Are “Healthy” Foods Actually “Healthy?”
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If it says healthy on the box it must be true, right?
Many of the foods that people think are healthy are actually loaded with sugar, trans fats and refined carbs.
How do you even know what to purchase for a nourishing diet if the tags on the packages are incorrect?
The road to healthy eating is paved with food landmines.
To help, we’ve put together a list of the top 9 unhealthiest health foods with a ‘fix,’ i.e. a healthier alternative.
Here are the NINE Unhealthy ‘Health’ Foods You Should Avoid At
1. Protein Bars: Covered in chocolate, loaded with sugar and high fructose corn syrup, some of these are nothing but glorified candy bars. Many are pumped full of soy and boiled animal parts to boost the protein content while chemical additives, and artificial colors or flavors make it taste better.
Look for bars that are organic and made with as few ingredients as possible. Or make your own with this easy recipe:
>> First, select a protein powder and a high protein flour, such as coconut or almond flour (make sure they are gluten-free).
>> Then, bind protein powder and flour with coconut or almond milk. Add enough liquid so that the mixture comes together like dough. You can add some almond butter if you’d like, but the ultimate goal is to end up with a dough that can be formed into bars using your hands.
>> Next, shape the batter into bars. If your batter is too sticky or moist you can add a little coconut powder to get the right consistency. If the batter is too dry, you can add a little coconut milk.
>> After the batter is shaped, melt dark chocolate (preferably with a content of at least 70% cacao) in a glass bowl on top of a pot of boiling water. When it has melted, dunk the bars in the chocolate.
>> Finally, place the bars into the freezer for at least half an hour.
2. Reduced Fat Peanut Butter: This has more sugar and calories than regular peanut butter! Peanut butter could contain hydrogenated (trans) fats, which are the opposite of healthy.
Peanut butter can actually be pretty good for you; it’s a great source of protein, contains great healthy fat, is packed with nutrients and can even help weight loss. The trick is getting the right kind of peanut butter. Go for butters that are natural and have peanuts as the main ingredient. They should be low in sugar and sodium.
3. Wheat Bread: Wheat bread can contain a ton of unhealthy ingredients such as enriched flour. Don’t be fooled! Enriched wheat flour is refined flour so stay away.
Look for brown rice, whole oats or whole wheat at the top of the ingredients list when you are searching for bread. For breakfast, try eating those eggs with no bread. And at lunch, you may want to try wrapping your sandwich in romaine lettuce rather than bread.
4. Enhanced Water: A lot of these beverages are glorified sodas. They are nothing but sugar and vitamin supplements. These drinks can actually do more harm than good, especially if you are already getting enough vitamins.
The best kind of water is straight from the faucet. It’s free! Stick to fruit, veggies (and our signature vitamins) to make sure you get your vitamin fill.
5. Granola: This food is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. A small ½ cup healthy portion of granola is a lot more caloric than you’d anticipate. The issue is that many people consume way more than a ½ cup. Healthy nuts and grains are masked by chocolate and dried fruits. A few handfuls could put your sugars and calories through the roof!
Pay close attention to the serving size and avoid any mixes that contain chocolate. Or better yet, make your own! Here’s a great recipe for “mason jar blueberry sewn oats:”
>> Add ½ cup rolled oats to a jar and top it up with 1 cup of dairy (you can even use unsweetened almond milk)
>> Depending on your taste, add some raisins, blueberries, or 1 scoop of unflavored whey protein
>> Don’t forget a dash of cinnamon!
>> Add a lid and leave it in the fridge overnight
6. Instant Oatmeal: This breakfast item is loaded with excess sugar and empty calories. Low in fiber and protein, instant oatmeal brings very little to the (breakfast) table.
You are better off buying steel cut oats than portioning it out yourself for eating on the go. Sweeten it with a teaspoon of honey, nut butter or fresh fruit.
7. Fruit Juice: We know what you’re thinking. It’s made from fruit! But some juices have more sugar than Coca-Cola. They also lack the fiber that you get from fresh fruit.
Instead of using fruit juice as a supplement, just grab a fresh piece of fruit. The great part about this is you’ll be able to taste the real flavors of your fruit. It’s a win-win.
8. Smoothies: This refers to premade smoothies. Again these seemingly healthy beverages are loaded with sugar. Companies use only the juice instead of the entire fruit. Because it’s a liquid smoothies don’t leave you feeling as full which could lead to overeating.
Instead, make smoothies at home with water, fresh fruit and a vegetable like spinach.
9. Egg Whites: If you only eat the whites you’re missing half the protein. They’re also missing important vitamins and minerals. Don’t worry about your cholesterol level. Your liver produces more per day than an egg yolk. The secret is in the yolk.
Eating healthy is hard enough.
Don’t ruin your hard work by falling for these unhealthy foods.
So next time you’re getting groceries, print off this list and take it with you.