Fitness and nutrition go hand-in-hand. When you’re trying to live your best life and shed some extra pounds, you need to focus on getting active and eating well. Should you get hungry between meal times, the smartest move is to grab a low-calorie snack.
But wait a minute, do you know your nutritious foods from your less-than-healthy ones? If you’re not quite sure, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Here are some of the so-called ‘healthy’ snacks that could be making you pile on the pounds.
Looking to boost your vitamin intake? You might think that reaching for a thirst-quenching smoothie from the store is a great place to start. However, before you do just that, you might want to check what ingredients are on the back of the bottle. You never know what you might find there!
Much of the time, manufacturers want to give their commercial smoothies the longest possible shelf-life. To do that, they include preservatives and extra sugars, which mean that the drink can be consumed for longer. Sadly, these nasty extras could also be adding to your calorie-count and making you unhealthy. Yikes.
Pro tip: Making your own smoothies is always the way to go. That way, you have total control over what’s in them. Include fresh fruit, plant-based milk, and seeds for a nutritious and delicious flavor combination.
2. Trail Mix
You might think that granola is a great source of energy and just the thing to keep you going when you need it the most. There’s one problem. If you’re buying commercial versions of this particular snack, they could be far worse for you than you imagine.
Believe it or not, many major brands of this product are filled with things that are less-than-healthy. From syrups to chocolate covered pieces, you never know what you might be eating when you choose one of these little packets.
Pro tip: When you’re choosing a trail mix from the store, be sure to check the ingredients on the packaging. That way, you know what you’re buying. Better yet, you could even make your own trail mix at home. Simple.
Heading out for a classy dinner? You might think that hitting up a sushi bar is the healthiest idea. While fresh fish, rice, and seaweed are all decent whole food ingredients, you could find that those little rolls are packed with more calories than you imagine. Spoiler: It’s all about the types of condiments you use.
There’s a striking amount of salt in a small portion of soy sauce. Around 100g of average soy sauce contains more than 5mg of sodium, according to the USDA. So, when you innocently dip your sushi in this stuff, you could be increasing your salt intake massively. What’s more, adding mayo to a roll could also make your calorie-count boom.
As though that weren’t enough to have you worried, there’s another problem that you ought to be aware of. When you’re choosing your sushi rolls, avoid ones that have a modern twist, such as those that include tempura elements. This deep-fried part of the sushi is certain to make it an unhealthy meal.
Pro tip: Making sushi at home doesn’t have to be tricky! When you get the hang of it, you can create healthful meals that pack a real flavor punch in no time.
In recent years, popcorn has become a ‘go to’ snack when you’re looking for a low-calorie and guilt-free alternative to chips and chocolate. Of course, when you eat plain popcorn, you should find that it’s relatively healthy and will keep you satisfied. However, many of the seemingly healthy brands you see in the store are actually packed with sugar and fats.
Choosing a type of popcorn that is heavy on flavorings, such as toffee popcorn or the popular salt and vinegar variety could be a recipe for disaster. You have no idea how many calories are present in these particular products and you could be making a real mistake.
Pro tip: Avoid overly flavored popcorn and season this snack yourself. You can use coconut oil and cinnamon powder to create a sweet treat that’s guilt-free.
5. Low-Fat Yogurt
Don’t let the words ‘low-fat’ mislead you! When you’re buying yogurt, you might think that this little label means that it’s a healthy product. Many people make this mistake time and time again, but you have to think outside the box (or tub!) to understand why it’s not the best idea in terms of your health.
The truth of the matter is that when companies remove the fats from a yogurt, they often have to substitute them for sugars and other artificial products. That means that your so-called ‘low-fat’ snack could be seriously bad for you when it comes to the calorie-count.
Pro tip: Rather than choosing the ‘low-fat’ yogurts out there, you should go for a healthier alternative. Greek yogurt may sound uber luxurious, but it is packed with nutrition and makes for a seriously creamy taste.
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