Some foods are simply destined to have the label of "healthy", such as fruits and veggies (and rightly so). However, there are many other foods stereotyped as so that are actually far from it.
Here's a list of some "healthy" foods that really aren't!
- Most granola bars
Many granola bars could very well be a Snickers bar, as they have very little fiber, are very processed, and have tons of sugar. Tip: Look for granola bars with around five or less ingredients and no added sugar, or make your own using raw oats, chopped nuts, dried fruit and agave nectar or coconut oil.
- Supermarket Cereal
Most cereals, though advertised a part of a healthy breakfast actually are loaded with sugar and have very little fiber. Tip: Choose cereals with fewer than 5 grams of sugar and more than 5 grams of fiber per serving or better yet, skip the cereal and have oatmeal.
Yes, there's 0 grams of fat, no carbs, no cholesterol, and no calories but there are also zero grams of protein, nutrients, fiber, or anything else benefitting your body. Tip: Your best bet is to stick to zero calorie drinks that aren't artificially sweetened such as unsweetened teas and water.
In general, muffins are comprised of ingredients that won't exactly give our bodies the jump start it needs in the morning; sugar and refined flour. Both of these ingredients will spike your blood sugar and cause what you've just eaten to store as fat, not to mention you are probably setting yourself up for a midmorning crash. Tip: Aim for good sources of protein, complex carbs and healthy fats in the morning such as eggs with whole wheat toast and natural peanut butter. This will jumpstart your day, keep you full longer and give you more engery.
- Caesar Salds and Other Restaurant Salads
Applebee's California shrimp salad clocking in at 1310 calories.
What started out as healthy (lettuce, spinach, romaine, etc), most of the time becomes laiden with fatty dressing, croutons and tons of cheese. Even a side salad before a meal can cost you up to 500 calories or more simply because of the dressing and unneccesary toppings. Tip: Ask for your dressing on the side, try to make it some sort of vinegarette and have it sans croutons or wonton strips.