Sure, these items sound pretty healthy. But what if you're getting more calories than you bargained for?
When you're in the mood for something sweet, juices and smoothies beat the heck out some other options...or do they? Unfortunately, these "healthy" drinks have sneaky calories and sugar lurking behind the scenes. Not convinced? If you are going to opt for a juice or smoothie, double check the ingredients. Make sure the juice/smoothie has real fruit (not fruit juice) and veggies, a low-fat milk base and no added syrup or sugar.
If you're like most people, you don't spend too much time thinking about yogurt. You grab one that sounds good and you move on. But some yogurts, especially those with fruity flavors, can turn a healthy snack into a sugar bomb. While you're typically safe with a plain, greek yogurt, it doesn't hurt to check the labels. If you usually choose a fruit based yogurt, consider adding your own fruit to be sure the sugar you're getting is from the real thing.
On the topic of yogurt, frozen yogurt is one that you need to be mindful of. A small serving is no big deal but let's be honest, between the large sized cups and plethora of toppings it's easy to spiral out of control. Before you know it, you've got a full-blown dessert and zero money left in your wallet. Next time you are in the mood for something sweet, rethink that knee-jerk reaction to head for some fro-yo because it's 'healthier' than ice cream.
Choosing a salad may seem like the obvious choice when faced with a menu of unhealthy options...until you add the high-fat dressing, breaded chicken, cheese, croutons, bacon bits, etc. It's basically a cheeseburger at that point. When you order a salad, choose one with a lot of veggies, a lean protein and if you must, one or two fun ingredients to sprinkle on for extra flavor. Just be sure you are controlling how much you add and do so in moderation.