When I wake up, I do two things to stabilize my blood sugar. I drink 8 oz. of water and also eat something within the first 90 minutes of waking and before consuming any caffeine (Matcha Latte). I'm not a huge breakfast eater, and I don't like eating early in the morning, so I need to make something bite sized and packed with nutrients that's easy for me to eat, even when I don't feel like it. Hello Fat Bombs!
Gimme. all. the. fats. Remember when fats were considered the worst, and everything was non-fat, or low fat? While some sources of fat are still super unhealthy ( safflower oil, corn oil, canola oil, margarine, to name a few), there are GOOD fats that are essential for our health and well being. Consuming nuts, seeds, avocados, olive and coconut oil are some excellent sources of healthy fats.
These fat bombs not only help to stabilize my blood sugar, but also help to balance my hormones. They are a good source of protein, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and micronutrients. I find that they also aid in my digestion, support healthy skin, and a healthy inflammatory response in my body.
I've had a lot of people ask me if I'm on the Ketogenic diet, and the answer is no! I don't believe in one way strict diets. I believe that everyone has different lifestyles and health histories, and thus different dietary needs. For me there isn't "one way" to eat. I'm continuously learning how to listen to the needs of my own body and eating in a way that supports those needs. A few years back I tried paleo without even understanding if that's what my body needed.....Big surprise, paleo turned out to be unsustainable for me. I also love beans and quinoa, and my body responds well when I eat them (on a paleo diet, legumes and grains are not allowed). So why was I restricting my diet when it didn't even benefit me? Probably because it was all the rage and seemed like the "healthy thing to do." This experience was a huge learning lesson for me.
Hey, if the ketogenic and paleo diet and any other diet works for you, that's great. I'm just simply not into the idea that if you don't eat a certain diet than there's no way you can be healthy. Perfect health does not exist. Not in nature, and not within humankind. Understanding our body and listening to its own specific needs does exist though, and that's how I roll.
I get all my Fat Bomb ingredients package-free by bringing my own bags and jars to the bulk section of the grocery store (including the ingredients to make nut milk at home). Never shopped package-free before? Take my store tour. I also buy all of my ingredients organic for health, ethical and environmental reasons.
- 3/4 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 8 apricots* ( I like Turkish)
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup hazelnuts
- 1 tbl. raw cacao*
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. teaspoon cardamom*
- 1/4 cup milk alternative (coconut, hemp, cashew, etc.)
- In a food processor, blend the nuts, seeds, Turkish apricots, and spices to a fine-ish consistency.
- Add the melted coconut oil & blend until incorporated.
- Add the milk alternative and blend until mixture/dough takes on an almost gel like consistency. The dough will be wet, which is what you want.
- Form the mixture into bite size balls and place in an airtight glass container.
- Cover the container with the lid and freeze/store in the freezer. They will last for a long time in the freezer, but I bet you'll eat em up super fast!
- Remove fat bombs from freezer, let thaw for 5 minutes, and then enjoy as breakfast or a snack.
A little note: I don't eat a lot of sugar, so I think the apricots make them sweet enough. My boyfriend tried them and didn't think they were sweet at all. You can adjust the sweet level based on your needs/palate.
Hot Tip: I use a food processor, because I don't want to wear out the motor in the blender. This is a base recipe and can be adjusted (other things can be added or taken out). Sometimes I add hemp protein, hemp hearts, chia seeds, coconut flakes, coconut butter, walnuts, ashwagandha, matcha, maca, chlorella, bee pollen, peanut butter and dates.
A bit about the Ingredients
- Cashews. Contain healthy fats, protein, vitamin E, K, B6, copper, zinc, selenium, magnesium, and antioxidants. Supports healthy hair, nerves, muscles, and can aid in the formation of red blood cells.
- Coconut Oil. A medium chain fatty acid, coconut oil can help improve blood sugar levels, promote nutrient absorption, soften skin, reduce wrinkles, and boost fat burning. Contains vitamin E & K, has anti-inflammatory properties, can increase HDL (good cholesterol) in the body and lower LDL (bad cholesterol). Supports immune system, improves brain function, & can balance hormones!
- Turkish Apricots. Contain iron, calcium, Vitamin A, & C, fiber, & potassium. Can improve eye, skin, & digestive health.
- Sunflower Seeds. Contain selenium & vitamin E, which work together as an antioxidant to protect cells from free-radical damage. Contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, folate, copper, zinc, iron, & fiber.
- Pumpkin Seeds. Contain omega 3's (ALA), zinc, magnesium, tryptophan, supports a healthy inflammatory response, helps improve blood sugar levels, and high in fiber.
- Hazelnuts. A healthy source of fat, & contains folate, fiber, protein, manganese, magnesium, copper, vitamin E, vitamin B1, & B6. Considered a brain boosting nut, hazelnuts can improve cognitive function.
- Raw Cacao. A super food & antioxidant powerhouse. Source of iron, magnesium, calcium, and sulfur (hello healthy hair, skin & nails). Contains mood enhancing compound phenethylamine (PEA).
- Cinnamon. Supports blood sugar levels, digestion, immunity, & has anti-inflamatory properties.
- Cardamom. Supports a healthy inflammatory response in the body & can ease indigestion, bloating, gas, heartburn, constipation, & nausea.
These ingredients contain more nutrients and benefits that I didn't mention, but because this post is already super long, you get the idea.