Fearing delicious, healthy fats is not an effective way to manage your weight or stay healthy, and there are so many healthy fattening foods that you should eat to practice good health, and even enhance your metabolism. Not only are our brains made up of fat, but our metabolism depends on it for balance. When your diet is low in fat, you’ll not only crave more sugary carbohydrates that cause poor blood sugar levels, but you’ll also feel weak, can become depressed, suffer constipation, suffer from greater stress, and you won’t stay full for very long after meals. You’ll also notice your energy start to lag, which is a sign your metabolism is slowing down. To remedy this in an easy, effective and quick way, simply add some of the best fattening foods that you should eat to your diet starting today. These foods are plant-based, completely raw, and are some of the most amazing foods on the planet. Your mood will soar, energy will increase, focus will improve, metabolism will increase, and your taste buds will do a happy dance too! Enjoy!
Coconut is by far one of the best fattening foods that you should eat of all. It is not only tasty, but rich in medium chain triglyceride fats that improve your metabolism, clear cholesterol from the body and blood stream, aid in digestion, assist with fighting off bacteria and warding off depression. Eat raw coconut however you choose. I like raw, unsweetened shredded coconut stirred into anything, like my raw energy bites or even smoothies. I also love coconut flour to bake with, to make raw puddings with and even to thicken up my smoothies with. Coconut oil is also excellent to cook with, or you can use it as a creamer in your coffee or put it in a smoothie or homemade energy bars. Try to purchase extra virgin organic oil whenever possible for the healthiest option.
Almonds, cashews, walnuts and pecans are amazing for you! These nuts are so full of vitamins and minerals. They enhance your brain function, improve your weight, and can prevent overeating. The minerals such as magnesium, potassium and manganese found in nuts, along with zinc, copper and iron, are all also crucial for your energy, metabolism and overall health. Always eat raw nuts instead of roasted. They retain more nutrients and aren't as easily stored as fat in the body. The same goes for nut butters.
Hemp, chia, flax, sunflower and pumpkin seeds are also fantastic for you! I always tell people who can’t handle nuts well to eat lots of seeds, as they seem to digest easier for sensitive individuals. The nutrient profile in nuts and seeds is also very similar, yet seeds seem to be higher in protein, higher in fiber, lower in fat per serving, and higher in Omega 3 fatty acids. I always eat at least 6 tbsp. per day of various seeds. They go great in smoothies, homemade oatmeal or puddings, protein shakes, on top of yogurt, salads, or just eating a few by the handful. I also like to put them in homemade energy bars. Seeds not only improve your metabolism, but also your digestive system and your skin.
I’m not a huge fan of olive oil, but it is very healthy for you, and one of the best fattening foods you should eat. Drizzle one or two teaspoons on a salad for your lunch time meal. The oleic acid found in olive oil has been proven to lower cholesterol, improve your waistline and improve your overall heart health. Olive oil is also very satisfying and has a nice rich complexity to it. Buy first-pressed and cold-pressed extra-virgin organic forms whenever possible.
Hemp oil is my oil of choice for salads, and it offers many of the same benefits of hemp seeds too. This includes Omega 3 and 6 fats, Vitamin E and chlorophyll. Hemp seed oil has a nice nutty taste much like the seeds and it goes great over any raw or cooked veggies, salads or many people often add it to smoothies. You can also make your own homemade dressings with hemp oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, black pepper and any other herbs you like. It is tasty, filling and great for your brain health as well as your metabolism. It can lower your waistline and improve your hunger levels in a very short amount of time.
Do you like avocados? I do! They are so delicious and creamy. I always enjoy them best in a salad since they add that dense, creamy texture I love so much. Avocados are high in fat, but they are the fats your body needs for a fast metabolism and satiety. Avocados are also a great brain food and amazing to prevent stress. Chronic stress can cause your body to excrete excess cortisol that stores fat in your abdomen and avocados are one of the best foods that prevent and treat stress starting with your fork. They include a B vitamin important for women known as folate, as well as Vitamin B 6 that calms you down and enhances your metabolism, Vitamin E for beautiful hair and skin along with antioxidant support, fiber, potassium, magnesium and even plant protein. You can also add them to smoothies for a nice creamy texture you’ll never ever taste. Eat ¼ per day for best weight maintenance results.
Finally, my favorite of all fattening foods you should be eating is cacao! Raw chocolate is you best friend, ladies! While you shouldn't binge on a bag of cacao nibs, just one ounce per day can spike your metabolism, decrease your appetite, protect your heart, improve your blood pressure, improve your insulin levels, increase your energy, lower stress, enhance your focus, stimulate your libido, and improve your thyroid. Cacao is full of natural stimulants that cause all these wonderful benefits to occur. It is hard to eat too much raw cacao as well, since it is so satisfying and doesn't contain any processed or added ingredients like commercial or heated chocolate does. You can get the same effects from raw cacao powder. Both are rich in iron, zinc, B vitamins, fiber, Vitamin C, magnesium and healthy fats in the form of stearic acid that improve your heart health.
What is your favorite food of all these fattening foods you should be eating? I’d love to hear you share your favorites!