficial protein source we should all take advantage of; hence, if you do not have any intolerance or allergies to dairy products.

Let’s dig further to see if it’s a good fit for the keto diet.

Is Whey Protein Keto-Friendly?

The ketogenic diet is commonly known as a high fat, low carb, and moderate protein diet. This transition is what helps put the body in “fat burning” mode by converting your energy source from carbs (glucose) to ketones.

What are ketones?

These are chemicals made in your liver due to a metabolic response to being in dietary ketosis. You produce them when you don’t have enough insulin in your body to turn sugar, or glucose, into energy.

Protein is an important part of any weight loss program and that includes keto as well. A moderate amount of protein helps to build muscle and maintain a healthy body composition.

Since, whey protein preserves muscle mass it would be ideal to supplement with a product containing whey protein while following a ketogenic diet.

Whey protein shows promising results for both obesity and diabetics. A 12 week study conducted on Pubmed showed improvements in fasting insulin levels. Another study conducted on mice showed improvements in glucose homeostasis and insulin resistance in high fat diet fed mice.

Whey is definitely keto-friendly.

Which is why we decided to add grass-fed whey protein to our line of keto-friendly protein bars.

BochaBars contain a blend of grass-fed whey and collagen protein. With two great tasting flavors such as: Chocolate Peanut Butter (21g protein) and Vanilla Almond Crunch (20g protein).

When choosing a nutrition-rich bar, things you want to look for are:

  • Made with real food ingredients (no junk)
  • With at least 20 grams of protein
  • Sweetened with 100% kabocha extract

Compared to other protein bars on the market, BochaBar is not only better for you but tastes better too.

Click here to learn more about BochaBars

Flourless Fudgy Keto Brownies
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What’s the solution when you want to avoid the extra carbs but still have a strong desire for brownies. Simple. Make them flourless! These delicious flourless fudgy keto brownies combine the best of both worlds, fudge and brownies!

Traditional brownies use white flour and a mixture of white and brown sugar which spikes your insulin levels while promoting weight gain. This recipe uses keto-friendly ingredients to create the same fudgy brownie flavor, at the same time keeping it gluten-free, diabetic-friendly, keto, and paleo friendly.

The batter portion of these brownies is created by mixing together grass-fed butter, egg whites, dark chocolate, coconut oil, and BochaSweet sugar replacement. When melted over a stovetop the flavors blend nicely for a delicious soon-to-be fudgy texture. Don’t be surprised if you are tempted to lick the batter!

The fudgy keto brownies will make your heart melt the minute they hit your tastebuds. So, go ahead and enjoy this decadent, guilt-free dessert.

Flourless Fudgy Keto Brownies

Flourless Fudgy Keto Brownies

Start to Finish: 45-60 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 tablespoons grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 10 ounces finely chopped dark chocolate (80% or higher)
  • 4 large eggs (or egg whites)
  • 1 cup BochaSweet
  • Optional: 1 scoop MCT powder
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar substitute
  • 4 teaspoons. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons arrowroot flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free chocolate chips (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a parchment paper lined 8×8 baking pan.
  2. In a large pot, whisk together the butter (softened), chopped dark chocolate, coconut oil, eggs, sweeteners, and vanilla extract. Stir until well mixed on medium heat.
  3. Add the arrowroot flour, cocoa powder, and salt to a mixer on low setting. Then add the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well until a smooth consistency forms. Optional: for a nice crispy top layer you can add a thin layer of sugar-free chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate.
  4. Spread the batter onto prepared baking pan. Bake for 30-45 minutes.
  5. Remove and let cool until pan is no longer hot. Refrigerate over night and enjoy!

