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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.
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!!
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!
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.