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Blast Belly Fat With These Delicious Recipes

Aug 21 2014 - 12:13am

MUFAs are fun to say, delicious to eat, and good for you — what's not to love? Foods high in MUFAs, which stands for monounsaturated fatty acids, help lower your risk of heart diseases and stroke. Not only that, but MUFAs are also known as the flat-belly fat since they have been shown to especially target fat around your midsection [1]. MUFAs are found in many types of nuts (like almonds, walnuts, peanuts, and pistachios), oils (like cashew oils, olive oils, and flaxseed oils), as well as other types of foods like avocado, eggs, dark chocolate, and meats. Be sure to add MUFAs to your diet with a few of our favorite recipes below.

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Green Power Smoothie

This green power smoothie [3] would make a great midmorning pick-me-up, especially with the 20 grams of healthy fats it contains (from almonds and avocados). The addition of superfoods like kale and lemon juice takes this smoothie to the next level, nutrition-wise.

Baked Egg in Avocado

The MUFAs in both the egg and avocado make this simple baked egg in avocado recipe [4] a healthy morning start.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Raw Vegan Fudge Brownies

Walnuts, chocolate, almonds, nut butter — when it comes to foods high in healthy fats, these raw vegan fudge brownies [5] have it all!

Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Peanut butter is a great source for MUFAs, so why not have your dessert do your body some good? This two-ingredient vegan ice cream [6] is simple to make and a lot more diet-friendly than the real stuff.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Salad in Avocado

This refreshing salad in avocado [7] recipe would make the perfect light lunch or side.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Healthier Guacamole

They may be good for you, but that doesn't mean that MUFAs aren't high in calories. Since it's so hard to stop dipping into addictive guacamole, we love this healthier guacamole recipe [8] that cuts calories but not taste.

Cinnamon Nut Butter

No need to purchase a jar of nut butter — this MUFA-rich almond, flax, and cinnamon nut butter [9] is perfect for Fall. If you're in the mood for something different, try our mixed nut butter recipe [10] instead.

Dark Chocolate Paleo Treats

Dark chocolate is a great source of MUFAs — just be sure to look for low-sugar, high-quality chocolate to get the most health benefits from your treat. This almond and dark chocolate Paleo treat [11] is easy to make and is packed with healthy fats.

Photo: Jaime Young

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