9 ‘Healthy’ Foods That Are Hidden Calorie Bombs

Have you ever wondered why certain food and drinks are considered healthy? Ever checked?

Some of the most popular so-called healthier food and drinks are calorie, fat and sugar-laden. And there’s us thinking they’re all sweet!

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1. Sushi

California Roll

Rice, raw fish, seaweed…healthy healthy healthy, right? Wrong! California Rolls are filled with high-cal sauces like mayonnaise while tempura rolls are fried. Great news for your tastebuds; less good for your waistline.

1 California roll (= 8 pieces) can contain up to 500 calories, almost as many as a Big Mac.

Want a better sushi alternative? Drop the California rolls and go for sashimi (sliced raw fish) or maki (seaweed, rice and raw fish).

2. Fruit Juices

Fruit Juice

An 8 oz glass of a popular brand of OJ contains 110 calories. Packed with vitamin C? Well, yes, but also packed with lots of sugar, minus the fiber.

A better alternative is to squeeze your own juice from a bunch of oranges.

3. Salad Dressing

Salad Dressing

Thinking of reducing calorie intake and boosting antioxidant intake with a healthy salad? We like your thinking! But beware the seemingly innocent dressing.

Depending on the dressing you choose, it can contain up to 90 calories per tablespoon.

A better idea is to make your own dressing reducing fat intake by using more ingredients like lemon and lime juice and balsamic vinegar.

4. Margarita

Margarita

Looking forward to letting off steam at the weekend? Maybe enjoying a cocktail or two with a friend? That’s awesome! But beware the Margarita trap: don’t be seduced by its lime juice content…

Depending on how much tequila and Cointreau you’re using, an 8oz margarita can contain up to 500 calories. Both liquors used for your Margarita are packed with sugars; Cointreau is made of sweet & bitter orange peels, sugar beet alcohol and sugar. Tequila is made of agave plant juice and sugar.

Wanna reduce calories? Use real lime juice instead of sweetened bottled juice. Reduce the amount of alcohol and substitute with zero calorie water. Or opt for a Whisky & Diet Coke. Or a Gin & Tonic.

5. Smoothies

Smoothies

Eating lots of fruit is good for you, but beware the smoothie. They’re often made with UHT milk, sugary fruit juices or ice-cream. And some are even topped with chocolate, maple syrup, honey or added fat and sugars!

Smoothies can contain up to 500 calories. That means you’re drinking an entire light lunch meal, but minus the satiety.

If you want a healthy low-calorie smoothie, use small amounts of fresh  juice; almond, rice or coconut milk. Why not even experiment with tea? If you want to add some sweetness and more taste, add stevia, coconut or raw cacao. And top it off with some chia, hemp or flex seeds, raw nuts and oatmeal for added fiber.

6. Granola

Granola

If you enjoy granola for breakfast, fine. If you think it’s a healthy option though, you might want to think again. Yes you’ll get plenty of fibre but it comes at a price. Research showed that some types of granola contain more fat than McDonalds Fries and more sugar than Coke. A lot of store-bought granola is packed with sugars and fat to make it taste better.

1 cup of Granola can contain 450 calories. Chances are, you eat more than one cup for breakfast. Do the math.

If you have some time on your hands, make your own granola. It’s very easy and you won’t get all the extra sugars and fat.

7. Vitamin Water

Don’t be seduced by the name. Vitamin water is far from normal water ‘with a taste’. One glass of vitamin water  contains 13 grams of sugar or 50 calories. If you drink the whole bottle, you swigged 33 grams of  A better alternative? Get some water with fresh fruit slices. All the taste, none of the calories.

8. Dried raisins

Raisins

Beware the sultana snack. 1 packed cup of dried seedless raisins contains up to 500 calories, which is as many calories as a Belgian waffle with maple syrup.

Huh? Yep, that’s correct. Raisins shrink 4 times their size when they’re dried. So when you eat a cup of raisins, you’re actually eating 4 cups of grapes. Raisins aren’t unhealthy (they’re a good source of iron and fiber), you just need to consume them in moderation, which is often hard because they’re so tasty.

9. Nuts

Almonds

Nuts are little calorie bombs due to their high fat content. 1 cup of almonds or cashew nuts contains 550 calories – again, as many calories as a Big Mac, while the same amount of pecans  contains around 690 calories.

Should you ditch them? Uh-uh.  Nuts contain unsaturated and mono saturated fats – the ‘healthy’ fats. On top of that they’re good sources of vitamin E, vitamin B2, folate, fiber and minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and selenium.

Conclusion

‘Healthy’ restaurant choices; seemingly innocent snacks…The list of hidden calorie bomb food and drinks might be longer than you think.

You don’t have to forgo your favorite foods totally – but if you think those calories are totting up, it might be time to look at portion sizes.

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