8 Ways You're Making Healthy Foods Fattening

8 Ways You’re Making Healthy Foods Fattening
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8 Ways You're Making Healthy Foods Fattening

While you may think you're doing your best to make healthy choices, it may be that some of your decisions aren’t always the right ones.


Before a workout or at the start of the day, yogurt is a good choice. Skip the flavored yogurts with extra fruit and sugar and opt for plain with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup instead.

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Whole Grains

Whole grains are a perfect choice if you’re looking to start your day off right. Whole wheat bread or bagels are an excellent breakfast choice, but when you pile on the cream cheese and sugary jams, the health factor goes out the window. Instead, choose nut butters like peanut or almond for creamy spreads.

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Eggs are full of protein and are great whipped up in a hurry for breakfast. Instead of frying in butter, though, try hard boiling or poaching eggs to avoid extra fat. Also, if you are making an omelet, steer clear of the bacon and processed ham and instead choose spinach and goat cheese.

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Salad with plenty of dark leafy greens is great for you, but start adding in bacon and cheese and it becomes less healthy. Instead opt for nuts, grilled chicken or hard boiled eggs for your add-ons, tossed with a light vinaigrette dressing.

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Chicken is full of lean protein that is a healthy choice for any meal — except when you load up on the fat and fry it. There are plenty of ways to enjoy chicken, the healthy way. Try grilling or baking chicken breasts with a light citrus marinade.

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Vegetables are part of a nutritious diet, but preparing them in the wrong way can deplete them of many essential vitamins and minerals. Instead of boiling them, try lightly steaming them so they still have a bit of a crunch or eating them raw in a salad.

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Smoothies are perfect for after a workout or as a snack. But instead of loading them up with frozen yogurt and sherbets, stick to yogurt and fruit as a base and add in a drizzle of honey for sweetness.

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Sandwiches and Wraps

These are great lunch options, especially if you are on the go and need a quick meal. Instead of loading up on the mayonnaise and deli meats, pack in extra vegetables and use some Dijon as a spread. You can also add in some creamy avocado instead of the cheese.

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Eating a healthy diet is important, but sometimes can be a struggle. While we think we are doing our best to make healthy choices, it may be that some of our decisions aren't always the right ones. To help make sure that you make the most out of each meal — and get all the necessary vitamins and minerals to have energy throughout the day — we've rounded up a few common healthy food mistakes.

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What is a healthy food mistake? Well, think along the lines of good-for-you meals and snacks that may actually be sabotaging your diet. Sure, you're eating a carrot stick, but are you dipping it in ranch dressing or hummus?

We've compiled a list of some common errors that people make while trying to eat healthy foods, and how to avoid them. That doesn't mean completely changing the dishes, but rather swapping out unhealthy components of each dish for less fattening and high calorie foods.

So, next time you are preparing something healthy, make sure that you don't make one of these mistakes. With the right knowledge and know-how, almost any meal can be made nutritious.

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