The simple pleasures in life are often the most neglected. Too easily they’re overlooked in favour of costly or complex adventures. Like fancy restaurants, round the world trips, designer accessories….I’ve been thinking a lot about the simple pleasures as I embark on a 12 month career break from work. Squeezing more of them into my now time lush weekdays is my aim.
The first step to finding more moments of happiness is to be aware of those simple things that bring you pleasure. You can then build more of them into your everyday, and have greater gratitude in those moments. Top of my list are peaceful reading time, feeling the sun on my skin, home cooked meals, Game of Thrones, long hot baths and butter.
Butter? Yes, butter is one of life’s edible joys. Give me a few slices of sourdough toast and a slab of good quality butter and I’ll happily savour every bite. The quotes featured here suggest I’m in good company.
Butter is good for you
I called this post ‘Top Reasons to Love Butter’ not just because (for me at least) it’s one of life’s simple pleasures, but also because it’s healthy – bringing benefits that go way beyond happy taste buds.For too long butter was demonised as being packed with naughty saturated fat. Butter fans the world over converted to margarine. But many are now switching back safe in the knowledge that butter is actually good for you.
Here are some top reasons to love butter – butter is rich in:
- Vitamins E and A – the latter of which is an immune and thyroid health booster
- Vitamin K2 – also known for being one of the health wins of fermented foods
- Saturated fats – that can help raise HDL (‘good cholesterol’) and keep you full
- Conjugated linoleic acid – a fatty acid with anti-cancer properties
- Short and medium term fatty acids – that protect against tumors
- Lecithin – a substance that assists in metabolism of cholesterol
Don’t take my word for it – Google ‘Is butter good for you?’ and you’ll get a feel for the benefits of butter in moderation (and the dangers of processed margarine alternatives made from oils that have been hydrogenated).
There is one downside to being a butter lover – butter is tricky to spread unless you’re always thinking ahead and remember to bring some to room temperature. Which 9 times out of 10 I fail to do. More often than not this leaves me frustrated with cold hard butter that doesn’t want to go anywhere.
That’s why I’m ‘spreading’ the word here about a genius product I came across when looking for a way to avoid wrestling with hard butter. It’s called ButterUp and is the knife that promises to solve common butter dramas. I was about to place an order when the kind team at ButterUp sent me a complimentary knife to trial.I’m pleased to report that my new ButterUp knife makes light work of spreading cold hard butter. It’s all thanks to a clever design that features grooves on one side and small holes on the other. You can check out more on this clever kitchen companion here and place an order online.
Back to the simple pleasures in life. I couldn’t resist sharing here a tail I often reflect on. It’s called the The story of the Mexican Fisherman (featured on a blog called ‘bemorewithless’). Take two minutes to read it and let me know your thoughts!