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30 Aug

Add More Fat to Your Diet in 1 Easy Step

cashewSara here. As many of you know, I eat a lot of fat on a daily basis, and one way I accomplish this scandalous health goal of mine is to add nut butters to my meals. Reader Donna got me hooked on cashew butter atop fried eggs (I fry them in butter or – ready for this? – bacon grease, to maximize the morning fat intake). If you’re not appalled yet, please keep reading, because it just. gets. worse. I am not a huge fan of olive oil. I think it tastes good, but I prefer savory, spicy, or earthy flavors to olive oil. To that end, I use organic raw almond, peanut, and cashew butters to fatten up my broccoli, brussels sprouts, and eggplant. I also really like that nut butters have some protein and fiber in addition to the fat, unlike vegetable and seed oils. But mainly, I just like having another interesting way to get fat in my diet.

The human body (especially the brain) requires fat to work properly. Fat – and I’m not talking about those nasty fried fats – helps regulate your mood, sharpens your thinking, and reduces your risk for dementia. Aside from that, fat helps you absorb critical nutrients and digest food properly. And did you know that our cells are made of saturated fat? While a high-fat diet may not be right for you, it certainly works for me. I blame the nut butter. icon wink Back when I followed a devout low-fat, grain-based diet, the situation wasn’t nearly so healthy (read my story).

Here are some helpful links:

Nut butter recipes

Buy cashew butter online

I’m not making it up: fat is healthy!

saraabs

(Would ya look at that gut? And I’m still havin’ fun with the iControl watch!)

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  1. Great Post Sara!
    You’re Looking Good! I Totally Agree That Good Fats ARE HEALTHY. I Eat Fats Every Day And It’s Working For Me, Too. I Just Plain Feel Better.
    Fried Eggs With Cashew Butter Is My FAVORITE Breakfast. I Can’t Get Enough Of That Cashew Butter, A Little Every Day Keeps The Fat Away!!!!! P.S.(Nice Pink Watch)

    Donna wrote on August 30th, 2007
  2. I love nut butters too, especially almond and Trader Joe’s Cashew-Macadamia butter, which alas I cannot obtain now since I live in a city with no TJ’s. I don’t eat peanuts since they aren’t true nuts, but my penchant for nut butters is held up only by the number of things I can put them on. I have to say that eggs and vegetables (other than celery) are options I hadn’t considered.

    Thanks for the follow-up post with homemade cashew butter. I will try this with some nuts at home.

    Scott Kustes
    Modern Forager

    Scott Kustes wrote on August 30th, 2007
  3. Yeah…Quite the gut!

    Better use the iControl Watch and increase the tempo during workouts…

    Oxybeles wrote on August 30th, 2007
  4. I am seeing a doctor(MD) and he agreed with my diet, how rare is that? At least from a MD point of view. He told me that eating too many nuts is like breathing too much air. Hmmm…I think he’s going to work out.

    Crystal wrote on August 30th, 2007
  5. Crystal, that’s great to hear. I actually told a prominent MD blogger some months back about my story (privately, not on his blog) and he wrote me back explaining that my diet and Mark’s philosophy was right on. That was nice to hear.

    Scott, glad you liked the post. I pretty much live at TJ’s ;) Do you have a Whole Foods or Wild Oats? They have good stuff, too, although it’s more expensive. And good point about the peanuts – they’re a legume, not a nut! :)

    Sara wrote on August 30th, 2007
  6. Long live fat :)

    Moe wrote on August 30th, 2007
  7. Sara,
    I do have a Whole Foods, pretty much right next door to a Wild Oats, which should be interesting once the merger goes through. That’s where I get my almond butter. Sticking with the Whole Foods 365 Brand isn’t too bad, but the Maranatha brand is ridiculously priced. Supposedly, Louisville is in process of acquiring more than one TJ’s. The mayor has been in talks with them and there is an agreement to build multiple locations. I can’t wait!

    Scott Kustes
    Modern Forager

    Scott Kustes wrote on August 30th, 2007
  8. Oxy: 10/4.

    Scott: I don’t know if you have Vons in your area, but while this chain doesn’t exactly impress, they have introduced a really great organic store line that is low-cost and just as good as the more expensive stuff.

    Sara wrote on August 30th, 2007

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