They may sound perfect for your eating plan, but these healthy-sounding options are really junk food in disguise.
Some of the smoothies that you’ll find in the refrigerated aisle or at fast-food restaurants may say they are “all natural” and contain real fruit, but they’re often loaded with extara sugar (some with more than 100 grams of the sweet stuff!).
Clean it up: Make your own smoothie with fresh fruit, plain fat-free yogurt or a vanilla protein powder, and ice
Energy or Breakfast bars
They seem like a healthy way to start your day, but bars are often created with processed ingredients like high-fructose, corn syrup, maltodextrin (a filler), sugar, partijally hydrogenated oils, and more.
Clean it up: Look for bars where whey protein, nuts, seeds, and oats are the primary ingredients.
Packed with sugar, artificial colours, dyes, and other additives, these so-called performance drinks may be marketed to help you power through your workouts but can ultimately hamper your results.
Clean it up: Add branched-chain amino acid powder to water – it’ll help aid recovery after a workout and stave off hunger in between meals.
Often laden with sugar (up to 24 grams in a 6-ounce servign) and processed ingredient, it’s not quite the health-food fare it seems to be.
Clean it up: Choose fat-free plain yogurt and add your own fresh fruit to sweeten it while providing added nutrients.
Diet soft drinks or other sugar-free beverages
Yes, they’re zero-calories, but according to several studies, the artificial ingredients can compromise our diet efforts by actually leading you to overeat.
Clean it up: Drink water (plain or carbonated) with slices of fresh fruit for natural flavour.
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