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Pumpkin Pie Fat Balls

Pumpkin Pie Fat Balls

If you are a fan of anything with pumpkin or pumpkin spiced then you’ll truly fall in love with this recipe! These Pumpkin Pie Fat Balls get their name because they are full of healthy fats, like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, from nuts, seeds, and coconut and because they taste just like pumpkin pie! Well, almost.

Golden Milk Vegan & Paleo Banana Bread

Golden Milk Vegan & Paleo Banana Bread

Not only is this Golden Milk Vegan & Paleo Banana Bread bread vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and not to mention guilt-free, but it’s also got an added twist. By using golden milk in this recipe you are able to reek all the benefits of turmeric including its amazing anti-inflammatory properties! Original recipe adapted from Sweet Simple Vegan’s banana bread with some substitutions and additions.

Food for Thought: My Pinnertest Food Intolerance Results

Food for Thought: My Pinnertest Food Intolerance Results

Food intolerances. What are they? Not to be confused with food allergies, food intolerances are digestive issues that occur after eating or difficulty digesting certain foods. Unlike allergies, food intolerance symptoms take longer to become apparent.

If you’ve experienced…

  • bloating
  • feelings of heaviness
  • fatigue
  • migraine and headaches
  • gas
  • congestion
  • brain fog
  • achey joints
  • acid reflux
  • food cravings
  • stomach aches
  • weight gain

…after eating certain foods, you might be intolerant without even realizing it!

A very common cause of food intolerance might be a digestive enzyme deficiency. Nearly all foods we eat require a particular enzyme for proper digestion. For example, those that are lactose intolerant lack the lactase enzyme needed to break down milk/dairy sugar, lactose. If some of these digestive enzymes are missing, or insufficient, proper digestion may be undermined.

Additionally, it turns out you can also develop intolerances to certain foods if you consume them too much or too often! An example might be if you have avocados in every meal or eggs for breakfast every day. Just remember, everything in moderation and change up your meals every now and then. I know for me, that was hard at first, since I am a creature of habit.

With these points in mind and from what I have researched, I had a feeling I had intolerances to some foods because I’ve experienced at least few of the listed symptoms. However, when I tried to make an appointment with a regular doctor to try and figure out what foods were causing the sensitivities, the earliest appointment I could get was in five months.

Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Plus, who’s a fan of getting pricked by a needle numerous times?

My Pinnertest Food Intolerance Test Results

My Pinnertest resultsThat’s when I discovered Pinnertest, “The Next Generation Food Intolerance Test”. I’ve been wanting to try Pinnertest for quite awhile now, so when they sent me one of their kits I was overjoyed! Who knew someone could be so excited about a food intolerance test?

The kit comes in a little box with two prickers, a blood collection pad, instructions, the Pinnertest form, and even a little bandaid and alcohol wipe to sterilize your finger. All that’s required from you — the patient — is a couple drops of blood (I was too much of a chicken to prick my finger myself so I asked my dad to do it for me).

So once the worst part (all the blood collecting) was over, all I had to do was send my blood sample and the completed form in the little envelope that was provided. Then about two weeks later, they emailed me the “results”.

The results are broken up into two categories…

Anything in the RED column means that you have an intolerance to particular foods which should be avoided and try to eliminate from your diet.

Anything in the GREEN column means that you do not have an intolerance to particular foods and can be eaten without restriction unless you know from experience that those foods do not work for you.

In addition, there are also three different reaction levels to your intolerances…

+1… LOW REACTION
+2… MODERATE REACTION
+3… HIGH REACTION

So, without further ado, MY PINNERTEST RESULTS…

*drumroll*

+3 egg yolks
+2 coffee
+2 cane sugar
+2 yeast

I have to admit that some of the results were shocking.

I always had a feeling that I might be intolerant to eggs because I would eat them every day for breakfast and feel really heavy, full, and bloated after eating. I just assumed it was just because of their protein and healthy fat content.

Little did I know that I was EXTREMELY intolerant to EGG YOLKS! Interesting that it was just the yolks, and nice that I am still able to eat egg whites.

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve cut egg yolks from my diet and I already feel much better. From now on, I just eat egg whites for breakfast every other day for balance and am more careful reading ingredients of all my favorite baked paleo treats and snacks! (One step closer to becoming vegan someday.)

Pricked finger, coffee beans, cane sugar, PinnertestNow COFFEE really surprised me. It’s funny because I actually don’t drink coffee because I’ve never been a fan of the taste. I’ve always been and probably will be a TEA person, specifically green and herbal teas.

CANE SUGAR, on the other hand, I generally stay away from it due to it being high-glycemic and will spike your blood sugar (resulting in a “sugar high”), so this result was not too much of an issue. But, be warned: cane sugar can be hidden in vegan yogurts, ice cream, baked goods, and even salad dressings.

Let the incessant label, ingredient, and nutrition fact reading begin.

Ok so far so good, except for the egg yolks.

However, what really shocked me was to find out that I am very intolerant to YEAST and not gluten or dairy! I know crazy, right? But, being my curious self, I already starting researching about yeast intolerances and it turns out that that in fact the LACTOSE in dairy products feed the bad yeast bacteria in your gut. Gluten is kind of self-explanatory since gluten and yeast kind of go together (i.e. bread, pastries, pasta, etc.).

