I went to a naturopath a few days ago and it turned out to be very interesting. She told me that I don’t eat enough healthy fats. She was a big believer in organic butter, coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, ect. Of course, I freaked out (minorly) about the idea of eating at ton more fats, even if they were healthy. (The thought in my head…too much healthy fat = extra pounds)
But she explained to me that fat is what helps balance the body (hormonally) and if you’re getting your fat from healthy sources your body knows what to do with it. You won’t get fat.
Of course, this is taking into account that you’re not eating processed foods, bad fats (hydrogenated, trans fat), or refined sugar.
I was still skeptical. Then I talked to one of her receptionists after the appointment. This woman told me that she eats 2-4 tbsp. of butter at every meal! I almost flipped! She was a young 30+, blonde, thin, and very attractive woman (she also eat extremely healthy and doesn’t eat sugar or any processed, refined foods). She told me she couldn’t survive without her butter and she’d never go back to her “old days” of miserable fat-free living.
So this last week, I decided to up my healthy fats and see what would happen.
So I had butter on my toast (NEVER margarine!). Coconut oil. Whipped cream in my Earl Grey. Olive oil on my salad. Homemade ice-cream (made from Sally Falon’s Nourishing Traditions) with chocolate chips.
…And avocado pudding. I had no idea that avocados had 5 grams of protein! Or that one avocado has almost 15 grams of fiber!!! That’s over half of our daily requirement! And it definitely has a lot of that healthy fat (smile). This is a great little nighttime snack for those of us who don’t want to have sugar or carbs after dinner. Both carbs and sugar (even healthy ones like honey or maple syrup) can spike your blood sugar, and before sleep is the worst time for a spike, especially if you’re trying to keep weight off.
Dreamy Chocolate Avocado Pudding
- 1 avocado
- 1-2 packet NuNaturals stevia (I used one)
- 1/3 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp. pure cocoa
*You can add a little almond milk if you want it thinned out a little. I like puddings super thick!
Blend it all up and top with a little whipped cream. Yummy! Serves 1.
Nutritional Info: Cals: 338, Fat: 30g, Sodium: 15mg, Carbs: 20g, Fiber: 15g, Sugars: 1.5g, Protein: 5g
NuNaturals just sent me a bunch of their amazing products, so I’ve been enjoying trying them all out. It’s one of the few stevias that doesn’t have that yucky aftertaste that reminds me of licorice (not a fan!). Along with experimenting with more healthy fats in my diet, I really want to lower my sugar intake. NuNaturals makes this so much easier (because I’ll never lose my sweet tooth!). Their stevia is calorie free, sugar free, almost all of their products are organic, and it’s a delicious addition to cookies, smoothies, muffins, breads, and our holiday baking!
I’ve been having this lovely-ness with my tea. Vanilla stevia…so nummers! It’s great in coffee or just flavouring plain ole’ water with!
Once I run low on the vanilla stevia I’m eager to try the cocoa bean version. Sugar free, calorie free chocolate flavouring that doesn’t have all that wicked aspartame and cancer-causing splenda, yes please!
Back to the healthy fat thing….So what happened at the end of the week? Did I gain any weight after all that extra fat? Nope, I didn’t. I was pleasantly surprised.
Plus, I don’t think I barely snacked at all. I felt full and satisfied till meals (usually). I’m pretty sure I even had a bit more energy.
I’m still in the experimental stage though…so we’ll see how this all goes. I’ll keep you posted!
What do you think about a high-fat intake diet? Have you tried NuNaturals stevia?
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