Don’t believe the marketing hype. These 5 seemingly healthy snack foods are loaded with ingredients that your body doesn’t need.
1. Enhanced Water
Beverages like Vitamin Water are masquerading as a health drink. Yes, they are fortified with vitamins but contain way too much immune suppressing sugar and artificial flavouring.
Healthier Alternative: A glass of filtered water with a high quality whole foods multivitamin. If it’s flavour you are after, add some berries or slices of citrus fruit.
2. Energy/Protein Bars
If you want to find unpronounceable ingredients grab an energy bar. Most bars contain too much sugar, artificial flavouring and preservatives.
Healthier Alternative: Lara Bars are typically made from simple ingredients like nuts and dried fruit. Always read the label and watch the sugar content.
3. Granola/Granola Bars
Commercial granola often contains added sugar and hydrogenated oils. They are also very calorie dense so you need to pay attention to the serving size. Usually a serving size is too small and will leave you unsatisfied.
Healthier Alternative: Make your own granola at home. Try my delicious gluten-free granola recipe that is sweetened with apple sauce. Click here!
What? I thought yogurt is a good source of calcium and good bacteria for my gut. This depends on the type of yogurt you choose. Most flavoured yogurt contains a significant dose of refined sugar and artificial flavouring. Those yogurt parfaits that you can pick up at your favourite coffee shop usually contain syrupy fruit or a hefty dose of honey with sweetened granola on top. Talk about a sugar bomb!
Healthier Alternative: Choose plain yogurt (avoid fat-free) and sweeten it with fresh fruit. Top with some raw chopped nuts for some crunch.