Friday, February 4, 2011

Favorite Indulgences: Artisana Raw Tahini

I'm all about eating low fat, but I really do love nuts and nut butters!  I especially love this Raw Tahini by Artisana.  It is AMAZING!  It adds a wonderful creaminess to any sauce, salad dressing, dip or hummus.

You can also make some really tasty simple raw desserts- like stuffing a date with it or mixing it with oats and agave nectar and rolling it into balls.  My kids like to spread it on a Seaweed Rice Cake for an afternoon snack. I plan to experiment with it to make a raw icing for my youngest daughter's birthday in May.

Artisana Raw Tahini is high in Calcium and Iron and contains 3 grams of dietary fiber and 6 grams of protein!  And now for the fat grams...18 grams of fat per 2 tbsp serving!  So be conservative when using it, a little goes a long way:)  Of course this is definitely better than using oil.  When you consume fat that is in it's natural package with fiber and other nutrients, it is a much healthier source than oils which have been extracted and concentrated. 

On the Eat for Health program we get our fats from whole food sources like nuts, nut butters, grains, avocado, and nut milks.  We don't cook with oils, we use vegan broth, coconut water, carrot juice or pineapple juice to start meals on a non-stick pan.

I'll talk more about oil free cooking and baking in an upcoming post!

In the meantime, please leave a comment and let me know what your favorite (somewhat healthy) indulgence is!

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