10 Times a Buttery Spread Improves the Meal

Sure, you know a delicious buttery spread is great on toast, but what else can it do? Here are 10 cooking situations that get a welcome dose of flavor—and good fats!—from buttery spreads made with plant-based oils.

10 Times a Buttery Spread Improves the Meal

If you use a buttery spread made with plant-based oils on toast, you might already like its buttery flavor. But did you know it also offers an easy way to make mono- and polyunsaturated fats, like omega-3 ALA, part of your overall well-balanced diet? When good fats like these replace similar amounts of saturated fat in your diet, they may help reduce the risk of heart disease. For cooking ideas and recipes using buttery spreads made with plant-based oils, read on.

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Grill Chicken or Fish

When grilling season gets underway, chicken dinners become exciting again. To prevent sticking and add delicious buttery flavor, brush chicken breasts with a buttery spread made with plant-based oils, which is a source of omega-3 ALA, a good fat that is also an essential fat. Essential fats are a source of energy and help keep you satisfied, as well as support human growth and development. Multiple studies show that reducing intake of saturated fats in your diet and replacing them with a similar amount of good fats (mono- and polyunsaturated) may help reduce the risk of heart disease.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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