Want more tips and tricks for reaching your health goals? Join Lark!

Take our 2-minute survey to find out if you’re eligible to join Lark which includes a smart scale and the chance to earn a Fitbit®.
Start now
*Terms and conditions apply
< Back to Resource Center
< Back to Member Blog

Get More Good Fats, Deliciously

Natalie
Stein
November 13, 2019
Get More Good Fats, Deliciously
Lark

Are you at risk of prediabetes?

Lark can help lower your risk for Type 2 Diabetes through healthy habit formation, and data tracking.
Height: 5 ft 4 in
4' 0"
7' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
90 lbs
500 lbs
LOW RISK
Risk Level
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Heart disease is a risk when you have prediabetes, and the fat you eat can have a major effect. Some fats may raise risks for heart disease. Other types of fat are known as the good fats because they lower risk for heart disease. This is often done by lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol, reducing inflammation, or lowering blood pressure. 

The Lark DPP check-in suggested that it may be good to choose healthier fats when you can, but do you know exactly how to do it? Here are some of the healthiest fats and ways to get them into your daily diet. Just remember to keep portion sizes in check, since they are high in calories.

Olive Oil

Olive oil

Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), the predominant fat in the famous heart-healthy Mediterranean pattern, and it is easy to incorporate into all kinds of delicious dishes. Just spritz some on vegetables before roasting them, along with any herbs or spices you like, or blend it with pureed garbanzo beans, garlic, lemon juice, and pepper to make hummus. Olive oil, vinegar, and herbs can make a simple salad dressing.

Olive oil can be a good substitute for butter or cream in many dishes. You can drizzle it on sandwiches instead of butter or mayo or on soup, instead of cream, before serving. It can even be used in some baked goods, such as banana bread.

Avocados

Avocados

Not only are they sources of MUFA, but avocados also provide fiber, vitamin E, and vitamin C: all good choices for the heart. Pureed avocados can be a good spread for a sandwich, the basis for guacamole (try dipping veggies instead of chips!), and even an ingredient in hummus or egg salad instead of mayo. Avocados can be an ingredient in creamy salad dressing without cream, or add creaminess to healthy soups. Plus, baked avocado sticks with a dusting of parmesan cheese and high-fiber cereal can be a delicious appetizer.

Peanuts and Tree Nuts

Nuts

Peanuts and tree nuts are nutritionally similar, if botanically separate. They have fiber, vitamin E, tons of MUFA and polyunsaturated fats (PUFA), and tree nuts, such as walnuts, macadamias, pecans, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, and almonds, also have cholesterol-lowering phytosterols. 

A few nuts or peanuts along with a piece of fruit or some vegetables is an instant snack, and nuts can add crunch and flavor to stir fry dishes, salads, oatmeal, cereal, and steamed vegetables. Ground nuts can be a substitute for bread crumbs as a breading or topping.

A peanut or nut butter sandwich with fruit on whole-grain bread can be a quick and portable breakfast or lunch, while dipping apples, carrot sticks, or celery into peanut or nut butter is a filling snack. By the way, it is easy to make your own nut butter just by blending nuts and a tiny bit of oil.

Fish

Why Fish Is a Healthy Protein, And How To Get More Of It

Seafood is a source of heart-healthy fatty acids known as long-chain omega-3 PUFA, and fatty fish are highest in these fats. Fatty fish, such as tuna, salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, trout, anchovies, and kippers, are also rich in protein and free from carbohydrates.

Fish are quite versatile and go well in soups, stews, and casseroles, such as with broccoli, mushrooms, and whole-wheat pasta. Leftover fish can go into tacos, or on top of salads instead of chicken or cheese. Broiled, baked, grilled, and pan-fried fish are all delicious and quick.

Seeds

Flaxseeds

All seeds are rich in healthy fats, but flax and chia seeds are also sources of short-chain omega-3 fats and a great choice especially for those who do not eat fish. Seeds can go into yogurt and cottage cheese or added to muffin or other recipes.

Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can get more good fats in your meals in delicious ways. Lark DPP can make it easier to know what to choose and to remember to choose it.

About Lark

Lark helps you eat better, move more, stress less, and improve your overall wellness. Lark’s digital coach is available 24/7 on your smartphone to give you personalized tips, recommendations, and motivation to lose weight and prevent chronic conditions like diabetes.

See if you qualify today!

Get healthier with Lark & earn a Fitbit®

Lose weight, get more active, and eat better.

Similar posts

Diabetes and Rice | Can I Eat Rice With Diabetes?Diabetes and Rice | Can I Eat Rice With Diabetes?

Diabetes and Rice | Can I Eat Rice With Diabetes?

When you have diabetes, what you eat is a large part of maintaining blood sugar levels. Is rice safe for diabetes? It depends on what kind!

Learn more
What to eat for breakfast if you have prediabetes|5 Easy, Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Prediabetes|Greek-Style Scrambled Eggs|Overnight Spiced Peanut Butter Oatmeal|Superfoods Breakfast Bowl|Cereal with Yogurt and BerriesWhat to eat for breakfast if you have prediabetes|5 Easy, Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Prediabetes|Greek-Style Scrambled Eggs|Overnight Spiced Peanut Butter Oatmeal|Superfoods Breakfast Bowl|Cereal with Yogurt and Berries

5 Easy, Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Prediabetes

A healthy prediabetic breakfast can stabilize blood sugar and improve insulin action for hours, and it need not take hours to prepare.

Learn more
9 Tips For A Healthy Fast Food Breakfast for Diabetes9 Tips For A Healthy Fast Food Breakfast for Diabetes

9 Tips For A Healthy Fast Food Breakfast for Diabetes

Eating fast food can be hard to avoid. Here are some tips for a healthy fast food breakfast for diabetes to keep blood sugar stable.

Learn more