Health Foods That Aren’t Healthy

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

We are constantly bombarded with health food news and advertising. The latest fads, trends, and what is considered healthy is constantly changing. Some people try to keep up, others chose to eat what they grew up thinking was healthy, never knowing any different. There is so much information out there, I can’t break it all down for you but here a few common mistakes we make when trying to eat healthy.

Granola Bar YblogMuffins YblogCoffee YblogCereal YblogVeggie Chips Yblog

Granola Bars = Candy bars
Granola has a long history of being the quintessential health food. The truth is commercially package granola bars can contain as many calories and sugar as some candy bars, especially the chocolate chip kind. If you can’t give up your granola, buy a bag instead of the bars. Use it like a condiment and sprinkle it sparingly on your fruit, yogurt or other low-calorie cereal.

Muffins = Cake
Your muffin may contain healthy ingredients like flax, fruit or nuts but chances are those healthy ingredients are bound together with oil, flour, and sugar making it nothing more but cake without frosting. If muffins are a must, try making yours at home and substitute applesauce for oil and use whole wheat flour.

Specialty Coffee Drinks = Dessert
Coffee is loaded with healthy antioxidants but when your barista mixes it with cream, sugar, flavored syrup and tops it with whip cream it can contain more fat and calories that your favorite dessert. Change your standard latte order to a small size with nonfat milk and half they syrup and make it a once in a while treat, not an everyday splurge. You’ll save calories and cash.

Breakfast Cereals = Donut
Yes, they are fortified with vitamins and minerals, and may even claim to be whole grain but they are also loaded with sugar and preservatives. My favorite Cinnamon Toast Crunch has more grams of sugar than a Krispy Kreme glazed donut. So, I will have an occasional bowl as dessert not breakfast.

Vegetable Chips = Potato Chips
Vegetable chips, sounds so virtuous, almost like ordering a salad, right? Wrong, some veggie chips like kale chips may contain more nutrients than your potato or corn chips but both all are vegetables fried in oil and loaded with salt. They contain about the same number of calories and should be considered a salty indulgence and not how you get your daily allowance of vegetables.

Nancy Kiehnau Greater Green Bay YMCA 
Certified Personal Trainer & Wellness Coach