Easy Dairy Free Key Lime Pie that’s Very Low in Sugar!

Key Lime Pie

 

1 can (13.5 ounces) organic coconut milk

1 banana

1 tablespoon arrowroot

3 organic  eggs

1/8 teaspoon unrefined sea salt

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ cup Nellie & Joe’s Famous Key West Lime Juice (NO substitutions!)

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1 Tablespoon Lime zest

1 prepared pie crusts (gluten free pie crusts are available at the health food store.

 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Prebake pie crusts about 14 minutes, using a pie crust guard.

 

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and creamy. Pour filling into prepared crust and bake in middle of oven for 50 minutes. Cool pie completely on rack (filling will set as it cools), then chill, covered, at least 4 hours before serving. Serve cold


How Does Exercise Affect Our Microbiome?

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So, exercise has the ability to strengthen your gut and enhance SCFA release, which is great news. But does it work both ways? Do microbes play any role in exercise performance?

A recent study would suggest that, yes, indeed they do.

Nature Medicine published the study, noting that researchers identified a specific bacterial strain called Veillonella atypica that was dramatically increased in marathon runners post-marathon. What’s cool is that this particular bacteria has the ability to break down lactic acid, which is the acid that builds up in muscles during endurance exercise. Makes sense, right?

When the scientists transferred this particular bacteria into mice, they found that the recipients had improved treadmill run time performance. Yes, they performed better athletically based purely on the presence of this microbe.

Sure, it’s an exciting finding in the world of marathon running, but what I’m most excited about is to see what we find when we study different sports. Is there a special microbe that enhances the start/stop movements in basketball or that promotes muscle recovery after a vigorous workout? My guess is the answer will be yes—but only time will tell.

Now, here’s the truth: Exercise is a good idea, regardless of whether it alters your microbiome. But that said, it’s nice to know that physical fitness also promotes gut fitness because strong guts translate into better health.


Passion fruit Glazed Shrimp

imagephoto by; Becky Luigart-Stayner

Original recipe on My Recipes (although I have changed the recipe)

Passion fruit Glazed Shrimp

Serves 4

1/2 cup passion fruit nectar or Pomegranate juice and Tamarind juice (if you can’t find nectar)

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined

8 lime wedges

 

1. Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add passion fruit pulp, stirring well, and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; cool 15 minutes.

2. Strain passion fruit mixture through a sieve into a large bowl; discard seeds. Add lime juice, soy sauce, red pepper, and salt, stirring well. Set 1/2 cup passion fruit mixture aside. Add shrimp to remaining passion fruit mixture, and toss well to coat. Cover and refrigerate 15 minutes.

3. Preheat broiler to medium.

4. Thread 4 shrimp on each of 8 (10-inch) skewers. Place skewers on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Broil under broiler 2 minutes on each side or until done, basting with reserved 1/2 cup passion fruit mixture. Serve with lime wedges.


Why Dark Chocolate is Good for Your Health

Raw Love

By Jesus Diaz at gizmodo.com

 

Confirmed: Dark chocolate is good for your heart. Really good. What’s better, scientists have discovered that people who eat 70 grams of chocolate every day increase their vascular health dramatically by “restoring flexibility to arteries and preventing white cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels.”

The research published in the March 2014 issue of The FASEB Journalone of the most respected publications in experimental biology—was conducted on 44 middle-aged overweight men over two periods of four weeks.

Previous investigations said that regular dark chocolate may not be that good for you because manufacturers remove flanavol from it, which is too bitter for most people. But according to Doctor Diederik Esser—one of the paper’s authors—”increasing flavanol content has no added beneficial effect on vascular health.” Adding chemical shit, however, will have an effect on your health, so please don’t stuff your faces with industrial crap chocolate sold by the likes of Hershey’s and Cadbury.

There are a lot of raw chocolate bars available, my favorite is LuLu’s

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Vitamin C Serum- DIY

Vitamin C Serum

DIY Vitamin CPhoto by Christin Hume on Unsplash

Make every 10 days

1 Tablespoon Aloe gel – organic gel from the health food store

! Teaspoon rose water/Witch hazel toner/ green tea extract- I make this myself.

1 teaspoon Vitamin C (I use Resurrection Beauty L-Ascorbic acid Fine Granular Powder (available on Amazon)

¼ dropper lactic acid (L. D. Carlson Lactic acid 88% (available on Amazon)

½ teaspoon ferulic acid powder – Nature and Nurture’s Ferulic Acid Powder (available on Amazon)

1/3 teaspoon papaya powder- optional

1. Slightly warm toner, not above 115 degrees and dissolve powders.

2. Add other ingredients and shake vigorously. Keep in dark bottle in the fridge and apply after washing your face, before moisturizer.


Bacon BBQ Chicken Bombs

Bacon BBQ Chicken Bombs

A delightful bite sized chicken wrapped around (dairy free) Cream Cheese with Jalapenos wrapped in bacon and baked dipped in BBQ Sauce (very mild as I use only a small amount of jalapeno). Baked until the chicken is done and the bacon is crispy, then coated in BBQ sauce and baked a little bit more.

Serves 5

10 boneless skinless chicken fillets
5 jalapenos, de-seeded, sliced in half lengthwise
4 ounces soy cream cheese, softened
salt and pepper to taste
20 slices bacon
1 cup barbecue sauce

1) Wash jalapenos, cut stem off, slice lengthwise, remove seeds and clean out center. Rinse jalapenos a second time.

2) In a mixing bowl, mix cream cheese until well blended. Fill each jalapeno half with about 1 Tbs or little more of cheese mixture.

3) Place filled jalapeno half, cheese side down on chicken fillets and roll chicken around jalapeno. It doesn’t always close the way you think it should. No worries! The bacon will pull it all together.

4) Wrap 2 pieces of bacon (one at a time) tightly around the rolled chicken, start at one end, wrap half the fillet and finish the 2nd half with the other piece of bacon, and tuck bacon into itself to seal ends closed. You do not need toothpicks, because it all comes together in the cooking process.

5) Preheat oven to 400 degree and place chicken bombs on a foil lined baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes, turning once to help cook the bacon. Reduce heat to 375 degree, line another baking sheet or pan, and place chicken bombs in
a new one.

6) Brush each chicken bomb with barbecue sauce, then use a spatula to flip them over to the other side, and brush the tops with more sauce and return to the oven for 5-6 minutes.

7) Remove from oven, brush on more sauce, and place under broil setting for a few
minutes so bacon can crisp completely, and the chicken is totally cooked through. 
Remove from the oven and let sit for at least 10 minutes before serving.


Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

1 ¼ cups Bisquick Gluten Free mix or Bob’s Redmill Baking Mix

½ cup packed light brown sugar

¾ cup fat-free (skim) milk

½ cup butter, melted

½ teaspoon lemon extract

1 Tablespoon lemon zest

2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla

2 eggs

¼ cup diced fresh or frozen blueberries

1 teaspoon Bisquick Gluten Free mix

10 fresh strawberry slices

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 10 regular-size muffin cups.

2. In medium bowl, stir 1 1/4 cups Bisquick mix and the brown sugar with whisk. Mix blueberries with dried ingredients (this keeps them, from sinking in the dough as they bake). In small bowl, stir milk, butter, vanilla and egg with whisk until well blended. Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.

3. Bake 25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from pan to cooling rack. Serve warm.