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You likely know that ghee—clarified butter that’s widely used in Ayurveda—is good for you. Its high fat content has been linked with improved digestion and the reduction of disease-causing inflammation in your body. And still, there’s a good chance you keep reaching for the extra-virgin olive oil instead because of ghee’s strong taste or smell (or both). Even John Douillard, an Ayurvedic practitioner in Boulder, Colorado, can relate: “After years of Ayurvedic cleanses with ghee from grain-fed cows, I developed a strong aversion to it,” he says. Here, Douillard shares his top tips for learning to love the stuff:
1. Opt for grass-fed varieties. “These have a nutty, buttery flavor and sweet aroma that even the most ghee-averse can enjoy,” says Douillard.
2. Blend 1 TSP into your morning tea or coffee in place of cream.
3. Stir 1 TSP into a bowl of oatmeal, or blend into a smoothie.
4. Use melted ghee instead of butter to top popcorn or sautéed veggies.
5. Use as a dip for fruit or bread: In a small pan over low heat, stir together 1 tsp ghee, 1 tsp coconut oil, ½ tsp raw honey, and a handful of dark-chocolate chips until melted.
6. Try our Wild Rice Stuffing recipe
See also Ghee: Health Benefits + Easy Recipe