And no, its not the kind that wobbles around your midriff like a plate of jelly.
But please ladies, get it out of your head once and for all that fat is bad for you. Its not. As long as its the right kind of fat it can be a thing of complete wonder and it should be in your diet.
I'd go as far as to say that the right fat can make your tummy flat! (again, read my disclaimer!)
Whilst scientific battles continue to rage about saturated fats, animal fats et al, we should be soaking up the benefits of whole food fats (in moderation of course) and the following are examples of good fats that you should include into your diet.
All the following are packed full of Omega 3 and make a great addition sprinkled into a variety of sweet and savoury dishes. We're talking chia, ground flaxseed, hemp and pumpkin seeds. You used to have to visit a health food store to stock up on bags of these beauties but now a days most of the supermarkets are selling them. I sprinkle in soups, in my smoothies, on my porridge with my yoghurt etc. They are really versatile to incorporate into your diet. Did you know that Aztec warriors used to nibble on chia seeds to keep their energy levels going? No - thought not! Might have a few myself now before I go to my metafit class.
Nuts are packed full of minerals and vitamin E, especially almonds, pecans and walnuts. Numerous studies have proven that regularly snacking on a small handful of nuts can have a beneficial benefit, helping to lower the risk of heart disease. Personally I always have a bag of mixed nuts in my drawer at work to snack on when I get the mid morning munchies! I'm like a little squirrel! My only problem is portion control! In fact, that is the killer here. Special mention here in the nut world to ALMONDS. Full of magnesium, Vitamin E and other anti inflammatory properties, they are full of fibre and gut friendly prebiotics.
Low in sugar but great creamy texture, these make a fab edition to a power smoothie. Again, just be careful of your portion control but they have so many fabulous benefits. One avocado can have up to 300 calories but they are loaded with Vitamin E and Potassium (more so in fact that bananas) and they keep you satiated for longer so you're less likely to snack. I love half an avocado smashed onto a piece of rye bread and drizzled with olive oil and black pepper. Delicious.
So don't be afraid of good fats as they are so beneficial for your overall health and well being. Just carefully manage your portion control and you'll be fine.