Fat is Phat

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Did you know that fat actually helps you burn fat? Thanks to the 80’s, our thought process has been greatly affected, for the worst. It has also led to an increase in neurological disorders and disease. Why? When broken down into percentage, the brain (your brain) is 60% fat. Your brain NEEDS fat. Your skin needs fat. Your hair and nails need fat. Your tummy needs fat. Avocados. Olives. Coconut oil. Grass fed butter and or ghee. Lard . . yes lard. Sardines. Almonds. Duck fat. Tallow. Palm oil and cocoa butter! But, doesn’t fat make you, well, fat? Let’s take a look.

Fat is a long lasting fuel source. It keeps the body satiated and energized for a long period of time, unlike carbohydrates (carbs are NOT bad. Please do not leave “here” thinking you need to go “low carb.” It all depends on your personal needs, no one size fits all approach will ever be found “here.” Sorry for the air quotes, I even think in air quotes). Instead of running on quick amounts of energy found in carbohydrates, your body can run on long, enduring sources of fat. You can actually train your body to burn fat without “dieting.” The best way to train your body to burn fat, is to eat fat!

By nourishing your body with quality sources of fat instead of sugar (or savory foods that turn into sugar), your body learns to use the fats you are eating AND the fat you are storing. Just like you can train yourself for a marathon, you can train yourself to burn your stored resources (for those of you trying to lose weight) and/or you can train yourself to keep from storing resources (for those of you trying to maintain weight). It begins with ditching the nutrient POOR carbs and providing your body with quality meats (also fatty), fats and nutrient RICH carbs (as in vegetables, complete starches and fruit).

So. In conclusion, I introduce you to “fat bombs.” Fat bombs are not something I made up. You can find 1000000s of recipes. I am on a really low carb protocol for bacterial reasons (again, NOT because carbs are bad) and really wanted to make something I could eat. Believe it or not, I actually don’t eat most of the recipes I post. Rick does. And I love him dearly for it. Anyways, these are a fatty (very fatty) desert or pick me up. Because I eat high amounts of protein and fat, I don’t get hungry very often and don’t really need “pick me ups” like I used to. The virtue found in eating small meals throughout the day, is a lie. It’s a big, “fat” lie.

Enough talking. Here’s the recipe! I was able to make a dozen with the ingredients below.

1 bag of dark chocolate pieces or chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life http://www.enjoylifefoods.com/ but there are some higher quality chocolates out there for sure)

12 oz coconut oil

2 T of grass fed butter or ghee

1. Place ingredients in sauce pan or double boiler and stir till combined and all the way melted.

2. Pour into un-greased, unlined muffin tin. I filled the cups 1/3-1/2 way full. It’s entirely up to you. You can make thin little wafers or giant monsters.

3. Place in freezer for 20ish minutes, stirring half way through with a toothpick to make sure the mixture doesn’t separate or get funky.

4. Pop them out (I used a butter knife) and keep airtight in freezer or fridge. Note: given the coconut oil, these are not easy to bite. Let them sit a few minutes at room temp.

These are so smooth and rich, they remind me of chocolate rabbits during Easter. I added a drop or two of peppermint extract to a few cups and swirled with a toothpick, making chocolaty, minty goodness. You could throw nut butter into the mixture, lavender, espresso or crushed espresso beans, candied ginger . . . the sky is the limit. I’ve been brain storming all day on new ways to make them.

*** If you are not into dark chocolate or are looking for a less sugar option, use unsweetened cocoa powder and honey or maple syrup. I don’t have exact measurements for you, but start small and work your way till you find a consistency/flavor you like.

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