We all know that food makes us happy, right? I am always doing research on food and its effects on our body. We know that eating too much isn’t good for us. And eating too little is just as bad.
Here is an excerpt from a blog I found by – Organic Melt Butter that talks about fat in diet:
“Low-fat diets have been erroneously recommended for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and have been used in many calorie-reducing regimens. This practice is now under scrutiny by many noteworthy researchers because it presents potentially serious health consequences:
1) Low-fat diets can lead to vitamin deficiency because fat-soluble vitamins, particularly vitamin D, are found only in the fatty (or oily) part of food.
2) Moderate amounts of saturated fat are needed to increase the bio-availability of fat-soluble nutrients and are essential for many critical biological functions.
3) Dietary fat promotes satiation, slowing digestion by triggering the release of the satiety hormone cholecystokinin (CCK) and controlling the metabolism of carbohydrates.
4) Dietary fat is required to support physical and psychological changes during growth and maturation in children. “
So, as you can see, healthy fats are critical to incorporate into your diet. For a healthy body, you should have two tablespoons of a healthy fat, two times a day. And don’t forget that avocados and olives are healthy fats. Easy to add to a salad.
Let’s talk a bit about the lovely coconut, which is really popular now. For a long time the coconut was supposed to be bad for you – it is a saturated fat – but it isn’t the same kind of saturated fat that is a by-product from animals.
Bottom line, incorporate lean meats, leafy greens, veggies and fruit into your daily diet. Whole grains if you can tolerate them. And you can have healthy treats now and then.
Dark chocolate is a known anti-oxidant and definitely makes you happy. You know I want to make everyone happy, so I created a cookie that is gluten free, high in protein, low in sugar and tasty: The Cookie Monster would love these:
4 eggs, beaten very well
½ cup Almond Meal
½ cup sliced almonds
1 heaping tablespoon coconut sugar
3-1/2 cups coconut flakes
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 rounded teaspoon cinnamon
1 rounded teaspoon nutmeg
Approximately 1 cup semi-sweet dark chocolate pieces
The zest of 2 lemons
Mix beaten eggs and dry ingredients, fold in lemon zest & coconut.
Place heaping tablespoons onto baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper or foil that has been coated with cooking spray or butter. Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown – approximately 8 to 10 minutes.
Melt chocolate pieces over double boiler or in microwave with a little less than 1 capful of cooking oil. Stir then drizzle over cookies – place in freezer about ½ hour to set chocolate.
Makes about 18 to 20 cookies.
Be happy – make good choices! My book will help you! https://bounce2health.com/shop – order yours today!
Blessings – Joyce Goodman