living can be harder than it sounds. You know you should
exercise more and eat more nutritious food, of course, but did
you also know that just because a food calls itself
"healthy" doesnít mean it is? Ditto calling
something vegan or calling it carb-free. You have to look
beyond the labels and check out the ingredients to see which
foods are the real deal and which are just a gimmick.
a cheat sheet of four foods that you might think of as
"healthy snacks" that are really not. This is stuff
the nutritionist would nix in a jiffy.
you need to eat more veggies, but alas, puffs that claim to
contain vegetables just donít cut it. Look at the
ingredients and you will often find potato flour, cornmeal and
rice flour as the mainstays. All that starch means big-time
are looking to splurge, just go ahead and treat yourself to
potato chips or pretzels. The veggie chips are almost as bad
for you. As Time points out, one major brand only has 40 than
regular old potato chips, which actually provide 1 gram fewer
carbs and 1 extra gram of protein. Yikes.
line: If you really want to be healthy, stick with actual
veggies. Crunch yourself silly with carrots or bell pepper
slices or cucumber wedges. Throw in some hummus and make it a
really hurts if you are a mom because itís hard to find a
snack that kids love that you can feel good about giving them.
Thatís why fruit snacks seem like the sweet spot, right?
there might be a smidge of fruit in there but thereís
usually also a cornucopia of corn syrup, gelatin, modified
corn starch, and a host of artificial flavors, as Today cites.
line: You can get way more vitamins and fiber if you stick
with real fruit. Maybe mix up a fruit salad for the kiddos
with fresh blueberries, apple chunks and banana? Itís not as
convenient, certainly, but it is actually food.
because it has vegan in the name does not mean itís actually
good for you. Vegan cookies are a prime example because many
are chock full of refined sugar and refined flour, and they
are totally lacking in fiber and other nutrients.
control is the key. One brand of vegan cookie actually has the
nerve to claim that a serving is one half of a cookie. That
means that one 4.25-ounce vegan cookies is actually two
servings. If you gobble down that whole cookie, as Time notes,
you will have sucked down 480 calories, 78 grams of carb,
including 57 grams as sugar, with just 2 grams of fiber.
line: If you really want healthy vegan cookies, you might need
to bake up a batch at home. Throw in some whole foods, such as
almond butter, rolled oats and chia seeds and jazz it up with
a little bit of cinnamon, maple syrup and vanilla.
mix varies widely depending on who makes it, as Time puts it.
Many brands contain dried fruit thatís been drenched with
sugar and then treated with artificial preservatives. Then
they throw in candy-coated milk chocolate orbs and such. This
style of trail mix packs a hefty 200 calories into a golf-ball
size serving with, little nutritional substance.
line: If you crave healthy trail mix, you might have to DIY.
Start with a base of nuts (think almonds, walnuts, pecans or
pistachios) and seeds (pumpkin or sunflower) and then give it
some zing with unsweetened chunks of dried fruit (go with
chopped dried figs, plums or dried cherries.) Chocolate lovers
may want to toss in a little dark chocolate into the mix.