Your Healthy Snack Isn’t So Healthy

Your Healthy Snack Isn't So Healthy

Treating yourself to a nice healthy salad for a snack today? Too bad that ranch dressing has 145 calories per serving and 15 grams of fat. Watch out for items like this “sneaky snack” when you’re working on your weekly meal plan!

This month we have focused on rewarding yourself in a healthy way, but just because something has the connotation of being healthy, doesn’t mean it actually is. So let’s take a look at those sneaky snacks disguised as being healthy.

Which sneaky snack have you fallen victim to?

Granola Bars

Did you know that most granola bars are pretty much candy bars? The Clif White Chocolate Macadamia Nut bar has more calories than a Snickers. In fact, the Snickers bar has 45 calories less.

So if you want to have a granola bar in your purse, bag, or car, make sure you look for bars that are low on sugar and calories. You can find some good bars here.

Parfaits

A parfait seems harmless right? Fruit, granola, and yogurt couldn’t possibly be bad for you. Wrong! It’s easy to let calories and sugar sneak up on you real quick when you make this sneaky snack.

When in doubt, skip the granola and yogurt and just eat the fruit. Otherwise, be sure to check that you’re using the right ingredients to avoid those sneaky sugars!

Low Fat Muffins

Keep a watchful eye on the goodies behind the glass at your local coffee shop. Just because it says, “low fat” doesn’t mean it’s healthy. The fat is removed, but sugar is added to make it taste better. Sneaky snack attack!

So if you’re in the mood for a good warm muffin, try out one of these options instead!

Gluten Free Products

Just because it doesn’t have gluten in it, does not make it healthy. In fact, even if it is gluten free, if it’s a processed food it’s none the healthier than its gluten-filled counterpart. It’s also important to remember that cutting gluten out of your diet because it’s “all the rage” is not a good decision.

Gluten intolerance or Celiac disease is no joke, and a gluten free diet shouldn’t be taken lightly as gluten is life threatening to some. So if you’re concerned about gluten in your diet, stick to fruits and veggies for a good snack.

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