Whether its great marketing, a celebrity ‘pretty post’ or a catchy name that screams ‘healthy,’ some foods sound like they must be uber healthy. Don’t be fooled!! Here are some foods that sound healthy – but aren’t
Not all sushi of course – sashimi salmon or tuna rich in essential fats, cooked rice, seaweed – great. What’s not so great – the tempura prawns and fried chicken, mayonnaise drizzled on top, cooked tuna mixed with mayonnaise. Steer clear of the ‘westernised’ options including ones that are heavy handed with mirin or sushi vinegar in the rice too.
Granola and granola bars
Take your muesli with oats a tiny amount of dried fruits or better still, berries, nuts and seeds – super-healthy. Replace the oats with Quinoa flakes – even better. Then add oil and honey or fruit juice and toast it all in the oven and you have granola. Not only does it contain extra fats and sugars but the benefits of the fats from the nuts and seeds are lost when toasted at a high temperature
Fro-yo (frozen yoghurt)
Anything with ‘yoghurt’ in the title must be healthy right!? Some brands are better than others with the ingredients they use and will display the ingredient list, but it’s the jumbo portions and toppings of m&m’s, cheesecake bites and cookie dough that really drops fro-yo’s healthy status. Check for Greek style no sugar added and lay off the toppers if you can. White is just as pretty as the colours.
Gluten-free most certainly does not equal healthy. In fact, in some cases it’s less healthy than its gluten-containing counterpart, using refined flours and fillers. It’s also not immune to added sugars and fats. Be careful when you choose these packaged varieties. Try something different, have some fun and experiment with gluten free bread at home with almond meal, coconut or chick pea flours, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds. Replace crackers with veggies or lettuce leaves, get creative.
Reduced fat peanut butter
Take fat out of a product and you need to fill the gap with something else – that’s sugar. Go for 100% nut pastes, they’re a great source of healthy fats. Try almond, macadamia, or mixed nut butters that are 100% nuts. And remember potion control with these lovely nutter butters
Sadly it turns out veggie chips often have similar fat, salt and calorie content as the regular potato variety. P.s Potatoes are technically ‘veggie’ chips too!
By Jaime Rose Chambers | Eat Fit Food’s Dietitian and Nutritionist
& Jodie Coall | Melbourne Natural Wellness Coach
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