Sunday, August 7, 2011

5 Foods to Avoid

Condiments can turn your healthy, lean meal into a calorie binge.  Use condiments sparingly.  Dress your grilled chicken sandwich with lighter dressings such as mustard.  Give your salads a splash of balsamic vinaigrette.  Try some of Mrs. Dash’s salt free seasoning and add some lemon to flavor up a meal. 

Soda/Energy Drinks:
Need a pick-me-up to get through your day?  Skip the sodas and energy drinks.  Downing 2-3 of these a day can cost you anywhere from 200 – 600 extra calories a day and loads of sugar.  Not to mention what the cost of these will do to your pocketbook.  Grab a black coffee – and skip the sugar and cream!

White Sugar: 
This grainy, white, sweet additive is the culprit and main cause behind obesity.  White sugar creates the fat that clogs arteries and stores as body fat.  This little demon is found in sweets, condiments, and even processed meats.  Read your labels carefully.  Focus your diet on vegetables, fresh fruit, whole grains, lean meats, fish, and low-fat dairy products to avoid access added sugar.

Cheese is found on many dishes in America.  It tends to be the unnecessary addition to favorite foods from potatoes to chicken and broccoli alike.  Grilled chicken on its own can be a healthy low cal option, however adding calories worth of cheese to it makes it no longer a low cal option.  Try to avoid this by using salt-free seasonings to dress up your grilled chicken and broccoli.

White Flour:
White flour is found in everything from bread, pizzas, cakes, pastas, and cookies.  It is nutrient deplete due to it being a refined food.  Refined foods are those foods that have been so heavily processed, causing it to lose its nutritional value.  These refined foods consumed over time cause weight gain.  Replace your favorite pasta dish with whole wheat pasta.  Seek out whole wheat alternatives.  You will find they are easy to find and affordable.


Mrs. Muffins said...

Condiments are a killer! A serving size of ketchup will be like 2 tablespoons but I want ten! Lol... so yes, they're tricky! The rest are kind of obvious but unfortunately, many people don't realize it.


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