3 Surprising Foods That Pack on Pounds

If you consider yourself a healthy eater, you just may be surprised to learn the shocking foods that could make you gain weight!

1. Fruit-flavored yogurt

Some brands of this stuff can be packed with about 25 grams of added sugar and an extra 100 calories. Instead, choose plain, nonfat yogurt and add a few slices of fresh strawberries or a handful of fresh blueberries. Yes, a little more time and money but a lot healthier!

2. Breakfast cereal (even the allegedly healthy kind)

If you’re guilty of eating cereal straight from the box, stop. Even lower-calorie, high-fiber cereals can add up in calorie count when eaten by the non-portion-controlling handful. Instead, only eat cereal with your liquid of choice (coconut milk, skim milk, almond milk). Not only will it fill you up faster but you’ll be forced to create the correct portion size. Also – check out how much cereal you’re actually pouring in the bowl. Until you get used to what a normal size is (about 2/3 a cup) use a measuring cup–you’ll be surprised at how much less it is than your traditional over-pours.

3. Sushi

Well, really just sushi with white rice. If you must have a “roll” opt for one with brown rice. According to our fave site Fit Sugar:

“White rice is what’s inside brown rice after the brown rice is polished down, removing the bran and the beneficial nutrients. Nutrients removed in the milling process include 67 percent of the vitamin B3, 80 percent of B1 vitamins, 90 percent of the vitamin B6, half the maganese and phosphorus, 60 percent of the iron, and all of the fiber and essential fatty acids. That’s why white rice comes “enriched” with B vitamins and iron.” Rice in either shade still has calories, so for the ultimate healthy choice, ask for your roll to be wrapped in cucumber, without the rice!

 

Photo Courtesy: by El Ronzo

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