(BlackDoctor.org) — You’re trying hard to watch what you eat…but could some of those “good-for-you” foods actually be diet disasters in disguise?
Here are just a few of the foods they may be tricking you into a larger waistline:
Granola seems so innocent, right? Actually, just one cup contains up to 500 calories and over 20 grams of fat — and that’s before the milk!
Eat smarter: Mix a quarter cup of your favorite granola into a cup of low-cal, whole-grain cereal, such as All-Bran Complete Wheat Flakes, or sprinkle a tablespoon on oatmeal.
Just fish, seaweed, rice and veggies, right? Wrong. Popular “American-style” sushi rolls can contain higher calorie ingredients, such as cream cheese and mayo. Also, remember that tempura just means “battered and fried,” – one 6-piece shrimp tempura roll contains about 500 calories and 20 grams of fat.
Eat smarter: Stick to the basics – fish, rice, seaweed, vegetables — and skip creamy sauces. Sashimi (sliced raw fish, no rice) and nigiri (raw fish with rice) are safe, as are cucumber rolls. Order a side of protein-rich edamame to fill you up.
3. Ground Turkey
Think you’re doing good by switching from ground beef to ground turkey? Not necessarily. Surprise – ground turkey can still contain fat and skin. A 3-ounce serving can contain 13 grams of fat – almost triple the amount in lean ground beef. Regular ground chicken, which can be very high in cholesterol, is no better.
Eat smarter: Read labels and make sure you’re only buying extra-lean ground turkey. If you can’t find it, then your next best bet is to go ahead and buy extra-lean ground beef.
2. Fruit Smoothies
Yep, you’ll get in a few servings of fruit — along with up to 500 calories, and possibly more fat than you were counting on.
Eat smarter: Always choose the smallest size available, and avoid high calorie ingredients like sherbet, sorbet and granola. One exception to this is peanut butter – you shouldn’t go crazy, but adding a tablespoon or two of peanut butter to your smoothie can actually provide a healthy protein boost before or after a tough workout, or when you plan to drink it as a meal replacement.