Serves: 12

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (PER SERVING):

  • Calories: 240
  • Total Fat: 20
  • Saturated Fat: 14g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Sodium: 25mg
  • Total Carbs: 26g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugars: <1g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Vitamin A: 2%
  • Vitamin C: 8%
  • Calcium: 4%
  • Iron: 20%
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Keto Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Recipe and content provided by Tara Wright, Whole Body Living

These keto pumpkin spice donuts greet you with their warm, cinnamon scent as they bake in the oven. As you turn them out onto a cooling rack, you can’t help but break off a small piece and pop it in your mouth. Your eyes close and you think ‘Ahhhhh…now that’s the stuff of a good life’. The texture is just perfect for a pumpkin spice cake donut and the flavors so uplifting and reminiscent of fall.

If four carbs is too many, consider eating only half a donut. They are immensely satisfying!

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Keto Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Start to Finish: 40 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup BochaSweet
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Prepare oven to 325 degrees. Prepare donut pan by generously greasing it with coconut oil or avocado oil.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine avocado oil, eggs, heavy cream, pumpkin puree, BochaSweet, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, xanthan gum and salt. Blend until thoroughly combined.
  3. Next, blend in 4 oz coconut flour for 1 minute and allow the mixture to rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Mix in the baking powder and blend until completely incorporated into the batter. The batter will be fairly thick at this point.
  5. Fill the donut pans to the rim, donuts will rise and round as they bake.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before removing your keto pumpkin spice donuts from the pan.
  7. Drizzle with a simple keto glaze if desired.
  8. Keto Glaze: Mix 1/4 cup heavy cream with 1/4 cup BochaSweet and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Mix until BochaSweet is dissolved and drizzle over your keto pumpkin spice donuts. Enjoy!

Servings: 10

NUTRITION FACTS (PER DONUT):

  • Calories: 179
  • Carbs: 9g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Total Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 60mg
  • Sodium: 228mg
  • Potassium: 129mg
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 2094IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
  • Calcium: 56mg
  • Iron: 1mg
Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies
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Recipe and content provided by Mary Florer

These Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies are gluten-free with a keto twist on traditional cookies. You’d never know these cookies are sweetened with BochaSweet. These cookies are quick and easy to make with a delicious taste you’ll instantly appreciate with every bite.

This guilt-free recipe is the perfect treat to enjoy this holiday season!

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Start to Finish: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 oz roughly chopped dark chocolate (80% cacao or higher)
  • 6 oz all-purpose low-carb flour*
  • 1/2 cup BochaSweet
  • 1/2 cup erythritol (brown sugar)
  • 1 stick grass-fed butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large cage-free egg

All-purpose low-carb flour*

  • 4 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup golden flax meal
  • 1/8 cup xanthan gum
  • 1/8 cup arrowroot powder

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. For the all-purpose low-carb flour, whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl. (Can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months.)
  2. Preheat oven to 350F. Set aside a handful of chopped chocolate, and place remainder in a medium bowl. Add flour and toss to combine.
  3. Combine butter, both sweeteners, baking powder, baking soda, salt, vanilla, and nutmeg in a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer. Using stand mixer or handheld mixer, mix on low until ingredients have just incorporated, then increase to medium and beat about 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Add egg and mix until smooth. Reduce speed to low and add the flour/chocolate mixture to form a stiff dough.
  4. Divide dough into 1 heaping tablespoon or 1 ounce portions. Arrange dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet spaced 2 inches apart. Flatten balls slightly, sprinkle with reserved chocolate and a pinch of kosher salt each. Bake 12-15 minutes until cookies are puffed and golden around the edges.
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Keto Gooey Butter Cake

Recipe and content provided by Tara Wright, Whole Body Living

I just can’t gush enough about this Keto Gooey Butter Cake which I created specifically for my hubby who had fallen in love with this southern dessert a year prior to us entering the ketogenic lifestyle.

As you may know, here at Tara’s Keto Kitchen, I’m busy in the kitchen creating and perfecting keto desserts and keto food options to help make the ketogenic diet sustainable over the long term.

