Peanut Butter Fat Bomb Recipe

peanut butter fat bomb recipe

When I decided to give up sugar, I started reading a lot about the paleo and keto diets. I devoured all the information I could find about eating plans, recipes, and just general information on how to survive life without sugar.

It is absolutely, 100%, like breaking an addiction. Sugar is poison, and it’s also like a drug.

Your body will go through detox/withdrawal symptoms, and it will be pretty ugly for a while. But once you get through to the other side, you will see how totally and completely worth it is to get the sugar out of your diet.

Anyway, enough preaching…

Many sites I visited mentioned things called fat bombs, and that’s what I really want to talk about in this blog post.

Getting past the low-fat mindset

If you’re a product of the 1990s like I am, you probably cringe at the very thought of eating more fat (which is basically what needs to happen when you start eating paleo, and especially keto).

I went on my first weight loss diet journey in the late 1980s/early 1990s when low fat was all the rage.  Companies were taking fat out of our favorite junk foods right and left.

Remember Snackwell’s? Those little Devil’s Food cookies used to be my best friends.

snackwells devls food cookie cakes

It wasn’t until after I’d eaten about 10 zillion of them that I found out that, in the process of taking out fat, low-fat food manufacturers were actually putting in MORE sugar. Not as healthy as they claimed to be, by any shot.

Today, Snackwell’s has reformulated their best selling products, but they still have a lot of sugar. A package of two Devil’s Food cookie cakes has 18 grams of sugar and 28 carbs which, depending on how strictly you’re watching your carb counts, could be about one-half to one-fourth of your total carb intake goal for the whole day.

As much as I used to love them, I just can’t see how those little cookies are worth not eating much of anything else for the rest of the day. It’s just not a good idea.

When you ditch the carbs, you have to add the fat

As I recorded everything I ate during the day in the first days of my low-carb journey, I found that I was falling significantly short in reaching my fat goals for the day.

What do I use to track my daily food intake to make sure I stay on track (or see where I fall short) with my eating? The free nutrition tracker over at SparkPeople.com.

Seriously. It’s free. Go check it out.

All you have to do is use the keto calculator I linked to above to figure out what your macro ratios need to be. Then you input those into your SparkPeople settings so you can see how close to or far from your goals you actually are.

In the first few weeks of this journey, there were many, many times I fell short of my fat goals. I was doing pretty well at cutting the carbs, but I was still mostly eating low-fat foods.

I started thinking more about those fat bombs I’d been reading about and realized that making and eating those could help me increase my fat intake tremendously without adding to my carb load.

Fat bombs – the low-carb treat for the sweet tooth

As I researched fat bomb recipes, I discovered that there are quite a few that use sugar substitutes like Stevia. So, not only could I increase my fat intake with the fat bombs, but I could also satisfy my sweet tooth. And I could even eat chocolate!!

 

chocolate tahini fat bomb

These were the first fat bombs I made.  I loved that they had chocolate in them, but I wasn’t too fond of the tahini. It was all right. It just wasn’t as similar to a peanut butter cup as I was expecting it to be.

The fact is the only reason I tried to make those fat bombs is because I didn’t have any peanut butter in the house, although I did have tahini (go figure!)

Over family favorite – peanut butter fat bombs

By the time I did get peanut butter in the house, I ran out of cacao. So, I decided to try the fat bombs without chocolate. The basic peanut butter fat bomb was born.

It’s a favorite with three out of four of our family members now (the little one still prefers the chocolate version).

Here’s a screenshot of the recipe I posted online at SparkPeople.com. Sometimes I leave out the cinnamon. I think these fat bombs are still delicious, even without the spice!

peanut butter fat bomb recipe

Fat bombs don’t have to be sweet

As much as I love the fact that you can use these fat bombs to satisfy your sweet tooth, you can also make fat bombs that are savory, like the bacon, egg, and avocado fat bites mentioned on this site.

I think I might try those next – and also those cinnamon bun fat bombs (no, I can’t stay away from those sweet ones). I’ve been craving cinnamon rolls for a while now.

What’s your favorite fat bomb?

Have you made and/or eaten any fat bombs recently? Which ones are your favorites? Let me know in the comments.