This was a complete eye-opener and would explain whenever I used to eat both dairy and gluten I would feel terrible, had some skin issues, and lots of digestive problems! So even though dairy and gluten did not show up as a reaction I will probably continue to stay dairy, gluten, and grain-free because that’s what I’ve noticed what works for my body and makes me feel my best.

Yeast on the other hand loves, feeds, and grows on SUGAR, FLOUR, DAIRY, and FERMENTED foods. Plus, from what I’ve noticed from my researching, it turns out many people who thought that they were gluten intolerant are actually yeast intolerant!

Below are some common yeast containing foods…

  • most breads, processed foods, and baked goods
  • yeast extracts/baker’s yeast
  • refined grains
  • malted products
  • cane sugar (Oh my gosh!)
  • coffee (OH MY GOSH x2)
  • fermented foods and drinks like soy, miso, kombucha, beer, and wine (not into drinking alcohol anyways)
  • all sauces, vinegars, and vinegar containing foods like ketchup, mustard, tamari, relishes, pickles, pickles vegetables, olives, sauerkraut, mayonnaise, marmite, and most salad dressings* (bye bye daily ACV shots)
  • dried fruit/certain fresh fruits higher in sugar or susceptible to mold (i.e. figs, dates, grapes, prunes, raisins, etc.)
  • processed fruit juices
  • dairy products
  • cheeses (especially blue cheese)
  • nuts like peanuts and pistachios
  • any mushroom or fungus

The list goes on…

Sigh, now I must be even MORE careful reading labels, pay attention to expiration dates, and make sure I wash my fruits and vegetables very carefully to check for mold that may be hiding on the surface.

I must admit some of the new eliminations to my diet might be very VERY difficult. But, if I really want certain food items listed above, I will not deprive myself of it! I just have to know I can’t have it all the time. And that’s alright. Everything in moderation!

Pinnertest, coffee beans, cane sugar, doing the test

If you’re interested in purchasing a Pinnertest Food Intolerance Test, make sure to use my promo code “TIPPYTOEGIRL” for $60 off and free international shipping! You will NOT regret taking this test; it’s definitely money well spent.

For more information about Pinnertest and food intolerance tips visit Pinnertest’s website.

P.S. If you think you might have an intolerance to yeast make sure to check out Pinnertest’s page specifically dedicated to yeast intolerances.

*Freshly squeezed lemon juice may be used as a substitute for vinegar in salad dressings prepared with avocado/olive oil or tahini. I will probably still have salad dressings containing vinegar but just not all the time.

Disclosure: I have a material connection because I received a gift or sample of a product for consideration in preparing to write this content. All opinions within this article are my own and are typically not subject to the editorial review from any 3rd party

Coconut Fig Green Tea Smoothie

Coconut Fig Green Tea Smoothie

Ah, fig season! One of my favorite times of the year! Figs are very high in fiber and a good source of several essential minerals, including magnesium, manganese, calcium (promotes bone density), copper, and potassium (helps lower blood pressure), as well as vitamins K and […]

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Purple Power Smoothie

Purple Power Smoothie

When your morning smoothie is your favorite color, you know it’s going to be a good day. Smoothies are one of my favorite ways to start the morning and “break the fast.” Because you are loading up on a ton of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals right from the get-go, your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to digest since it’s already blended together! It’s got plant-based protein, resistant starch, healthy fats, some complex carbs, is low in sugar, anti-inflammatory properties, and much more!

With that said, I always make sure to add healthy fats to my smoothies to slow the absorption of fructose or fruit sugar, boost energy, curb appetite/prevent overeating, and to absorb the most nutrients. Some examples of healthy fats I like to add are a tablespoon of nut butter, 1/4 avocado, or Trader Joe’s frozen coconut chunks. The best fats to consume are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which help lower cholesterol levels.

Purple Power SmoothieFurthermore (in case you’ve been wondering), what the heck is ashwaganda? And what does adding a cordyceps packet do? They are simply superfood mushroom/herb powders called ADAPTOGENS. Adaptogens are a unique group of herbal ingredients used to improve the health of your adrenal system, the system that’s in charge of managing your body’s hormonal response to stress. Adaptogens got their name due to their unique ability to “adapt” their function according to your body’s specific needs. Some of my favorite adaptogens are Ashwaganda, Cordyceps, Rhodiola, Reishi, and Chaga. For more information on Adaptogens go to Foursigmatic’s and Sun Potion’s websites; my two go-to brands.

I also use tiger nut/pea protein powder from Organic Gemini in a lot of my recipes. Why? Well, tiger nuts despite the name, are NOT part of the nut family and are a root vegetable — “tuber”. They are packed with antioxidants, a plant-based protein, and assist your digestive tract by acting as a “resistant starch” prebiotic. Prebiotics are used as energy sources or “fuel” for the good gut bacteria that keep your entire digestive system running smoothly. Other examples of foods with resistant starch are green bananas and yams. Pea protein also is a great way to add plant-based protein to smoothies, baked goods, yogurt, and much more!

