There are a variety of essential fats that our bodies need in order to protect our cell membranes, allow us to absorb fat soluble vitamins, are needed for hormone, brain health, heart health and much more.
Some of these fats can be created in our body, while others we need to provide through the food that we eat. Some of the best sources of healthy fats to include daily are listed below. Although these foods do contain higher amounts of calories, they are calories from nutrient dense, vitamin and mineral rich plant sources that our bodies use for optimal health and wellbeing.
Here are some of the best sources:
Coconut Oil - Best to cook with and raw (high heat stability) contains medium chain triglycerides that have been shown to boost metabolism and burn fat.
Avocadoes - Contain mono unsaturated fats that help lower cholesterol, reduce belly fat, and curb those unwanted cravings. Great on it's own, in smoothies, juices or dressings.
Nuts & Seeds and their oils - Provide protein along with omega 3 & Omega 6 fat great for those times when you need a boost of energy that packs a punch.
Oily Fish - An excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids (which are anti-inflammatory in the body and have been linked to improving brain function and brain development in babies) also help boost metabolism, fat burning and suppress appetite.
Olive Oil/Olives - Live like the Italians and drizzle 1 tbsp. per day of olive oil on soups, veggies, in dressings, marinades or salads (not stable to cook with) great for the heart
Try to include one of these each day to help boost your overall health and wellness.
Debbie Vanderboom is a Nutritional Advisor, Natural Juice Therapist and foodie who loves using fresh, wholesome food to nourish the body. Educating her clients on the importance of choosing healthy foods on a daily basis is her focus. She provides her clients with recipes, resources and meal plans to help develop healthy eating habits for life.