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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!


Schools Are Packing Healthier Lunches than Parents, Study Shows

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What has more sodium than Lunchables (580-840 mg), an entire box of Oreos (630 mg) and cafeteria food (640-710 mg)? Brown bag lunches (1,003 mg).

A recent study covering a dozen elementary and middle schools in Houston discovered that lunches brought from home, while in the same caloric range, were significantly worse for the children than the school’s lunch.

Gone are the days of baby carrots as we welcome the age of chips and desserts sustaining the minds of the future (shudders). Middle school students ate 101.8% of their packed desserts. That figure is greater than 100% because students shared and bought additional desserts from the cafeteria.

Houston is known for going big when it comes to food, but simple things like meat and grains were almost completely absent from packed lunches.

First Lady Michelle Obama and celebrity chef Jaime Oliver have championed getting better nutrition into school cafeterias, but have a long way to go in combating food deserts and parenting fails.

H/t LA Times

Fast Food

Americans Demand Healthy, But Eat Fat

According to research firm Technomic, 47% of Americans would like fast food restaurants to offer healthy alternatives to the typically high-calorie foods offered, however only about half of that amount (23%) actually order those foods.

Because there is a demand to bring healthier foods to fast food restaurants, many companies have attempted to answer the call by offering up lower calorie foods only to be met with lukewarm sales from these items. From salads to fruit and yogurt parfaits, healthy alternative items pale in comparison to their fatty counterparts when it comes down to the bottom line. Sales for these items are so sparse that many restaurants, including McDonald’s do not disclose exact sales figures for them. It is because the fattier menu items remain top sellers that newer heartier and heavier foods are being rolled out by companies left and right.

There are plenty of possibilities to explain the weak sales of healthy menu items. One suggested possibility is the fact that healthier menu items tend to be the more expensive than the typical fast-food fare. Personally, I rely on a more colloquial reasoning as to why healthy items at fast food restaurants: a healthy eating and fast food simply don’t go hand-in-hand. If one decided that they wanted to eat healthy, one doesn’t immediately think to hit the closest Burger King to grab some healthy grub. One would probably just buy healthier food items at their local grocery store or snack on more fruits and vegetables.

Whatever the reasoning, Americans have spoken. It’s just a shame that what we’re saying and what we’re doing aren’t really on the same page — an unfortunate fact that may be costing us a healthier lifestyle.


Craving: 2 lb McDonald's Cheeseburger

My lack of meat for the past few weeks of Lent season have really been getting to me. My mind has been racing trying to figure out the first meat-ridden meal (or few meals) I will be devouring once my meat-fast is over. Then this 2 lb McDonald’s Cheeseburger picture ran across my desk. Amazing. (Thx Spanno)