Eating the right fats will keep you full, tame your blood sugar levels and keep your abdomen trim. Most of the time people think if they eat fats, they will get fat. While the truth is really much more complex than that.
We need healthy fats to keep our hormones in check, to keep our body temperature in line, to help us absorb fat soluble nutrients and vitamins, just to name a few!
The most important thing to note is where your fats are coming from. If you are looking to avoid fats because you think they will make you fat—then you should be avoiding trans fats which are found in all fried foods. Similarly, if you look at the ingredient lists on pre-packed snack items like chips and peanut butter filled cracker sandwiches, you will often see "partially hydrogenated" or "hydrogenated" oils. These are up there on the list of "bad" fats because they are chemically processed so that your food lasts FOREVER, literally. Ever hear about the experiment to see if a McDonald's burger depreciated after time? Yeah...it stayed the EXACT same form shape everything about 6 months! Imagine that inside of you. No wonder you're stomach isn't getting smaller.
Believe it or not, up until recently there wasn’t even a daily recommendation for how much fat we should consume in our diets. Now, however, that percentage is recommended to be around 25% of our caloric intake should be from healthy fats.
So what's a healthy fat? Rich in monounsaturated fats and unsaturated fats. you know, things like coconut oil, avocado, cheese, natural peanut butter, butter. Have the real deal, not something man made and processed.
We NEED fat to function, so don't avoid it, that won't help. Eat it, and the right kinds. Data shows that while Americans consumed a lower percentage of calories from fat in 2000 than they did in 1971, the total number of calories consumed per day increased by more than 300!
Here's a fun and delicious recipe with REAL HEALTHY FATS, fiber and nutrients!
Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
(Ketogenic Diet Friendly)
Assemble all ingredients. You may flash the cauliflower in boiling water if you wish for a more tender "mac n cheese," otherwise chop into small pieces and spread in baking dish. In small saucepan combine butter, milk and mustard. Heat slowly while whisking ingredients till combined. slowly add in the shredded cheese and spices. When this mixture has all come together, pour over cauliflower and bake in preheated over at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Take out and enjoy!