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Keto Gooey Butter Cake

A keto gooey butter cake with only 1 total carb (0 net carb) per serving for all of us that love the taste and texture of traditional butter cake. This is one of the keto recipes we like to make and take to potlucks & social gatherings. We cut the pan into 24 small squares because a little butter cake goes a long way!

Start to Finish: 1 hour 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour (2 oz)
  • 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 8 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup BochaSweet

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl combine: 2 oz coconut flour (1/4 cup), 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.
  3. Stir to combine, set aside.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl combine: 8 tablespoons melted butter (1 stick), 3/4 cup heavy cream, 2 eggs, 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, 1 cup BochaSweet.
  5. Use a blender to blend the wet ingredients until combined. Then add your dry ingredients. Blend on medium speed for 1 minute. Stop and use a spatula to clean the sides and bottom and blend an additional 2 minutes on medium high speed. The batter will thicken considerably and be the consistency of cake batter once done.
  6. Pour into a baking dish and bake at 325 degrees for 60 minutes.
  7. Cool for 4 hours before serving.

Servings: 24

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Calories: 76
  • Carbs: 1g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 34mg
  • Sodium: 93mg
  • Potassium: 21mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 247IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
  • Calcium: 13mg
  • Iron: 1mg
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Beetroot powders are an all-natural, superfood mixture that when consumed on a daily basis can help provide more endurance and energy, enhanced blood flow, and an added boost in overall performance.

In addition nitric oxide helps support healthy blood pressure, healthy circulation, and overall cardiovascular health.

In this article, you will learn what is nitric oxide, how it benefits you, and how beets are one of nature’s most potent superfoods for boosting nitric oxide levels.

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Why is Nitric Oxide Important?

To put it simply, nitric oxide is one of the most important molecules for blood vessel health. It is a gas (N-O) composed of one atom of nitrogen bonded to one atom of oxygen.

Nitric oxide is a vasodilator which means it relaxes your blood vessels, helping to dilate the arteries thus increasing circulation.

So, it is clear that nitric oxide is critical to your health, especially as we continue to age. Studies show our nitric oxide production drops in half by the time we reach 40 compared to what we had in our 20’s.

Nitric oxide is critical because without it every function in our bodies can not work as intended.

This essential molecule allows our blood vessels to relax and expand which creates better efficiency throughout the body along with better nutrient delivery and oxygenation.

Nutritionists and scientists have known for decades consuming high nitrate vegetables metabolize into nitric oxide in the body. But, the problem is many individuals still can remain nitric oxide deficient due to poor absorption in their gut bacteria.

There is one vegetable that is praised for its heavy nitrate concentration as one of the top anti-inflammatory superfoods and that is beets!

How Beets Boost Nitric Oxide

Beets are a superfood with a rich source of essential vitamins and nutrients including folate, vitamin C, iron, betaine, magnesium, zinc, and much more.

Beets have a high nitrate content (>250 mg/100g of fresh weight) among the highest of all nitrate rich foods which include spinach, celery, lettuce, and carrot juice.

Given the high nitrate content of beets, it produces nitric oxide in the body endogenously.

A study conducted on beetroot and exercise performance had nine healthy, physically active men participate in sub maximal and high intensity running and knee extension exercises which increased plasma nitrite by 105% and increased overall time to exhaustion.

Beets are rich in the amino acid betaine, also known as trimethylglycine which improves muscle endurance and increases strength.

The nitric oxide boosting benefits of beetroot also leads to maintaining healthy blood pressure by allowing the blood vessels to widen for more blood flow. It is important to prioritize nitric oxide boosting foods like beets in your diet in order to maintain cardiovascular health.

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The Emergence of Beetroot Supplements

For many people Beets consumed as a food or even as a juice may not be the “tastiest” thing to do on a daily basis.  The taste of beets is a challenge for some of us to tolerate. Therefore, the emergence of beetroot powders that use sweeteners and “natural flavors” has exploded into the marketplace.

