10 To Die For Keto Christmas Cookies!

Keto does not have to be boring! In fact, there’s more keto recipes on Pinterest for Christmas cookies daily! Just because you’re living this low carb life, does not mean you have to sacrifice Christmas Cookies! 

Here is 10 To Die for Cookie recipes that are a must have this Christmas!! 

Keto Peanut Butter Blossoms

keto pb blossom

Ingredients

3/4 Cups Swerve 

½ Cups Sukrin gold Brown Sugar 

1 Cup Peanut Butter

1/2 Cup Butter

2 Eggs, Room temperature

2 cups Almond Flour

1/4 tsp Xanthan Gum

¼ tsp Cream of Tartar

1 ½  tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Salt

Sugar Free Chocolate Chips or your Favorite Dark Chocolate Bar Chopped

 Directions

Cream together butter, peanut butter, Swerve, and Sukrin brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs one at a time until combined.

In a separate bowl, sift together almond flour, xanthan gum, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Mix into the butter mixture until combined. Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour or up to 48 hours.

Pre-heat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon baking mat. Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough (my balls were each 18g) onto prepared baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Place 6 chocolate chips in a mound on each cookie immediately after removing cookies from the oven( or a piece of chopped chocolate). Cool 5 minutes on the baking sheet until moving to a cooling rack. 

KEto Sugar Cookies

Keto Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup super fine almond flour

3 tablespoons granulated stevia/erythritol blend

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 pinch sea salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

1/4 cup butter cut into several chunks

Instructions

Place almond flour, stevia/erythritol blend, baking soda, and sea salt in a food processor. Pulse a few times to blend.

Add vanilla and almond extracts and butter to the mixture. Pulse several times until the mixture sticks together and forms a dough.

For making circle shaped cookies:

Turn dough out onto a piece of parchment. Shape dough into a log shape, about 8 inches long by about 2 inches in diameter. Place dough in an air-tight container or wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 3-4 hourSpray a baking sheet with coconut oil. Place dough on a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut the dough crosswise to form 16 equal sized cookies. Place cookies on the prepared cookie sheet, making sure there is at least an inch between them. Continue with baking instructions below.

Baking instructions:

 

Preheat oven to 375º Fahrenheit.  Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown and tops are golden. Allow cookies to cool on the tray for 2-3 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack using a spatula and allow to cool completely. Decorate if desired

 

Keto Spiced Walnut Cookies

INGREDIENTS

 

1 cup walnuts

1/4 cup Coconut flour

8 tbsp Butter

1/2 cup erythritol

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp vanilla extract 

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 325 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Put the walnuts in a food processor and pulse until ground. Add the coconut flour, erythritol, nutmeg and vanilla extract and process until fully combined.

Cut the butter up into small chunks and add it to the processor. Pulse until you achieve a soft dough.

Using a cookie scooper, scoop out 16 balls onto the parchment paper and flatten them with your hands.

Bake for 13 minutes. Once you have removed them from the oven sprinkle with additional nutmeg if desired and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes or they will fall apart. Enjoy!

 

Keto Snowball Cookies

Keto Snowball cookies

INGREDIENTS

1 cup walnuts

1/2 cup Coconut flour (+ 1-2 tbsp for end)

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 large Egg

1/2 cup swerve confectioner

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

50 drops Liquid Stevia 

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat your oven to 300 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the melted butter, egg, stevia and vanilla extract in a large bowl and set aside.

Add the walnuts to a processor and pulse until ground. Pour walnut flour into a medium bowl and add the coconut flour and 1/4 cup of the swerve. Combine.

In two parts add the dry mixture to the wet and whisk to combine.

At this point the dough should be soft, but firm enough to form into balls by hand without it sticking to your palms. If it is not the right consistency add 1-2 tbsp of additional coconut flour and combine.

Make 15 equal sized balls and line the parchment paper. They will not spread in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes, and then roll the (still warm) balls in the remaining 1/4 cup swerve. Place them back on the parchment paper and allow to full cool, another 20-30 minutes, until eating!

 

No Bake Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies

No bake

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup Peanut Butter (crunchy)

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup PB Powder

10 drops Liquid Stevia

1/4 tsp Pink Salt

 INSTRUCTIONS

 

Combine all the ingredients above in a bowl and combine with a spoon.

Place the bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Once the mixture has slightly hardened, use a cookie scooper or a spoon to scoop out 7 equally sized cookies.

Store in the fridge for up to 1 month or freeze for up to 3 months. Enjoy!

 

Chewy Chocolate Chip

Chocolate chip cookie

Ingredients

1/2 cup Butter, softened

1 large Egg

1/2 cup Truly Zero Erythritol 

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

2 tbsp. Sugar Free Maple Syrup

3/4 cup Almond Flour

1/4 cup Coconut Flour

1 tsp. Baking Powder

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 cup Sugar Free Chocolate Chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350.

