Healthy Fats + Almond Butter Recipe

Healthy Fats + Almond Butter Recipe

Hi there folks!

Today I wanted to talk about something that I think a lot of people often misunderstand.  Fats.  In particular, healthy fats.  Now I personally used to stay away from all fat in general.  I hunted for the fat-free label on foods, stuck to veggies and avoided peanut butter, avocado, or nuts because I was fearful of gaining weight.   It wasn’t until a little over a year ago that I really gained a healthy relationship with fats and have seen a huge difference because of this.  Let me explain.  Most people have the idea in their heads that all fat is bad.  While some fats are bad (saturated and trans fat), others (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) are good for you.  These good fats can actually help reduce your risk of heart disease and lower your bad cholesterol.  Healthy fats also provide energy, build healthy cells, helps make hormones, provides healthier hair and skin.

Now, what are these healthy fats?

Well, let’s start with the monounsaturated fats.  These are found in some of my favorite foods!

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  • Olive, canola, and other vegetable oils
  • Nuts like almonds and peanuts
  • Nut Butter
  • Avocados

Don’t forget the Polyunsaturated fats found in,

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  • Salmon, trout, and herring
  • Soybean and corn oils
  • Walnuts and sunflower seeds

Since I began incorporating more healthy fats into my diet, I have gained more energy, my metabolism has increased, I’ve actually lost weight, gained muscle, my hair is healthier as is my skin.  I definitely credit these changes to healthy fats (along with exercise).

Speaking of healthy fats, I’ve got a great recipe for you!

Roasted Almond Coconut Butter

Roasted Almond Coconut Butter

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of sugar coated roasted almonds (a friend gave us some homemade but you can use any)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and run on process for 4-5 minutes or until smooth and creamy. It will be chunky and you might need to scrape down the sides but after processing for awhile it will be nice and creamy. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
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This almond butter is the perfect amount of coconut, almonds and sweetness.  So good!  Since it has sugar from the sugar-coated almonds, I’m limiting my consumption of it during out Paleo challenge.  Which is a bummer!

Speaking of the paleo challenge… Yesterday was our first day and it was good!  I still had my cup of coffee to start by day with just a sprinkle of Stevia.  For breakfast, I had a blueberry smoothie with half a frozen banana, blueberries, kale, and coconut milk.  Filling and good!

Lunch was two egg whites scrambled on top of spinach with a tomato, avocado salsa on top.  It was pretty tasty!

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The Love Nugget and I went to the library for The Piano Man then to Target for…. who knows what I get at Target I just seem to go every week!  Oh and spend at least $50 each time.  Thank goodness for the Red Card!

We came home and I snacked on some baby carrots with sunflower seed butter along with a few slices of pear.

This guy has gotten his appetite back and is eating like a horse!  For a snack he had freeze-dried peaches, cheese, and almost the whole pear we were sharing!

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Dinner was a good one and I’ll be sharing the recipe with you tomorrow 🙂

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As I mentioned before, my friend Melissa and her hubby are also participating in this challenge so it will be nice to get meal ideas from her as well.  I also started a Paleo Challenge Pinterest board that you can follow if you’re interested in doing it as well!

On top of this Paleo Challenge, I’m joining in with Alyssa at Slimsanity for a “Two weeks sugar-free challenge.”  It goes along with my Paleo Challenge since you can’t have sugar with that so I thought it would be a fun thing to participate in as well.  Check it out and join in if you’d like!

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

QUESTIONS –

  • Do you include a good amount of healthy fats in your diet?
  • Are you participating in any fun challenges right now? 

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Comments

  1. Great post. I’m someone, like you, that used to avoid fat, but now I’ve learned that healthy fats are very good for you! Yay–adding nuts, seeds avocado, olive oil and coconut to my diet have made a huge difference. Coconut is the newest addition . . . it’s actually high in saturated fat–but it’s medium chain–which is supposed to have good health benefits! It’s all so interesting!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      LOVE coconut! We go through a lot coconut oil and now that we’re doing the Paleo challenge even more! I heard recently how good coconut oil is for healthy brain function and can even help to offset the early stages of alzheimers. I’m sold!

  2. Hi Giselle! I just found your blog. I’m Helen and from Northern California.
    This is a great post. I do agree that healthy fats are important in your diet. Nuts, avocados, olive oil, it’s all important.
    By the way, it’s funny you posted this because I made almond butter nutella today (adding 2 tablespoon cocoa powder). This looks great though. I’ll have to add shredded coconut to mines next time. I love coconut/chocolate combo.

    Helen

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Hi Helen, I’m so glad you stopped by! Yum! I’m going to have to add cocoa to my next batch of almond butter. That sounds delicious!

  3. Almost Coconut Butter? Um yes please!!

  4. Your roasted almond butter looks SOOOO good! I haven’t tempted to make my own almond butter, but I think you have inspired me! I used to avoid fat in the past, too. It was the enemy, ha! Now, I make sure to eats lots of avocado, nuts and healthy oils.

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      You have to make some! So easy and so good! So funny how I used to think of fats. Now I love them!

  5. I was exactly the same way when it came to eating fats. I used to look for all the fat free stuff and it was actually making me gain weight. Then I got pregnant with Sophia and I didn’t want to eat fake stuff and that’s when I got smart about healthy fats.
    This was a great post I think there are so many people out there who avoid the wrong things. 🙂

    Your recipe for almond butter looks amazing.

    Your little one is so cute.

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Thanks Rene! It’s funny when I think back about how afraid of fats I was. Now I eat them all day! The healthy way of coarse 🙂

  6. this is why I need a food processor!! I want to make my own nut butters so bad