Healthy Habits for Healthy Living
While fats tend to have a bad reputation among those looking to maintain healthful, nutritious diets, healthy dietary fats are actually necessary for our bodies to function properly. Without these healthy fats, our bodies can’t get enough fat-soluble vitamins — vitamins A, D, E, and K — or essential fatty acids.
Fat-soluble vitamins are integral to good health and help the body perform important functions related to bone and tooth development, reproduction, blood clotting, calcium absorption, and infection prevention.
So which fats are the good fats?
Unsaturated fats and Omega-3 fatty acids are the healthful fats. They are typically found in plant-based foods and oils, as well as in fish. It’s key for good health to recognize which foods contain these fats and eat them in moderation.
In the video below, Director of Nutrition and Wellness Mary Snell gives you tips on how to identify healthy fats and incorporate them into your diet.
Healthy fats can be found in:
- Oils like olive, canola, and peanut
Once you know where to find healthy fats, how can you incorporate these foods into your diet?
- Substitute healthy oils (olive, canola or peanut) for butter or margarine when cooking
- Use avocados on sandwiches or wraps in place of condiments or cheeses
- Eat two servings of fish per week (one serving is approximately the size of a woman’s palm)
- Snack on a handful of healthy unsalted nuts instead of crackers or chips
- Drizzle olive oil over salads in place of dressings
- Use chopped nuts as salad toppers
Have specific nutrition related questions? Feel free to contact me.
|___||Mary Snell, MS RD CD
Director of Nutrition and Wellness