Cream together the butter, egg, erythritol, SF maple syrup, and vanilla with an electric mixer.

Add in almond flour, coconut flour, and baking powder, mix with spoon.

Fold in chocolate chips.

Drop cookies onto baking sheet – use parchment paper or grease sheet.

Bake cookies for 15-18 minutes.

Allow cookies to cool for at least 30 minutes before removing.

They will be soft to start and need the time to continue to bake on the pan and air dry.

 

Pecan Pie Biscotti

Ingredients

 

Biscotti

1 cup chopped pecans, divided

1 1/4 cup almond flour

1/4 cup Swerve, Granular

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 large egg

2 tsp molasses

1/2 tsp vanilla extrac

Glaze

1 tbsp butter

1 tsp molasses (for color and flavor)

3 tbsp Swerve, Confectioners

1 tbsp whipping cream

¼ tsp vanilla or caramel extract

2 tbsp finely chopped pecans

Instructions

 

Biscotti

Preheat oven to 325F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner.

In a food processor, grind ¾ cup of the pecans until they resemble coarse crumbs. Transfer to a large bowl and add the almond flour, Swerve, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the remaining chopped pecans. Add the butter, egg, molasses and vanilla extract until the dough comes together.

Turn dough out onto prepared baking sheet and form into a long, low log about 4 by 10 inches. Bake 22 to 25 minutes, until golden brown and just firm to the touch. Remove and let cool at least 20 minutes.

Using a sharp, straight-edge knife, slice into 14 even slices (a straight up and down motion works best, rather than sawing back and forth).

Space the slices a few inches apart and bake another 10 minutes or so, then turn off the oven and let the biscotti sit inside until cool. They will continue to crisp up as they cool.

Glaze

In a small microwaveable safe bowl, melt the butter with the molasses. Stir in the confectioner’s Swerve until well combined, then stir in the whipping cream and the extract until smooth.

Drizzle over cooled biscotti and sprinkle with finely chopped pecans. Refrigerate until set.

Makes 14 biscotti.

Cinnamon Butter Cookies

Ingredients

2 cups Bob’s Almond Meal/Flour

1/2 cup salted butter (softened at room temp)

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp Liquid Stevia OR 1/8 tsp Stevia Powder OR 1/2 cup Stevia in the Raw

Instructions

Preheat oven to 300

Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix until well combined.

Roll into 15 balls and place on a greased cookie sheet.

Place in the oven and bake for 5 minutes.

Remove and press dough down with a fork.

Return to oven and cook for 18-20 minutes.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Keto 7 Layer Cookies (Magic Bars)

magic

Ingredients

Crust:

1/4 cup almond flour

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/4 cup ground golden flax

1/4 cup melted butter

Sweetened Condensed Milk:

1/4 cup heavy cream

2 tbsp butter

1/2 cup Trim Healthy Mama Gentle Sweet or my sweetener

1 egg yolk

Toppings:

1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut

1/2 cup sugar free chocolate chips or chopped 85% dark chocolate

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or other nut of choice)

Instructions

Combine crust ingredients and press into the bottom of a 8×8 baking dish. Bake at 350 for 12 min. or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, you need to make my sugar free condensed milk. Bring the heavy cream, 2 tablespoons butter, and sweetener to a gentle boil and cook stirring frequently until it is light golden brown and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Remove from the heat. Either cool until room temperature before stirring in the egg yolk OR, if you are impatient like me, very slowly pour the liquid over the egg yolk while whisking like crazy. (No one wants scrambled yolk in their magic cookie bars). 

Now it is time to assemble. Sprinkle coconut, chocolate chips, and walnuts onto the crust. Drizzle condensed milk over the top. Bake at 350 for 20-25 min. until set and golden brown. Cool completely and chill in the fridge before serving or the crust can crumble.

5 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Cookie

Ingredients

 

3 cups powdered sugar

2/3 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder, (can substitute regular unsweetened baking cocoa too)

1/2 tsp. salt

3 large egg whites

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and SPRAY with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together powder sugar, salt, and cocoa powder. Stir in egg whites and vanilla extract until the batter is completely moistened. It will be very thick, similar to brownie batter. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Spoon the batter on the sprayed parchment lined sheets, about 1 tablespoon per scoop (Using a small cookie scoop makes this very easy!) You will end up with about 12 mounds per sheet. Let the cookie sheets rest for 30 minutes before baking*, meanwhile preheating oven to 350ºF. Bake for 10-12 minutes until tops are glossy and lightly cracked. The edges will be set and the middle slightly undercooked.

Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before gently transferring them to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

 

Keto Diet Supplements For Weight Loss

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So many times I have people ask “Do you need supplements on the Keto Diet?”

Here at Bee-Xtreme, we strive for Healthy Ketosis™. Meaning you should be aiming to get all your vitamins and minerals from the foods that you eat, not focusing so much on “getting that fat” intake in, having some sweet treats once in awhile, and taking care of our bodies the way it’s supposed to be cared for.

Xtreme Electrolytes

Let me just say… Electrolytes are NOT optional with low carb diets. As most of you know, since you’re depleting your body of carbs, not much water weight is held in the body. Will the release of this water comes vital minerals and vitamins that you need. Also..

When your body is insulin resistant (if you have a “beer belly”, love handles, back fat, did you know you’re most likely Insulin resistant? Did you know that means “pre-diabetes?”) but, when your body is resistant to insulin, that means that insulin isn’t able to carry vital vitamins and nutrients into the cell like potassium and magnesium.

Supplementing with an electrolyte supplement is crucial in my opinion. If your lacking potassium you can experience all kinds of symptoms from heart palpitations, shortness of breath, chest tightness, to something as simple of carb cravings that you can’t kick! That could be a potassium deficiency!

Also leg cramps at night, trouble sleeping, etc could possibly mean a magnesium deficiency along with cravings for chocolate.

Xtreme Ketosis Exogenous Ketones

2. If you’re having trouble staying on track or eating more carbs than you know you should be eating, Xtreme Ketosis exogenous ketones to the rescue. These are nice to have on hand just in case and will help you avoid keto flu symptoms. 
Fun Fact: Alzheimer’s disease is cause by brain cells dying off because they can no longer use sugar as a fuel source. This can be detected as early as age 30. Give your brain cells something to run off of if they aren’t able to use glucose anymore, KETONES! Even if you’re not following a keto way of eating, feed your brain and help prevent memory loss, dementia later in life. I drink one a day for this reason alone!

B-Lean Xtreme Digestive Enzymes

3. B-lean Xtreme is a great digestive enzyme/prebiotic/probiotic mix with a little added fat burning. If your body is having a hard time breaking down your new high fat diet, this supplement is for you!


Xtreme Collagen Protein for Keto

4. Collagen! Let me go back to Insulin resistance for a minute. When your body is insulin resistant, your cells do not take in protein and amino acids properly. This is why a lot of diabetics will have muscle loss, muscle weakness, neuropathy in their feet, swelling and edema in the legs, and loss of collagen. Collagen is the main structural protein in our bodies. … Collagen is found in the bones, skin, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, and the digestive organs. In the skin, collagen provides elasticity and replaces dead skin cells. In the tendons, collagen acts like glue by holding everything together. Supplementing with a collagen protein is a no-brainer.

To learn more please visit the Bee-Xtreme Community and search out “products” live videos. We do teaching each week on this basic information! Get in the know!!

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Insulin Resistance. What is it & Why should I care?

Insulin Resistance

I’m sure we’ve all heard of the hormone insulin. But, what is insulin resistance and why should you even care what it is? Approximately 80% of US Americans are insulin resistant in the world today. This is a scary statistic, especially because inusulin resistance is PRE-DIABETIC and no one even really knows that this is happening inside of their bodies. 

What is Insulin's Role in the Body?

Insulin's role in the body

Before we dig in to the nitty gritty, let’s talk about insulin and it’s role inside the human body. Insulin is a hormone produced by the beta-cells located in the pancreas. The pancreas, which is located under the stomach also produces enzymes that aid in our digestion. 

Insulin has many functions. One of the many functions involves regulating the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. The digestive system breaks down carbohydrates, such as sugars and starches, into a molecule called glucose. Glucose can be used by the cells to produce energy. Insulin allows the cells in the body to absorb glucose or sugar ultimately lowering the sugar that is present in the blood stream. 

Insulin is your body’s defense mechanism against sugar in the body because sugar is TOXIC to the body. After a meal is consumed, blood glucose levels increase and the pancreas responds by releasing insulin into the blood. Insulin is like a traffic cop. It will direct fat, glucose, vitamins, minerals and amino acids to the cells that need them. 

Insulin in the body acts as a “feedback loop” within the body. When your cells are thoroughly fed, it will send a signal back to the pancreas to stop releasing insulin. 

Unfortunately for many Americans, and other people throughout the world, levels of glucose and insulin are imbalanced. Insulin resistance is a condition in which the feedback loop throws errors. The body will not respond to normal actions of insulin. Muscle, liver and fat cells have difficulty “hearing” the shut off notice. In order to compensate for this, the body produces much more insulin than it needs. In fact, people who have insulin resistance have approximately 5-7 times more insulin in their body than someone who’s body is functioning correctly. 

