Ghee is one of those on-trend products that has actually been around for thousands of years. A natural cooking oil, ghee is a clarified form of butter, where water and milk solids have been removed, leaving the essence of the butter. It’s prized in the Ayurvedic medical tradition in India, where it originated, because it’s said to eliminate toxins, rejuvenate the body and nourish the brain and nervous system.
Current nutritional research shows that ghee contains healthy fats and is rich in antioxidants and essential vitamins. Ghee also lowers an inflammatory molecule that contributes to hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), and decreases total cholesterol and triglycerides. It’s rich in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which reduces inflammation, promotes fat loss, reduces the formation of fatty plaque in arteries and may even help prevent cancer.
Plus, it tastes wonderful and, unlike butter, it does not burn at high temperatures. Ghee is often described as a pure butter flavour that’s silky and nutty. Ready to try it?
• Mix ghee with a quality Celtic sea salt and spread on sprouted grain or sourdough breads.
• Top popcorn. “We love it on air-popped popcorn,” says Caitlin Rivett-Carnac, co-owner of St. Francis Herb Farm. “Heat up a mixture of ghee and coconut oil, pour it over the popcorn and sprinkle with salt.”
• Drizzle over fish, scallops or lobster.
• Swap out butter for ghee in baking that’s served warm, such as a fruit crisp.
• Use ghee as a cooking oil to sauté, roast or stir fry veggies.
• Squeeze two lemons into a bowl and mix the juice with two tablespoons of ghee. Drizzle over a 3-lb chicken along with a mixture of herbs and roast at 350°F for 90 minutes, says Melissa Ramos, a Toronto nutritionist who blogs at her site, SexyFoodTherapy [www.sexyfoodtherapy.com].
• Stir a half a tablespoon into your favourite organic coffee to make a powerhouse buttered coffee.
There are lots of ways to savour the “better butter” taste and health benefits of ghee…enjoy!
Because almost all the milk proteins have been removed from ghee, people with dairy sensitivities can usually enjoy it without any problems.
Recipe: Healing Golden Milk
By Melissa Ramos, SexyFoodTherapy.com
This comforting drink is an ideal way to soothe your nerves after a long day.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp St. Francis Herb Farm organic ghee
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp dried ginger
Raw honey to sweeten
Pinch sea salt
Method: Combine ingredients over heat, then blend. Pour and enjoy.