Read This Before Subscribing to Butcher Box!!!

butcher box review

As part of my recent lifestyle change, I decided to look into some healthier meat options. I’m eating more of it now than I ever have in my life, so I want to make sure I’m getting the best quality meat possible.

On the face of it, that’s what Butcher Box, a monthly subscription service to the tune of $129 for 24 meals’ worth of meat, whether you choose a mixture like I did or whether you get all beef, chicken, or pork, offers. You can also choose a 30-day or 60-day period for your recurring payment and the arrival of your next box.

There are plenty of coupons and offers available online. I took advantage of some (plus the 1000 Swagbucks offer for signing up) and decided to plunge into the world of boxed meat with Butcher Box.

The Promise

“Convenience” – perfectly portioned and packaged meat delivered right to your door.

“Quality” – 100% Grass-fed & Grass-finished Beef, Heritage Breed Pork, and Free-range Organic Chicken

“Value” – less than $6 per meal, plus free shipping

How the Butcher Box Service Holds Up to the Promise

Convenience

From my experience, the only convenience Butcher Box truly cares about is their own.

I ordered my first box on September 30. On October 2, I received an email saying that my box was on the way, and they sent me the FedEx tracking information. The box was supposed to have been delivered yesterday, October 4, 2018, by the end of the day.

On Wednesday, I checked the tracking information just to see where the box was, and there was a notice that the package would not be delivered because it was damaged.

I was understandably disappointed. I’d been planning my meals for the week around that high-quality, healthy meat that was supposed to be coming in the mail, and then I suddenly discovered there was no meat and no meals for the week (and I’d already paid my $120+ – that’s more than my weekly grocery budget).

So, I reached out to customer service to see what the company could do to make things right for me, a brand new customer. I’m copying and pasting the exact emails so I can give you a really clear picture of what I found myself facing (in addition to the non-receipt of the box I’d already paid for).

Here’s the first message I sent:

I was checking on the status on my order that was supposed to be delivered by tomorrow evening, and I found this… “unable to deliver because of damaged package.”
We are quite disappointed and upset because this is our first experience with the Butcher Box and we found out that we will not even be receiving it. We’re wondering how you intend to make this right. Please let us know as soon as possible.
Thank you.
Mishael Witty

 

I immediately got the canned reply:

Hi Mishael.

Thank’s for choosing ButcherBox!

We’ve received your message and one of our member experience specialists will be following up with you shortly.

In the meantime, feel free to check out the following resources:
Frequently Asked Questions: https://support.butcherbox.com/hc/en-us
Blog: https://www.butcherbox.com/roam/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_KPWEoWBRsUnlJE_jRx7WA
Recipes: https://www.butcherbox.com/recipes/

If you found the answers you were looking for in the linked resources, simply reply got it and we’ll close out your request.

Have a great day ahead!

Sincerely,

ButcherBox Member Support

Thirteen hours later, I got this reply from an actual customer service representative:

Hi Mishael,

Thanks for reaching out. I’m so sorry you have experienced an issue with your ButcherBox delivery. I do see from your tracking that this order has been damaged in transit and will not be delivered. Usually the when the carrier damages the order, they contact us so that we are able to set up a replacement right away. I am truly sorry we were not notified about this order. I would love to make this right for you by setting up a replacement for next week. Please let me know if you will be available and I will get that set up for you.

All the best,

Pam
Customer Support Specialist

So, basically what they were offering me to make the situation right was – THE BOX I’D ALREADY PAID FOR AND NEVER RECEIVED.

I was … irritated, to say the least. My next message was not very cordial:

Okay, so you’re offering me the minimum in customer service. That would be okay, and that would be the least I would expect (either a new box or a full refund). I paid for a box; I should receive a box. I understand that this was something that happened on the shipping side, but I don’t think I should be penalized for it. And I really feel that I am being penalized, since I’m suffering a shipping delay and not being offered any sort of compensation. I will wait for the new box to arrive before cancelling my subscription (assuming the next one makes it here eventually).

