Strawberry Fat Bombs

Apr 1st
Strawberry Fat Bombs

Guys, can we get over the Fat = Bad thing already?! It’s gotten out of control. Fat isn’t bad. In fact a lot of times, Fat = Good!

***Eat more fat! Eat more Strawberry Fat Bombs!***

Whats the difference between good fats and bad fats?

Well, here is a summary from Steph over at Stupid Easy Paleo:

A few criteria make a fat a good choice for consumption:

Fats with higher percentages of saturated fatty acids (they’re more stable)
Fats from animal sources that are grass-fed, pasture-raised and / or organic
Fats from plant sources that are organic, sustainable and / or minimally processed
Examples: grass-fed butter, clarified butter or ghee, pastured lard (pork fat), pastured tallow (beef fat), duck fat, coconut oil, palm oil (only sustainable sources are acceptable), extra virgin olive oil (recommended for cold applications because it is a high percentage of MUFA), avocado oil, cold-pressed plant oils, virgin or extra virgin oils

To contrast, here are some criteria that make a fat a less good choice:

Fats that are a high percentage of polyunsaturated fatty acids
Fats from “vegetable” oils (these are highly processed, industrial oils)
Fats that are hydrogenated (these are liquid oils chemically processed to be solid)
Trans-fatty acids
Supposedly “good” fats such as coconut oil that are chemically treated or deodorized (sometimes marked as refined)
Examples: canola, cottonseed, soybean, rapeseed (canola), grapeseed, corn, vegetable, sunflower, safflower, sesame, margarine, buttery spread, other refined oils

Strawberry Fat Bombs

***Eat more fat! Eat more Strawberry Fat Bombs!***

And according to one of my favorite bloggers (Healthful Pursuit) and podcasters (No Sugarcoating), Leanne Vogle, Holistic Nutritionist and author of The Keto Beginning and Fat Fueled, eating a high fat diet (or Ketosis) can lead to weight loss and many other great health achievements:

And weight loss is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of eating high fat! High-fat, low-carb diets can also help you improve:

Thyroid imbalances

Adrenal fatigue

Hormone irregularities

And more!

Kids Need Fat

Fats are especially good for growing bodies and brains. An article from Simple Bites (siting Dr. Mary Enig, author of Know Your Fats) suggests that toddlers should get at least 50% of their daily calories from fat. Now, I haven’t read Dr. Enig’s book but, that makes sense to me!

***Eat more fat! Eat more Strawberry Fat Bombs!***

Strawberry Fat Bombs

Strawberry Fat Bombs

Now, that it’s clear that good fats are clearly good, lets talk about these awesome strawberry fat bombs! They are made with coconut butter (the whole coconut ground up into a butter), coconut oil, collagen and strawberries. I don’t think I need to explain why strawberries are awesome because everyone loves strawberries and knows they are healthy. But I will add that the strawberries in this recipe make the fat bombs sweet enough that you don’t have to add any sweeteners (you’re welcome Whole30ers!)! Coconut butter and coconut oil are excellent sources of fat. And collagen is an amazing addition to your daily diet helping with all sorts of great benefits.

According to Kris Gunnars, in an article on Authority Nutrition, coconut oil is now considered a superfood because of these 10 facts:

1. Coconut Oil Contains Fatty Acids With Powerful Medicinal Properties

2. Populations That Eat a Lot of Coconut Oil Are Healthy

3. Coconut Oil Can Help You Burn More Fat

4. Coconut Oil Can Kill Harmful Microorganisms

5. Coconut Oil Can Reduce Your Hunger, Helping You Eat Less

6. The Fatty Acids in Coconut Oil Are Turned into Ketones, Which Can Reduce Seizures

7. Coconut Oil Can Improve Blood Cholesterol Levels

8. Coconut Oil Can Protect Hair Against Damage, Moisturizer Skin and Function as Sunscreen

9. The Fatty Acids in Coconut Oil Can Boost Brain Function in Alzheimer’s Patients

10. Coconut Oil Can Help You Lose Fat, Especially The Harmful Abdominal Fat

And according to Leanne Vogle:

Collagen is a protein found in the connective tissues of your body. It’s a form of fibrous protein that provides a supportive structure for our body tissues such as our muscles, bones and ligaments. As we age, we produce less and less collagen, leading to wrinkles and folds in our skin.

