5 HEALTHY FOODS THAT ARE NOT ALWAYS HEALTHY
You’ve made the decision that you’re going to eat healthier and you’ve been making great progress. You’ve been substituting a lot of your unhealthier foods for what seems to be healthier. Fruit chips over chips. Yogurt parfaits over ice cream. But you haven’t seen the scale move and you’re just…disappointed. Look out for these food traps and be on your way to a healthier, leaner you.
Yogurt is a great source of probiotics and protein. But when you choose flavored yogurt like Yoplait Strawberry yogurt you’re consuming 26 grams of sugar. That’s more than 2.5 Krispy Kreme glazed donuts.
The Lean Choice: Go for plain, non-fat greek yogurt. I like Chobani’s. If it’s too much like eating sour cream for your tastebuds, add berries, or apple slices and cinnamon, or even a very light drizzle of agave.
Wraps LOOK healthy because they’re thinner. Thinner means I’ll be skinnier, right? Wrong. Wraps have THREE TIMES the amount of carbs as a slice of bread. Imagine what it took to make that wrap. It’s bread that’s been pounded flat!
The Lean Choice: Go for whole grain breads or sprouted grains like Ezekiel bread. I personally try to skip bread in general because it upsets my tummy. But Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin bread is awesome sauce in my opinion.
I’m nuts for nuts. Hand me a bag of almonds and I can pulverize it in my mouth until it has the consistency of almond butter. Nuts are super good for you, but they’re high in (good) fat and often come with salt, which makes you retain water and bloated…thus, making you “heavier.”
The Lean Choice: Opt for raw, unsalted nuts and limit your serving size to 15-20 nuts per day. That’s plenty and it goes a long way. Chew them 30-35 times each and you’ll bring out the essential oils of the nuts and you’ll also be able to taste them better. It’s an unbelievable experience. Go ahead, try it!
4. SMOOTHIES & FRUIT JUICES
Ok, so you may be surprised that I’m listing this since I’m currently on my #AdventuresInJuice challenge on Instagram. When I make smoothies at home, I always drink them out of small half pint mason jars. Portions matter! When you’re dining out and picking up a smoothie or juice, always ask how they make them. Some food establishments advertise “real fruit” and it’s not real fruit. They use syrups that at one point probably resembled fruit, frozen fruit sorbets, and even use fruit concentrate. This all means sugar, sugar, sugar. Fruit juices are the same. Unless it’s fresh pressed, they are filled with concentrate and other added sugars. If it comes in a box or carton, it’s not food. It’s a food product.
The Lean Choice: When grabbing juices and smoothies on the go, choose drinks that have some sort of green in them. Also, look for the nutrition info. If it’s 500 calories or more, skip it. That’s a meal.
5. SKIM LATTES & CAPPUCCINOS
I get it, you need caffeine in the morning. And there’s nothing horrible about skim lattes and cappuccinos, except they are still 200 calories richer than regular coffee.
The Lean Choice: Regular coffee with a splash of milk or cream is just as good, and has fewer calories than their milky coffee concoctions. Or if you hate regular coffee but need the caffeine, substitute it for tea or Juice Press Coffee with Black Label. It’s delicious!