AMAZING Paleo Cheesecake Bites

AWESOME Paleo Cheesecake Bites

Do you LOVE cheesecake or what?  I know I do, but it is SUCH a splurge.  Well, if you love it as much as I do, you will ADORE these AMAZING PALEO CHEESECAKE BTIES. They are seriously TO-DIE for and are both gluten-free and dairy free.  WHAT??  How is that possible??   And here is a question for ya: who invented the salted caramel combination?  Peas and carrots, peanut butter and jelly, green eggs and ham…those are all great, but give me SALTED CARAMEL anytime, any day and you have a  friend for life.  I know what you are thinking: there is no way these taste ANYTHING like cheesecake.  Ok, I dare you to try them!  Also, I am curious if you like these or the CHOCOLATE bites I posted a couple of months ago (see post HERE) better.  Let me know what you think!  If you love this recipe, please share the recipe with your friends via the social media icons at the end of the post.  xoxo

ENJOY!

Paleo Salted Caramel “Cheesecake” Bites

For the crust

1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup almonds
5 pitted Medjool dates
2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
Pinch of salt

*Lindsey’s TIP: Add in a little maple syrup to sweeten this up a bit*

For the filling

2.5 cups raw cashews (soak overnight or for at LEAST 2 hours if in a hurry)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt (I usually salt it to taste.  It’s better with more salt!)
2 tbsp almond milk

*Lindsey’s TIPS: Homemade almond milk makes these even better!  Also, do NOT substitute the coconut oil with a different oil.  The coconut oil is KEY in making these taste oh so fabulous!  LASTLY, and MOST IMPORTANTLY: do NOT dump the lemon juice in all at once.  Slowly pour this in as you taste the batter.  I honestly probably only use 1 tbsp at the most.  

For the caramel

3/4 cup coconut cream (the cream at the top of a can of coconut milk)
1/4 cup ghee
1 cup palm sugar
3 tbsp honey
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup palm shortening (Whole Foods has this)

Instructions

-Place the cashews in a bowl of water. Cover and soak overnight, rinse, and then drain.
-Place the dates in a bowl of water and soak for 10 minutes. Rinse and set aside.
-To make the crust, line an 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Place the walnuts and almonds into a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add the dates, coconut flakes, and salt and blend until combined (add in the maple syrup here is you choose). Press the mixture into an even layer in the pan. Place in the freezer to chill while the filling is prepared.
-To make the filling, place all of the filling ingredients into a blender or food processor (I use a food processor here…it makes the consistency very creamy) and blend until it reaches a smooth, batter-like consistency. Pour the mixture over the crust in the baking pan. Place back in the freezer for at least one hour to harden.
-Meanwhile, make the caramel. Whisk together the coconut cream, ghee, palm sugar, honey, and salt in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a soft boil, and then reduce the heat to simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens and is a rich golden brown.
-Allow the sauce to cool for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the palm shortening until dissolved. Remove the cheesecake from the freezer and cut into bars. Add a dollop of caramel onto the top of each bar and use a spoon to spread over the top. Sprinkle with sea salt. Serve immediately or store in the freezer.

Servings: 12 bars
Difficulty: Medium-Hard (because of the caramel)
By Rebecca Bohl (http://paleogrubs.com/caramel-cheesecake-bar-recipe)

More Lindsey TIPS:

-For a quicker, easier version, leave off the caramel.  I know, that sounds crazy, but I wanted to give you the option.

-Sprinkle the top of the bites with sea salt.  YUM.

-If you do not add the caramel, add a little bit of honey + sea salt to the finished bite for an even healthier option.

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always-LL


 

BUMPDATE: 21 Weeks

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Hey guys!  I hope everyone had a great week!  And just like that, we are over halfway there.  So, it’s time for a bump update.  This picture was taken this week at 21 weeks, but my last doctor’s appointment was 3 weeks ago.  We had our anatomy scan, and everything looked great!

How far along: 21 weeks + 1 day

Cravings: No cravings really.  I still love grapes and apples…really anything sweet!

Aversions: Nothing new to report.  I have not been in the mood for fish though.

Diet: I am still about 80% Paleo.  I do splurge on dessert once a week and have added in rice & potatoes.

Weight gain: Ugh.  Do I have to tell you?  Ok, fine [insert pouty face].  I have gained about 12 pounds total.

Bump watch: It is large and in charge!  I finally “popped” around week 18-19.  I love my new accessory!

Mood: Mood is ok!  I have been a little bit more up and down compared to weeks 15-19.

How do I feel? I feel pretty good!  My workouts are getting a little tougher, and I have not been sleeping AS well.  But overall,  I cannot complain.

