8 Ways You’re Making Healthy Foods Fattening (Slideshow)
Before a workout or at the start of the day, yogurt is a good choice. Skip the flavored yogurts with extra fruit and sugar and opt for plain with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup instead.
Whole grains are a perfect choice if you’re looking to start your day off right. Whole wheat bread or bagels are an excellent breakfast choice, but when you pile on the cream cheese and sugary jams, the health factor goes out the window. Instead, choose nut butters like peanut or almond for creamy spreads.
Eggs are full of protein and are great whipped up in a hurry for breakfast. Instead of frying in butter, though, try hard boiling or poaching eggs to avoid extra fat. Also, if you are making an omelet, steer clear of the bacon and processed ham and instead choose spinach and goat cheese.
Salad with plenty of dark leafy greens is great for you, but start adding in bacon and cheese and it becomes less healthy. Instead opt for nuts, grilled chicken, or hard boiled eggs for your add-ons, tossed with a light vinaigrette dressing.
Chicken is full of lean protein that is a healthy choice for any meal — except when you load up on the fat and fry it. There are plenty of ways to enjoy chicken, the healthy way. Try grilling or baking chicken breasts with a light citrus marinade.
Vegetables are part of a nutritious diet, but preparing them in the wrong way can deplete them of many essential vitamins and minerals. Instead of boiling them, try lightly steaming them so they still have a bit of a crunch ore ting them raw in a salad.
Smoothies are perfect for after a workout or as a snack. But instead of loading them up with frozen yogurt and sherbets, stick to yogurt and fruit as a base and add in a drizzle of honey for sweetness.
Sandwiches and Wraps
These are great lunch options, especially if you are on the go and need a quick meal. Instead of loading up on the mayonnaise and deli meats, pack in extra vegetables and use some Dijon as a spread. You can also add in some creamy avocado instead of the cheese.