Dec 29, 2012


The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind... 

Everyday someone comes up with another food that was once supposed to be good for you, but now all of a sudden they seem not to be.

Here are 10 Snacks you thought were healthy but really aren't as published in Bon  Apppetit.   
Let me say I mentioned it to Arvid and right away he has tons of questions regarding the Granola Bars.  You see all of a sudden he has discovered that these bars really can take care of hunger, plus they taste good.  Now he wants me to find out everything about it...Yep!

Granola Bars

In small doses, granola is super satisfying and can provide many health benefits.  They are high in fiber and unsaturated fats, which lower cholesterol. But add in excess sugar and chow down portions that could feed three people, and this iconic hippie-friendly snack isn't so wholesome anymore.  The word here is moderation!

Smoothies / Yogurt Drinks
Sugar bombs strike again. The typical bottled yogurt drink you'll find on grocery shelves (organic or not), contains about 40 grams of sugar. (That's 10 teaspoons!) To put that in perspective, a healthy adult's entire day's recommendation of sugar is 48 grams. Grab an "all-natural" fruit smoothie for lunch and you might be downing upwards of 500 calories. Ditch the extraneous sugar and calories and make a shake or smoothie at home using fresh or frozen fruit and a touch of honey for sweetness.

Bran Muffins
High in fiber yes, but also potentially way too high in fat, sugar, preservatives,if they're pre-packaged and calories 

Whole Wheat Wraps

They might sound high-and-mighty in terms of health value, but whole wheat wraps can be deceiving depending on the brand. Many skimp on the fiber—actually, many brands have virtually nil—and add up to nearly 300 calories...and that's before the turkey, avocado and cheese. Look for wraps with at least four grams of fiber and around 150 calories each.

Other snacks supposedly not so good for you are: Veggie Burgers

They sound inherently healthy, but frozen veggie burgers can contain more processed filler ingredients and sodium than actual vegetables or beans.

Diet Sodas, Drinks, and Teas

Zero calories isn't always a good thing, particularly when diet or sugar-free drinks are loaded with artificial sweeteners.  Sweeteners may increase sugar or carbohydrate cravings, and if consumed in great quantity, may actually impact weight gain.

Rice Cakes

At a mere 60 calories a pop, rice cakes are crunchy, light, and semi-tasty. But at the end of the day, they're also fairly void of any decent nutrients, plus, the favored versions pack in extra sugar. They're essentially empty calories.
Once a staple of the fat-free diet, pretzels don't add much to the fiber category. Like rice cakes, you're dealing with a snack that's not filling in a satisfying way, and that could lead you to consume too many empty carbs. And while we all love a little salt sometimes, sodium totals can rack up if you're eating a lot of pretzels.

Fat-Free Salad Dressing

These "light" dressings line grocery store shelves, beckoning dieters with a healthy halo of sorts. But they're generally crammed with extra sugar or high fructose corn syrup to make up for flavor, and they are too often missing all the heart-healthy olive oil (or grape seed, canola, walnut or avocado oil) that makes vinaigrettes both good for you and delicious.

Fat Free/ Reduced-Fat Cheese  
another favorite, Norwegian Chocolate:)
If you're looking to drop a few pounds or eat more healthfully, fat-free or reduced fat cheese may not be your answer. It tends to be less flavorful and satisfying than full-fat cheese, so you have to eat more to feel full, which can translate to overdoing it on calories.
I am firm believer in eating anything I like.  The key to this is of course moderation (something I often lack).   For me one of life's pleasures is food.  I eat what I like and when I like.  Unfortunately this has also added extra pounds to me.  Well now to have a little "healthy" snack.  My favorite yogurt of all time from Red Mango's at the Galleria Mall. 

There's lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it..
Eat right, exercise regularly, die anyway...