Let’s talk about the big f-word that hangs over everyone’s head. Yep, that’s right, fat. It has been instilled in today’s society that fat is bad and we must avoid it at all costs by purchasing all of the “low fat” or “light fat” labeled foods. Well let me tell you something, fat is not the hideous creature that society has made it out to be. Fat is good! Consuming natural made fat (not the man-made trans fat that is found in processed foods) can actually help you lose weight. Crazy, right? Check out this article from Eat to Perform about how you must eat fat to lose fat.
Healthy fat can be found in a lot of yummy and nutrient dense foods and I have listed some of them for you below. There are many ways to incorporate these foods into your diet. I bet you, after you read the article and all of the benefits fat gives you, you will be spoon feeding yourself fats left and right!
- Avocados (Guac anyone?)
- Nuts and nut butters (any and all nuts, except peanuts)
- Seeds (i.e. Flaxseed, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds)
- Coconut products (oil, cream, full fat milk)
- Grass-fed butter (if you are primal)
- Fatty Fish (Salmon, tuna, trout, sardines)
- Animal fats (BACON)
I was cruising Pinterest the other day and immediately started drooling when I saw this recipe! Seriously, instant drool. I used to be a huge baby when it came to spicy foods, but paleo doesn’t always cater to those types of humans. Hot sauce and hotter spices pop-up in a lot of recipes so, I obviously had no choice but to just suck it up. And lo and behold, I now love hot sauce! I got this recipe from Kelly with Primally Inspired and she obviously knew what she was doing when she created this recipe. Pure Deliciousness!
BUFFALO RANCH STUFFED PEPPERS
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon of each: dried parsley, dried dill, dried chives, garlic powder, onion powder
- sea salt and pepper
- 4 peppers (feel free to use any color – I used green because they were on sale!)
- 1/2 cup hot sauce (I use Frank’s Hot Sauce)
- 1/4 cup butter (4 tablespoons)
- If you don’t want it as spicy add more butter and less hot sauce. If you want it even spicier add more hot sauce and less butter.
- Extra butter or fat of choice for greasing and baking
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Mix your dried spices together in a small bowl
- Place your sliced onions on a greased or parchment paper lined baking pan and lay the chicken over the onions
- Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and then the seasoning mix
- Place a small pat of butter or other choice of fat over each chicken breast
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through
- While chicken is cooking, melt the 1/4 cup butter in a pot over medium low heat then mix in the 1/2 cup hot sauce, set aside
- Once chicken is cooked, cut the chicken and onions in small bite size pieces
- Combine the chicken with the hot sauce mixture
- Spoon chicken mixture evenly in all 4 peppers
- Place stuffed peppers in a baking pan
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or until peppers are softened to your liking
- Serve with guacamole or sliced avocado and eat up!
**Kelly also provides a quick and easy guacamole recipe here.