Thursday, August 30, 2012

Can a healthy fat make a good snack?

How many healthy snacks can you find
in the arrangement above?

Healthy snacks can also include foods that are high in fat...the good fat such as omega-3 fatty acids, monounsaturated (MUFA's) and polyunsaturated (PUFA's) fatty acids. The fats to avoid include saturated and trans fats. Adequate and healthy fat intake is important for growth, neural and hormone development. Fat adds flavor and texture to foods but should be eaten in moderation with a focus on the healthy fats.

Here are a few of the healthy snack ideas you see above: Low fat yogurt sprinkled with chia seed which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and calcium; Avocado and pear sandwich on whole wheat bread (avocados are packed with MUFA's, Vitamins B6, C, E, K as well as folate, potassium, magnesium, folate and lutein); Nut butter with strawberries on whole grain bread (nut butter is rich in protein, MUFA's, PUFA's, folate, calcium and potassium); Seeds, raisins, and nut mix (rich in MUFA's, PUFA's, calcium, folate and selenium); Crackers that are made without trans fats (this is important because many snack foods have the bad trans fats).
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