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5 ‘Healthy’ Foods That Might Actually Ruin Your New Year’s Resolution Diet

Most of you would be lying if you say you’ve never had eating “healthy” foods as your New Year’s resolution. If you’re anything like me, that goal is probably already down the toilet.

Despite my daily trips to Whole Foods and Nekter, I wasn’t really eating healthy. But it’s not because I ate ice cream for the last 15 days (which I did). No, that’s not why I failed my 2018 resolution already. It’s because those “healthy” foods I was consuming were actually ruining my diet. All those times I chugged a cup of green juice and snacked on trail mixes? Well, no wonder I can’t diet properly to save a life.

Below is a top 5 “healthy” foods that may actually be ruining your diet.

1. Gluten-Free Food


Yes, some GF snacks indeed are healthier alternatives. But if it’s processed or packaged, even if it’s “gluten-free,” it can be significantly higher in calories and lower in carbs. So if I’m not gluten sensitive, why add the extra calories without the satisfaction of biting into a cupcake?

2. Green Juice


One word. Sugar.

Cold-pressed juices are loaded with veggies and fruits. But a popular bottled green juice has 260 calories, 60 grams of carbs and 52 grams of sugar! That’s more sugar than five Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts!

Alternative? Drink a green smoothie. Unlike the juice alternative, smoothies retain the fibers from the veggies.

3. Fat-Free Anything

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“Oh, it’s fat-free! It must be healthy.”

No. No. NO! Get that fat-free chocolate pudding out of your cart! Research shows fat-free/low-fat foods have up to 10% more calories and 40% more sugar. By removing fat, food loses its flavor. To compensate for the lack of flavor, companies add additional flavoring and sugar.

4. Trail Mix

Don’t say you never grabbed a handful of trail mix to pick out all the chocolate. Ok, maybe I tried to be a little bit “healthier” and ate the peanut butter chips too. Hey! Peanuts have protein, right? Well, it turns out that you are better off munching on some unsalted nuts. If you’re having a chocolate craving, opt for some dark chocolate.

5. Acai Bowls

You’re tempted. Those acai bowls are so pretty and totally Instagram ready. And you know what? It’s healthy for you, right? Nope.

You’re getting an acai bowl because acai is a superfood. You want that glowing skin and super immunity! Unfortunately, most acai bowls are high in calories and sugary. Why? Some bowls are made with frozen yogurt instead of a puree. It is also packed on with various toppings like fruit, granola, and honey. While acai itself is low in sugar and packed with antioxidants, think of all the extra calories the toppings and hefty portions add!

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Jamba Juice Debuts New Energy Bowls, Basically Smoothies You Can Chew

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Jamba Juice is rolling out a new line of Energy Bowls that is sure to appease their regular smoothie loving customers. The new line up features revamped versions of old favorites, such as their Acai Bowls, as well as brand new options. The new Energy Bowls features a blend of whole fruits, soy milk, and greek yogurt topped with an assortment of toppings and fresh fruit. According to Brand Eating, the new menu currently offers six different bowls:

– Acai Berry Bowl – a blend of Acai (pronounced “ah-sah-ee”) juice, soymilk, strawberries, blueberries, and bananas, topped with fresh bananas, strawberries, and blueberries, plus sliced almonds and honey.

– Acai Primo Bowl – a blend of Acai juice, soymilk, bananas, strawberries, and blueberries, topped with organic granola, fresh bananas and blueberries, coconut, sliced almonds, and honey.

– Berry Bowl – a blend of Greek yogurt, soymilk, strawberries, blueberries, and bananas, topped with organic granola, fresh bananas and blueberries, and a mixed berry drizzle.

– Chunky Strawberry Bowl – a blend of Greek yogurt, strawberries, banana, peanut butter, and soymilk, topped with organic granola plus fresh banana and strawberries.

– Mango Peach Bowl – a blend of Greek yogurt, mangoes, peaches, bananas, and soymilk, topped with organic granola, fresh bananas, coconut, and a passion fruit drizzle.

– Tropical Acai Bowl – a blend of Acai juice, soymilk, mangoes, and peaches, topped with fresh pineapple and banana, plus sliced almonds and coconut.

In conjunction with the new menu’s launch, Jamba Juice is offering a coupon on their website for half off any Energy Bowl through September 22.

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