Monday, November 3, 2008

Foods You May Think Are Healthy, But Are Not

It’s breakfast time and you desperately want a donut! However, in order to save your waistline, you opt for a Jamba Juice Berry Topper Smoothie instead. Guess what? You may as well have had the doughnut! Here are a few “healthy” foods that are anything but. We got these from the researchers at Condé Nast Publications.
  • That smoothie. Jamba Juice can be a great alternative to the fattening foods people tend to inhale for breakfast, but specifically, the Berry Topper Smoothie is a scale-tipper waiting to strike. It has 490 calories and 10 grams of fat – which is just about equal to an ice cream sundae. According to nutritionist Carrie Latt Wiatt, smoothies are often packed with added sugar and whole milk to give them thickness and flavor. For a healthy alternative, go for the Jamba Light Berry Fulfilling Smoothie. It has a mere 150 calories and .5 grams of fat.
  • Stir fry. A two cup serving of chicken with eggplant and mushrooms can have 800 calories and 60 grams of fat! That’s roughly the same amount of calories as a Big Mac and fries – and more fat than you should have in an entire day!Dawn Jackson-Blatner, a registered dietician, says when people cook stir fry at home, they often use at least four tablespoons of oil, but that alone adds up to 477 calories and 54 grams of fat. Porous veggies like eggplant really soak up the grease. Instead, use just ONE tablespoon of oil. That way you can have a healthy meal that clocks in at under 500 calories.
  • Veggie chips. Nutritionists says don’t let the word “veggie” fool you. One serving has approximately 150 calories and nine grams of fat, because vegetables or not – most are still fried like a potato chip. If you want a snack, go for baked chips instead. They have 110 calories and only a gram-and-a-half of fat and that’s MUCH easier on your waistline.

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