Don’t let empty calories sneak up on you.
Even when you think you’re limiting your calories and choosing food with health in mind, you may need to take a closer look at a few items, especially if they’re regulars. Some foods are falsely marketed to seem health-enhancing. Others, like salad, are good in theory, but you could be dressing them up with extra empty calories or eating too much.
Smoothies. Whole fruits and vegetables are dense with nutrition per calorie. But juices are a fast, fiber-less, shot of sugar. Add in sherbet, full-fat yogurt, or peanut butter, and a smoothie should be considered a rich dessert. When you want a smoothie as a snack or drink, focus on vegetables, including leafy greens, those low-calorie superheroes. Veggie-fruit combinations can be surprisingly good, too. You might consider the fruit a sweetener, requesting, for example, just a few pineapple chunks in a drink based on spinach and kale, and perhaps almond milk.
April 09, 2020
Janet O’Dell, RN