Brazilian Craving Bombs (Fat Bombs)
I wrote a paper in college on satiety. What satisfies us, leaving us no longer hungry? What should we snack on before dinner? What really resonated with me was that two of the most satiating nutrients are fat and protein. In fact, fat in foods has generally been considered to be the most satiating of all the macronutrients. This is why celery sticks are a terrible snack. However, celery sticks with some almond butter (fat and protein) can be a great snack. Always pair your carbs (even fruits and veggies) with a healthy fat or protein. In most cases, when you are craving sweets or carbs, what your body is really asking for is protein.
My family and I eat a ton of healthy saturated fats to keep full from meal to meal. In effect, my little guy (3 year old) rarely snacks, because he stays full from meal to meal. When he does; its nuts, fruit and almond or coconut butter, hard boiled eggs, sweet potato chips cooked in fat.... these awesome little bombs I'm about to talk about. Children especially crave and NEED fat. The absolute worst snack is simple carbohydrates- crackers, gold fish, crisps, and worse yet adding sugar to that is just asking for hunger in a hour. Plus it's addictive; eat carbs and you want more carbs- always. It becomes a vicious cycle. I am a nursing mother, and I have found that increasing my fat intake not only boosts my breast milk supply, but also makes my milk more fatty.
I have been making these "Cinnamon Kisses" from "Internal Bliss", the recipe book from GAPS (Gut and Psycology Syndrome) by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride for awhile now. They are delicious and my son goes crazy for them. Here is the recipe:
1/2 cup Ghee
1/2 cup Coconut oil
2-3 Tbsp Honey
1/2 Tbsp Cinnamon
Dash of Vanilla
You basically just food process it all, drop onto a plate and pop in the fridge. They harden up and are like candy.
I've made these without the cinnamon, with maple syrup in place of honey, with an added 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa, and with peppermint essential oil- all are amazing. Peppermint is an appetite suppressant so if you are craving candy or sweets often, try the above plus 10 drops peppermint oil. Not my idea http://empoweredsustenance.com/stop-sugar-cravings/ - check out those butter mints. Use a good quality essential oil if possible.
This recipe is not only great for a quick treat. It makes an awesome frosting or icing. I used this (minus the cinnamon) this year to ice our Christmas cookies. I spread this on grain free bread as a quick snack, and I drop them in my coffee- my favorite. I also will add one to a sweet potato, or to the pan when heating up veggies. The possibilities are endless.
I decided to create something with a little protein also. Inspired by Cinnamon Kisses. We all eat 1 brazil nut a day in my house. It's like this weird habit I got us into. Like we are taking a vitamin. I read something awhile back about taking 1 brazil nut a day- I think it was Dr. Mercola. Brazil nuts are a great source of selenium- a powerful antioxidant that may help in cancer prevention. Try them and next time you are craving sweets or carbs- pop one of these instead. They have a little crunch to them and they positively leave me feeling satisfied after.
Brazilian craving bombs
1/2 cup Brazil nuts
1/4 cup Ghee or grassed butter, softened at room temp
1/4 cup coconut oil, softened at room temp
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 Tbsp raw honey
Dash of vanilla
1. Pulse the brazil nuts in the food processor until pulverized.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until combined.
3. Drop, pipe, or mold in silicone molds to desired shape. Drop or pipe on to wax paper or parchment paper.
4. Refrigerate for at least 20 mins to set and harden.
My next post will be a meal plan for the entire week. All whole30 compliant. I will also include some secrets and a kick ass grain free chicken finger recipe.