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It wasn’t long ago when everyone was told to steer clear of fats. Thankfully, we can put that time behind us. Now we know that it’s not so much the amount of total fat that you need to consider – it’s all about the type of fat you choose the majority of the time. Healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids found in plant foods, like nuts, seeds, avocados, and olives, offer protection from heart diseases. Not only that, fats of all kinds are important to help you absorb certain vitamins and phytochemicals more easily while also promoting satiety, the feeling of fullness.
So, make peace with plant fats. There are many ways to add them to your meal and snack rotation. Here are some recipes to help get you started.
Peanut Butter: Making your own homemade peanut butter with a NutriBullet has never been easier. Just blend roasted peanuts with coconut oil, and you’ll never go back to store-bought again!
Sesame Bites: Made with sesame seeds, flax seeds, almonds, and peanut butter, these energy bites are packed with the goodness of heart-healthy plant fats.
Guacamole: Because you can’t ever go wrong with guacamole.
Avocado Egg Salad: This satisfying egg salad is a more nutrient-dense version of the classic recipe. Enjoy in sandwiches, on top of salads, or as a dip!
Mother Earth’s Green Smoothie Bowl: This nutrient-packed plant-powered bowl has avocado and cashew butter to help keep you satisfied. Top with granola or chopped nuts for extra staying power.
Matcha Chia Pudding: We love chia seeds because they contain the anti-inflammatory benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. Combined with matcha, this recipe is loaded with antioxidants. Whip it up as a snack or for dessert.
Gone are the days when we avoid anything and everything with fat. It’s time to make peace with plant fats, and enjoy all the benefits they have to offer.
McKenzie JonesMcKenzie is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for NutriBullet who aims to make the world a healthier, happier place. She believes that living a healthy lifestyle and eating for your health isn't meant to be complicated -- it's meant to be simple, enjoyable, and judgment-free (with room for dessert). When she’s not dishing out nutrition tidbits, you can find McKenzie running after her energetic toddler, hiking along her favorite trails, visiting her local farmers market, or cooking in her sunny kitchen.