Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How to Hack Your Snacks; Trends Fat Is Back and Energy-Rich Nut Butter Bites Have the Nutrition Set Buzzing. Have a Ball, Says Phoebe Luckhurst

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How to Hack Your Snacks; Trends Fat Is Back and Energy-Rich Nut Butter Bites Have the Nutrition Set Buzzing. Have a Ball, Says Phoebe Luckhurst

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IT IS outmoded to cast fat as the enemy. These days received nutritional wisdom runs that fats are good duly, avocado, coconut oil and nut butters are mainstays of any zeitgeist diet. Bookshelves heave with instructive volumes Eat Fat Get Thin, Fats for Fuel while civilians follow the strictures more broadly by getting a spoon and a jar of peanut butter, and getting stuck in.

That's a noble snack though there's a new, better and bitesized way to get your good fats, and one that is less likely to risk choking. Fatballs are small, concentrated balls of nuts and oils, and are not to be confused with fatbergs, those monumental lumps of lard that are found in London's sewer system.

Indeed, the name does it a disservice some prefer the explosive moniker "fat bombs" though either way, do not be put off, as the balls are packing nutrients.

There's plenty of room for experimentation but, as a rule, the balls are a mixture of nut butter, coconut oil, MCT oil and collagen oil. This has a supercharging effect: it's enough fuel to run on all day. Fatballs's voguish peer, protein balls, don't provide as much energy. And fats are good for feeding the brain: pop a ball mid-afternoon and you'll fire on all cylinders until home time.

"I've noticed the fatball trend," observes Imogen Wolsey, dietitian at Fuel PR. "Since they're predominantly nuts, nut butters and coconut oil, they can be nutrient-dense." Though moderation is, as ever, the theme. "They're accordingly very high in calories."

At the moment it's largely a DIY trend though a few prescient healthy caffs Continued on Page 30 Continued from Page 29 have started doing versions on the theme. 26Grains, a former Old Street pop-up which got a permanent space in Neal's Yard in late 2016, does cacao and nut balls, and wellness shaman and model Danielle Copperman, who has just released her first cookbook, Well Being, has a recipe for coconut and cashew butter balls. …

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