Good Fat Bad Fat
Its so important to have “Good Fats” in your diet whilst avoiding the modern day killers which give fats a bad name (Vegtable Oil, Trans Fats etc) some of my favorite foods are high in fat and this isn’t a bad thing as they are all filled with good fats which will nourish your body and mind, plus they will keep you full and satisfied longer allowing you to feel great all day!
1 – Coconut
I have blogged on this stuff before but I’m going to mention it again as its amazing stuff and I have come up with more ways to make use of the stuff. Its health properties are superb from boosting your metabolism to cleaning up your gut therefore improving your digestion this stuff is a must in every diet. There are so many ways to get the stuff into your diet and one of my favorites recently has been using canned coconut milk and making curry’s using it, the stuff is so full of flavor even the most simple recipes will do. Check out this coconut and butternut squash soup over at CrossFit NorCal…….
2 – Nut Butters
I have to admit I still a sucker for a bit of good organic Peanut Butter, its one of my favorite foods and use it almost daily as a dip for things like carrots, fruit and to eat with blueberries. I know the stuff is considered a legume and not a nut but I think in moderation and if you use a good variety (organic, made with palm oil and sea salt) the stuff is very nourishing. Other nut butters worth mentioning are Almond butter and Sunflower seed butter is great if you can get your hands on it. The stuff is superb to have lying around to throw on some fruit or raw veggies as a snack it will keep you full and packs a decent protein and fiber punch! Nuts are also an amazing source of Zinc and other key vitamins and minerals which are lacking in people’s diets today….
3 – Organic Butter and Cheese
Two foods here but I’m slipping them in under the dairy umbrella. I love using butter to sauté vegetables or melt over steamed/boiled vegetables, adding butter and a bit of sea salt makes a world of difference!
Organic butter vitamin A or retinol, vitamin D, vitamin K and vitamin E as well as all their naturally occurring cofactors needed to obtain maximum effect. Butter is America’s best source of these important nutrients
Basically you get what you pay for with butter so always buy the best you can. Try and get it from grass fed animals and make sure its organic.
I also love some good hard cheese, recently I have been using parmesan shavings over my salad’s and it makes a huge difference to taste and variety. A few slices of a good cheese is also a very nice way to start the day along with some fruit and coffee. Again with cheese try to buy high quality stuff and go for raw if you can.
4 – Flaxseed
Flaxseed is another must in everyone’s fridge. It has superb cleansing properties and its absolutely packed with fiber and Lignan which are a potent anti-oxidant and play a vital role in keeping the gut healthy making your flax seed a great food to sprinkle over your organic yoghurt and salads. I always keep a small bag full of flaxmeal in the fridge which I try to use daily when I need to add variety and texture to food.
5 – Avocado
Avocado’s are packed with Vitamin E and Mono-Unsaturated fat. They are great for your skin and they are super high in potassium plus they have a soothing effect on your digestive system. I use them regularly as an addition to salad or just take a half drizzle with a bit of balsamic vinegar and spoon it straight out. Avocados are truly one the best bang for buck foods on the market thanks to how good they taste and their versatility. They are also great with steak or to compliment chicken….
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