When it comes to dieting or setting ourselves up on a healthy regime, usually we begin by eliminating carbohydrates and fats from our diet plans. Especially fats! but not all fats are unhealthy and we must know which ones to retain. I never shy away from taking healthy fats and ensure a portion or two are a part of my everyday diet.

These are top 5 healthy fats that are chock-full of health benefits.

AVOCADO

Being incredibly nutritious, monounsaturated fats reduce inflammation in the body and are good for a healthy heart and brain. Avocado aids in digestion as it is rich in fiber and anti-ageing as it contains Omega 3 and Omega 6. Loaded with Vitamin E, it helps stimulate the production of Collagen and balances blood sugar levels, thus reducing the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

NUTS 

Those who have been following my blog regularly are familiar with my love and constant emphasis on adding nuts to your diet. Eating a handful of them raw and unsalted is ideal. My favorite selection of nuts includes almonds, walnuts, pistachio, and cashews.  To add some snack, you could roast them at home and add them to cereals, milk, smoothies, and soups.Nuts contain oils that are good for your heart, are full of proteins and are low

Nuts contain oils that are good for your heart, are full of proteins and are low on carbohydrates. Besides, they are loaded with antioxidants, Fibre and help boost metabolism and are the go-to food for type 2 diabetes (common among women with PCOS) and reduce inflammation.

SEEDS

These are actually super foods! Containing high levels of essential fatty acids, these help lower cholesterol level by keeping your blood vessels healthy. They are rich in Vitamin E oil which nourishes your hair, skin and nails inside out. Like nuts, seeds are also high on proteins, Fibre, and low on carbs and have multiple health benefits. As for me, I roast a mix of pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds at home. And what’s even better! You can sprinkle them onto your salads, soups, shakes, and bakes. If not that, you could have 1-2 tablespoons of these.

DESI GHEE

Used in Ayurveda for medicinal purposes, a teaspoon or two of desi ghee is all that you need to stay fit and healthy. You must ensure that it is pure, organic and is consumed in moderation.Desi ghee is lactose-free which makes it extremely easy to digest. It helps keep your colon healthy. Ghee also fights bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol, a balance which is good for

Desi ghee is lactose-free which makes it extremely easy to digest. It helps keep your colon healthy. Ghee also fights bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol, a balance which is good for heart. It also powers your memory, strengthens joints, improves eyesight and works like a tonic for hair, skin, and nails. And contrary to common belief, it helps in weight loss by boosting your metabolism.

SALMON

This is my favorite fish. Salmon is a powerhouse of essential nutrients- omega 3 fatty acids which are extremely critical for brain, heart, and eyes. It also helps relieve depression and is good for your immune and nervous systems. Abundant in Vitamin D, Vitamin B and antioxidants, it helps shoot down inflammation in the body. The high-protein fish is a must for all non-vegetarians. While eating fish at least twice a week is recommended, it is important to ensure that you get it from a reliable source.

Try out these tips and let me know how they work for you. Write to me below or using #stayrealstayyou on Instagram @shagunkhanna