Using collagen hydrolysate may help with…

Strong bones + joints. It’s a source of proline and glycine, two building blocks of cartilage that are essential for refueling after exercise and sports.

Bright (wrinkle-free) skin. Boosts hydration, prevents deep wrinkles and maintains the health of skin.

Weight loss. Consists of 97% pure protein, keeping you full and satiated. You can use it as a replacement for protein powder!

Restful sleep. By stimulating growth hormone release.

(golly, this is becoming a very long post and we haven’t even gotten to the recipe yet. good thing there are only 4 ingredients!)

***Eat more fat! Eat more Strawberry Fat Bombs!***

Strawberry Fat Bombs

Make These Strawberry Fat Bombs Already!

These little strawberry fat bombs are creamy and slightly sweet. Since they are made with freeze-dried strawberries they aren’t really keto/low-carb because of the sugar content. But they are still really good for you! And the kids love them! They are best cold because they will melt in the heat, but usually keep well in a lunch box with an ice pack.

I like to eat fat bombs in the afternoon when I need a little pick-me-up, they are a great way to boost your energy if you’re feeling depleted. The kids like to eat them with a meal (especially one with a lot of veggies) or just as a snack.

This is a great recipe to make with kids! It’s really quick and easy and a great way to get the kiddos involved. They can push the buttons on the food processor, they can help spoon the liquid into the molds, and they can help test the bombs to see if they are set.

These strawberry fat bombs are Paleo/Primal, Keto, Vegan/Vegetarian (leave out the collagen), Raw, and Whole30.

Strawberry Fat Bombs

Strawberry Fat Bombs

Ingredients

  • 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries (less for less sweet bombs)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut butter
  • 2 scoops collagen powder

Instructions

Set the jars of coconut oil and butter into bowls of hot water until they become liquid. Only do this if the jars are glass!

Pulse strawberries in a food processor until they become a fine powder. Pour the powder into a bowl and set aside, rinse out food processor.

Reassemble food processor and add in the coconut oil and butter and collagen. Pulse to combine. Place a mold onto a cookie sheet for easy transfer and fill the molds half-way with half of the white coconut liquid. Leave the remaining liquid in the food processor and put the tray with the mold on it into the fridge until set (about 10 minutes).

Meanwhile add the strawberry powder to the rest of the coconut liquid and pulse until combined. When the white part of the fat bomb has set, remove the tray from the fridge and spoon over the pink liquid. Put the tray back into the fridge and allow to set before popping bombs from their tray and storing in a sealed container in the fridge.

Notes

Try using different freeze-dried berries, I like to mix raspberries and strawberries sometimes. Add more or less freeze-dried strawberries to fit your taste buds. Alternatively, you could freeze the bombs, instead of refrigerating them, it would make them set up much quicker. If you don't care about the two tone effect of these bombs then you could just skip the layering and mix everything together after making the strawberries into a powder.

http://www.domestic360life.com/blog/whole-30/strawberry-fat-bombs/

Strawberry Fat Bombs

Sources:

8 Medically-Based Reasons to Consume Coconut Oil Every Day, Daily Health Post

10 Proven Health Benefits of Coconut Oil, by Kris Gunnars, Authority Nutrition

Fat Bomb Pumpkin Pie Patties, by Leanne Vogle, Healthful Pursuit

Healthful Pursuit, by Leanne Vogle

Healthy Fats Make Healthy Children, Simple Bites

Healthy Fats vs. Unhealthy Fats: How to Tell the Difference, by Stephanie Gaudreau, Stupid Easy Paleo

Healthy Paleo Fats, Paleo Leap

The Importance of Fat, Paleo Leap

The Surprising Health Benefits of Coconut Oil, by Pina LoGiudice ND, LAc, Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc, Siobhan Bleakney, ND, The Dr. Oz Show

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