Was I wrong about the Full Fat Diet? Was I wrong to tell you to use real butter and 40% “matière grasse” (fat) creme fraiche, and whole milk? The answer is probably yes for some people and no for others. This is because it depends on exactly how you implemented these products into your diet. So it’s really important that you hear what I’m about to say.
I have always encouraged moderation when using high-fat products. The key is to eat them in reasonable portions, and within healthy fresh recipes. But I think I forgot one important thing. The frequency of consumption. Cheese is a very big part of the culture here in Normandy and we love our cheese. In fact, we love it so much that not a lunch or dinner went by without our little cheese course. But even though we never abused the quantity of cheese at any given meal, we forgot about respecting the frequency of its consumption. Even though there are tons of great things in cheese, (protein, calcium, etc) the body needs a break from this food every once and a while. You might have guessed it. One of us has high cholesterol. The likely culprit? Certainly all that cheese and creme fraiche, both of which we use a bit too much.
And so, Full Fat Diet will be making a hard U-turn and will be turning away from high cholesterol foods for a while. That doesn’t mean I will cut these foods out completely from my recipes, it just means that we are cutting own drastically on our frequency of their consumption.
Will I still make cookies with butter in them? Yes. Whole milk in my muffins? Yes. Don’t worry, the yummy recipes will still keep on coming. I’m just going to get even more creative by using much less butter, cream, and egg yolks….!
Full Fat Diet is taking on a 4-month challenge. Come on guys, (I’m gonna need a little extra support now… here we go!)
And on that note, it’s a new day. And on this new day, we’re starting it out with my Cholesterol-Reducing Fruitopia Oatmeal! You read it right. This is not just any oatmeal. I have named this recipe Fruitopia Oatmeal. Because just look at all that glorious fruit!
The base is cinnamon oatmeal with one part “demi-ecremé milk (close to 2%) and 2 parts water, raw cane sugar, and cinnamon, and the toppings are a smorgasbord of glorious cholesterol-reducing high fiber fruits including bananas, dates, apples, pears, and raspberries. To top it off, this gorgeous breakfast bowl gets the finishing touch with a teaspoon of tasty chia seeds sprinkled over the bananas.
Phew; now that that elephant’s out of the room, I encourage you to go for your annual check-up. The great thing is we spotted the problem. And now we’re going to fix it!
Love from our newly low-cholesterol kitchen,