11 Healthy foods and drinks that can make you fat
These products may be rich with protein, healthy fat, and antioxidants, but be careful eating them, because they are very high in calories.
Avocado is a very healthy fruit. It’s packed with fiber and potassium. It’s a rich source of vitamin E and more than 20 other vital vitamins and minerals. Avocado helps to lower cholesterol levels, reduces cancer and diabetes risk, and also improves skin health. But it has a lot of monounsaturated fats which are good for heart health, but they are still fats. So try not to go overboard with these fruits.
All nuts are a goldmine of vitamins and micronutrients. They are high in fiber and protein. But nuts consist of 50-60% of monounsaturated fats and very high in calories, so if you don’t want to gain extra pounds, eat just 6-8 your favorite nuts a day.
Some smoothies contain just healthy ingredients, as fruits and veggie. But some of them are loaded with such unhealthy ingredients as peanut butter, chocolate, real coconut milk, and sherbet. Go for more healthy versions, or better make smoothies at home.
Tuna is a great source of protein, it’s not fatty fish and contains fewer than 200 calories. Tuna is rich with omega-3 fatty acids, other vitamins and minerals vital for our bodies. Eat tuna in its plain form, and if you add it to salads, avoid mayo or too oily dressings to avoid extra calories. The same goes for tuna sandwiches. Just use one slice of bread instead of two and you have a healthier version of your lunch.
5. Granola and Trail mix
Yes, whole-grain, fiber-rich mixes are a great energy snacks. But they are often dressed up with honey, dried fruit, seeds, and chocolate. And these ingredients are very high-caloric. So in order to avoid overeating, buy small packages of trail mix or small servings of granola
6. Dried fruit
Dried fruit are rich in vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. Often people on a diet, who avoid unhealthy sugars, think they can eat dried fruit to satisfy their sweet cravings. But there is a danger, because these fruit snacks are loaded with added sugar, too. And it’s so easy to overeat. You better go for fresh fruit. It’s known that 2 tablespoons of dried cranberries or raisins have the same amount of calories as 1 cup of fresh raspberries or 1¼ cups of strawberries.
7. Gluten-free foods
Many gluten-free products actually have more calories than similar versions that contain gluten. Because the ingredients such as cornstarch and brown rice flour, which are used by manufacturers to mimic the texture and taste of gluten, are more calorically dense than the ingredients they replace. So if you don’t have a wheat allergy, just eat normal food. Quinoa, corn or buckwheat will be a good option as they are natural gluten-free products.
It’s recommended to eat dark chocolate instead of milk or other kinds. No doubt, it’s a healthier option if you have to choose. High-cocoa chocolate contains polyphenols – compounds that dilate blood vessels and help lower blood pressure. Dark chocolate also contains a significant amount of antioxidants. But remember that along with cocoa comes sugar and saturated fat, which if you go overboard with chocolate, may lead to gaining extra weight. Eat just a small square of dark chocolate a day, and choose chocolate with the highest percentage of cocoa in it.
9. Coffee drinks
Coffee is not a bad thing actually. If you don’t drink 5 cups a day, or course. A cup of black coffee gives you just 5 calories. But if you like to add sugar, cream or milk, or even worse, love these syrupy super sweet coffee drinks with tons for syrups and whipped cream on top, it’s not healthy at all. Turn out that even just a simple 20-ounce latte without added sugar contains almost 300 calories and 15 grams of fat! So if you can’t resist coffee, drink black coffee or add just a splash of cream instead of the full cup of milk. And use natural sweeteners, like stevia, maple syrup or agava syrup.
10. Flavored Greek yogurt
Plain Greek yogurt without any sweeteners and added flavored can be delicious, too. Just try once. Or add any fresh berries in it.
11. Protein bars
If it says “protein”, you think it’s good and healthy. But not if these bars are also packed with sugar and fat. Do not eat them all the time, save them for travelling or going out on a long hike. And pick protein bars with reduced sugar level.