Thank you.
Mishael Witty
This was their ever-so-caring reply:

Hi Mishael,

I do apologize that you are unhappy with the resolution. We aren’t compensated by the carrier in any way other than a small shipping fee reimbursement. When a carrier damages a package, standard practice with most companies is to have the customer file a claim and seek reimbursement from the carrier as once it leaves the warehouse in the intended condition, the carrier is actually liable and not the company itself. We believe the right thing to do despite this is replacing the shipment free of charge. We would rather take the loss financially than require our members to complete the tedious and usually unapproved process of filing a claim with the carrier. Our policy is to replace (or refund if preferred) anything that is damaged in transit on the carrier level, which I’ve already taken care of for you. Your replacement order number is SUB_744006. Once this order is in transit you will receive tracking information via email.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything else I can help you with.

All the best,

Pam
Customer Support Specialist

A few things irked me about this reply:

  1. “We aren’t compensated in any way…” –  boo hoo, sob, sob … poor company. Really?
  2. “Standard practice with most companies is to have the customer file a complaint…” – um, not most companies I’ve ever dealt with. EVER. Most companies I’ve dealt with know how to correctly package their products so they don’t get ruined, and/or they bend over backwards to make sure the customer is happy, regardless of what that does to their bottom line.
  3. “We’re replacing this shipment free of charge…” – wow, don’t do me any favors. You didn’t charge me a shipping fee to begin with (as stated on their website). Why would you charge me a shipping fee for a box that is a replacement for a box I PAID FOR AND NEVER RECEIVED?

So, here’s my reply (as you might have noticed, my responses get less and less cordial as we go on, because I get more and more irritated):

You mean you would actually consider charging me a shipping fee for something I should’ve received and didn’t? I know you’re not, but that seems to be the standard practice for you guys, according to your response.

And how do I know that the carrier damaged the box and it wasn’t damaged before it was shipped? There’s no indication of when the damage occurred. I know you say the box left your facility  in the intended condition, but I only have your word on that. And, seeing that this is my first experience with your company, I have no way of knowing how honest you’re being with me.

I’ll wait a week to see if the box arrives, and then I’ll be cancelling my subscription and possibly asking for a refund if the box does not get delivered. This service really seems like more trouble than it’s worth.

At this point, apparently Pam felt that she was done with me. The next message I received was from Heather, a quality and development manager.

Pam asked me to take a look at your email thread. When the box left our fulfilment center in Deleware it was intact and without damage, it wouldn’t have passed through our system checks if there was any damage to the shipping container prior to being loaded onto the FedEx vehicle. Your box shipped from our fulfilment center in Deleware, to the access point in Ohio, to Kentucky where the damage to the box is noted on the tracking. The box was damaged at some point when it was received in Ohio or in transit to the Kentucky access point. When the box was unloaded or prior to the box being placed onto the actual delivery verhicle they noted the meat had thawed making the shipement undeliverable and destroyed as damaged. In either scenario, the box was damaged in transit and therefore technically the responsibily would lie with FedEx to compensate for the damages via a claim submitted by the recipient. This process is tedious and time consuming and we would rather assume the responsibility for the damage and replace the shipment for our member free of charge, absorbing the cost of the reship, which is and always has been our policy. While transit damages are rare (less than 1% monthly), they do occcur and we’re always happy to do the right thing and replace the shipment or if preferred, process a refund for the shipment instead.

Your replacement order ID is 744006. Since this is a replacement/reship of a damaged delivery, it should go out this week for delivery no later than Saturday end of day. All reships are given prioroty and upgraded when nexessary to ensure delivery same week when at all possible.

If you have any further questions, please let us know.

Aside from Heather’s inability to spell “Delaware” (and other things) correctly, I found this response to be annoying (although it did give me more information about the nature of the damage to the package – thawed meat … YIKES!) because it was basically the same response Pam had already given me. “It’s not our fault; it’s the carrier’s fault. And we’re doing you a favor by not making you file a claim with them or having to pay a shipping fee for the replacement box.”

Right… it’s FedEx’s fault that you didn’t package the meat so that it wouldn’t thaw out before delivery. Uh huh.

So, my response was:

I’m not an idiot. I understood all that information when Pam shared it with me before. I’m not sure why she referred you to me to harass me further when all I want to do is get the one box I paid for (or get a refund if the next box is going to thaw in transit) and get rid of this subscription.

