One of the most common mistakes people make with their health lies in their fear of fat. While there are plenty of reasons to avoid the "bad" fats, such as trans fats and hydrogenated oils, there are just as many reasons to consume the "good" fats, like the essential fatty acids (particularly Omega-3s) and polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids (aka PUFAs and MUFAs). But how to tell which are good and which are bad? Here's some help...
- trans fats (in fast food, fried food, and industrially processed & packaged foods)
- hydrogenated oils (margarine)
- vegetable oils (soy oil, corn oil)
- vegetable shortening (Crisco, Trex)
- extra virgin olive oil
- flax seeds and oil
- pumpkin seeds and oil
- hemp seeds and oil
- chia seeds
- virgin coconut oil
- sesame seeds and oil
- wild-caught cold water fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines, etc.)
- hazelnuts and oil
- pastured (grass-fed) beef and eggs and butter
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve joint health
- Support brain function
- Anti-inflammatory, particularly for sufferers of arthritis and asthma
- Improve metabolic function and support weight loss
- Balance blood sugar
With all of this in mind, I made a deliciously fatty raw dessert a few days ago - one you can consume and feel good about. It contains cashews and walnuts, both of which have a wonderful amount of essential fatty acids. Cashews get a bad rap - everyone assumes they are full of fat and therefore unhealthy. While all nuts and seeds contain a large amount of fat, cashews in particular are made up of monounsaturated fats (MUFAs, remember?) - the same fatty acid found in olive oil. Of course, they are nutrient-dense, so you only need a small amount to get all that good stuff into your system.
That's why I made some individual cream tarts. Pretty, right?
In addition to the cashew filling, the crust is made of walnuts, full of omega-3 fatty acids, that all-important healthy fat that our Western diets so often lack. Instead of downing fish oil, try some other sources, like walnuts, flaxseeds, or chia seeds. A dessert that's good for you - how delightful!
Raw Cashew Cream Tart
Prep Time: 15 mins + 1 hour chilling time
Cook Time: 0 mins
Keywords: raw blender dessert gluten-free soy-free vegetarian wheat free