Although, many of these brands do create a high quality beetroot product, the taste still has room for improvement.

What if there was a beetroot powder that not only delivered the nitric oxide benefits but also was enjoyable to drink as well?

A Great Tasting Beetroot Supplement Has Arrived

We went ahead and put together our own effective beetroot formulation which has a synergistic combination of natural ingredients without any additives, flavorings, or a funky aftertaste.

This beetroot supplement is called BOCHA-BEETS and is sweetened with zero-glycemic “BochaSweet” sugar replacement, the absolute best tasting keto-friendly sweetener available.

Since we are certain that you will love the taste of BOCHA-BEETS, we want to give you a FREE 1 LB pouch of BochaSweet with your order of BOCHA-BEETS so you can sweeten your other favorite beverages. Experience the benefits of having healthy blood flow, more energy, more endurance, and healthy circulation today!

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Click Here To Learn More About BOCHA-BEETS

BochaSweet Avocado Cacao Smoothie

No smoothie is complete without chocolate. This BochaSweet Avocado Chocolate Smoothie is a quick and easy nutritious drink that contains healthy fats and is packed with protein from collagen peptides which helps you to look and feel your best.

Who wouldn’t want a sweet tasting, keto-friendly meal replacement drink? This sugar-free smoothie is sweetened with our zero calorie, zero glycemic BochaSweet sugar replacement which fits in perfectly to the Keto Diet.

BochaSweet Avocado Cacao Smoothie

BochaSweet Avocado Chocolate Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 min
Total Time: 7 min
Makes: 1 shake

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 whole avocado
  • 1/4 cup cashew milk (add water for desired consistency)
  • 1-2 tablespoons sunflower seed butter
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 scoop Collagen Peptides
  • 3 teaspoons BochaSweet
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate powder
  • 1/4 cup wild blueberries
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon MCT Oil
  • Pink salt to taste
  • 3-4 ice cubes

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add all your ingredients to a high-speed blender and mix until creamy.
  2. Enjoy guilt free!
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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Recipe and content provided by Amanda Hokanson

I was craving something beyond peanut butter and chocolate…it is rare but it does happen.

The plan was to make a key lime curd and ended up with these Strawberry Margarita Tartlets. The only unfortunate thing is the lackluster color of key lime curd — luckily the color belies the flavor punch.

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Strawberry Margarita Tartlets

INGREDIENTS:

Key Lime Curd

  • 2/3 cup (160 ml) key lime juice (or fresh squeezed)
  • 10 tbsp (150 grams) BochaSweet sweetener
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp (28 grams) Kerrygold butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tbsp lime zest

Tart Filling

  • 8 ounces of softened Neufchatel cheese
  • strawberry sauce (to taste)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. If you’re fancy and have a bain-marie then get ready to put it to work. If you’re a commoner like me, find a heat proof bowl that will fit atop a large sauce pan or small pot to use as your double boiler. Fill your pan with water and set it on the heat and bring to a boil. It should be as full as possible without letting the bowl sit in the water.
  2. Whisk juice, sweetener, eggs, and whipping cream in the heat proof bowl. Reduce the heat on the pan to a low boil and place the bowl on the pan.
  3. Be prepared to spend some quality time with this curd. You must whisk, stir, scrape, and otherwise keep it moving to prevent scorching and keep it smooth. Adjust heat up and down, keep things moving without burning yourself but whisk like you’ve never whisked before.
  4. Once the curd mixture gets hot, it will start to thicken pretty quickly. Lift your whisk and when what falls off keeps a bit of its form before melting back in, take it off the heat.
  5. Beat in the butter, vanilla, and zest. Whisk until well incorporated. Allow to cool 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, then cover and place in fridge at least 4 hours.
  6. The tart filling is 8 ounces of softened Neufchatel cheese whisked together with the curd. I made almond meal tartlet shells and added some homemade strawberry lime chia sauce.

 

Strawberry Margarita Tartlets

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