Summer’s officially over, which means: no more stuffing our faces at family barbecues or downing endless margaritas (but does that really ever stop?).  Now with October here, instead of fixating on getting the best beach bods for spring break, we’re focusing on eating the right foods that will increase metabolism, but most importantly how long you live.

By eating high-fat foods, you could potentially add 7-8 years to your life. So what are some high-fat foods, and how can you incorporate a high-fat diet into your life? Read below to see what you can do:

1. Coconut Oil 

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Use it in place of your regular olive oil when you’re cooking on the pan, or even drizzle some to add some sweetness to your popcorn! (mynaturalmarket.com, $7.69)

2. Avocados

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Cut some slices up and eat it for breakfast alongside two whole eggs, or mash one up and use as a spread for your toast.

3. Chia Seeds 

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They’re tiny but mighty. You can pretty much mix chia seeds into any one of your meals – yogurt, salad, smoothies, bread, bars, etc. If you (or your kids) love pudding, try this delicious chia seed pudding recipe here.

4. Dark Chocolate 

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Congratulations, all you chocolate-lovers! Turns out having a sweet tooth is not a bad thing, after all.  But be sure to choose dark chocolate that’s 60-70% cocoa and and eat a square a day. (alterecofoods.com, $3.99 for a 2.82 oz bar)

5. Peanut Butter 

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I don’t know about you, but peanut butter seems to satisfy any craving, at any time. It tastes good with a spoon, with jelly, with an Oreo, you name it. But be careful, for not every brand is just as healthy as you might expect. Here are the brands you should be buying.

6. Salmon 

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Hello, omega-3 fatty acids! Try some smoked salmon with scrambled eggs on a multi-grain english muffin for breakfast, or throw it in a spinach salad for lunch. For dinner, buy a wild-caught piece at your local grocery. Drizzle some olive oil and freshly-squeezed lemon on top, and pop into the oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes!

Let us know in the comments below if you have any other ideas of some yummy high-fat content foods/meals!

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