You know you should have breakfast to start the day right—but not just any breakfast will do. Incorporating healthy fats like these will help keep you satiated and energized until lunchtime.
Staving off the mid-morning stomach growl is as easy as adding good fats to your breakfast. But healthy fats do more than fill you up. Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) help lower the risk for high cholesterol, which contributes to heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Found in foods like plant-based oils, nuts, and avocados, good fats also play a role in brain health, boost energy and immune function and help the body absorb carotenoids and vitamins A, D, E, and K.
Here are 10 easy ways to bolster your breakfasts with healthy fats.
Provided by Dr. Oz The Good Life Magazine
Dark Chocolate Banana Quinoa
What might sound like a pseudo-dessert is actually loaded with nutritional worth. Most of the fat found in chocolate comes from oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat, and the flavonoids in cocoa can help regulate blood pressure and prevent heart disease. Plus, quinoa’s high fat content is derived from heart-protecting MUFAs and PUFAs. To make, mash a banana into cooked quinoa (try cooking with almond oil to enhance the flavor) and mix in 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder. You can sweeten it up with honey, add almond milk for a creamier texture and garnish with banana slices if desired.