While certain foods are packed with vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and healthy fats they also contain carbs and calories. No matter how healthy, if you eat too much that can lead to weight gain.
Whether it's grapes, spiced almonds or grains, be mindful of how much you consume. If you eat too much of these "healthy" foods, you're still adding extra pound-packing calories to your diet.
- Hummus - I love hummus. Top it on some red bell peppers and I'm in hummus heaven. It contains 70 calories in only two tablespoons. I ask: Who stops at 2?!?
- Granola - I'm not sure how this became a healthy food but it's considered one. Granola is typically packed with oils to bind the stuff together and sugar to make it taste good. One cup of supposedly-super-healthy Bear Naked Granola has 480 calories, 8 grams of fat and 16 grams of sugar. That's before you add milk.
- Nuts - these are one of the best foods on the planet...in moderation. An ounce of walnuts or almonds typically contains 160 calories and 14 grams of fat. Again, who stops at one ounce?
- Grapes - okay, I'm not here to be the grape grinch but it's SO easy to overdue it on these sweeties. And that's the key, sweetie. Grapes have a lot of sugar: 15 grams in a cup, 75 grams in a bunch.
- Coconut Water - this stuff is not a free pass to drink all you want. Coconut water is not the same as calorie-free H20. Coconut water contains 60 calories and 14 grams of sugar per serving. Don't make this a daily indulgence. Think of it as an occasional treat.
- Protein & Energy Bars - If you’re not careful these can be as caloric as a candy bar.
- Green Juice & Green Smoothies - don’t add too much fruit to your juice or too many sweeteners (like coconut water) to your smoothie.
- Dried Fruit - one small of box of raisins has 129 calories and 25 grams of sugar. A half-cup of dried apricots? 107 calories and 25 grams of sugar. These are small serving sizes. It's easy to overdue it.
- Supergrains - grains like quinoa and farro are super-healthy and full of protein and fiber but they still have calories, anywhere from 200-260 per cup.
- Yogurt - whether it's frozen or from the supermarket container, this stuff is usually full of sugar. Plain yogurt has about 16 grams of sugar per cup while fruit flavored adds another 10-15 grams per cup. Sugar. Bomb.
Don't fret thinking you're doomed to a life of celery and spinach. While neither a single cookie nor single serving of nuts ever made anyone gain weight, when you overdue it on either item, you're in jeopardy of packing on unwanted pounds. They key here is moderation. You can enjoy just about anything in moderate amounts.
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