Sure, you may have been warned to stop chewing the fat because it could blow your diet. You may have thought you’d have to give up chocolate chip cookies and cake for life for the same reason, but wait! I’ve got new information to help you banish the guilt and start living again. The fact is you don’t have to give up the foods you enjoy to live your best life. Furthermore, some of the foods that you may have avoided could be the very ones that give you the nutritional help you need. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is about making smart choices that work for you and your real life – just as you are. So don’t fret: I’ve got you covered!
Here are my top picks for guilty foods with real health benefits:
1. Choose Full-Fat Salad Dressings vs. Fat-Free Versions
Choose full-fat oil-based salad dressings, such as those made with extra-virgin olive oil. The rich omega-3 fatty acids in the oil combined with the leafy greens in your salad can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and even rheumatoid arthritis. You also need the fat to help your body absorb antioxidants and fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E and K. Many of which are found in the same veggies contained in your salad. Now remember – the dressing to opt for is oil-based, never creamy.
2. Have Greater Egg-Spectations
Enough of the egg-white omelet mantra already! Throwing out the egg yolk is the nutritional equivalent of throwing out the proverbial baby with the bathwater! The truth is the egg’s yolk is it’s nutritional epicenter. Yolks are where the bulk of the nutrients in eggs are found – loaded with minerals, including calcium and magnesium (both lacking in women), and full of B-vitamins folate and vitamin B6, and vitamins A and E. What’s more, egg yolks provide 100% of the carotenoids essential for healthy eyes, specifically protecting against age-related macular degeneration. They are loaded with so many nutrients and antioxidants that some scientists suggest a few eggs a day could provide a bigger health insurance policy than a multivitamin.
3. Eat More Avocados
They’re probably on your “fat foods” list, but did you know that avocados are rich in mono-unsaturated fats that have compounds to protect against cancer? In fact, they’re loaded with antioxidants lutein, vitamin E and beta-carotene, helping your body to better absorb phytochemicals from other foods for better health. Add an avocado to salads and side dishes, home-made juicing recipes, spread some on a sandwich in place of mayo or add slices with sliced tomato, mushrooms, and red onion. Be creative, but put avocado back on the grocery list. Your body will thank you later.