If you’re a long time reader of my blog, you will know that I am a big fan of healthy fats and oils. Not only are they delicious, but they also provide our body with some really important nutrients to keep us fueled, and our cells healthy. Let it be known that not all oils are created equal! Some should be avoided as much as possible but today I wanted to share with you my favorite’s; the ones I recommend you and your family increase in their diet.
Suprise suprise! If your looking for a really versatile oil that will help your body and mind thrive, then you need to incorporate virgin coconut oil into your diet. Its high in medium chain fatty acids that the body can rapidy absorb and use for energy. It also has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that support our immune system and help it function optimally. Coconut oil is my go-to oil for almost everything, both in a out of the kitchen.
Well known for being high in antioxidants, anti inflammatory and its wonderful taste, this is an oil I consume daily. You can use this oil to add body and flavour to all kinds of dishes. Use as your base for salad dressings, combined with balsamic for a dip, rub it on baked potatoes or drizzled over soup and sea foods. And for cooking. Yep – I will go into this in more detail in a later post but I no longer believe the hype about this oil being unsafe to cook with, so go ahead.
With its mild buttery and somewhat nutty flavour, this oil tastes great on top of full fat natural yogurt with some berries. Its also a great choice for your homemade mayonnaise or essentially anything you use olive oil for, but I’m wary of using it for any high duty sauteing. It contains a high amount of oleic acid, a particular type of heart healthy monounsaturated fat and further to this, macadamia oil is very shelf stable so won’t go rancid easily.
We all know avocados are a nutritional powerhouse and its oil is also a wonderful addition to your diet. Made simply by pressing the flesh of avocados, this oil has a very distinct, earthy flavour and makes for a good dressing, or a healthy addition to your green smoothie. It’s a great source of vitamin E and can also be used for low to moderate temperature cooking.
So how about you? What do you use these oils for and do you have any other staples in your cupboard/fridge?