One of the worst things to do when trying to live by good principles of nutrition is to eat certain foods that we might not think to be extremely bad, but are destroying us from the inside. It can get very bad because often times they are “healthy foods” that taste so good, but are packed with the most sugar and cosmetically damaging ingredients you can imagine.
Here are 7 Sugar Packed Foods that will keep you away from your doctor and protect your wallet in the process.
1. Instant Oatmeal – They say it’s like eating dessert for breakfast. Granola is awesome to the taste, especially mixed with some nuts and raisins, but it’s more sugar than it’s worth. One packet can have up to a third of sugar to a bowl. Skip the instant oatmeal and try some shredded wheat instead (avoid the powdered sugar too).
2. Chinese Food – I looove Chinese food just like the next person, but in an actual Chinese restaurant. Don’t get me wrong, I know how hectic a day can get at the drop of a hat and before you know it, you don’t even have time to prepare a good healthy meal. However, instant Chinese food can really do a number on your teeth. Instead try having some authentic Chinese food instead. It might cost a few extra dollars, but your body will thank you in the long run.
3. Fast Food Breakfast – I shouldn’t even have to mention this, but I will anyway. Just the fact that more and more fast food chains are starting to serve breakfast now let’s me know there’s an issue. Egg Mcmuffins, sugar crusted doughnuts, scones, butter soaked bagels and hot chocolate might be mouth watering just to think about, but your sugar level goes through the roof with every bite.
Instead, try plain yogurt and a little granola. Or, if you really want to be hard core, some spelt flake cereal with almond milk and bananas (one of my favorites) You get protein, potassium and fiber all in one. Not to mention you won’t go into a coma by 11 a.m.
4. Fruity Ice Cream – This one hurts. Ice cream is my favorite dessert of ALL time. If I could, I’d eat it everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But here’s why I don’t. Your average size cup of ice cream that you would get at a known parlor contains about a days worth of saturated fat. So think about when you have a little cup after lunch and then a cone after dinner. That’s a lot of damage in something so little.
Again, this is when yogurt can really come in handy. Try some plain yogurt with organic fruit mixed in to satisfy that craving.
5. Sugar Packed Smoothies – This one here is just dirty. I used to go to a well know smoothie franchise and get a strawberry smoothie just about every other afternoon in the summer, until I found out I was drinking pure sugar. Smoothies like that are made with juice as opposed to real whole fruit.
What I recommend (because I actually did it) is to play it safe and make your own. Go to the farmers market, pick up some organic fruit and just do the deed yourself. You save time, money and you’re in complete control.
6. Breakfast Muffins – I was never into the whole breakfast muffin thing until I tried one once when I was on my way to a meeting and didn’t have time to make breakfast. Wow!! It was at that moment that I saw what all the fuss was about every time I would pass Starbucks. A typical whole grain muffin can pack as much sugar as the mouth watering pastry sitting next to it in the display case, believe it or not.
If you have to go there with the carbs in the morning, try a plain croissant instead. It’s a lot lighter and you’re stomach will thank you for it at the end of the day (speaking from experience).
7. Hot Pretzel – I spent half of my life in New York, so I know how a well prepared hot pretzel can make you stop in your tracks and forget everything going on around you. However, a hot pretzel along with the melted cheese and salt can bring a tidal wave of calories right to your lower abdomen (you know, the area that won’t seem to go down even after a thousand leg lifts).
Instead try a raisin pretzel with cream cheese (still a treat). It’s a lot less of a caloric intake…and if you have to have one, eat it before your workout or strenuous activity.
It’s best to avoid these foods altogether, but realistically speaking, if you have to indulge, limit it to once a month or once a season. Moderation is the key to health and wellness.
I’d like to hear from you! Please comment or share on some of your favorite foods that gave you a rude awakening with your health.