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a healthy dose of fats

Posted Jan 07 2010 12:00am

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.


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