Consuming healthy fats in our diet is extremely important to our overall health and well-being. Fat is essential because it supports a number of our bodily functions. Fat is needed to absorb fat-soluble vitamins like A, D and E, increases our fat metabolism, and helps keep hair and skin healthy. There are three types of fat: Saturated, mono-unsaturated (Omega 9), and poly-unsaturated (Omega 3 and 6). It is important to consume all 3 as they all have different functions in the body. Here are examples of foods that contain healthy fats:
Eating too much, and the wrong kinds of fat (trans-fats, fried and deep-fried foods, and processed fats in packaged and store bought foods) can cause inflammation in the body and can result in heart disease, cancer, diabetes and arthritis. Whether it’s serving eggs, using avocado, or adding flax and chia seeds to oatmeal and smoothies, healthy fats should be incorporated as part of a healthy breakfast.
To include healthy fats at your breakfast program, try serving a variety of unsalted nuts and seeds in trail mix, or add to oatmeal, cereal, muffins and pancakes (allergy permitting). Healthy oils could be used in cooking and baking, and ground flaxseed meal could be added to pancake mix, muffins, cereal, oatmeal, or smoothies. Avocado is also delicious in smoothies and makes them extra creamy. It also goes really well with egg dishes and in breakfast wraps and sandwiches.