There are foods high in fat that we want to avoid (saturated and trans), and foods that we want to intake on a daily basis (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated). What’s the difference? In a simplified nutshell, saturated and trans fat have little-to-no health benefits, such as fried foods and certain animal products. They raise the level of cholestrol in your blood which puts you at an increased risk for heart disease. Monounsaturated fats can actually lower your cholestrol. Foods high in monounsaturated fats include olive oil, nut butters (almond and peanut) and avocados. Polyunsaturated fats can also lower your cholestrol, and in addition, contain high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. (Omega’s help our skin, hair, and bones.) Foods high in polyunsaturated fats include salmon, eggs, walnuts and sunflower seeds. Watch the video playlist above forĀ 5 incredibly easy recipes you can whip up to make sure you’re staying heart-healthy on a daily basis!