Most people automatically think of avoiding fats when they are trying to start a healthy diet. However, despite what you may have heard, not all fats are bad! Although some fats should certainly be eaten in moderation, there are good fats that are important to one’s physical and emotional well being. Good fats fall into two categories: monosaturated or polyunsaturated. Food that contain these unsaturated fats help lower cholesterol levels, improve memory, and reduce risk of heart disease. The following are examples of Good Fats:
- Avocadoes: A delicious way to incorporate your daily portion of unsaturated fats into a quick snack is to toss together sliced avocado with olive oil and
lemon juice. Afterwards, mash the avocado onto a piece of toast, and then top everything off with salt and pepper flakes. Voila! Now you made yourself a super healthy and classic recipe you will for sure want to make again!
- Peanut Butter: A simple and tasty snack of sliced apples dipped in peanut butter is a great way to get your intake of healthy fats for the day.
- Nuts and Seeds: Nuts (i.e almonds, hazelnuts and pecans) and seeds (i.e pumpkin and sunflower seeds) are also fantastic sources of monounsaturated fats. You can create a quick and easy trail mix combining any of these examples. You can also include a sweet element, such as raisins, to soothe yours or your kid’s sweet tooth.
- Salmon: Fatty Fish such as salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids which protects against memory loss, balances your mood, and helps battle fatigue caused by those long and tiring days. Other fish rich in omega-3 include trout, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies.
- Oysters: Oysters also contain plenty of healthy fatty acids. Some other functions of omega-3 include the risk of reducing heart disease, strokes, and cancer.