I have a confession to make. I eat butter.
Guess what though? Not all butter is created equal. In fact, not all food is created equal. I lived through the fat-free diet craziness in the 80s and 90s. I remember my lunches at Wash High consisted of a soft pretzel and a Diet Coke. Now, I eat fat. I eat real food. I feel fabulous.
When it comes to butter, pasture butter is where it's at. Pasture butter comes from cows that eat grass. They are supposed to eat grass. It is better for them and it is better for us. Most cows in the US are not eating grass. They eat corn which makes them sick, which it turn makes the food not as healthy and eventually can make us sick. Yuck!
Grass-fed animals enjoy a buffet of nutritious greens which translates into some healthier dairy products. Ever heard of CLA? Conjugated linoleic acid is a naturally occurring trans fatty acid (this is not the man-made bad guy) created in the gut of grazing animals. Studies have found that it may be a cancer-fighter and immunity-booster.
Where Can I Buy Pasture Butter?
So, next time you are at the grocery store check out all the butter options. Overwhelming, huh? Does your grocery store even have pasture butter? If not, ask them if they can carry it. Most stores are very accommodating. Below are the brands that I like:
Check out local PA farms that sell pasture butter. I have seen some local pasture butter for sale at Sunny Bridge. I love this website for all kinds of pasture food: http://www.eatwild.com/products/pennsylvania.html
Remember, it is all about making the best choice that you can. In my opinion, butter is much better for you than margarine.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
These special treats are really easy to make and so delicious AND they call for pasture butter. Remember that they are still cookies so don't eat the entire batch in one sitting!
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup real maple syrup (not Aunt Jemima!)
1/2 cup unsalted pasture butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup flax seed, ground
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine oats, flour, salt and flax together in a large bowl; set aside. In a separate bowl mix together maple syrup, butter and vanilla. Add wet ingredient to dry mixture and mix well. Stir in chips. With moist hands form dough into 2-inch cookies and place on a lightly oiled cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
Remember, life is journey not a destination. Enjoy the process! 🙂