“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
By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 12.18.2013 | COMMENTS: 62