Tuesday, September 1, 2015

6 Helathy Foods You May Be Eating ALL Wrong

1. Dried Fruit

 If you can't imagine your favorite SUGAR coated dried fruit, then you're just nuts. Just because the snack has the word fruit in it, makes it good for you. Most dried fruits are sugar laden. 

So if you're going to reach for them, chose dried fruits without any added sugars or you can even make your own.

 2. Beans
Beans, beans, they're good for your heart! And your wallet. 
This is an inexpensive treat that is low in fat, high in protein, and high in fiber that your body can definitely benefit from! 

However, most beans come in cans lined with BPA. BPA has been shown to be linked with cancer, heart disease, and early puberty. Most canned beans are sitting in preservative that is high in sodium to help increase their shelf life. 

If you're looking for some good beans and rice, a good option would be to soak and boil your own beans. But if you must have canned beans, look for natural, BPA-free canned beans!

 3. Broccoli

Although most people don't like raw broccoli, did you know that boiling broccoli to soften it zaps away the nutritional value of it. 

To keep as much of the nutritional value inside the broccoli, lightly steam or saute it for only a few minutes! 

4. Peanut Butter
 Did you know it takes 540 peanuts to make ONE jar of peanut butter. Good grief! 
Good thing peanut butter is a great source of protein and is actually one of the best pre-workout snacks!

But be careful when picking a peanut butter out! Try (if possible) to get a natural, organic brand to avoid the unnecessary fats and sugars that are added into some peanut butters.

 5. Apples
 Apples are the perfect snack. They are crisp, juicy, and amazingly delicious. 

The skin of the apple is the best part! So don't you dare peel it off! It contains most of the vitamins and minerals in the apple itself, such as Vitamin A & C, Calcium, Potassium, Folate, & Iron!

6. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin A, C & E, rich in anti-oxidants, and rich in anti-inflammatory properties. They actually have TWO times the amount of fiber compared to a regular potato to help keep you fuller longer. 

But if you think sweet potato fries are equally as good for you as the real deal, you're mistaken. Putting these bad boys through the fryer adds a TON of unnecessary fat! 
Try sticking to boiling or baking your sweet potatoes to make sure all the GOOD nutrients are covered up with nonsense! And if you're in desperate NEED of sweet potato fries, go ahead and make some homemade baked ones in the oven!

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