I have a 2 secrets to share with you all.
1. I have a horrible habit of snacking late at night. This means that I am eating during my fasting window. It also throws off my ghrelin-leptin-melatonin cycle, making it more difficult to fall asleep.
2. I have a way of stopping this habit that has already been proven to work (by me in the past), I just forgot about it the last 10 months.
BONUS SECRET: Fat bombs are the answer
You saw that right - fat bombs.
These are all the rage in the secret keto societies of the world. These bite-sized treats have a macro breakdown of about 75% fat, 10-20% protein and the rest is carbs. The fat will come from ingredients like cream cheese and coconut oil and it makes for an incredibly rich, satisfying treat that doesn't send me into a late-night binge fest.
The best part is if I am craving something like cheesecake or chocolate, there are a plethora of recipes out there that incorporate those tastes and textures into fat bombs.
This week I was missing summer quite a bit. The number of hours of sunlight are quickly diminishing, and I can feel my shoulders creeping up around my ears as the brisk, autumn wind starts to settle in the Ottawa Valley.
So to kill two birds with one stone (late night snacks and summer nostalgia), I decided to make Lemon Cheesecake Fat Bombs. I opened up my handy-dandy pinterest app, searched lemon fat bomb and VOILA! A number of recipes came up with beautiful, bright yellow options just waiting to be made.
One thing I discovered in this process was that there are comments on pinterest posts. There was one recipe that looked really good in the image, but some of the ingredients seemed off. I checked the comment section and the beautiful people of the internet had left reviews for people like me to save time! I eventually found a recipe with beautiful pictures (see image below) AND glowing reviews.
Delicious looking, right?
My thoughts exactly.
The recipe is very simple as well so this really checked all of my cooking boxes. This recipe is taken from Fat Secret.
Look at how easy that is! 35 minutes - I could have had my chicken baking in the oven at the same time. Talk about multi-tasking my meal prep.
I used full fat cream cheese, 1 whole lemon, kirkland coconut oil, and natrel unsalted butter. The liquid stevia is from president's choice.
The recipe calls for 2tbsp of sweetener. Now, in my experience with putting this liquid stevia in my tea, it is VERY sweet. In fact, stevia is about 7x sweeter than table sugar and it comes with a distinct flavour. So as I was measuring out the stevia, I knew that 2tbsp was likely too much. I didn't do a full 2tbsp but definitely more than 1.
In the end the fat bombs turned out beautifully! I didn't have silicon molds, like they suggested, but I had ice cube trays with silicon bottoms, and that seemed to work okay.
There is a very distinct stevia after-taste with these, so I will probably do 1/2 the stevia the next time I make these (because I definitely will be!)
I topped them off with blueberries for a pop of colour, and some natural sweetness.
Now when I get home late from work and I feel snack-y, I just pop one of these and start my pre-bedtime routine. In the past I have had to do this for a week or so, and then I no longer crave a big snack after work.
It just takes a little bit of preparation to set you up for success when you are trying to kick a bad habit. This took me 30 minutes and now I have 1 less thing to worry about.
Do something good for your body today and try preparing something that will help you change a habit that has been holding you back!
Riri's Discoveries blog documents Riri's most recent research, her travel adventures, and her personal fitness journey.