Fat has a had it tough. The term ‘healthy fats’ just doesn’t seem to roll off the tongue like the term ‘low-fat’ does *cough cough*. Even if it did, most people have a pretty skewed idea of which ones are and aren’t the healthy fats. The kind of healthy fats I’m talking about have sadly spent the last half century suffering from slander and bullying. They’ve been blamed for everything from heart disease to cancer, puberty pimples, (probably) the break up of the Spice Girls and the bloody Nazi regime. Poor fat.
Whilst one may think that simply wrapping it up in bacon will make everything okay in the world again (as with most things), it’s going to take a lot more to shift the mainstream opinion that’s so ingrained in conventional nutritional dogma. The one that says, ‘fat is bad.’
Why? Because we have large private and public bodies still advocating low-fat, highly processed and grain rich diets despite the scientific research. Here’s some light reading for you on the topic if you’ve had your head in a box of cereal for the last few decades.
Even though I’m pretty vocal about my stance on fats now and why we should all be eating more of it, I wasn’t always like this. In fact, jumping on the low-fat bandwagon was a favourite past time of mine some years back. Yes, guilty as charged. For fats sake, I was probably steering the bandwagon leading an army of fat antagonists. Thankfully, my view on fat has changed. I’ve confessed my sins and changed my ways. Praise be to God (no kidding, my health and sanity is really praising Him on this one!).
It’s been quite a dramatic turn around too. I’ve transformed from a scared little kid crying out for mama whilst hiding in the corner in case anything that even had a hint of shine from grease on it dare come within 3 feet of me, to one who slathers fat on her face, sucks the marrow from the bones and licks her plate clean. Oh how times have changed. Grandpa would be so proud (too bad he doesn’t know how to turn on a computer).
Fat shaming is a thing of the past. There is such thing as healthy fats. I want you to get excited about fat again! Like yo great grandmama told you so, “Know your fats”. Ok, maybe she wasn’t preaching that, but we should be taking responsibility for our individual health and getting our little booties down to the library, errr, I mean, onto Google, and getting educated.
I’ve compiled a complete resource guide for you (with the help of some of my favourite bloggers on the web) to make the transition to eating more healthy fats easier. From educational articles to guides on how to render lard to delicious fatty recipes (and bacon!). You will leave here feeling motivated to go face dive into a jar of coconut oil (please don’t face dive into a jar of canola oil).
“Why I Eat a High-Fat Diet (And Why I Think You Should Too)” – Red and Honey
“The Truth about Heart Healthy Fats” – Mindful Meals
“Here is the Skinny on Fats” – Pantry Paratus
“Are Vegetable Oils a Healthy Choice?” – Mindful Meals
“The Oiling of America” – Pantry Paratus
“Butter is Better” – Mindful Meals
“The Fat Truth” – Girl Meets Nourishment
“Herbed Butter” – Megan Lierman
“How to make Ghee (Video Tutorial)” – Live Simply
“Coconut Oil Health Benefits” – Delicious Obsessions
“Cinnamon Vanilla Herbal ‘Coffee’ (My Favorite way to Eat Coconut Oil)” – Delicious Obsessions
“Coconut Candy (Peanut/Almond Butter Chocolate Coconut Crisps)” – Fresh Bites Daily
“No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Macaroons” – Red and Honey
“Whipped Honey Cinnamon Cocoghee (Coconut Oil and Ghee)” – Delicious Obsessions
“My Ultimate Healthy Whipped Cooking Oil Blend” – Health Starts in the Kitchen
Meat and Animal Fat
“Guide to Grease” – Pantry Paratus
“How to Skim Cream and Make Butter (Video Tutorial)” – Live Simply
“How to Render Suet into Tallow” – Health Starts in the Kitchen
“How to Render Lard” – Learning and Yearning
“How to Render Lard (Video Tutorial)” – Live Simply
“Lemon Tarragon & Garlic Chicken” – Cinnamon Eats
“Buttery Pepper Encrusted Pot Roast” – Health Nut Nation
“Pot Roast Hash” – A Happy Healthnut
“Coconut Curry Chicken Bites” – Homegrown and Healthy
“Simple Asian Beef Soup” – The Urban Ecolife
“Smoky Bacon Wrapped Dates with Pineapple Garlic Sauce” – A Happy Healthnut
“Bacon Brussel Sprouts Salad” – A Happy Healthnut
“Butternut Bisque with Bacon & Goat Cheese” – The Mother Tribe
Fruit and Vegetables
“Cauliflower Ghee Souffle” – The Nourished Caveman
“Holy Guacamole” – Real Food Girl: Unmodified
“Creamed Brussels Sprouts” – A Girl Worth Saving
“Spiced Butternut Squash Fries” – Cinnamon Eats
“Homemade French Fries (Better than Fast Food!)” – Red and Honey
Eggs (Eat your Cholesterol!)
“The Sweet Omelette (with Pear, Banana and Cinnamon)” – The Urban Ecolife
“Roasted Tomato Shakshuka” – The Nourished Caveman
“Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, Kale and Quark Onelette” – The Urban Ecolife
Sweets & Desserts
“An Easy Homemade Chocolate Recipe” – Economies of Kale
“Easy Vanilla Caramel Ice Cream” – Homemade, Healthy, Happy
“Peppermint Mocha Pots De Creme” – A Happy Healthnut
“Roasted Cherry & Pistachio Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream” – Real Food Girl: Unmodified
“Superfood Chocolate Avocado Pudding” – Girl Meets Nourishment
“Popcorn (with Coconut Oil and Butter)” – Conveying Awareness
Healing through Fats
“Healing Food Allergies and Chronic Illnesses with Real Food (Fats)” – 20 Something Allergies
“My Eczema Healing Journey” – Girl Meets Nourishment
“Immune Boosters #1” – Honest Body
I hope you enjoyed this! Feel free to share this and spread the fatty love.
What’s your favourite way to enjoy healthy fats?
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