Eat Your Veggies with a Side of Healthy Fats

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Yesterday I gave Jack carrots for the first time, and he took them down like a champ! I steamed them, and than mixed them with some water and coconut oil.

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The reason I mixed them with coconut oil is because combining veggies with a healthy fat actually improves our body’s ability to absorb the vegetable’s nutrients – in this case, beta-carotene.

When it comes to healthy fats, coconut oil is one of the best. Unlike other oils, it is a medium chain fatty acid (MCFA). This means it’s immediately absorbed into your liver, and your body starts using it as energy, A.K.A: your body starts burning it right away instead of storing it – it’s a fat that burns fat!

Adding coconut oil to your steamed veggies is one way to bring out the nutrients, but you can also make it your main cooking oil. Coconut oil has a very high burning temperature; it’s stable up to 500 degrees F so it’s safe to cook with.

Other ways to combine healthy fats with veggies is to make your own homemade salad dressing with extra virgin olive oil or toss some avocado, hemp seeds or walnuts on your salad!

About Lauren

Welcome! I’m Lauren Follett.

A couple years ago, while working in the corporate world of downtown Toronto, I decided to pursue my passion for healthy living and enrolled in the Distance Education program with The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I studied on my lunch breaks, after work, on the weekends, and while travelling through South America.

The world of health & nutrition can be confusing. There are a lot of mixed messages out there when it comes to health: low fat, low calories, sugar-free, low-carb, gluten-free…leaving you confused, frustrated, and wondering where to start. That’s where I come in.

As a Registered Nutritionist, my goal is to help you accomplish your health & wellness goals. I don’t believe in diets or quick fixes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle, which requires you to get educated, and learn how to make healthy choices.

I’m dedicated to working closely with my clients to teach & motivate them to make healthy choices, discuss healthy living strategies and create customized nutrition programs that fit with their life.

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