Healthy high-fat foods you should eat
February 24, 2023

Healthy high-fat foods you should eat

 Learn about good fats vs. inflammatory fats

The female body 🤝 healthy fats

Of all the best hormone-balancing habits, eating healthy fats is at the tippy top. Healthy fats are the building blocks for hormone production. Without them, we—as women—can’t produce adequate sex hormones. They’re the key to unlocking our most balanced, nourished body. We need fat for overall well-being, but specifically for good hormone health and proper hormonal balance. Let’s dive into the nitty gritty.

Dietary fat is the precursor to sex hormones

Dietary fat aids in the production of cholesterol. And cholesterol is the precursor to our sex hormones: testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. In many ways, not eating enough fat (as well as the most nourishing kinds) can lead to hormonal imbalance. Aim to add at least one source of healthy fats to your plate. Examples below!

Wait, so fat is healthy?

Across the board, fat is one of the most commonly misunderstood nutrients. We’re told to avoid eating any kind of fat, for fear it will cause heart disease, weight gain, and cancer. This is far from the truth! Although some fats aren’t nourishing (in fact, they’re inflammatory), many are incredibly wholesome. Therefore, it’s important to differentiate poor quality fats from those that are beneficial for optimal health.

Good fats vs. inflammatory fats

Depending on its source, fat is a major source of energy, fuel, and nourishment. Fat is needed to build cell membranes, help you absorb certain vitamins and minerals, support balanced blood sugar, and of course, build hormones. However, for long-term health, some fats are better than others. Good fats include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. On the other end of the spectrum? Industrial-made trans fats (canola, soybean, safflower, etc.). Saturated fats fall somewhere in the middle.

Examples of good fats

Add these fats to your snacks and meals to aid in satiation (fullness!) and happy hormones.

  • Olives / extra-virgin olive oil
  • Nuts and seeds / nut and seed butters
  • Avocados / avocado oil
  • Full-fat dairy (organic, when possible)
  • Tallow
  • Flax
  • Chia
  • Fatty fish
  • Egg yolks

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Fat-forward snack ideas!

When it comes to making quick, nutrient-dense snacks—either at home or on the go—look no further than these balanced, delicious ideas:

  1. Hard boiled egg + celery sticks with one tablespoon nut butter
  2. Mint pistachio bark
  3. Apple with cinnamon peanut butter
  4. Healthy hormones snickers
  5. Chocolate chia pudding

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