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by Dr. Will Cole

The holidays are filled with family and festivities. And with these festivities come an endless supply of holiday cookies and treats. Sugar cookies, candy canes, and eggnog abound and even those with the strongest willpower can have a hard time resisting these once-a-year goodies. So what’s a health-minded person to do? Because, let’s be honest, sticking to the veggie tray isn’t going to make for a very fun party.

Once of my top choices to not only satisfy my sweet tooth, but also keep my inflammation levels and blood sugar in check, is a little guy I call fat bomb.

What are fat bombs?

Fat bombs are super-healthy and easy to make, two things that are essential during the busy holiday season.

These are high in, yup you guessed it, fats. My goal as a functional medicine practitioner is to use food as medicine as much as possible. Many find themselves on a sugar roller coaster that leave them feeling fatigued and bloated. Healthy fats are a slow, sustainable form of energy that can be a powerful tool to curb sugar cravings that awaken the hangry beast within. If you want to learn more about stopping cravings in their tracks, check out my article for all the fun science on why we crave sugar in the first place.

Your brain is comprised of 60 percent fat. We need fat for fuel and always have. Since birth, we have relied on fat in the form of breast milk for brain development and energy. Even for those who drank formula, MCT oil (derived from coconut and palm oil) is added to most formulas, as a source of healthy fats.

In order for your brain to work optimally, it needs a lot of energy. From an evolutionary and biological standpoint, the most sustainable form of energy for your body is healthy fats.

The ketogenic diet, where your bodies rely on fat instead of sugar to burn, has been shown to do some amazing things for our metabolic and brain health. Even if you aren’t full-on keto (which I’m not going to blame you, especially during the holidays), eating more fat-rich foods can help keep you satiated and satisfied which will help make turning down that cookie tray a whole lot easier. Due to its high-fat content, eating a fat bomb can actually feel like a treat since you can incorporate delicious holiday flavors, as I did below.

Fat bombs use healthy fats like:

  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut cream
  • MCT oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Nut butters and oil
  • Grass-fed ghee or butter

So before you head out the door in your ugly-Christmas sweater, make some of these so you are prepared. Skip the cookie table and drop a F(at) bomb. These are some of my favorite holiday-inspired recipes.

Cocoa Almond Butter Fat Bombs

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup virgin coconut oil
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • 1 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon stevia drops

Method

  1. Melt the ingredients in a pan over low heat. Stir continuously to avoid burning. You can also use a chocolate melter or double broiler.
  2. Pour into silicone molds. Get creative and use festive holiday shapes like snowflakes, Christmas trees, or snowmen.
  3. Place in freezer until hardened.
  4. Remove from molds and store in a sealed container in freezer.

Chocolate Peppermint Macadamia Nut Bombs

Ingredients

  • ½ cup virgin coconut oil
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 5 drops food-grade peppermint essential oil or extract
  • ¼ cup finely chopped macadamia nuts
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon stevia drops

Method

  1. Melt the ingredients in a pan over low heat. Stir continuously to avoid burning. You can also use a chocolate melter or double broiler.
  2. Pour into silicone molds. Get creative and use festive holiday shapes like snowflakes, Christmas trees, or snowmen.
  3. Place in freezer until hardened.
  4. Remove from molds and store in a sealed container in freezer.

Coconut Lemon Fat Bombs

Ingredients

  • ½ cup virgin coconut oil
  • ½ cup coconut butter
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon stevia drops

Method

  1. Melt the ingredients in a pan over low heat. Stir continuously to avoid burning. You can also use a chocolate melter or double broiler.
  2. Pour into silicone molds. Get creative and use festive holiday shapes like snowflakes, Christmas trees, or snowmen.
  3. Place in freezer until hardened.
  4. Remove from molds and store in a sealed container in freezer.

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