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Misleadingly Healthy

These foods are often thought of as “healthy,” when in fact they are NOT!

Granola: Calorically dense and full of sugar, eating a mere ½ c granola will cost you 200-300 calories, around 15 grams of fat and close to 15g sugar too. That’s not a lot of nutritional bang for the amount of calories it will cost you. Skip it!

Trail mix: While it’s true that the nuts in a trail mix contribute a little protein, the overall calorie cost is not worth it. ½ cup trail mix will cost you an average of 350 calories , 22g fat, and around 20g sugar. It’s not worth it to get a mere 10g protein. Skip it!

Yogurt covered pretzels: I’m not sure why these get a healthy stamp of approval, but they seem to! WRONG! 12 yogurt pretzels will cost you 280 calories, 12 g fat, and 28 g sugar. Definitely skip these!

So what’s a person to snack on you ask? How about:

  • String cheese (nonfat/lowfat)
  • Nonfat greek yogurt
  • Turkey lunch meat
  • Jerky
  • Lowfat cottage cheese
  • Fresh fruit: apples, berries, oranges, tangerines, pears, graperfruit, etc….
  • Fresh veggies: cherry tomatoes, snap peas, raw green beans, jicama, radishes, baby carrots, celery stuffed with wedge of laughing cow lite cheese, etc….