Body changes: WHOA.  I feel like a LOT has changed in 4 weeks.  My belly has obviously popped, and I am definitely gaining weight in places I didn’t even know you could gain weight.  Other…ahem, “assets” continue to grow.  One symptom that I always read about but didn’t think much of: sinus problems.  I wake up pretty much everyday with congestion.  OH!  A question I always get: have your feet grown?  Unfortunately, this one is true!  I have gone up half a size, according to Jimmy, Chloe, and Christian. 😉  Oops, there has been some splurging lately.  In regards to my sleep…I have been having CRAZY dreams.  I am typically a very hard sleeper, so this has been a little tough to get used to.

Workout regimen: Still doing Irontribe (Crossfit for those of you that aren’t familiar with IronTribe) several times a week.  I AIM for 5 workouts per week, but of course, it doesn’t always happen.  I am not going to lie…today was TOUGH.  I felt like my balance was a little off, and running was more difficult with this belly.  But I am still hanging’ with the boys!  I have modified everything on my back.  So, no more sit-ups.  I have also modified my burpees to where I don’t land on my belly.  This modification is actually really tough, because you don’t have as much momentum.  Exercise definitely makes me feel SO much better!  If I am a little tired, there is nothing like a WOD to give me an energy boost.

Girl or Boy Prediction: I have NO CLUE!  Not even the slightest inkling.  I hear GIRL a lot, but I really do not know.  Chinese calendar says girl; my lack of morning sickness says boy.  We will see!

Nursery Updates: Head over to my Pinterest board [the lutz nest] to see my latest inspo.  I am LOVING the neon + pastel combo and am pretty sure this is what we will go with.

DAD: So, how is the Dad-to-be doing?  He is really excited!!!  He loves talking to the baby and making sure I eat enough food.  If I am in town, we work out together, which I LOVE.  He keeps me from overdoing it, and I just feel better with him being there.  Has he gained weight?  Um, no.  It is the opposite…Daddio is in the best shape of his life and looks awesome!  He SWEARS Baby Lutz is a boy.  I feel like we should make a friendly wager on this one.

Baby Stats: weight (at 19 weeks): 9 ounces | measuring: baby Lutz measured right at 18 weeks + 5 days, which is the exact day we had our appointment.  So, he or she is right on track! | heart rate: slowed down to 148 (does this mean boy???) | size (as of today): equivalent to a baby bok choy!  Everything looked great at the appointment.  My next one is in less than 3 weeks!

Well, that’s about it!!  Overall, I have had SUCH a great pregnancy.  My mood has been great [I have actually been more laid back than usual], and I have felt pretty much normal the entire time.  To all the moms out there: what should I expect over the next several weeks?  I feel like so much has changed since my last update, and I would LOVE any info you want to share.  Please leave me a comment if you have any advice!   Stay tuned for the next Lutz Bump update. 🙂

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SPRING IN YOUR STEP

Spring 2015 Shoe Trends Vince Stacked Heel Bootie Spring 2015 Shoe Trends Christian Louboutin Studded Espadrille Spring 2015 Shoe Trends Chloe Gladiator Wedge Sandal Spring 2015 Shoe Trends Rebecca Minkoff Studded Sandal Spring 2015 Shoe Trends Jimmy Choo Pointy Toe Loafer Spring 2015 Shoe Trends Celine Skate Sneaker Fuschia Spring 2015 Shoe Trends Vince Pool Slide Image Map

So, what are the HOTTEST Spring 2015 shoe trends?  As you can see from the image above [click on each shoe to shop], I have listed some of my ABSOLUTE MUST HAVES.  Granted, a lot of these are super expensive, but they do provide us with that swoon-worthy inspiration we are all craving.  And don’t worry, I have provided LOT’s of options with several different price points at the end of the post [40 options!  Go to the very end of the post and scroll all the way through for pictures, prices, and direct links to shop].

So here is my OFFICIAL list (in no particular order):

1) Espadrilles: Normally, I am not a fan.  BUT there are all sorts of edgier options out there.  Valentino has an AMAZING pair if you can splurge.  And the Michael Kors option I have linked is adorbs.

2) Sneakers: Ok, I have been OBSESSED with the sneaker trend for a couple of years now.  But it keeps getting hotter and hotter and hotter.  These Vince, Joie, and Converse lower-priced options are true show-stoppers.

3) Gladiator Sandals: There are NO words necessary for this trend.  I ordered a pair of Stuart Weitzman’s last year that did not fit as well.  This year, the possibilities are endless.  I have linked several options below.

4) Loafers: I LOVE this trend.  Look how cute Sincerely Jules styles her pair with casual ripped jeans and an easy, breezy button down in this POST.

5) The Pool Slide: Can you say comfy?  There are SO many options that will make your old, worn-out Burks majorly jealous of their newer, hipper version of themselves.