As insulin resistance builds up, the beta cells in the pancreas are unable to produce sufficient insulin to regulate blood glucose. As a result, glucose levels can elevate and result in prediabetes, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions. 

Insulin has other jobs as well. For instance, protein will go into the cell with the help of insulin. When the body is resistant to insulin, the cells will not absorb the amount of protein needed because the receptors are “turned off”. That is why you’ll see diabetic patients having loss of collagen, muscle weakness, and joint and disc issues. 

Also potassium can not enter the cell when you are insulin resistant. Without potassium entering the cell, one may have increased fatigue, higher sodium levels (aka inflammation and swelling in the body), increase in heart rate, increase in blood pressure, arrythmias, palpitations, edema and swelling in legs and feet, muscle cramps and even constipation. 

Insulin resistance is very common.  An estimated 24% of US adults are said to be insulin resistant. Many people are unaware they have it until they develop Type 2 Diabetes. 

Signs that you may be insulin resistant.

signs of insulin resistance

How Do I Treat Insulin Resistance?

Given the prevalence of insulin resistance, how can one treat this effectively? The FDA unfortunately hasn’t approved any drugs to specifically treat insulin resistance or pre-diabetes. However, some physicians will prescribe two classes of drugs that are normally used in type 2 diabetes. 

With that being said, is this the best course of action to take? Should you treat high insulin or insulin resistance with MORE INSULIN? No. The best way to treat insulin resistance is to modify one’s lifestyle behaviors. Food choices and exercise are considered to be the most effective methods in restoring the ability of tissues to properly respond to insulin. 

In order to reduce the secretion of insulin in the body, we recommend lowering carbohydrate intake and practice intermittent fasting. 

Provided that the ketogenic diet is an effective method in losing weight and lowering blood glucose, can it be utilized to lower insulin resistance and increase levels of insulin in the body? We say yes. 

keto diet reverses insulin resistance

The majority of human studies on how the keto diet impacts blood sugar control share a similar theme: a low carb, high fat diet has the potential to REVERSE insulin resistance. 

Although there is no “standard” dietary treatment for insulin resistance, we do have promising evidence that supports the effectiveness of four factors. 

1. Calorie restriction. 

Most of the research on type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance supports the use of calorie restriction for improving many metabolic issues that contribute to these conditions. Both the keto diet and low cal diets have been shown to reduce insulin resistance. 

One way to reduce insulin resistance and increase insulin sensitivity is by putting your cells in an “underfed” or energy-deficient state. Although eating fewer calories is the simplest approach to reducing insulin resistance, it’s not easy for many of us to implement successfully. Bee-Xtreme appetite suppressants were designed to help with just that. 


2. Body Fat Reduction

Although calorie restriction directly decrease insulin resistance by reducing the energy load on our cells, it also improves insulin signaling indirectly by reducing body fat. Both visceral and subcutaneous fat play a role in insulin resistance. 

Where does the excess insulin go? Visceral FAT. It’s the type of fat that accumulates in our abdominal region, around our vital organs. This insidious type of fat has been found to act as an endocrine organ, secreting various signaling molecules that can, directly and indirectly, increase insulin resistance. By reducing our visceral fat stores, we can decrease the secretion of these potentially harmful signaling molecules and improve overall metabolic health. This will increase sensitivity. 

3. Carbohydrate restriction

To help diabetics manage their blood sugar levels, doctors will typically prescribe a diet that mostly consists of low glycemic index foods. They will advise against eating foods that cause huge increases in blood sugar levels as a way to help the patient regulate his levels without needing much medication. 

One way of doing this without medications is decreasing carbohydrate consumption in the diet. Since carbs are the only macronutrient that can cause significant fluctuations in blood sugar levels, restricting them will reduce your insulin needs and potentially increase insulin sensitivity. 

4. Ketones

By restricting carbs to the degree that the keto diet recommends, you will stimulate the production of ketones and eventually enter
nutritional ketosis. As a result, you will start burning more ketones as a way to make up for the lack of dietary carbohydrates.

Ketones also play a crucial role as signaling molecules that stimulate specific genetic processes related to metabolic health and longevity. For example, our primary ketone body, beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB), has been found to inhibit some histone deacetylases (HDACs) in a way that may lower glucose and insulin levels, decrease insulin resistance, prevent weight gain, and improve energy efficiency.

Unfortunately, most of the research on the signaling properties of ketones has been done on mice, so it is unclear if ketones will do the same for humans. With that being said, ketones have been found to be an appetite suppressant in humans. This means that they can indirectly improve insulin sensitivity by causing us to eat fewer calories.

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