Besides the benefits they provide your heart and brain, they can actually help you feel more full. Which means you won’t have those crazy cravings you do after eating simple carbs.
That’s because fat takes longer to digest, which means it’s an extremely satiating food so you won’t be hungry again anytime soon. And that’s a very, very good thing when you’re trying to lose weight.
Let’s look at some tasty healthy sources of fat you can incorporate into your diet. They’re good for you and great when you’re trying to drop pounds.
Eggs have really great healthy fats, and because those fats actually help you absorb the phytonutrients that are found in leafy greens, so they’re a perfect protein-packed salad topper. Protein and healthy fats topping greens. What a combo!
As we have seen there is a correlation between inflammation and weight gain.
And what does EVOO have that other oils don’t? Oleocanthal, a compound that’s been shown to help reduce inflammation.
So make your salad dressings at home with extra virgin olive oil and use it when you roast veggies. You can even drizzle a little on top to serve for extra flavor. Don’t forget, greens + healthy fats = more nutrients, so out with those fat-free dressings!
Almonds, walnuts, and pistachios make a great snack for someone who wants to lose weight. They’re crunchy, tasty, satisfying, and if you buy them in the shell, they take a little effort to eat. ( now that might be tricky at breakfast if you’re in a time crunch)
Just practice portion control and measure out a quarter-cup. They taste great sprinkled them on oatmeal or in your granola and yogurt. And they help you feel full until lunch!
These water-retaining seeds actually help your waist to de-bloat. When you mix chia seeds with any liquid, it becomes a gel-like substance that is very, very filling. Try a spoonful in your morning oatmeal or smoothie to make it extra satisfying.
Aside from its traditional pairing with a slice of toast at breakfast, an unexpected way to take advantage of an avocado’s healthy fats is to take a quarter of this smooth green fruit and splash a bit of EVOO on it. Add pepper and you’re all set! How’s that for a night time snack?
Want to ramp up your Chocolate Protein smoothie? Add a spoonful of your favorite nut butter (mine is almond) and you have an amazing taste explosion. You’ll also have the added health boost of antioxidants and minerals that your body needs.
And you’ll, of course, remain full for a lot longer. You don’t have to limit it to a chocolate. I use it in my Vanilla and Mocha Protein Smoothies too! (Here is my favorite Protein shake.)
Why is fish is known as brain food? Plentiful omega-3 fatty acids are the reason, but they also help ensure that lean protein satisfies you. So have a fishy app! Opt for fatty or oily fish—which includes not just salmon but also arctic char, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, albacore tuna, halibut, and shellfish like oysters and mussels. An easy way to sneak these into your diet without making a meal of them: Pre-game your meal with an order of oysters.
It's definitely been a journey to focus on natural health and wellness because some days I wildly succeed and some days I could eat the whole carton of ice cream. So I learn and grow and write and share. And as we stick together and encourage each other, we can reap the rewards! to Live younger longer and Look younger longer!