Snack time is the best time. But snacking the wrong way could be holding you back from achieving your health and fitness goals. Here are a few sneaky snacks that might seem “good for you” but are actually hidden with nasties.
1. Flavored Yogurt
Yogurt is a great snack! But when yogurt is flavored, a whole bunch of nasties are added including cane sugar (even if dubbed “natural”), corn starch, and natural flavors (which usually contain unnecessary gluten, MSG, and aspartame). Just 1 cup of vanilla yogurt contains 34g of sugar!! That’s more than 2 candy bars in one little cup!!
Try organic plain yogurt, and if you need some sweetness add a bit of honey and/or fresh fruit.
2. Trail Mix
When eating store made trail mix, there is a TON of added sugar. One serving size of pre-made trail mix is a measly quarter cup, a serving size that is near impossible to stick to. The processed milk chocolate isn’t doing you any favors either.
Instead, try a nutty bar like perfect bars they’re DELISH, or make your own trail mix with a combo of your favorite raw nuts and some dried fruit (with no added sugar).
3. Diet Soda
All soda for that matter….but even with the word “diet” placed in front, doesn’t mean it’s better for you in any way. Artificial sweeteners, like aspartame, have such a negative effect on your body including your metabolism. Artificial sweeteners have been associated with the onset of depression found in this study, overall weight gain, and contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as obesity and type two diabetes.
Shoot for flavored sparkling water or flavor your own water with cucumbers, strawberries, or mint.
Pretzels contain roughly 450g of sodium. That’s nearly 20% of your entire day. Whoa.
Instead of blowing up like a balloon from salt content, try whole grain pita with hummus or tzatziki!
5. 100 calorie pack of cookies
I’ll just have one bag….or twelve. When items are dubbed “diet” or “low calorie” usually cause us to think “oh they’re healthy for me! I could have just a few more”. Check the ingredient list. These things are loaded with all sorts of ingredients that either you’ve never heard of or can’t pronounce. Not to mention they are super processed and packed full of sugar substitutes being stripped of any nutrient content.
Reach for some apples with almond butter, pistachios, or carrots with hummus.
A rule of thumb: if it’s trying to convince you that it’s healthy, it’s probably not.