If you are like the rest of us trying to live a healthy life but finding that you don’t actually feel or look as healthy as you would like then, this read is for you! We have compiled a list of foods that sound and look healthy but may be working against your health goals!
Here are some ways to really stay healthy while eating your favorite “healthy” foods!
Eggs are a very healthy food that contains protein and vitamins D as well as others. But this breakfast food can pack on the pounds when combined with cheese and fat rich meats. This could quickly add inches to your waistline in a not so favorable way.
To get even more benefit from this meal add more vegetables and herbs instead. This will enrich your starter meal with a dose of fiber and vitamins. Great benefits, along with big taste are in store when you add garlic and other colorful veggies.
Gluten Free Packaged Foods
Even when you do not have a gluten allergy, you may seek out these options to stick to a paleo diet or to feel healthier. The unfortunate side of this is that some ingredients used to replace the texture or taste of gluten in pancake mixes etc may be heavier in fat than that of the actual gluten filled bread, or pastry.
This is a superfood, meaning multi levels of good~for~you~ness! It has fiber and protein, not to mention the antioxidants and vitamins. Its good for your heart and also good for your mind!
Just like all foods, (except for maybe cucumbers) avocados will make you fat if you eat too many. Avocados contain a higher amount of calories and fat than expected. It is a fruit but this fruit although healthy will make you fat.
Did you know that an innocent squirt of ketchup can add a large amount of unwanted sugar to your meals? Well, ketchup is made with a very healthy ingredient, tomatoes which are good for many things including it being an antioxidant. But there is more…
Manufactured ketchup makers add sugar to this very popular condiment because it adds flavor, and it’s quietly addictive. And even more alarming is a serving size is just one tablespoon. Be aware and check the labels on your favorite ketchup brand.
Cheese is a delicacy enjoyed around the globe. In its many varieties, it provides a good amount of protein and calcium as well as fat and calories. So cheese is healthy if eaten in moderation.
Stick with full cheese and not the low-calorie selections. Goat cheese is a good healthy option as it is a full cheese that contains fatty acids that make you feel full which allow your body to burn fat.
A can of high-quality tuna will be a delicious and nutrient filled meal, packed with almost 40 grams of protein and 175 calories. It is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed when paired carefully.
Adding mayonnaise is a bad idea if you wanna keep this healthy food low in calories. Instead, squeeze some immune boosting lemon juice over it and add some fresh veggies. It can also be enjoyed with Greek yogurt which will add an extra bit of protein and give it a similar tangy flavor as mayo.
When you mix fruit milk or water and ice for some reason, magic happens! Delicious, filling and refreshing! This combination can quickly get out of hand when we add syrups and candy-bars. Sugar can tack on the calories in no time at all.
To stay on the healthy train stay away from the unnatural sweeteners! Add some plain yogurt to the mix to add some texture and protein.
Yogurt is one powerful food that packs a big nutritional punch with protein and calcium. One cup of the great stuff will hand you about 100 glorious calories. With fruit on the bottom, it will add on about 27 grams of sugar and an added 150 calories. So in order to fully stay healthy, the best bet is to stick with plain yogurt, no fruit. To add a bit of flavor you can add local honey and or local fresh fruit. This will add natural fiber and will provide more protein to keep you going strong.
Grabbing a can of soup sounds like an easy way to get a hot meal with lots of veggies. Unfortunately easy isn’t always good for your health. It’s fast and satisfying, but what is all in that can of soup?
Unfortunately a lot of salt. Foods that contain a high level of sodium cause fluid retention in our bodies. This can cause havoc on our digestive system and overall health.
We can always opt for low sodium, organic options that use far better ingredients. The number one way to go is natural. Make your own broth and add as many veggies that fit in the pot. Be sure to remove excess animal fats if you are using bones to make stock. And voila! Nutrition and flavor are achieved with a bit of work and research! Happy eating everyone!