For decades we've been bombarded with mixed messaging when it come to eating fat, causing confusion as to whether we should be including fats in our diet or whether we should be avoiding fats at all costs. The beginning of this week saw the National Obesity Forum (NOF) and Public Health Collaborative (PHC) release a report urging that an overhaul of the UK's official dietary guidelines is a necessity. Most interestingly was the central message, that "eating fat does not make you fat".
Here at Mindful Chef we highly encourage the inclusion of fat in our diets, along with a balance of high-quality protein and complex carbohydrates. We use a wide range of healthy fats in all of our recipes and never include refined carbs.
We've put together 7 sources of healthy fats, which can easily be included in your diet:
Avocado, we love avocados, not only are they an excellent source of healthy fat, they also help our bodies to absorb other nutrients more efficiently.
Nuts, all nuts contain a dose of fat but walnuts come out top.
Coconut Oil, see our article on why coconut oil is so good for us.
Oily fish, like salmon, is packed full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acid.
Seeds such as chia seeds + flaxseed are perfect for sprinkling over breakfasts, salads and soups.
Dark chocolate, yet another source of healthy fat, is also loaded with minerals and is a powerful source of antioxidants. Better yet look out for raw cacao powder.
Eggs are the perfect to the day, for boosting healthy fat and protein intake.
Want to find out our top 3 fat burning breakfast foods? Read more here.