Thursday, September 24, 2009

Are you nuts?

Nuts are full of protein, vitamins, and yes FAT. Here's my (not a nutritionist just another post-op trying to make my way in the world) thoughts on Fat...

Our bodies need fat. It just needs to be consumed in moderation and selected wisely. There are definitely good fats (nuts, avocados, salmon...) and bad fats (trans fats found in some packaged foods, french fries, chips...) Good fats aid in digestion, deliver fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K), are great for skin, hair and nails, among other things. Bad fats well... they are just... bad.

Also fat = flavor. I eat yummy lip-smacking foods that contain fat in moderation and I'm happily satisfied with my portion. If I ate some non-fat icky-ness I'd be disappointed and longingly looking for my next meal. Don't be fooled either they take out the fat & add some equally bad-for-you ingredient something I'm sure will be the cause of a 3rd eye in lab rats 10 years from now.

With all things moderation is key. I try & limit my fats to 25% of my daily intake (50% protein, 25% complex carbs and 25% good fats.)

Here's one of the yummy ways I get my good fats. Mmmm a tablespoon of homemade nut butter and a sliced apple is one of my favorite afternoon snacks. I get my nut fix without reaching into a big bag of them which is always dangerous.

Shelly's Homemade Nut Butter

1 Tablespoon Raw Almonds
1 Tablespoon Raw Cashews
1 Tablespoon Brazil Nuts
1 Tablespoon Pecans
1 Tablespoon Macadamias
1 Tablespoon Pistachios
1 teaspoon Sunflower Kernels
1 teaspoon Flax Seeds
1 Tablespoon Almond Butter (any will do)
1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter (any will do)
1 Tablespoon Oil (Canola, Olive, Organic Coconut, all would work fine)

Whiz everything in a mini food processor till smooth & spreadable.

Great to spread on apple slices, apple cinnamon soy crisps or stirred into oatmeal. Makes a ton enough for several apples. Refrigerate unused portion.

You can make flavored nut butters by mixing in a dash of cinnamon, vanilla or any of the SF Torani Syrups (SF Strawberry or Raspberry Torani mixed in is yummy... like a PB&J) It's fun to make 1/2 the batch plain and half flavored.

6 comments:

Vicki said...

I love all your recipes, but was wondering if you have a basic recipe for chocolate or vanilla ice cream? My husband gave me a Cuisinart ice cream maker for my birthday and I am dying to try your recipes. Unfortunately, I am not one for adding things to my ice cream, so I am looking for the basics.
Thanks so much,
Vicki

JL said...

Thank You for posting all yummy and very important data. Thanks for sharing, caring enough to post the very best! I've never posted before but you are in my Google Reader I don't know you but I love you! umm that was way over the top uggg...I just want to say don't stop we need you, I need you to make it!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hey Vicki, Thank you :) I have a plain vanilla... it's like the best vanilla ever.

http://theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.com/2009/08/who-needs-carvel.html

but basically just make any chocolate or vanilla protein shake and dump it in you will get protein ice cream.

~Michelle


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JL, Well now we are officially cyber pals. Thank you for your lovely compliments. Writing the blog truly helps me keep my head in the game so thank you for being on the other end reading. It is appreciated more than I can say.

~M

Diane said...

Amen, sister! Nuts, including nut butters, are a part of my food repertoire. For the holidays I make a WLS-friendly version of spiced nuts (sweet as well as savory). Thanks for sharing yummy info!

Justin and Corrie said...

Hey, Shelly! First of all, lemme just say, you are one of my WLS heroes. Love your commitment to making it work for you.

Question for ya: do you ever worry about the amount of artificial sweeteners we end up consuming? I feel like I can't go totally without sweets, but sugar really does trigger the binging, so artificial sweeteners are (almost) a necessity. But are they really that good for me? Probably not. I don't know; I just worry about fake food a lot.

Love to hear your thoughts.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Justin and Corrie,

Good Q, Yeah I know whatcha mean... not willing to give up all my vices and I figure we all have to die from something...

I will die happily clutching my Sugar Free Cinnamon Dolce Soy Latte from Starbucks ;)

~M