Lately there’s been a lot of talk about fat. Heather‘s been talkin’ about it and Mandiee‘s posted about it, but its number one advocate has been none other than Chocolate-Covered Katie. In fact, she’s devoted a whole month to fat talk and the importance of it.
The truth is, our bodies NEED fat. They can’t function properly without it. There was a time that I would have pish posh’ed at that statement and given into the belief that fat = fat; however, over the past few months I have come to realize the crucial role fat plays in my (and everyone else’s) diet.
Fat can be used as a great source of energy and it also helps strengthen our hair, nails and skin. Fat makes up a part of all our body’s cells, and certain fats, like those found in avocadoes and almonds, can help protect against cholesterol.
Fat has some great health benefits, but another reason to include it in your diet is simply because it tastes good. If you’re a recurring reader on my blog, then you know that this girl likes her fats! Among my favorites are coconut (in any form, but particularly coconut cream/butter), peanut butter, any kind of nut/nut butter (almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts), avocadoes, flax seed, and recently cacao nibs.
Speaking of my favorite fats, Katie has requested that her readers post a picture of them hugging their favorite fat(s). At the end of the month she’s going to compile all the pictures into one huge Hug-a-Fat post, so naturally, I had to participate. :)
Peanut butter and coconut cream = <3 Also, pardon the wet hair.
My “I can’t decide which fat I like better” face.
There ya go, Katie! Can’t wait to see the post. :)
In honor of this fat post, I’ve been doing some experimenting with fats.
Yesterday I used up the rest of my peanut butter jar in PB&J Overnight Oats and I all ready told you about my experiment with making cashew cream.
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1/3 plus a little more Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
- 1 big strawberries + 5 cherries cooked up into jam (read how here)
- rest of the PB jar (1 tbsp or so)
- topped with one sliced strawberry, a tiny sprinkle of granola and a dollop of cashew cream
I also figured out a cool way to eat the remaining cashew cream as my evening snack.
Cashew cream + 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder = Chocolate Mousse.
Oh my heaven, it was delicious. I think I want to make up a big batch of it, put it in a pie crust and eat it as a Chocolate Cashew Cream Pie. (Hmm, Tofu Chocolate Mousse Pie better watch out!)
As yet another salute to fats, I made my very own coconut butter! I’ve been thinking about it ever since HEAB first gave it a shot, and I decided it was finally time. Out came the food processor and in went the unsweetened, shredded coconut! Warning: there are a lot of pictures.
Blend, blend blend…
Scrape, scrape, scrape…
It took quite a while to get it right. I read that most people left their food processor going for 10-20 minutes straight; it probably took that long in strictly blending time for me, too. Unfortunately the process itself was pretty long altogether. I had to keep scraping the sides down and holding the button down to make it go. So taxing, right? :P
The mechanism I used to hold the button down. That’s my protein powder set on the button, propped up by a serving spoon, with my Vita-Mix lid set on top to give it extra weight. It worked… for about three minutes. Darn.
And we’re there! Hooray!
Smooth and yummy.
My tired little mini food processor after the big job. The base was burning up!
Letting it cool in a glass container. Here it’s begun solidifying, hence the chunkiness.
Anyway, this stuff is delicious! It requires a lot of patience (maybe I’ll get it down faster after a couple tries), but I love it. Artisana’s and Tropical Traditions coconut butter/cream is better of course, but I still really like mine. Not to mention, making my own will be soo much more cost-effective in the long run. It’s slightly grittier than the others, but to me the grittiness is worth saving some money. Besides, next time I’ll try making it with the Vita-Mix. That should make it smooth, right? :)
Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! It was definitely fun to write. Please, please do me a favor and check out the links I posted above. Each of them wrote extensively about the importance of fats and I really recommend you give them a read. I would’ve loved to have covered the benefits of eating fat more fully, but those ladies all ready did such a WONDERFUL job that reading their posts will suffice. Also, I fear I am not eloquent enough to express the importance of including dietary fat on my own, so if you take what I’ve said and combine it what they’ve said, you should be good!
Question of the Day: What’s YOUR favorite fat? What’s your favorite benefit of eating fat?
Thanks for reading!