Foods You Think Are Healthy – But Aren’t!
Energy Bars are a good source of protein and fiber, but most are loaded with calories. If you’re having one as an occasional meal, 280 calories is fine, but we tend to treat them as snacks.
The Fix: Try to consume energy barswith 20 grams of protein and no more than 5 to 6 grams of sugar.
Granola, even the word sounds healthy and it is a good source of fiber, protein and potassium, but most granola is often high in fat, sugar and calories.
The Fix: Try to choose granola that uses honey or agave nectar as a sweetener.
Smoothies can pack as many calories as a milkshake. The smallest Jamba Juice Orange Dream Machine has 340 calories and 69 grams of sugar.
The Fix: Have an eight-ounce glass of orange juice; it only has 110 calories.
Veggie Burgers are packed with fillers such as gums, yeast extract and cornstarch to give them a burger-like texture.
The Fix: Check the product label and make sure the first ingredient listed is vegetables. Choose brands that contain no more than 150 calories, 500 milligrams of sodium and 7 grams of protein.
Bran muffins are a popular source for fiber in bran, but a bran muffin is more likely made of a lot of fat and sugar with a tiny amount of bran.
The Fix: Make your own and sweeten them with honey and applesauce.
Frozen yogurt is sugar filled and some can contain 20 grams of sugar and 15 grams of fat per cup, more than some ice creams.
The Fix: A half cup serving of plain vanilla frozen yogurt has 200 calories and 4.5 grams fat. Be sure to choose one that contains live cultures.
Veggie chips are made from vegetables. But most of them are still fried. One serving (about 38 chips) has approximately 150 calories and 9 grams fat.
The Fix: Go for baked chips. Even better: Snack on the raw veggie instead.
Rice Cakes tend to be loaded with sugar, which will just set your glycemic index on overload and flavored versions have a lot of sodium.
The Fix: Spread a little bit of peanut butter on top of a rice cake to add heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
2% milk really isn’t healthy at all. More than one third of the calories in each glass of 2% milk are mostly saturated fat, the kind that clogs arteries.
The Fix: If you’re older than 2, drop down to 1% or skim milk or look for Skim Plus.
Spinach wrap are usually made from refined white flour dyed green with food coloring. The only real spinach in a wrap might be a pinch of spinach powder. The Fix: Buy some fresh spinach and cook it. One serving (a cup) is 65 calories, 105 less than a spinach wrap.