There are many foods that you may be under the impression are healthy, but actually aren’t. In our previous blog, we began going over some common allegedly healthy foods that actually have little or no nutritional value. In this blog, we will continue through this list.
Frozen Diet Meals
When you walk down the frozen section of the grocery store, you will see many frozen meals that claim to be healthy. These diet meals are less focused on your health and more on depriving you of calories. That’s why the ingredient list is a mile long, and you can’t pronounce most of the ingredients on that list. If you are dieting, you will do better if you simply cook for yourself. If time is the problem, you can try meal prepping over the weekend to set yourself up for success during the week.
There is a perception that if your food doesn’t have gluten, it means that it is inherently healthier, but this isn’t the case. Most alternative flours have the same number of carbs as wheat flour and have no additional nutrients. If you don’t have celiac disease, opt for 100% whole wheat flour or another nutritious flour such as almond or quinoa flour.
You know that quinoa is a superfood, so quinoa chips must be good for you, right? Wrong! While quinoa itself is very nutritious, most of the quinoa chips, pastas, and crackers on the market are made primarily with wheat, rice, or corn flours instead of the high-protein grain. If you are looking for a quinoa pasta or the like, be sure to check the label before you buy. If quinoa flour is one of the first ingredients, it is a good choice.
How bad can fruit be for you? Pretty bad, actually. Unfortunately, companies that make dried fruit often use preservatives to make them last and sugars to make them taste good, depleting fruits of their nutritional value. While you will get the nutrients from fruit, it is easy to overeat them, and the sugar alone is enough to stop you from buying these. Opt for fresh or frozen fruit for a sweet treat instead.
Canned soup may seem like a great meal in a pinch, but these convenient containers are also chock full of way more sodium than you need. Additionally, some cans have plastic linings with BPA in them. If you love soup but are short on time, try making a big batch one weekend and freezing it in portions for an easy lunch on the go.
Now that you know what to watch out for, you can walk down the grocery aisles with confidence that you are picking healthy options. When you need a healthy protein cookie, try Badass Power Cookie. Our vegan protein cookies are nutrient dense and a great snack on the go. Try one of our three flavors today!