An interesting article came through my Google Reader today from the ever-fabulsous Fit Sugar. It’s titled, “Even healthy foods are fattening: proper portion sizes for calorie dense foods.” Oh, the truth in that statement…
I’m all for fats. I eat nuts and oils and even (GASP) butter pretty much every day. But it’s a handful of nuts and a couple of teaspoons of oil. After all, how many people do you know who down an entire container of hummus with the “healthy fat” defense? Sorry girlfriend. You just drowned the benefits in excessive calories.
Which brings me to my next point: Absolutely anything can be unhealthy if it triggers you to over eat. There are the 3 “healthy” things that I can’t have in the house:
Orange Juice. Chug-a-lug. I can’t drink just 8 ounces. I’ve been known to down a half gallon in two days. My solution: Eat an orange. There’s more fiber and it’s more satisfying.
Kashi Go Lean Crunch. I refer to this as “Kashi Crack.” It’s got tons of fiber and an amazing taste. I tried everything to keep this under control. I once portioned an entire box into 1/2 cup servings. And then I opened the containers and grazed. Kashi = banned. My solution: Mix walnuts into my yogurt instead. All the crunch, none of the addictive behavior.
Fresh Market Veggie Chips. I mean, they’re vegetables, right? Sort of. They started out healthy and then they got fried. These things are good. I mean really good. I walk by the cabinet and can’t resist handfuls. My solution: Carrot sticks, perhaps with some of that healthy hummus. Carrots are crunchy. Hummus is filling. Crisis averted.
Outside the “healthy” category, I simply cannot resist cinnamon Teddy Grahams. And so the processed little bears stay off our pantry shelves.
What “healthy” foods can you not resist? How do you modify so you aren’t depriving yourself?