Why Fat Bombs Should Be Your New Snack Of Choice
Okay, so real talk: “fat bomb” sounds absolutely terrifying. And kind of gross. But this staple of the ketogenic diet, a.k.a. the diet of 2017, has gained major momentum among health nuts looking for a tasty and satiating snack. But what are they exactly?
Fat bombs are bite-sized balls made with mostly healthy fats and very little carbs or sugar. In fact, most fat bombs are 85 percent fat. Typical fat sources (and bases for these snacks) include coconut, nuts and nut butters, and avocados. Their flavor profile is typically sweet, but since sugar itself is a no-no in these recipes and the keto diet in general, you’ll see most fat bombs flavored with things like unsweetened chocolate, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and small amounts of honey and agave. The idea is that when you need a boost of energy (snack time), just pop one of these babies and you’ll stave off hunger for longer and move one step closer toward your weight loss goal.
Now, the discussion of whether or not eating fats is actually good for you is always a heated one in the health community. And the American Heart Association recently ruffled even more feathers by deeming coconut oil unhealthy due to its high saturated fat content. However, fat consumption is part of a balanced diet and often responsible for helping us feel full when we finish eating.
The only catch? They’re pretty petite in size and you should really only eat one (not six) to reap the health benefits and avoid the excessive calorie consumption. It’s also worth paying attention to which bases have more unsaturated fat (avocado and nuts) and which ones don’t really have any added benefits beyond staying power (butter and mayonnaise).
At the end of the day, the only way to really know how something like fat bombs will work for you is to try it out. So are you ready to test out some recipes and see for yourself? We snagged a few from food blogger The Healthy Foodie that not only look appetizing, but also skip the sugar substitutes a lot of other fat bomb recipes include.