Wellness Wednesdays: The Butter You Love

Why Not Eat The Butter You Love?!

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If this delicious dairy product were the star of a sitcom on the Health network, the show would probably be called “Everybody Hates Butter.” The reason, of course, is that it contains a significant amount of saturated fat. But again, it’s animal fat, like the kind in beef, bacon, and chicken skin. This is a natural fat that men and women have eaten for thousands of years.

What’s more, fat, like that in butter, is necessary in order to help your body absorb many of the healthy nutrients found in vegetables. For instance, without fat, your body can’t absorb carotenoids—powerful disease-fighting antioxidants found in colorful vegetables—or fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E, and K. So go ahead, eat butter, and do it without guilt in moderation.

Resource: Men’s Health

Candied Carrots

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2 pounds carrots, cut into sticks
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper

Prep Day: Place carrots in a large saucepan; add 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and set aside. In the same pan, combine the butter, brown sugar, salt and pepper; cook and stir until butter is melted. Return carrots to the pan; cook and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes or until glazed.

To Freeze: Allow to cool. Place in freezer bag or freezer container. Label and freeze.

Serve Day: Heat in microwave or in saucepan over medium heat and serve. Enjoy!

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