Tasty treats that help you fight fat

Take one part healthy fat called monounsaturated fatty acids, add a fat found in protein foods known as conjugated linoleic acid or CLA, plus a slowly digested starch called resistant starch and you've got a combination that helps your body store less fat after a meal.

These combinations offer protein, fat and carbohydrate in proper portions, so while they look like they are decadent foods, they bring positive health aspects to the table in each bite.

Good examples? Cooked shrimp, grapefruit and avocado dipped in Asian dressing or salmon, a smattering of cream cheese on true pumpernickel bread. Another tasty fat-trimming trio is linguini pasta with olive tapenade and toasted pine nuts.

When carbs are calling your name try a baked potato with olive oil and feta cheese. When certain carbohydrates are cooked, their starch is resistant to quick digestion. So adding monounsaturated olive oil with CLA rich feta cheese is helpful.

If you want to make your own recipe, think about one part monounsaturated foods like hummus or avocados, one part food with CLA like dairy, and one part resistant starch like cooked potato, rice or al dente pasta to fire up your furnace.

Remember more is not more. If you really want to lose weight, use these foods in their proper portions.

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