You grab a whole grain fruit muffin for breakfast on your way to the office, a salad at the drive thru for lunch while on the road on the weekend and pass out granola bars to the kids for an afternoon snack. Sounds like you are making some great healthy choices. But wait. . .
When we look a little closer, it turns out that the muffin has the same calories and fat as a donut, that you might as well swap that dressing on your salad for a burger and the granola bar is no healthier for the kids than a chocolate bar!
Healthy eating is something many of us strive for but the truth is there are times where our efforts to make healthy choices actually end up being on the unhealthy side of healthy food!
Crazy right? Check out this list of healthy foods that are actually not the healthy choice.
Making the Healthy Food Choice
The dressing is key. Be a label reader and at restaurants always check the nutrient guide for the salad dressings offered for your favorite fast food salad. Some have as much fat as a 1/4 pounder! Go for vinegar or yogurt based dressings with only 1gr fat per tbsp.
Compare: Chicken Ranch Salad at Drive thru – 31g FAT, 590 Calories, 25g Sugar, 1480g Sodium
AND –> 1/4lb burger at same Drive thru – 33g FAT, 590 Calories, 10g Sugar, 1240g Sodium
Peanut butter made with JUST peanuts is an excellent health food loaded with protein, but most peanut butter brands add icing sugar and hydrogenated oil! Sweeten a natural peanut butter sandwich with apple slices or bananas.
Compare: Creamy Peanut Butter – peanuts, sugar, hydrogenated vegetable oil, salt, fancy molasses, maltodextrin, icing sugar. 2tbsp = 16g FAT, 3g Sugar, 8g Protein
AND –> Natural Peanut Butter – peanuts. 2tbsp – 16g FAT, 2g Sugar, 10g Protein
The next time you go for the Blueberry bran muffin, have a look at the chain’s nutritional breakdown for the muffins and donuts. You might be surprised to find our your healthy muffin has more fat than an apple fritter!
Compare: Blueberry Bran muffin – 13g FAT, 280 Calories, Fibre 4g, Sugar 24g
Homemade Oatmeal Applesauce Muffin – 3.7g FAT, 177 Calories, Fibre 4g, Sugar 15g (from fruit)
AND –> Apple Fritter donut – 8g FAT, 290 Calories, Fibre 2g, Sugar 15g
Chocolate Dip donut – 14g FAT, 270 Calories, Fibre 1g, Sugar 16g
Quick snack made with whole grains, it must be healthy. Look for fat, calories and sugar content as many are filled with high fructose corn syrup and contain as much fat and sugar as a candy bar!
Compare: 28gr Chewy chocolate chip granola bar – 4gr FAT, 1gr Fibre, 9gr Sugar, 1gr Protein
Sweet & salty granola bar – 9g FAT, 11g Sugar, 4g Protein
AND –>28gr Snickers bar – 6g FAT, .5g Fibre, 13g Sugar, 2g Protein
For a quick snack with protein and fiber reach for a pear, cheese or your own mixture of almonds and dried apricots. When you can, make your own baked goods and snacks, go for natural and check nutrition labels for fat, sodium and sugar content to ensure you are making a healthy choice.