Fat Cravings

September 20, 2013

Recently I have been craving a lot of fat…

I’m not talking cookies, cake and potato chips, but rather nuts, avocado and egg yolks.

Last night it got so bad that I had three kinds of nut butters laid out in front of me, and I alternated taking small spoonfuls of each

 

 

And then today, this happened

 

Nut butter maple syrup sauce…say hello to your little friends…

Traditionally, I simply spread nut butter on top of pancakes, but apparently, that wouldn’t cut it this time around.

I recently saw Elise’s pancakes with peanut sauce, and knew that I would be recreating that very soon.  Elise, I honestly don’t know whether to thank you or flip you the bird.

Kidding…there’s no guilt here.  This breakfast actually made me very happy and fueled me all morning long.

Amaranth & Teff Blueberry Pancakes

  • 1/3 cup amaranth flour
  • 1 T teff flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground flax
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • blueberries
  • Toppings of choice
  • coconut oil

Follow these directions to cook!

Nut Butter Maple Syrup Sauce (I didn’t really measure)

  • Spoonful of almond butter
  • Spoonful of peanut butter
  • Almond milk
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • Cinnamon

One of the first things I learned through IIN is to no longer be shameful of cravings, but to rather listen to what your cravings are trying to tell you.  It’s emphasized that your body is a miraculous machine – never skipping a heartbeat or breath – and knows exactly what it’s doing.  Therefore, whether you’re craving salty or sweet, fat, carbs or protein, it’s your body’s way of sending you a message.

So of course I Googled it.

What does it mean when I’m craving fat?

Let me preface this by saying your body needs fat to function (which is why low-fat diets are detrimental); healthy fats and oils provide your body with fat soluble vitamins (A, E and K), they give you energy and help in the production of hormones.  Therefore, a craving could signal some kind of deficiency, or your body’s need to attain energy.  Fats also make foods taste better and have an appealing texture (i.e they’re decadent), giving cravings an emotional component as well.  Lastly, it takes the longest for your body to burn calories from fat (vs. carbs and protein), which in turn stabilizes blood sugar levels and decreases feelings of anxiety and moodiness (hello, “hanger” anyone?).

(Source)

Hmm…who knows which one applies to me.  All I know is that I love nut butter, and won’t be ridding it from my diet any time soon.

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elise September 20, 2013 at 11:26 pm

flip me the bird :) hehe
im fat-craving lately too. my post-partum self cant get enough eggs, avo and nuts. and coconut. anything with fat. i dont know what its all about but its working for me.

in other news, i think im going to have to get some amaranth flour…

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Sara September 21, 2013 at 7:36 am

Me too-I definitely feel my best with healthy fats at every meal.
Yes! Do. Love amaranth flour. It has a very distinct flavor but it tastes so good in pancakes and (banana) breads. Gluten-free + nutritional powerhouse.

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl September 21, 2013 at 11:25 am

Yay for healthy fats!! …especially in the form of nut butters and avocado!

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