Friday, February 6, 2009

The good fats you might not be eating...

So my mom gave me this book today. Flat Belly Diet. It's by the editors of Prevention, and it's got some awesome advice. My favorite part of the book so far is where it talks about MUFAs. MUFAs (MOO-fah)are Mono Unsaturated Fatty Acids and they are heart-healthy and fight disease, and you're most likely already eating a few of them everyday.

MUFAs are found in foods like nuts, healthy oils, nut butters, avocados and even chocolate chips! Mmmm. Seriously, all those things, when eaten in the CORRECT serving size are super awesome for you.

The book says you should eat "A MUFA at every meal" and because I love you all so very very much, I'm going to post a few MUFA options and servings below.

Soybeans (edamame) --- 1 cup; 298 cal
Semisweet Chocolate chips --- 1/4 cup; 207 cal
Nut Butters such as Peanut, Almond, Sunflower Seed, Cashew --- 2 tbsp; 188-200 cal
Tahini (sesame seed paste) --- 2 tbsp; 178 cal
Healthy oils such as canola, flaxseed, safflower, sesame, soybean, peanut,olive, or walnut --- 1 tbsp; 119-124 cal
Healthy Nuts such as peanuts, cashews, walnuts, brazil, hazelnuts, almonds, pecans pine nuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds --- 2 tbsp; 82-113 cal
Avocados (California Haas) --- 1/4 cup; 96 cal
Pesto --- 1 tbsp; 80 cal
Olives (green or black) --- 10 large olives; 50 cal

Happy MUFAing!

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