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
Smoothies with Nut Butters
Enhance your morning smoothie with a nut butter—made from almonds, peanuts, walnuts, cashews and more—which is naturally rich in both MUFAs and PUFAs, not to mention protein and fiber. (Just be sure to avoid nut butters with added salt or sugars.) Try 2 tablespoons of almond butter with 1 cup of strawberries, 1 cup of spinach, and 1 cup of almond milk; or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter with 1 ripe banana, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 1 cup of almond milk. To add even more healthy fats, blend in a small spoonful of a plant-based oil, like coconut or walnut oil.