Fat bombs... I know, they don't sound like the most appealing thing to eat or the most waist flattering. But these little guys are truly so good! & even better, they're good for you!
The F word has gotten a bad wrap. Especially if you grew up in America in the late 70s to the early 90s when literally everything was being made "low-fat." Which didn't actually make Americans less fat... it sparked the rise of obesity, diabetes & heart disease. Why? Because instead of eating Whole Foods & full fats the food industry started substituting them with things like processed vegetable oils, sugar, & processed carbohydrates to make them "low fat."
I remember when I first started hearing the buzz of healthy fats being "good for you." I had grown up so convinced by the food industry that fat would make me fat & sick that it really took me a while to understand how eating any type of fat could actually benefit my overall health! But this was also in the midst of my struggle with PCOS (plus a slew of other issues) & through my own research I discovered there was a lot of evidence that healthy fats could actually help regulate your blood sugar, insulin levels & other hormones. I thought, hey my body obviously isn't working with what I'm fueling it with right now, so let's give it a go!
Fast forward a couple years, my insulin levels have regulated, my weight has regulated, my hormones improved, & my cholesterol levels are (as my doctor would put it) the best she's seen in her practice. Not only that, but before I started eating more fats I literally felt like a bottomless pit. I was NEVER satisfied or satiated after a meal. Not to mention, my blood sugar levels were always up & down because I was fueling my body with simple carbs, sugars & low fat foods instead of healthy fats, proteins & complex carbs. Which in the end caused mood swings, the lack of a period, & serious brain fog. Now I truly feel full for hours after my meals, completely satisfied, & my mood is a lot more stable because of it.
Yes, all of our bodies are created so differently & we all require different things to fuel us. But most people can benefit from incorporating more healthy fat in to their diets. It's vital to so many roles our bodies have to play in order to revive. Especially when it comes to your hormones. Don't get me wrong, not all fats are created equal. I'm talking about fats like avocados, coconut oil, organic grass-fed butter/ghee, extra virgin olive oil, omega-3 fatty acids like flaxseeds, chia seeds, high quality grass-fed beef, & wild-caught salmon. Try incorporating more of these into your weekly routine & see if it helps you! I know it helped me in more ways than one!
5 benefits of healthy fats:
+ Helps lower bad cholesterol, keeping your heart strong & healthy.
+ Helps you shed excess weight by improving your metabolism, balancing your hormones & eliminating constant cravings.
+ Improves the overall health of your hair, & nails. Who doesn't like shiny hair?!
+ Short & medium-chain saturdated fatty acids (MCT OIL & coconut oil) protect your gut from harmful microorganisms.
+ Brain health! Your brain is mainly made up of fat & cholesterol. A diet that skimps on healthy fats robs your brain of the materials it needs to function properly on a daily basis.
Now for the really good stuff... These Cacao Fat Bombs! They seriously taste like a creamy white chocolate bomb of goodness. They are perfect to keep in the freezer (they won't get hard) as a snack or to pop in your mouth when you're on the go. They are completely junk free, making them paleo, vegan (if you use maple syrup instead of honey,) dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free & seriously amazing. They take all of 10 minutes to throw into the blender & pop into ice cubes tray. I'm not kidding about this one friends, it is a MUST. Let me know if you try them!
Happy fat-bombin', friends!
- 1 cup Cacao butter
- 1 cup Raw pecans
- 1/2 cup Coconut oil
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup Ground flax seed
- 1/4 cup Cacao nibs
- 1/4 cup Raw sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- 1/4 tsp Pink salt
- 1/2 tbsp Vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp Raw honey
- 2 tbsp Maca (optional)