Also, I like to add bee pollen on top of smoothies and vegan yogurt because they’re like nature’s little powerhouses. Bee pollen is the food of the young bee and it is approximately 40% protein. It has nearly all nutrients, vitamins, minerals, proteins, lipids and fatty acids, enzymes, carotenoids and bioflavonoids required by humans — making it an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agent that strengthens the capillaries, reduces inflammation, and lowers cholesterol levels naturally. Bee pollen is also fantastic for your immune system and allergies!

However, I just wanted to point out that I’ve built up my immune system to be able to have this much bee pollen, so do NOT have this much for a first time try! Start with a few bee pollen pieces and work your way up, little by little.

As said by Michael Pollan, author of the book Food Rules, “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

Purple Power Smoothie
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 mins
 

Smoothies are one of my favorite ways to start my morning and "break the fast" because you are loading up on a ton of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals right from the get go. Plus, your digestive system doesn't have to work as hard to digest your food since it's blended together! This purple power smoothie has got plant-based protein, resistant starch, healthy fats, some complex carbs, low in sugar, anti-inflammatory properties, and much more!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Healthfood
Servings: 1 person
Author: Natasha Sheehan
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries
  • handful of frozen spinach
  • 1 TBS Organic Gemini's Tigernut/Pea Protein Powder
  • 1 Foursigmatic Cordyceps Packet
  • 2 Blue Majik capsules
  • 1 TBS Artisana Organics Raw Walnut Butter
  • Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice
  • 1/2 cup New Barn Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender.
  2. Blend for about a minute, depending on how you like your smoothie consistency.
  3. Pour into a mason or weck jar or a glass.
  4. Serve & ENJOY!
Oodles of (Veggie) Noodles

Oodles of (Veggie) Noodles

When it’s hot out and you’re too lazy to cut up your vegetables, this salad with oodles of (veggie) noodles is just for you. Full of all the colorful veggies, healthy fats, fiber, and fresh herbs.

Paleo Banana Zucchini Bread

Paleo Banana Zucchini Bread

This recipe for paleo banana zucchini bread is flour, grain, dairy-free, sweetened only with bananas and there is a whole zucchini in it too.

Homemade Sprouted Almond Milk

Homemade Sprouted Almond Milk

Starting last year, I decided to cut dairy fully out of my diet and I’ve never felt better! My skin cleared up, my digestive system was happier, I was less bloated, and I discovered that, in my opinion, dairy-free substitutes for milk, yogurt, and even ice cream are so much more delicious! However, this lifestyle may work for me but may not work for you. Just listen to your body!

Making the Homemade Sprouted Almond MilkWith that said, I don’t think I will be able to use store-bought almond milk ever again because homemade is simply too delicious, versatile, and amazing. Plus, it’s super easy to make, thanks to a little help from my Ellie’s Best nut milk bag! (Use my code: tippytoegirl for 10% discount off your purchase.) If you don’t have a nut milk bag you, I believe a cheesecloth works as well.

Also, for the almond milk recipe, I used sprouted almonds for the milk. Why sprouted? Sprouted almonds are easier on the digestive system compared to regular nuts because the soaking process releases their enzyme inhibitors. Without these inhibitors, our body’s own enzymes are more effective at helping us absorb the nut’s nutrients. A total win-win situation!

And yes. I’m that person that puts almond milk in a cow’s milk jar just for aesthetic purposes.

So, without further a moo… here’s the recipe!

Homemade Sprouted Almond Milk
Prep Time
12 hrs
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
12 hrs 30 mins
 
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Healthfood
Servings: 1 pint
Author: Natasha Sheehan
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sprouted almonds
  • 3 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 1 1/2 tsp coconut sugar optional
  • 3 tsp Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pie spice cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom
  • A couple splashes of vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Soak the almonds in water overnight in the fridge. The longer the almonds soak, the creamier the almond milk.
  2. Drain and rinse the almonds from their soaking water under cool running water. At this point the almonds should feel a little squishy if you pinch them.
  3. Peel the skins off of the almonds. This step is optional but peeling the skins of the almonds makes the almond milk easier to digest.
  4. Blend your soaked nuts, spices, and sweetener in a high-speed blender with the filtered water. (Remember: More water, thinner milk and less water, thicker milk)
  5. Pour into the nut milk bag.
  6. Twist & squeeze out the almond milk from the pulp.
  7. Refrigerate and store the almond milk in the fridge up to 3 days. If separation occurs, simply shake, shake, SHAKE!

 

Disclosure Text: I have a material connection because I received a gift or sample of a product for consideration in preparing to write this content. All opinions within this article are my own and are typically not subject to the editorial review from any 3rd party.

Rainbow Superfood Energy Balls

Rainbow Superfood Energy Balls

Recipe for Rainbow Superfood Energy Balls which are gluten-free & paleo, low-sugar and full of plant-based protein and healthy fats.


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Golden Milk Vegan & Paleo Banana Bread

Golden Milk Vegan & Paleo Banana Bread

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Food for Thought: My Pinnertest Food Intolerance Results

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Coconut Fig Green Tea Smoothie

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