Thursday, February 12, 2009

Got MUFA's?

Okay, I admit, at first glance I thought it was an abbreviation for a vile insult. But I've been educated by the knowledgeable folks at Prevention Magazine that a MUFA is a monounsaturated fatty acid, and a calorie-controlled diet rich in MUFA's is bueno for the belly. It appears that MUFA's help us store less visceral fat in the abdominal region, therefore lowering our risk of several serious diseases. So what are some of these MUFA's, you ask? Oils, olives, nuts and seeds, avocados, and, my personal favorite, dark chocolate made the list.

As I've said before, I'm a dessert fiend. Because I don't overeat them they don't "show," but I know that I need to make better choices when it comes to sweet treats in order to benefit my long-term health. This was tonight's yummy MUFA recipe:

MUFA-Over Ice Cream!
(Makes 5 servings)

1.5 cups skim milk
18 oz. fat free plain yogurt
3 cups Aldi frozen mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Combine ingredients in a blender or smoothie maker. Transfer to glasses or ice cream dishes and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Eat with a spoon.


Anonymous said...

Have you tried the MUFA diet in Prevention magazine? Did it work for you?

Saralyn said...

I first read about MUFA's in Prevention Mag but have never followed their diet. We aim at eating those things made for food, hence things that are not highly processed, and for the most part MUFA's fall into that category.