Fat in foods have gotten a bad wrap. But did you know there is a such thing as healthy fats, and that your body needs them? Healthy fats help lower cholesterol, boost brain function and help you feel full. We are already familiar with the other side of the coin, unhealthy fats which contribute to weight gain, higher cholesterol and chronic disease. I’ve been more intentional lately in ensuring we get healthy fats every day.

Sources of healthy fats:
🥑 Avocado
🥑 Fatty fish
🥑 Olive oil
🥑 Full fat fairy (preferably grass fed, organic)
🥑 Nuts
🥑 Seeds
🥑 Eggs
🥑 Grass-fed organic beef
🥑 MCT oil
🥑 Dark chocolate

Saturated fats are coconut oil and dairy products. Unsaturated fats include vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and fish. Unsaturated fats are known to help with weight loss, reduce inflammation and lower the risk of heart disease. But saturated fats are also beneficial in moderation. Unsaturated fats should make up the biggest part of your daily fat intake. (Sorry butter, but at least you are still a good guy.)

Have you ever eaten too much sugar and then felt bad after (like physically felt bad, not felt guilty 😉)? Try eating some healthy fats! Grab some guacamole and it can help balance out the blood sugar, making you feel better more quickly.

Fat is so important for brain development. This is why low fat versions of foods are not recommended for children.

Some great ways to get in these healthy fats is add real butter to your toast (or any food), avocado on your toast or salad, cook with avocado or coconut oil, add a pat of butter or coconut oil to your hot tea or coffee, MCT or coconut oil in your smoothie, seeds in breads or on salads, nuts for a snack… try eating fish at least once a week. We are not big fish fans, so I struggle here. But I tell you, I do love some salmon with guacamole on top. Win win with the healthy fats!

Just try to keep the unhealthy fats like chips, French fries and donuts, to special treats. Even better if you can avoid them entirely, but who doesn’t love a good order of French fries once in awhile?

Do you intentionally eat healthy fats every day?

11 Best Healthy Fats for Your Body

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