Health Food Imposters

December 1, 2014 Bulu Box Staff

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Don't be fooled by these health food impostors. Many of them look like a better option but they often have unhealthy secrets lurking inside. 

Fat-free salad dressing:
Salad dressing can be a secret calorie killer. While your bowl of spinach, romaine and other garnishes may provide good nutrition, the dressing you're putting on top doesn't have your best interest in mind. Most people turn to "Fat-Free" dressing options to make it a healthier option but, when you take out the fat in dressings it usually gets replaced with something else, like sugar and chemical fillers to improve taste.

Instead: Try replacing your ranch or caesar with some olive oil and cracked black pepper. Try using infused olive oils for a unique flavor twist.

Turkey Bacon:
Many look to turkey bacon as a lower fat and calorie alternative to traditional bacon but what it lacks in fat it makes up for in high sodium content. Turkey bacon comes with about 1,302 mg of sodium per serving!

Instead: Stick with your traditional bacon but limit it to 2 slices and look for lean cut options. This will help cut down on saturated fat content and calories.

Store-bought Veggie Chips:

Thousands of people fall for this seemingly "healthier" snack food but veggie chips, strays, or fries are not the answer. Veggie chips can actually still be potato flour mixed with vegetable extract so they're not much better than traditional potato chips. Veggie chips contain little to no nutritional value and are loaded with sodium and fat.

Instead: Try making your own homemade veggie chips! Thinly slice your favorite veggies, drizzle them with olive oil and sprinkle some dry herbs over the top before roasting in the oven until crispy. These contain a lot less fat and sodium but still have a satisfying crunch.
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Here's our recipe for baked zucchini chips.

Yogurt Parfait:

What might seem like a better breakfast option can come loaded with added sugars and calories. A standard yogurt parfait can actually contain almost 400 calories and added sugars.

Instead: Go with greek yogurt and add your own fruits and natural granolas. Not only is greek yogurt packed with protein (about 12g per serving) but making your own parfait allows you to use fresher, more organic fruit.

Fruit Juice:
While fruit juices may have some vitamin nutrients, they're often loaded with sugars and calories. An 8 ounce glass of apple juice contains 107 calories, 27g of carbohydrates and 25g of sugar! Yikes! These are added sugars and store quickly as fat in your body because juice does not contain the dietary fiber that whole fruit does.

Instead: Eat real fruit! Real fruit does still contain natural sugars but the fiber that fruit naturally gives you helps prevent and slow the inevitable blood sugar spike (and fat storage) associated with fruit juices.

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