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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Snacks you thought were healthy

Too often, people neglect to read the nutrition labels on certain foods and end up eating five times the recommended serving size. Individuals will assume that something is “healthy” just based on what they’ve heard or on who eats it; unfortunately, these people are mistaken. If you are one of them, take notes on these mini food lessons that will provide some guidance as to what is healthy, what isn’t and how much of it you should be eating.

  1. Granola—yes, runners like me live for granola, but remember that most things including granola are best in moderation. The typical serving size is about one fourth cup and has between 160 and 200 calories, while most people will eat numerous handfuls and end up consuming way too many calories. Also, there are too many granola companies that add in sugars and fats so try to buy the most natural brands you can find.
  2. Fat-free dressing—sure these sauces can be lower in calories, but usually they have high levels of corn syrup and extra sugar due to the lack of flavor. The better option is to eat the normal dressing in a smaller serving, about one to two tbsps., where you can get the proper nutrients.
  3. Rice cakes + pretzels—these are both examples of empty carbohydrates. They are low in calories, but they do not fill you up because they lack nutritious value. If you are craving the crunch, try dipping these in nut butters or hummus.
  4. Veggie burgers—while these may seem healthier than beef burgers, frozen veggie burgers are often packed with too many ingredients and fillers that make them lose their value. Make sure if you want a veggie burger that you choose an organic, natural brand with a small ingredient list.
  5. Diet drinks—some of you want to save your calories, but diet drinks can actually increase sugar and carbohydrate cravings; not to mention, fake sweetener is unhealthy. Simply choose a fruit juice or drink water instead!
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