Sincerely,
Mishael Witty
Here was her reply to that:

Sorry Mishael,

It did appear that you were under the impression we would charge someone for shipping a replacement and that we would ship a damaged box, both of which are untrue. Pam was looking out in your best interest and wanted to have a manager reach out directly to assure you that we’ve taken ownership of the damage caused, the box being undeliverable, and issued a replacement that has been prioritized to be delivered this week which does include expedition due to the transit time to your zip code. Two-day ground orders put in after Wednesday ship on Monday and we wanted to be sure that you weren’t waiting an extra week. Pam and I will monitor the shipment and make sure there aren’t any issues.

Have a wonderful week remaining and an even better weekend.

Sincerely,

Heather
Quality & Development Manager

“You were under the impression…”

Now, gee, why would I be under that impression?

They make it seem like they’re doing me a favor by shipping me a replacement box (that I’ve basically already paid for) for free. And their box of meat (that they packaged themselves) thawed out within two days. Obviously, SOMETHING about their packaging is faulty. And they want to blame it all ON MY ZIP CODE.

Um, gee. Victim mentality, much? They say they’re “taking ownership,” but their responses via email belies that just a bit.

(By the way, I quit responding at this point because I knew I was going to keep getting the same kind of answers … and that they didn’t care a thing about me or keeping me as a customer).

So, Butcher Box’s customer convenience? Yeah, that’s a joke!

QUALITY

Obviously, I can’t speak to the quality of the meat because I haven’t received it yet.

BUT:

  1. If their meat quality in any way resembles the quality of their customer service,  I’ve just wasted $120+. 🙁
  2. They certainly don’t seem to care that they’re wasting the lives of countless animals – cows, chickens, AND pigs. All that meat they packaged for me ruined in transit, so it’s (hopefully) going in the garbage. I hope they don’t try to resend it to me or another customer. That’s just BEYOND wasteful and/or dangerous!

VALUE

Again, I can’t speak specifically to the value of the meat received because I have not received it. I’m hoping to make it go a bit further so that it ends up costing me better than less than $6 per meal.

We shall see if/when the replacement box gets here, although now I’m a little afraid to even try it.

The Final Verdict on the Butcher Box Service

As soon as that box comes in the mail, or the end of this week comes, whichever comes first, I am cancelling my Butcher Box subscription. I can’t wait!

I never anticipated inconvenience of this magnitude or customer service that was so poor.

I’m done, and apparently I’m not the only one, judging by all the poor reviews it’s gotten on the Better Business Bureau website and other sites.  I wish I’d read all these BEFORE I threw all that money away, but I was drawn in by the empty promises.

Don’t be like me. Save your money, your time, and your sanity! Avoid Butcher Box at all costs!

The funny(sad) thing is, I really wanted to love Butcher Box. I have an affiliate link, so I was going to try to promote it on my blog and maybe make some money off of it. But now I can’t do that and feel good about it. I won’t promote a company that gives their customers such a horrific experience.

If you want my affiliate link, send me a message or comment, and I’ll give it to you. You can get a free box of ground beef in every box for life…assuming the boxes get to you. But I’m not going to post the link here. That service doesn’t even deserve the backlink love, in my opinion.

What Now?

There are other companies that offer a comparable service, although most of them are a lot more expensive than Butcher Box.

One thing I’m looking into now is the meat boxes offered by Thrive Market (yes, that’s an affiliate link). They’re just a bit more expensive than Butcher Box, but Thrive Market’s customer service is a lot better, in my experience. To me, that totally makes it worth it!

I’ll report back at some point and let you know what I think about the Thrive Market boxes.

So, tell me. Have you tried Butcher Box? Love it/hate it? What about the Thrive Market boxes? What do you think about them? Is there something similar out there that you love, and I’m missing?

Talk back to me in the comments.

Here’s What Happened When I Decided to Give Up Sugar

give up sugar

On August 14, 2018 (which was, incidentally, the 14th anniversary of my first date with my husband), I went to the doctor for a yearly physical.

During that visit, he told me I was obese, according to the standard BMI chart (I’m 5’6” and weighed 217 at that point). Then he offered me a few pieces of advice:

Move more.

Eat less.

Avoid sugar, because “sugar is poison.”

Now, it should come as no surprise to you that I’ve understood that sugar is very bad for you for quite a while. I’ve heard that warning before – that sugar is poison. But until that moment I’d never really believed it.

