Hi there folks!
Today I wanted to talk about something that I think a lot of people often misunderstand. Fats. In particular, healthy fats. Now I personally used to stay away from all fat in general. I hunted for the fat-free label on foods, stuck to veggies and avoided peanut butter, avocado, or nuts because I was fearful of gaining weight. It wasn’t until a little over a year ago that I really gained a healthy relationship with fats and have seen a huge difference because of this. Let me explain. Most people have the idea in their heads that all fat is bad. While some fats are bad (saturated and trans fat), others (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) are good for you. These good fats can actually help reduce your risk of heart disease and lower your bad cholesterol. Healthy fats also provide energy, build healthy cells, helps make hormones, provides healthier hair and skin.
Now, what are these healthy fats?
Well, let’s start with the monounsaturated fats. These are found in some of my favorite foods!
- Olive, canola, and other vegetable oils
- Nuts like almonds and peanuts
- Nut Butter
Don’t forget the Polyunsaturated fats found in,
- Salmon, trout, and herring
- Soybean and corn oils
- Walnuts and sunflower seeds
Since I began incorporating more healthy fats into my diet, I have gained more energy, my metabolism has increased, I’ve actually lost weight, gained muscle, my hair is healthier as is my skin. I definitely credit these changes to healthy fats (along with exercise).
Speaking of healthy fats, I’ve got a great recipe for you!
- 1 cup of sugar coated roasted almonds (a friend gave us some homemade but you can use any)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor and run on process for 4-5 minutes or until smooth and creamy. It will be chunky and you might need to scrape down the sides but after processing for awhile it will be nice and creamy. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
This almond butter is the perfect amount of coconut, almonds and sweetness. So good! Since it has sugar from the sugar-coated almonds, I’m limiting my consumption of it during out Paleo challenge. Which is a bummer!
Speaking of the paleo challenge… Yesterday was our first day and it was good! I still had my cup of coffee to start by day with just a sprinkle of Stevia. For breakfast, I had a blueberry smoothie with half a frozen banana, blueberries, kale, and coconut milk. Filling and good!
Lunch was two egg whites scrambled on top of spinach with a tomato, avocado salsa on top. It was pretty tasty!
The Love Nugget and I went to the library for The Piano Man then to Target for…. who knows what I get at Target I just seem to go every week! Oh and spend at least $50 each time. Thank goodness for the Red Card!
We came home and I snacked on some baby carrots with sunflower seed butter along with a few slices of pear.
This guy has gotten his appetite back and is eating like a horse! For a snack he had freeze-dried peaches, cheese, and almost the whole pear we were sharing!
Dinner was a good one and I’ll be sharing the recipe with you tomorrow
As I mentioned before, my friend Melissa and her hubby are also participating in this challenge so it will be nice to get meal ideas from her as well. I also started a Paleo Challenge Pinterest board that you can follow if you’re interested in doing it as well!
On top of this Paleo Challenge, I’m joining in with Alyssa at Slimsanity for a “Two weeks sugar-free challenge.” It goes along with my Paleo Challenge since you can’t have sugar with that so I thought it would be a fun thing to participate in as well. Check it out and join in if you’d like!
Hope everyone has a wonderful day!
- Do you include a good amount of healthy fats in your diet?
Are you participating in any fun challenges right now?
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