Healthy snacks on the go!

Paleo Friendly Snacks on the go! 

As a mom everything in my life is ON THE GO! Seriously I can't remember the last time I wasn't busy. Whether its running errands, dropping kids off at school, taking meals to friends who aren't well I am always busy. I'm a mom of three little ones under 5 so i typically only snack. I eat 8 small meals a day ranging 200-250 calories. This may or may not work for you but sitting down to eat really doesn't work for me. Everyone must find the balance that works in their lives.  I usually keep a few of these in purse at all times. As a breastfeeding mom I am HUNGRY so being able to grab and go makes things easier for me. In the picture above are listed below:

  • Natural Delights Coconut Dates
  • Suja organic juice
  • Almonds
  • Garden of Life Raw Protein shakes single packets 
  • Apples and packs of Justin's brand almond butter
  • Quest Bar - not paleo friendly but it has low if not 0 sugars

I also love that isn't listed is:

  • Ziplock baggies of mixed berries
  • Energy balls
  • Lara Bars
  • Boiled eggs (usually eat them while still cold)
  • Fruit leathers (without added sugar of course)
  • Dried fruit (DIY is always better)
  • Veggies 
  • Dark Cacao Bars
  • Sweet potatoes chips

Eating paleo really is beneficial for your body. No matter how much I love eating foods that aren't paleo (mostly refined sugar) I always find myself going back to eating in my primal ways because it just makes me feel better. ALSO! There is an awesome documentary called We Love Paleo.  

Its a must see! About a month ago both my husband and I watched it and although I had already been living a paleo lifestyle my husband who lives a healthy lifestyle ate a bit differently, decided to go paleo! He turned 30 in February and just noticed his body was not like it use to be in his early twenties. He then went on to be seen by a doctor and the doctor herself recommend getting on the paleo diet. It was like the heavens opened up. He's now eating better and feeling better! Can't wait to see his results in the coming months. Be sure to watch the trailer and let me know what you think!  

 

 

 

 

Guilt-Free Paleo Blackberry and Lemon Zest Cheesecake

• Paleo Blackberry & Lemon Zest Cheesecake •

I bet looking at these ingredients there is no way in this world that you could make Cheesecake. Cashews, almonds, dates, coconut milk and oil, lemon and honey. Quite the combination of ingredients if I do say so myself. Little do you know that YES! Yes you can make  cheesecake. A Paleo cheesecake that is. The most delicious guilt-free smooth Cheesecake that you might ever taste! Not a single processed ingredient. Only the best! 

Paleo Cheesecake

My sweet husband loves cheesecake. It is one his favorites. With Fathers Day I knew that I needed to make something special but I couldn't decide on what it was that could make this Fathers Day a hit. I thought about how any time I had made an actual cheesecake never once did it turn out. I need something new, something that would  make our tastebuds dance but at the same time something healthy that wouldn't leave me regretting that second slice because lets get real people! Who only eats one slice of cheesecake!? 

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I scoured through online archives of something that could surpass my expectations of taste and quality ingredients but also had to look amazing! I found a few things here and there but nothing that sparked my interest. I took a chance and threw together ingredients that I hoped would taste not only great but would also mimic a real Cheesecake.

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The crust though... I am a sucker for a good crust so when I thought about the combination of almonds, date and coconut oil for a crust I was already practically drooling! I have to admit I totally snuck a taste. OMGOODNESS! Heavenly!!! If you've ever had Natural Delight Dates their coconut flavor rocks my world and this comes pretty darn close! 

I probably caught my almost 5 year old licking the rubber spatula several times because the cashew cheesecake is seriously that delicious! I love that there isn't any eggs in it because lets be honest... Who doesn't like to lick the batter of any kind of cake?! I totally hope you didn't just raise your hand ;) 

Lets talk blackberries! I could have eaten this plain. Dead serious! It took some serious willpower to drizzle this over the top of the cashew cheesecake but I would be lying if I said that I didnt leave leftovers so I could eat straight from the jar! I can't help it! I love blackberries!   Especially Lemon! The combination of blackberries, lemon and honey made want a blackberry lemonade. So amazing! 

And well it just so ends up that not only did we mimic a real Cheesecake. I feel like this recipe mastered Paleo Cheesecakes altogether. In fact I won't ever need to look for another recipe again. This became my Go To Paleo Cheesecake! Now if you dont like Blackberries or Lemon Zest the ingredients are interchangeable which is one of my favorite things about Cheesecake. It goes so well with a mass variety amounts of toppings! 

I hope you love it as much as we did if so there won't be any left over! Which is why next time I am doubling up and making T W O.  My family to yours!


Paleo blackberry lemon zest cheesecake

Crust: 
1 cup pitted dates
1/2 almonds
1 tbs coconut oil
Parchment paper
Springform pan
• Line pan with parchment paper  
• Place pitted dates and almonds In food processor and pulse till you have a sticky mixture. 
• In a small bowl fold in coconut oil
• Take parchment paper and press crust into pan then refrigerate. 

Filling:
2 1/4 cup cashews soaked over night
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2 cup organic coconut oil (room temp)
Juice of 1 lemon( keep lemon to zest) 
1 cup blackberries
3 Tbs raw honey (maple syrup or agave nectar will do.)
 

• Soak cashews overnight (or you can do my quick soak if needed sooner)
 

• Place soaked cashews, coconut milk, coconut oil, lemon juice, 2 TBS honey in food processor and pulse till smooth. 
 

• Poor mixture into springform pan over crust then refrigerate. (8 hours or overnight)
 

• Place blackberries and 1 TBS honey in food processor pulse till you have purée. 
 

• Pour blackberry and honey mixture over the cashew cheesecake when you have a 2-3 hours left of the 8 hours of refrigeration total. 
 

• Zest your lemon and sprinkle over blackberry mixture. 
 

• Serve and enjoy!