New Year’s resolution: how to eat more healthy fats from goodnessknows
posted by: Guest Blogger
Did you resolve to live healthier in 2016? We’re here to help you stick to your resolutions! Did you know that the human brain is made up of 60% fat? So, in order to have a smarter and a healthier brain, you need to be feeding your brain the right kinds of fat. Gone are the days of a “low fat” diet or a “no fat” diet. Our family’s diets need an “oil change” so we are consuming a “right fat” diet for our kids’ developing brains.
We’re teaming up with goodnessknows to bring you some easy ideas for making good choices in 2016. Each serving of their snack squares contains 100 milligrams of naturally-occurring cocoa flavanols – the good stuff found inside cocoa beans. With flavors like cranberry, almond, dark chocolate; apple, almond & peanut, dark chocolate; peach & cherry, almond and dark chocolate, sticking to your New Year’s resolutions has never been easier.
Mary Tate is a Certified Health Coach and advocates the traditional Western diet consists of too much Omega 6 fatty Acids and not enough of Omega 3 fatty acids. How do we do that? Mary says there are a lot of ways. First, we need to identify what foods are high in Omega 3’s. Cold water fish (Wild Salmon and Tuna) are extremely high in Omega 3’s as well as eggs, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, olive oil, nut butters, ground flax seeds, and flax seed oil. Next, we need to learn how to incorporate them into our daily lives with ideas like these:
· Tuna and crackers – I LOVE pairing my tuna with an Organic Mayo made with olive oil to get an extra punch of Omega 3’s.
· Add a little salmon into your next casserole. They won’t even notice it. A little is better than none at all 🙂
· Sprinkle ground flaxseed or ground nuts onto yogurt, oatmeal, or into your next smoothie.
· Make your own trail mix with pumpkin seeds, almonds, dried cranberries and throw in a few mini chocolate chips for fun.
Think outside the box. You can do it !!!
Now, we need to identify those over consumed Omega 6 fatty acids. These are found in animal fats, bakery goods, fried foods, corn oil, safflower, sunflower and soybean oil and AVOID the worst kind – Partially Hydrogenated oils or trans fat oils. Where are these fats hidden? Microwave popcorn, crackers, cereals, margarine, cookies, snack foods. The key to steering clear of these is to Read Your Labels. Labeling laws don’t require that these fats are listed on the nutrition label unless there is a certain percentage in that food, so that is why it is imperative to look at your ingredient list first to see if any of these dangerous fats are hidden in your foods.
Another way to get Omega 3’s this year is supplementation. You must do your research here too. One of my favorite brands is Nordic Naturals. Their purity surpasses international pharmaceutical standards and they taste great so your kids will love them. It’s a great way to make sure your family is getting enough Omega 3’s to have a smarter, healthier brain.
Lastly, you are not alone in your journey to wellness in 2016. I am here for you to educate you on label reading, smart shopping trips, recipe revamps and more. Check out my website Tree of life Health and Wellness or call for a FREE 30 minute consultation at 720-236-6243.
To find out more information about these goodnessknows snack squares that are crafted with real fruit, dark chocolate and whole nuts in bite-size portions, go to goodnessknows.com and find them on Facebook. In partnership with Mile High Mamas