When making fat bombs, coconut oil and cocoa butter are two nice fats to work with. When chilled they harden and give these Sunbutter Fat Bombs their shape.
Don’t you just hate it when you have a snack attack and there’s not a healthy thing in sight? Nothing in the pantry, nothing in the fridge, nothing but a rack of Fritos in the cafeteria?
Once a week, usually on Sunday afternoon, I try to make a point to spend a little time in the kitchen preparing a power food snack for the week ahead. A few of my favorites are these sticks, celery dipped in this pesto, pumpkin jigglers and of course Sunbutter Fat Bombs.
But Isn’t Fat Evil?
For those new to fat bombs, they are essentially a good dose of healthy fat.
“Eat fat?” you ask.
“But aren’t you watching your figure?”
“You actually make a point of eating extra fat?”
“Fat has been a critical macronutrient for humans and our forebears for at least 2 million years. But suddenly, fat became responsible for every health woe you could think of. Fortunately, science and common sense now prevail and this ridiculous aberration in human nutrition has been corrected,” says Perlmutter.
He further points out that, “Fat is good for the heart, brain, immune system and just about every aspect of human physiology you consider. And as it specifically relates to dementia, new research clearly shows us that individuals eating more of the “dreaded” fat actually have a substantial risk reduction for becoming demented while those with diets favoring carbohydrates the risk for dementia dramatically increased.”
So far eating a little extra fat has done me no harm. My weight is in check and I just had a full cardio workup and there’s not a clogged artery to be found.
Some of the “Good” Fats
Though I am not qualified to give health advice, I will say that I enjoy good fat. Cold-pressed coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, flaxseed oil and butter are pantry staples.
The beauty of fat is that it satiates. If you’ve ever had a good French meal, you know exactly what I’m talking about. How often do you get hungry after a breakfast of savory crepes with bechamel sauce? The fat in a meal like that can sustain me until dinner!
Now, I’m not saying to skip lunch, rather what I am saying is enjoy foods that satiate you and keep the sugar spikes at bay. A bag of salty corn chips (my personal crack) hits the spot, but an hour or two later I am back for more. And then afternoon rolls around and I feel gross and bloated.
Sunbutter Fat Bombs
In this recipe you are getting fat from sunflower butter (and oh how good sunflower seeds are for you!) as well as from coconut oil and cocoa butter. Cold-pressed coconut oil and cocoa butter are two nice fats to work with and that, when chilled, harden and give these Sunbutter Fat Bombs their shape. These babies do soften up pretty quick at room temperature so they must be kept in the freezer or fridge.
Be careful not to overdose on fat bombs. Too many can make sensitive tummies queasy. I start with a couple of bites, wait a bit and see if it has curbed my hunger. If not, I pop a few more in my mouth and that usually does the trick.