Fat can be our best friend or our worst enemy. It all depends on what you’re eating. Enter these plant foods rich in healthy fats, versatility and great flavor. Add them to your diet to boost your brain health, glowing skin and much more!
Avocados: These fruits are loaded with healthy fats along with protein and fiber. A recent study also found they can help to lower cholesterol levels, too.
Hemp seeds: The mighty hemp seed may be small in stature, but it makes up for it in healthy benefits. Loaded with omega 3 and 6s –healthy fats the body needs regularly—these little guys also pack a protein punch, amino acids and powerful plant sterols that reduce cholesterol.
Chia seeds: What’s smaller than a hemp seed but just as mighty, if not more so? The chia seed, of course! It’s about the size of a poppy seed, but don’t let its size deceive you. The chia seed is packed with healthy fats, fiber and protein. And because it soaks up as much as 12 times its size in liquid, it’s excellent at keeping you hydrated, too.
Flax seeds: Best known for their precious omega-3-rich oil, flax seeds have a bounty of uses in their whole form. Mix ground with water and you have an egg replacer for baking. Slightly toasted and you can add these heart healthy little seeds to salads, soups, cereals and yogurts for a healthy and delicious crunch.
Almonds: Almond milk may be the nondairy beverage of choice these days, but you do your body a better favor eating handfuls of almonds straight out of the bag. They’re not only loaded with healthy fats but protein, calcium, magnesium and potassium too.
Olive oil: Behold the olive! This ancient superfood is so beloved for good reason. Olives are rich in unsaturated fats including linoleic (omega-6) and linolenic acid (omega-3) essential fatty acids at the recommended 8:1 ratio.
Coconut oil: Who doesn’t want to live in a tropical paradise? It could be thanks to the mighty coconut, luring us with its nutritive properties. It’s packed with saturated fat, which we used to think was bad for us. But scientists have realized the opposite is true and coconuts are rich in healthy saturated fats including the rare lauric acid, known for boosting healthy cholesterol levels.
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