6) The Flatform: Ok, I am still not sure how I feel about this one, but it looks super comfy and EASY.  I do LOVE this option by Vince.  Anything metallic, I am down.  Ok, so maybe these aren’t technically flatforms but close enough!

Remember, trends come and go.  So, stay true to yourself, and wear what YOU love.  It’s like I always say, if you want to wear sequins to brunch, then by all means, ROCK those sequins at brunch!!!!

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Bumpdate: 17 Weeks

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Wow, I cannot believe it has been 3 weeks since my last update!  Time is flying by!  As you can see from the pictures above that was me at 14 weeks (can’t believe I am putting my bare belly on the internet) compared to me now at 17 weeks.  So much has changed, but overall I feel awesome.  Now that the Lutz Bump is in action, look for more ways to #stylethebump.  I am not going to lie, maternity fashion is MUCH harder than I expected.  I am trying to stay true to what I love, but these body changes are making it difficult at times.  I will be starting a Lutz Bump inspiration page on Pinterest, so stay tuned.  But, without further adieu…the updates!

How far along: 17 weeks + 4 days

Cravings: Grapes and apples.  Can’t stop, won’t stop!

Aversions: Any aversions I did have really have disappeared, but I still CANNOT stand the smell, sight, or taste of cooked greens.  SO GROSS.

Diet: So, between weeks 6 and 8, I gave into SOME of my cravings.  But, it honestly made me feel worse.  Since then, I have pretty much stuck to Paleo, and I have never felt better!  I am ALWAYS HUNGRY, but that’s not shocking to those of you that know me.  And of course, I indulge in a cheat meal, (or two!) per week.  Obi, dessert included!

Weight gain: 8 lbs on the dot.  I have ordered my first couple pairs of maternity jeans, but I am still wearing my regular skinnies as long as they are low-rise.  I think I am in between maternity and regular.  TIP: use a rubber band or hair tie to fit into your regular jeans until you are ready for maternity.  Simply pull it through the loop and attach around the button.  Voila!  I am not going to lie…this stage can be a bit awkward.  Am I pregnant or did I eat too much?  It’s a little tough to dress for business, but I am making work.  I am loving the stretchy, fitted dresses with a blazer for work.  Basically my uniform.

Bump watch: In the morning: small bump…At night: holy moly, it’s like a beach ball!

Mood: Mood is great!  Positive, energetic, and loving life!

How do I feel?  Not much has changed.  I really do feel better than I have in years.  I have a lot of energy, haven’t felt nauseous, and am really enjoying being pregnant.  I know, I know…I said the same thing before I got pregnant: WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD EVER ENJOY BEING PREGNANT???  But I have been VERY VERY lucky and am really embracing all the changes!

Body changes: Speaking of changes…I definitely feel like my muscles are smoothing out, BUT I feel stronger than ever.  Of course some days are a bit frustrating, but like I said above, I really am embracing them as much as possible.  It’s SO important to remember that everyone’s body is different, everyone gains weight at a different pace, and everyone feels differently during their pregnancy.  I try to avoid the “you should be gaining x amount of weight” or “your bump should look like this at week 17.”  It just causes unnecessary stress!  Focus on the positives if you can…SUCH AS: super thick, healthy hair; newly formed curves; and smooth, wrinkle-free skin.  Now I know why pregnant people are always “glowing:” your face fills out and the wrinkles disappear.  I am not sure if it is due to my new Ever Skincare regimen or the pregnancy, but my skin feels great!

Workout regimen  Nothing has changed here.  WOD me baby! I am still going strong with Irontribe, modifying where needed. Strong momma=strong baby, right?  I swear working out keeps me energized and gets me through long days at work.  I have become even more addicted than I was before.  Don’t worry, I am taking it easy and not trying PR.  Even though I did beat the hubs in the Irontribe 5K this weekend.  😉

Girl or Boy Prediction: I honestly have NO CLUE!  If I had to bet my life, I guess I would say GIRL.  But really, I am just not sure.  The old wives tales are ALL over the book for me.  I have not been sick, which supposedly indicates a BOY.  However, I am carrying Baby Lutz really high, and that usually points to girl.  The hubs swears (or should I say hopes) for a boy. I am really indifferent at this point.  Of course, I would love a lil mini-me, but boys sure do love their mommas.  I am just praying for a healthy, happy baby!

How will I decorate the nursery without knowing the sex?  You can check out the lutz nest Pinterest page, but the nursery will be uber-modern.  Right now I am debating between grays + wooden accents, gold + whites, or super bright colors.  Regardless, I know there will be a lot of white with some acrylic/lucite accessories.

Well, that’s it for this week!  I hope everyone had a FABULOUS weekend!  Next update will be next week after our anatomy scan.  Can’t wait!!  PS, we are sill not finding out no matter how much you beg!

always-LL