Good morning and happy Wednesday to you all! I have some awesome healthy fat packed meals to share with you today in honor of What I Ate Wednesday aka WIAW. Head on over to Peas and Crayons for more info on WIAW if you’re interested!
As I mentioned on Friday, I’m really trying to focus on including more healthy fats into my diet. Not only are these healthy fats providing me with nutritional and health benefits, but I’ve also noticed that I feel more satiated than when I wasn’t eating as many healthy fats as I am now (and what I should’ve been consuming then).
I keep emphasizing healthy fats rather than just regular fats because there is indeed a difference. Yes, healthy fats are STILL fats, but they are better-for-you fats. Healthy fats include unsaturated fats such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fat is found in foods such as avocado, olive and canola oil, nuts, seeds, and some meats. Polyunsaturated fats are found in oils, fatty fish (salmon, tuna, sardines, etc.), nuts, and seeds. Both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats help improve blood cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of heart disease, creates healthy levels of hormones, and may also help stabilize blood sugar levels.
Saturated fats and trans fats on the other hand are the fats we should try to stay away from. A little bit of saturated fat in our diet is necessary, but trans fat is typically a big “no no”. Rather than lowering our cholesterol levels like unsaturated fats do, saturated fats actually increase our cholesterol levels. This can cause a person to be more susceptible to cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
AKA focus on eating healthy fats and NOT bad-for-you fats!
Let’s move on from the “nutrition science talk” to the eats, shall we?! They’re a little more fun anyways.
I had STUFT Mama’s Protein Cookie Dough for a delicious and easy breakfast that is a great mix of protein (protein powder), carbs (oatmeal & rice krispies), and healthy fats (peanut butter). I also added ground flaxseed for some extra healthy fats! I know it doesn’t look that exciting, but trust me when I tell you that it indeed IS amazing! Try it!
mid morning snack
After I came home from spin class, I needed some post workout fuel. I had some Chocolate Banana Protein Pudding which was a perfect mix of carbs and protein to refuel me after a good workout.
Chocolate Banana Protein Pudding
1/2 cup 2% plain Chobani (or other greek yogurt)
1/2 ripe banana
1 tablespoon sugar free chocolate instant pudding mix
Put ingredients in a Magic Bullet, blender, or food processor, and blend until smooth. Eat up!
Lunch time came, and I was wanting something WARM since it was snowing and cold outside. I decided on an veggie egg scramble that included two eggs, a handful of spinach, and a chopped roma tomato. I topped it with 1/4 of sliced avocado which added some wonderful flavor and healthy fats! I also had some roasted sweet potato slices with ketchup on the side.
mid afternoon snack
I had two LARABAR Balls and a mug of hot tea. YUM!
We had “Healthified” Sloppy Joes with kale “chips” on the side. This is the first time Cody and I have had kale “chips”, and we were both huge fans! I used Chelsey’s recipe and loved it – super easy and delicious! Kale “chips” will definitely be a repeat in our house!
As you can see, I really tried to include more healthy fats in my diet through the peanut butter, eggs, avocado, and olive oil (on the kale chips). This is what most of my eats have been like lately, so I’m hoping to keep this up! I’m loving it so far.
In honor of “Eat Your Veggies Month” on WIAW, just a reminder to make sure you keep getting in those veggies! It looks like we’ll be having some more fun with GREEN and VEGGIES for the month of March… stay tuned!
P.S. Head on over to my wonderful friend, Annette’s blog, Fitness Perks to see a guest post by none other than… ME!
- What are some of your favorite foods that are high in healthy fats?
- Do you feel like you do a pretty good job at getting enough healthy fats in your diet?
- Share something delicious you’ve eaten this week!