Brain Boosting Buttermints are one of my favorite go-to snacks! Really, I could just eat butter straight out of the package but thankfully these delicious & brain-healthy treats make my habit a bit more socially acceptable. These Brain Boosting Buttermints are naturally gluten free, high in healthy saturated fats and fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E & K2.
Saturated Fat is Good for Your Health.
Say what?! Yes – emphatically YES; Saturated fat is healthy. Examine the research for yourself: Contrary to Ansel Keys’ Diet-Heart Hypothesis from way back in the ’50s, more recent studies have revealed that a diet low in fat not only increases triglycerides (1) but also lowers HDL cholesterol (2) or the ‘good’ fats. There’s actual no evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease as evidenced by this meta-analysis published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. (3)
And if your mind isn’t blown yet, check out this evidence associating low cholesterol with depression (4, 5), violent crimes (6), and suicides (7); especially for those battling with bipolar disorder (8). While you may not be concerned with dementia or Alzheimer’s just yet, low cholesterol may contribute to that too. (8, 9)
How low is too low? Dr. James M. Greenblatt M.D. reported in Psychology Today that “a total cholesterol level below 150 mg/dL is many times a contributing factor to depression. Raising cholesterol levels by dietary interventions or adjusting statin medication for some patients may be the key to treating their depression.” Getting these fats from your diet (like with these Brain Boosting Buttermints) is important but may not always raise your levels high enough or fast enough.
I’ve been taking fish oil practically since the day I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 12 years ago. It’s important to get a high quality supplement like this one that isn’t contaminated with heavy metals. Of course, be sure to consult with your doctor before making any dietary or supplement changes. And don’t forget to use your power of reason. You’re the one that has to live with the consequences of your decisions.
Eating Fat Doesn’t Make YOU ‘Fat’
Many are scared to test out eating more fat because they think that ‘eating fat makes you ‘FAT’. Research has shown though that spikes in insulin are what you really want to watch out for (meaning CUT THE SUGAR – or at least limit it to 25g/day.) Low-fat, high-carb diets create spikes in insulin which can slow down our metabolism and cause us to store belly fat. However, high-fat diets have been shown to reset our metabolism and even help prevent obesity. (10)
Rather than using the term ‘fat’ to describe being overweight, maybe we should use the term ‘inflamed.‘ (11) Eating certain foods or just eating too much food in general can cause an increased immune response, leading to inflammation and a number of chronic diseases. (12) But back to why butter and FAT is so good for us…
Fat Helps Us Absorb Vitamins
Vitamins A, D, E & K2 are fat-soluble meaning you need to eat them along with fat in order to absorb these vitamins properly. Butter has the fat & the vitamins all in one neat, little package for us. But if you want to get the most out of other foods containing fat-soluble vitamins, you may want to consider adding some good quality fats like butter, olive or coconut oil.
Here’s a list of foods that contain fat-soluble vitamins:
- Vitamin A: carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, cantaloupe, liver, and egg yolks
- Vitamin D: eggs, fatty fish (sockeye salmon, mackerel, sardines), and grass-fed dairy (including yogurt)
- Vitamin E: spinach, almonds, sunflower seeds, avocados, shrimp, rainbow trout, olive oil, broccoli, butternut squash
- Vitamin K: dark leafy greens, scallions, brussels sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, cabbage
Not All Butter or Fat is Created Equal
Be sure to get grass-fed butter; meaning from cows that were able to naturally graze in a pasture. You’ll notice it’s a deeper, golden color because grass-fed butter is higher in beta carotene & vitamin A. (13, 14) Coconut oil is also a great source of saturated fat. Furthermore, olive oil is good, but be sure never to cook with it (or other vegetable oils for that matter.) Also steer clear of soybean & canola oil. Be sure to READ LABELS. Labels are great for food, not for people…
So now that you’ve reviewed the evidence for yourself, you can feel good about satisfying those cravings with this no-guilt reward!
Brain Boosting Buttermints
- 1/2 cup butter (grass-fed for the most vitamins & best flavor)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (cold-pressed, organic)
- 2 tbsp honey (raw & local)
- 1/8 tsp peppermint extract
- 1 dash vanilla extract
- Mixing Bowl
- Large Pan
- Parchment Paper (unbleached)
- Teaspoon sized measuring spoon
- Butter knife
- 12 oz. Mason Jar
Yields: About 50 mints that will fit in a 12oz mason jar
How to Make Brain Boosting Buttermints
1. In a saucepan over low heat, melt 1/2 cup butter (usually 1 stick, break it up into squares.)
2. Remove from heat. Transfer to mixing bowl & whisk in 1/2 cup coconut oil, 2 tbsp honey, 1/8 tsp peppermint extract and 1 dash of vanilla extract. Mix well.
3. Cool in fridge for 5 minutes, stir, and cool for another 5 minutes.
4. While you’re waiting, line pan with parchment paper.
5. Remove from fridge & using a teaspoon sized measuring spoon & a knife, scoop bite-sized dollops onto parchment paper OR to save time, spread out in a thin layer on parchment paper.
6. Freeze for about 1/2 an hour (with time saving method cut into squares after 15 minutes then return to freezer for remainder.)
7. Transfer to a jar & store in the fridge or freezer for a quick, nourishing treat that refuels your brain & combats cravings!
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Recipe adapted from: https://empoweredsustenance.com/stop-sugar-cravings/ and https://realfoodrn.com/healthy-buttermints/