Get Fed__ Think You’re Eating Healthy? Think Again
When it comes to eating healthy, it’s basically engrained in our minds that there are “good” and “bad” foods. We think of broccoli as good, and chocolate cake as really bad. But the foods we think of as being healthy might not actually be as good for us as we think they are. Here are a few supposedly healthy foods that you might want to stay away from.
Yogurt has some great health benefits— it’s high in protein, generally low in fat and the probiotics are great for keeping your digestive system running smoothly. But if you’re buying the flavored kind, you could be taking in up to 30 grams of sugar per serving. Try buying plain greek yogurt and flavoring it yourself with fresh fruit and honey.
Unless you’ve been at the gym for three hours or just ran a half-marathon, you probably don’t need to eat a protein bar after your workout. Most of the time they’re full of sugar and artificial ingredients and pack more calories than what you burn in an average workout. Try some lean meat or egg whites with your post-workout meal to get your protein instead.
Rice cakes may seem like a good snack to eat on the go since they’re relatively low-calorie, but they have almost no nutritional benefit. Not only that, but they’re light and not very likely to fill you up. The flavored kinds usually have tons of added artificial ingredients as well. You’re better off packing some fresh fruit and veggies when you need a portable snack.
Yes, we already covered yogurt, but there is the frozen sort as well. Frozen Yogurt has become super popular as a healthy alternative to ice cream, but unless you’re making your own at home with unflavored yogurt, chances are it’s not nearly as healthy as you think it is. A serving of chocolate frozen yogurt contains only 30 less calories than a serving of ice cream— still running you about 250 calories and almost 40 grams of sugar per cup. If you’re craving something a little sweeter, try making your own popsicles with fruit and fresh fruit juice.
Frozen Diet Meals
A lot of frozen meals advertise a healthy, hearty dinner without any of the weight gain. But while most of the meals are low-cal, they’re far from healthy. They’re full of preservatives and sodium, which will make you retain water and look super bloated. You’re way better off making whole-grain pasta with marinara yourself than you would be eating frozen diet ravioli— we promise.