The top 10 ways to eat more fat
Flavorful, full-fat ingredients topped with creamy, satisfying sauces… Low-carb and keto eating can be decadent! Fat is an amazing flavor enhancer – it makes everything taste better. And if you eat enough fat, it’s filling, too. Get ready for a new, luscious take on deliciousness!
Remember that a low-carb diet needs to be higher in fat, to make it satisfying. Don’t fear fat (natural fat is not harmful to your health and may even begood for you as part of a low-carb diet). Don’t stay hungry. Add enough fat to feel satisfied after eating.
This can sometimes be a challenge for people who are not used to eating natural fat. Here are our top 10 tips on how to eat more fat.
If you’re not sure about how much fat you should eat, click through to our guide How much fat should you eat on low carb or keto?
1. Start with whole, full-fat ingredients
Say goodbye to low-fat and fat-free products. Say good riddance to Egg Beaters, artificial creamers, and reduced-fat peanut butter. Banish any item labeled ‘light’ or ‘lite’ from your pantry and refrigerator.
Forget nonfat and low-fat dairy. (If your grocery store doesn’t carry plain, full-fat yogurt, buy the plain low-fat version and add back the fat by stirring in heavy cream, sour cream, or crème fraiche.)
Rethink your grocery list and stock your refrigerator and pantry with real whole food, including fat-rich options like avocados and eggs. Try to add natural fat rather than avoid it.
Fatty cuts of meat can be more flavorful, tender and inexpensive than leaner cuts. Salmon and sardines contain plenty of healthy fats and are a terrific addition, too. Invite these delicious items back onto your plate.
2. Cook with fat
No more limp steamed vegetables or dry chicken breasts. Cook your vegetables, meat, fish, and eggs in tasty natural fats like butter. Or the other ones listed under point 3, below.
Use as much as you need.
3. Use different fats for different flavors
Fats can change the flavor of a dish, which adds variety to your meals. For example, top green beans with butter for a comforting, familiar taste. Or, sauté them in peanut oil and drizzle with sesame oil for a delicious, Asian-inspired variation.
Experiment with new combinations to see what you like best. Stock several of these healthy fats in your fridge or pantry:
- lard, tallow, duck fat, and other animal fat
- coconut oil
- olive oil
- avocado oil
- peanut oil
- other nut oils (macadamia, almond, walnut, etc.)
- sesame oil
4. Prepare low-carb recipes
Low-carb recipes are designed to deliver delicious meals, with plenty of fat built right into the ingredient list.
Try the favorites above or click through to many more!
5. Top any dish with oil, dressing, sauces, or butter
Drizzle oil on top… Pour on dressing… Spoon on Hollandaise… Ladle on flourless gravy… Dollop on sour cream… Spread on mayo… Melt on butter. Top off your dish with one of many fat-rich options.
What sounds delicious to you? For more, check out our recipes for low-carb dressings, condiments, dips and sauces
6. Garnish with high-fat foods
Cheese. Avocados. Cured Meat. Olives. Seeds. Nuts. These whole-food toppings add flavor and nutrients, including plenty of fat, of course! Sprinkle some on almost any dish. Here are a few ideas to mix and match:
shredded parmesan | chunked blue cheese | grated cheddar
smoked gouda | balled buffalo mozzarella | crumbled feta
melted gruyere | baked brie | grilled halloumi
cubed avocado | mashed guacamole
diced bacon | sliced pancetta | ground sausage
minced black olives | stuffed green olives
sautéed pine nuts | roasted pepitas | toasted sesame seeds
slivered almonds | chopped macadamia nuts | spiced walnuts | flaked coconut
7. Ensure snacks contain fat
As a rule, it is best to avoid snacks, but if you are too hungry to make it comfortably to the next meal, reach for a real-food snack with plenty of fat. Obvious choices include cheese, nuts, and hard boiled eggs.
8. Add a cheese course
Cheese is a simple addition to any meal. It works as an appetizer. It works as a topping. It works as a dessert. If you need a lot of calories, cheese can help you feel satisfied.
9. Blend fat into coffee or tea
Melting butter or coconut oil into coffee or tea is quick and easy. Pouring in heavy whipping cream works, too. This warm and comforting shot of fat can replace breakfast, stave off hunger between meals, or substitute for dessert if you aren’t quite full.
Use this tool wisely; for some people, too much can stall weight loss or spike cholesterol. Especially if you drink it despite not being hungry, adding tons of fuel you don’t need. This is a potent tool – use it wisely.
10. Consider a fat bomb for dessert
Our first advice is to skip dessert. If you do decide to treat yourself, look for recipes that are heavy in fat and low in sugar and artificial sweeteners. Unsweetened heavy whipped cream on raspberries is a perfect choice. Here are a few more of our favorites:
Summary of the 10 tips
Eating more fat can be easy, tasty, and satisfying. Find the tips that suit your taste and lifestyle, and dig into a whole new world of flavor.
Inviting natural fat back onto your plate is not just delicious; it also lets you keep carbs low while keeping hunger at bay.
How much fat should you eat on low carb or keto?
GuideHow much fat should you eat on keto or low carb? It depends on your goals. This guide will help you fine-tune your fat intake for weight loss or weight maintenance.
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