Healthy Foods to Reconsider
Greatist.com put together a list of 19 “Healthy” Foods to Reconsider…and these are some of my favorites! I’m not at all saying you should cut these out (I could never stop eating peanut butter!) or even cut down on them. Just make sure you check out the nutrition label and make an educated decision for yourself on how healthy it is. Of course eat what you’d like—but don’t get caught eating something you don’t like just because it’s healthy…when it really isn’t.
1. Trail Mix
Yes, it’s packed with protein and omega-3s, and makes for a portable, satisfying snack. But what lurks behind these nutty, prepackaged snacks are loads of excess sugar, oils, and preservatives. Even though the nuts in trail mix are filled with heart-healthy fats, that also means they’re high in calories. Add on the extra-salty varieties and sugar-packed dried fruits, and there’s a bit of a dilemma. Avoid prepackaged mixes with lots of fruit and opt for homemade batches with unsalted nuts and all-natural fruits.
This one’s another calorie trap, with each container packing up to 700 calories! While this garbanzo bean-based dip does offer a good dose of protein, heart-healthy fats, and fiber, working it into a healthy diet is all about portion control. Stick to one serving (2 tablespoons) to keep the calorie count under 80 calories. Also, stick to lower-calorie and carb dippers like fresh or lightly steamed veggies like carrots, celery, snap peas, or broccoli instead of pita chips or pretzels.
It’s a healthier dinner than fried chicken, we’ll give you that. But despite the fresh veggies and omega-3-filled fish, sushi can be a silent killer when it comes to calorie counts, often packed with too much rice (sometimes a full cup per roll!), fried fillings, and heavy sauces. Instead, opt for sashimi (slices of fish without the rice), or a brown rice roll with only fresh fish (hold the sauce). Another word to the wise: Stay away from special Americanized rolls (like the popular Philadelphia roll) that are often filled with extra calories from cream cheese or (yes) even bacon.
16 more at the Greatist!