30 Healthy Foods That Could Wreck Your Diet
Sneaky diet saboteurs
So stop sabotaging your diet, and follow our guide to 30 healthybut sneakyfoods. You'll also get advice on diet-friendly swaps and serving sizes, making it easier to indulge in meals that are truly guilt-free.
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Get it guilt-free: Swap your guacamole dip for this lightened-up, metabolism-boosting Avocado Whip
Get it guilt-free: Beware fishbowl-sized glasses, which make you more likely to overpour. Pour your wine into a measuring cup, and then dump it into your glass to see what a serving looks like in your glassware.
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Get it guilt-free: Measure out a serving rather than eating straight from the container, and steer clear of these worst nuts for your diet.
Get it guilt-free: Make your own trail mixhere's a healthy recipeand limit yourself to a quarter-cup serving.
Get it guilt-free: Go for fresh fruit whenever possible. Use dried fruit sparingly as a garnish, not as a snack.
Get it guilt-free: Snack on dark chocolate that contains a high percentage of cacaothat means it's less sugary. Have just a couple squares at a time.
Gluten-free packaged foods
Get it guilt-free: Whether or not you're on a gluten-free diet, you should try to eat as many whole, natural foods as possible, and limit your intake of heavily processed foods.
Get it guilt-free: To prevent your blended beverage from becoming a calorie bomb, it should contain nothing other than fresh or unsweetened frozen fruit, ice, plain yogurt, and unsweetened milk.
Get it guilt-free: Swap out mayo for Greek yogurtyou'll get the same tangy flavor for a fraction of the calories and fat, plus an additional protein boost.
Get it guilt-free: Drink it black, and you set yourself back just 5 calories. Add a splash of fat-free milk and a teaspoon of sugar for just an additional 30 calories.
Get it guilt-free: Buy plain, fat-free yogurt and add sweetness with fresh fruit and honey. Fat-free Greek yogurt is even betterit's naturally lower in sugar but contains double the protein to keep you satisfied longer.
Get it guilt-free: Opt for sashimi, brown rice sushi, or a simple roll without all of the extra ingredients.
Get it guilt-free: Keep calories under control by using smaller sandwich tortillas that are 6 to 8 inches in diameter. You should also be sure the package says "100% whole grain." Some "veggie wraps" are just a white-flour wrap with a tiny amount of veggies and a whole lot of food coloring.
Get it guilt-free: Brew your own iced tea and add sweetener gradually to taste; you'll probably use less than you'd get from a bottle. Or, simply buy an unsweetened variety.
Get it guilt-free: Go easy on the toppings and try one of these slim recipes.
Get it guilt-free: Stick to just 1 tablespoon of oil when making a stir fry, or try one of these healthy tofu recipes.
Get it guilt-free: Cut down on add ons and go easy on the dressingeven some vinaigrettes can be high in calories.
Get it guilt-free: Though energy bars aren't ideal for everyday snacking, they come in handy when you're exercising for longer than an hour. If you're going on a three-hour bike ride, for instance, you'll need to stop and eat about halfway through in order to have enough energy to pedal yourself home.
Get it guilt-free: Read the box closely: your cereal should contain at least 3 grams of fiber and no more than 10 grams of sugar per serving, and whole grains should be at the top of the ingredients list.
Whole wheat bread
Get it guilt-free: Look for 100% whole wheat, whole grain or sprouted breads instead.
Get it guilt-free: Check the ingredients list. It should contain just one ingredient: the fruit.
Get it guilt-free: Limit your portions, but don't reach for low-fat varieties. A small serving of full-fat cheese is more satisfying (not to mention it tastes better). Your best bets: fresh feta or goat cheese. They contain a fatty acid that helps you feel full and burn more fat.
Get it guilt-free: Buy turkey that's at least 95% lean and made primarily from breast meat.
Eggs are one of the best ways to start your day. They're loaded with protein and vitamin D, plus hard-to-get choline. However, an omelet can quickly turn from metabolism-booster to waist-widener when you load it with cheese and fatty meats.
Get it guilt-free: Fill your omelet with veggies instead, which adds fiber and nutrients in addition to big flavor. You could also try one of these high-protein breakfast recipes that feature eggs.
Get it guilt-free: Think before you squirt that bottle: a serving size is just 1 tablespoon.
Get it guilt-free: You could switch to lowfat or nonfat milk and save up to 70 calories per cup, but some experts believe that the fat in whole milk makes it more satiating. Even nonfat milk contains 80 calories per cup, so no matter which you choose, mind your portions.
Get it guilt-free: Order your burrito in a bowl, and stick to the healthy stuff: black beans, brown rice, lean protein, and lots of veggies.
Get it guilt-free: Opt for low-fat and low-sodium versions of canned soup. Plus, you can always use water to dilute any soup in order to cut down on the salt content.
Get it guilt-free: Chances are, fruit is NOT making you fat (read why here). Still, you can't eat unlimited quantities and then be surprised when the scale ticks upward. Most women should stick to two servings of fresh fruit a day.
Get it guilt-free: Look for the word "unsweetened" on the label or make your own so that you can control the sugar content.
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