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Forget everything you know about fat and get ready to learn about 6 healthy fats you may be ignoring! Regardless of your reasons for wanting to eat healthier, adding these healthy fats is a great first step!
It’s a new year! A new you. Hopefully, everyone made fantastic resolutions and they are still sticking to them! I know when I make a resolution, the goal is to just jump right in, and that’s where the mistake is. I honestly think so many people fall off the resolution bandwagon because they try to do too much all at once, and it gets overwhelming, so they give up completely.
I don’t want that for you! I’m sure you don’t either. So, whether you’ve already fallen off the “eat healthier” bandwagon, or you’re starting to lose steam, or even if that wasn’t your new year’s resolution, I’m going to share with you how to ease into “eating healthier”. Now, I’m not talking some fabulous diet that’s going to help you lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks or anything. This isn’t a diet at all, really, it’s a lifestyle choice. Once you start, you won’t want to stop, you’ll feel so much better!
The goal here, though, is to take small steps. You don’t want to toss out every food product you own and get overwhelmed, so let’s take baby steps.
Where do I start?
First, and foremost, you have to take all that information you’ve been told for years about what’s healthy and not healthy for you, and forget it. All of it. Contrary to what they may say, fat can be good for you! Now, I’m not recommending that you go out and eat a whole stick of butter, but it’s so much better for you than margarine. What is that stuff anyway? Margarine…. Oil? Regardless, it’s manmade and I can’t make it in my kitchen.
Honestly, for me personally, it was not hard at all to embrace healthy fats as good. Why wouldn’t we be naturally provided with natural resources for our bodies needs? Why would we need a man in a laboratory to to provide us with that? The logic behind it made a lot more sense to me than the logic behind eating processed cooking oils and margarine.
So, my first step was I went in my kitchen and started throwing all of our cooking oils out. No more canola oil, vegetable oil, crisco, and definitely no more margarine. I replaced it all with healthy, traditional fats.
Clean Eating Fats & How to Use Them
You can use this in place of vegetable oil in baking. Just melt it and use the same measurement the recipe calls for.
THIS IS THE KIND WE USE.
You can use this to saute things in the skillet, or as a base in some marinades. Most people are probably already using olive oil regularly and this won’t be much of a change, but for those of you who don’t HERE’S ONE.
This one seemed a bit strange to me when I first sourced it and started using it. You can render your own, but it’s labor intensive, and it stinks unless you do it outdoors. I purchase ours already rendered FROM HERE. Make sure you’re finding real lard, you can’t find it on a shelf. If it says it’s hydrogenated, or partially hydrogenated, that’s not the stuff. It’s not shelf stable. You can use this instead of vegetable shortening. It makes a great pie crust.
Related: PIE CRUST
Related: FOOL-PROOF BUTTERMILK BISCUITS
Butter should have one to two ingredients. The number one ingredient should be cream. The optional ingredient being salt. Use butter in place of margarine! It can even be used in place of vegetable shortening in most recipes with a little tweaking. It tastes soooo much better, and it’s better for you. We pick up THIS KIND at costco for a great price!
This oil has an amazingly high smoke point making it perfect for high heat dishes. You can use it in place of vegetable oil in any dish you want. HERE’S ONE TO TRY.
If you asked me a few years ago what the heck tallow was I would’ve balked at you and laughed. Tallow? Huh? But this amazing animal-derived fat typically comes from cattle, but can come from any red meat source. It is similar to lard, but much harder at solid state once rendered. Believe it or not McDonald’s used to fry their french fries in it O.o. Anyway, tallow is best from grass-fed sources. You can use it to fry foods when you indulge in such treats. Beef tallow smells like steak, but it does not leave a beefy undertone in your foods. I PURCHASE BEEF TALLOW HERE.
This is a small step, but it will make such a difference. It won’t break the bank to phase out those nasty fats we’ve all been led to believe are good for us, and it isn’t a difficult switch to make. Like I said before, clean eating is not a diet, it is a lifestyle choice. You didn’t develop a crummy diet overnight, so don’t expect to develop a healthy one overnight. Take your time!