I ♥ fat. I really do. I’m not a fan of the hydrogenated trans-fat kind but healthy fats? Yes please. The occasional bacon fat? Definitely yes. Fat can add so much to a meal – in terms of satiety, texture (crispy, smooth, etc), and because, well, it just tastes good.
Our body also needs fats (in moderation). Why do we need fats?
required for some vitamins to be absorbed (Vit D, E, K & A)
help to maintain cell membranes
needed for growth and development – throughout life
source of energy
omega-3 fatty acids can help control inflammation – which helps in disease prevention and over-all health
Ready to eat some good fats?
Crispy Salmon with Avocado & Grapefruit Salad adapted from Bon Appétit. Serves two.
1 Tbsp grapefruit juice
1 Tbsp orange juice
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp greek yogurt
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 salmon filets
1 head bibb lettuce
1/2 english cucumber, thinly sliced
1 grapefruit, segmented
1/2 avocado, sliced
Mix together citrus juices, greek yogurt, garlic and salt & pepper. Set aside. Heat oil in pan until hot. Season salmon with salt & pepper. Sear salmon, skin side down for about 6 minutes, flip over and heat until cooked through, about 4 more minutes. Assemble lettuce, cucumber, grapefruit and avocado. Drizzle with dressing.