Fat: A Delicious Macronutrient
Macronutrients are substances in our food that provide living organisms, such as ourselves, with the energy we need to survive. Proteins, carbohydrates, and fats are macronutrients that can be found in different types of foods and are all part of a healthy, balanced diet. This article is the second, in a series of three, about foods you can eat to get the recommended amount of macronutrients in your diet. There are many delicious ways to get the recommended amount of fat in your diet; check out the three suggestions below.
Avocados are not only a great source of monounsaturated fat, they are they main ingredient of any great party… Guacamole is an easy way to eat healthy; with avocado, tomato, onions, and herbs, this favorite party dip is a great alternative to ranch or “cheese” dip. One medium avocado contains 30 grams of fat so half of an avocado is probably good enough for one serving. Try to use it as a spread in place of butter or cream cheese on a piece of toast.
While eggs provide a great source of protein, the yolks are packed with other important nutrients like fats. Try to mix one whole egg in with your egg whites for breakfast. The healthy fats found in the yolk help with the absorption of many different fat-soluble vitamins. An egg contains 5 grams of fat.
Nuts, in general, are a great option for a healthy snack. Almonds contain vitamin-E as well which is great for skin and tissue health. One serving of almonds is approximately 23 almonds. That might seem small but a serving of almonds contains 13 grams of fat not to mention 6 grams of protein. Nuts are a great way to feel full between meals.
Foods with healthy fats are an important part of your daily intake. They help give you the energy you need to get work done and they help keep you full and satisfied. If you think your diet might be falling short on healthy fats, try to add some almonds as a midday snack, or replace your regular dessert with a scoop of peanut butter.
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