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a wolf in sheep's clothing!

We all know that foods like fried chicken and fettuchini alfredo are at the top of the no-no list. But what foods are lurking, unsuspected in the wings? what is a diet killer in sheep's clothing? Add anyhting that may seem slightly harmless but can really add up in the fat/calorie/etc... areas.

Wed. Jun 1, 12:29pm

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Love this post. Avocados

So true. Because avocado is considered a good fat, people think they can eat as much as they want. But one "portion" is only a 1/4. A whole one is insane and can sabatoge your whole day.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005, 12:50 PM

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Things like trail mix and granola bars are marketed as totally healthy but you really have to watch how much you eat due to the calories, sugar, and whatnot. Same with dried fruit; a lot of it is really high in sugar.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005, 1:13 PM

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chocolate covered raisins

fruit juices - every doctor and nutritionist I've ever asked has said that fruit juices are as bad as soda - just empty calories from all that sugar, no nutritional value whatsoever

breakfast bars - so much sugar, so few quality calories

coffee with sugar and milk (or worse, cream), especially from Starbucks or other similar places (see the recent posts in the blog)

Wednesday, June 01, 2005, 2:16 PM

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alot of smoothies are quite high in sugar and calories and not as satisfying as the equivalent number of calories would be if you ate them in solid form.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005, 9:28 PM

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Fruit juices

I agree that there is a big difference between fruit juices that have added sugars and ones that are 100% fruit juice. If you look at the label of Ocean Spray, or a similar brand, it'll say something like, "28% fruit juice", or some low amount. Look for the juices that have 100% natural fruit, and if you read the ingredients it won't have a bunch of added sugar.

And it tastes waaaaay less sweeter. I think a glass of juice can be a healthy choice as long as you're buying the healthy stuff.

Thursday, June 02, 2005, 9:26 AM

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make your own smoothies

yes, it is true that a lot of smoothies are packed with unnecessary to combat this, i typically make my own! i use frozen fruit (get creative!), a liquid (organic apple juice or vanilla soy milk), add in raw oatmeal for ruffage and you've got a tasty, healthy smoothiel! you can even use variations of the following: yogurt (plain or flavored), protein powder, vitamin powder...

Thursday, June 02, 2005, 11:12 AM

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love this post, too!

Thanks for the comments....especially for the tips on avocados. I knew they were higher in fat then normal fruits and veggies....but didn't think they could be that bad. You inspired me to look them up -- 22 grams of fat in 1 cup. Big Ouch! I have been eating 2 to 3 a week. They are definitely off my list now!

Friday, June 03, 2005, 8:07 AM

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Juice and Power Bars

Agree with everything that's been said on juice, but if juice is still something you want to keep in your meal plan, it's great to mix a splash of juice with sparkling water. You get the taste and it's even a little more refreshing.

As far as food in disguise- watch out for any of the power/energy/trail bars- while they won't kill a diet in terms of actual calories (especially if you are eating small meals throughout the day)- they are typically extremely high in sugars and won't give you the same "full" feeling that you would get with say, fruit or nuts. And they're pushed on you everywhere- from the health food stores, magazines, websites to the gym!

Friday, June 03, 2005, 8:17 AM

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power bars

some of those power bars are very high in calories and sugar and don't offer much fiber or protein or other good nutricion. A good one I've found is a Cliff bar--but they were designed to be eaten not as a general snack but as a power boost if you're endurance training. But, you know, who cares? They're good and pretty healthy, although a bit high in calories. I think one bar is like 200 calories.

Mixing natural juice with sparkling water is great too. It's like healthy soda!

Some other great things to add to shakes/smoothies are peanut butter, honey or a raw egg! The egg gives it a frothy consistancy, which is yummy!

Friday, June 03, 2005, 9:51 AM

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Sunchips! Very high in calories. Always check the nutrition labels least you be deceived!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 8:16 PM

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