How to Add Healthy Fats to Your Green Smoothies

“Why would I ever want to add fat to a green smoothie?”

That’s a great question, and we have an answer. You’re probably accustomed to thinking of fats as undesirable, a dieter’s nightmare, and all round bad for you. But that’s not completely true. In fact, your body needs a certain amount of dietary fat in order to stay healthy. Of course, the type of fats you consume is all important. When you feed your body good fats, it will positively thrive! Why? Because fat is a macronutrient that provides your body with immediate energy. And we all can use some more of that, right?

The Benefits of Good Fats

Good fats have a multitude of health benefits, which is why we personally love adding them to our green smoothies. Here are some of the benefits of adding good fats to your green smoothies:

  • provide essential fatty acids
  • help keep our skin soft
  • deliver fat-soluble vitamins
  • protect our heart
  • are a great source of energizing fuel
  • help curb overeating
  • promote healthy hair, nails, and bones

 

Our Favorite Good Fats

As you can see, good fats are an essential part of a healthy diet—and a healthy body! The best fats to consume are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which help lower cholesterol levels. Here are some of the best sources:

Coconut oil: This source of good fat is known as an appetite suppressant, an incredible energy booster and has antibacterial properties. Add two tablespoons to your smoothie for a flavor and good healthy fat boost.

Avocado: This fruit is a great source of monounsaturated fats, which help raise your “good” cholesterol levels. Using avocado will not only give you great fat content, but will also make your green smoothie extra creamy!

Cashews: These nuts have a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which promote a healthy heart. Add just a couple of tablespoons to your green smoothie to reap their benefits!

Flaxseed Oil: Containing both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, flaxseed oil supports healthy brain development and is great for your heart. It’s also high in fiber to keep things moving regularly.

Try adding one of these good fats to your green smoothie today, or try this avocado inspired recipe:

S.P.A. Skin Cleanse Smoothie  |  Serves 2
2 cups spinach, fresh
2 cups coconut water
2 cups pineapple
1 avocado

 

52 Responses to “How to Add Healthy Fats to Your Green Smoothies”

  1. Pam 2.10.2016 at 2:49 pm #

    Does the healthy fat in the smoothie have to be an oil? For example can you use flaxseeds instead o flaxseed oil

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.11.2016 at 8:12 am #

      Hi Pam,

      Of course you can reach for flaxseeds! Just an FYI, to receive all of flaxseed’s nutritional benefits we suggest grinding the seeds prior to blending! Chia seeds are another great source of healthy fats and they don’t need to be ground prior to enjoying!

      Cheers :)

  2. Rae 2.8.2016 at 4:34 pm #

    Is the coconut oil called for in recipe a solid or liquid? And where can you buy the liquid as well as flaxseed oil. Thanks.

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.9.2016 at 7:01 am #

      Hi Rae,

      Thanks for reaching out! We prefer to reach for raw organic unrefined (virgin) coconut oil. This coconut oil with be solid below 24 °C (76 °F), and become a liquid when the temperature exceeds 24 °C. When blending coconut oil we suggest melting your coconut oil, not hot, just melted. Then once you’ve blended your entire smoothie, set your blender to its slowest speed and slowly pour in your coconut oil. This will ensure the oil fully incorporates into your smoothie with no pieces of solid coconut oil left behind.

      Looking for liquid flaxseed oil? Amazon, or your local health food store are both two great locations!

      Hope this helps!

  3. rachel 2.3.2016 at 7:28 am #

    Just came across your website and love all the great info, as well as recipes. Quick question, when adding healthy fats to your smoothie, are the portions listed above based upon a 2 serving 32 oz smoothie recipe or per single 16 oz serving?

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.3.2016 at 8:58 am #

      Hi Rachel,

      YAY! We’re so excited you found us in this busy internet world! The above suggestions are for one 32oz recipe (2 servings).

      Cheers :)

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