I’d always thought that as long I practiced moderation in eating sugar, then I would be okay. The problem is: sugar is in EVERYTHING – especially processed foods. You can easily eat too much of it before you realize what you’re doing.

And when those words came out of my doctor’s mouth (a doctor I like and trust), I took them seriously. VERY seriously. I decided to cut out sugar (at least most sugar) from my diet for good.

When my test results came in the mail 5 days later and I discovered my triglycerides were high, I became even more determined to give up sugar, since sugar and triglycerides are intimately linked.  

Here’s what my dietary change meant for me:

  • I cut out ALL white sugar (no more cookies and cakes).
  • I cut out MOST white flour (I decided to not be really strict about that). The doctor didn’t mention white flour being a huge problem for me yet, although he had told my mother shortly before that white flour is poison. She’s full-blown Type 1 diabetic (and has been for over 50 years).
  • I increased my exercise by 15 MINUTES A DAY (just 15 minutes!)
  • I started eating MORE vegetables (the doctor told me to reach for those whenever I felt hungry).
  • I also started eating MORE fat (mostly the good kind – olive oil, fish oil, and avocados).  

healthy eating

Here’s a rundown of what happened after I made these changes:

  • One week later, I’d lost 7 pounds.
  • Eight days later, the 15-minute workout I’d started doing daily was a lot easier to do. I wasn’t panting or feeling faint halfway through. I knew my body was getting leaner AND stronger.
  • 17 days after my journey began, I’d lost 14 pounds. My skin actually looked better (younger and brighter). I felt better (had more energy, the brain fog was gone). And even my usual menstrual bloat was gone. By this point, I was pretty sure that my whole life had been changed just by giving up sugar. And I decided that I never wanted to go back to eating it.  
  • On Day 19, my energy levels were through the roof! Even my husband said he hadn’t seen me with that much energy for the past 10 years or so. At that point, I knew I’d been living in a walking sugar coma for the past decade.
  • On Day 22, I did something I hadn’t done in nearly a decade. I only drank ONE cup of coffee in the morning instead of my usual 2-3 (or more). And I had enough energy to make it through the day. I took a 20-minute nap in the afternoon…but I had energy! I had to cut back on the coffee because the day before I had my usual 2 or 3 cups, and I felt like I was literally going to jump out of my skin. I just couldn’t sit still. It was then that I realized that if you want more energy, you need to quit eating sugar!

cup of black coffee

  • On Day 24, I had to yank up my jeans the whole entire day because they were falling down. The funny thing is: I’d had to cut slits into the waistband of those jeans just a month or two before because they were too tight for me to move or breathe in. I knew then that I was on my way to needing smaller clothes!
  • On Day 30, I started IdealShape’s 15-day workout challenge. Day 1’s workout about killed me. WAY different than the Leslie Sansone walking workout I’d been doing before that.
  • On Day 31, I switched out the yoga flow for the Day 2 challenge workout to give my body a bit of a break. There was not as much sweating, but I found out that my body was so not flexible it was not even funny.
  • On Day 36, I completed Day 4’s workout for the challenge (I took a couple of days off), and I was able to do 12 chair dips. That wasn’t as many as I wanted to do, but I realized that a week before that I wouldn’t have even attempted to do the chair dips. I was making progress!
  • The next day, I completed Day 5’s workout and thought the whole time, ‘Wow, this is actually pretty easy.’ That workout even included the cross-body plank runners that would have practically killed me the week before. Plus, when I was doing the cool-down stretching at the end, I was actually able to touch the floor when I bent over! At that point, I realized I was getting stronger and more flexible – and just generally healthier.

flexibility

Today is Day 39 of my lifestyle change (this is not a diet – I REFUSE to call it a diet). I’ve lost 16 pounds … and I’ve lost 3 inches around my waist, arms, and thighs.

I’m going to continue chronicling my weight loss journey on this blog, so stay tuned. I’ve learned a lot during this process, and I want to share it so I can motivate and inspire others. I’ve already been doing that on Facebook.

And, speaking of Facebook, if you want to learn more about my weight loss journey or low-carb living, in general, join my Keto/Paleo Cave Facebook group. Let’s do this thing together!