10 Filling Breakfasts Full of Good Fats

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.

10 Filling Breakfasts Full of Good Fats

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

Pancakes With Pecans and Berries

If there’s one thing your favorite pancake recipe is missing, it’s a hearty crunch! Pecans contain plenty of heart-healthy fats, plus vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. Adding them to pancakes will help make the meal more filling. To make, mix together your favorite pancake recipe (for a healthier take, try using whole-wheat flour), adding in a ½ cup of toasted pecans to your dry ingredients and topping off your dish with a sprinkle of fresh berries.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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