There are some foods that are just plain nasty yet they get pushed to us like they are health foods. Check out the 3 main culprits which you should avoid to stay in Optimum health all year.
1 – Boxed Breakfast Cereal
99% of this stuff is junk, the only breakfast cereal worth considering out of a packet would be real oats which if you cook slowly can provide some nutrition (especially when consumed post workout). Any boxes of granolas and breakfast cereals are nothing more than glorified candy. Check out this article which shows the amount of hidden sugar and salt in today’s breakfast of choice. Many people will pour huge bowls of this stuff which end up being 3-4x the amount recommended in the serving size with a bowl full serving up close to 100grams of carbs mix that up with a bit of skimmed milk and you have a diabetics worst nightmare! Don’t be fooled by smart marketing or health claims on the packet. The fact they are in fancy packaging is half the clue that its junk.
Here are some more wise breakfast choices……
2 – Low Fat Dairy
I always say if your going to eat yogurt, cheese and other dairy products stick the the normal version’s. The low fat stuff is devoid of nutrition and essentially dead food which provides very little to your body. The fat found in cheese is actually very good for you in moderation, saturated fat is not the villain it is made out to be in our society today. Saturated fats are essential for our hormonal functioning and are a fat we all need in our diets.
If you can try and go for Raw Cheese and Milk, as its unpasteurized (Meaning it hasn’t been heated and stripped of its goodness) Raw dairy contains the most nutrients and is the way we were meant to eat dairy. I know it can be hard to get hold of but you will find most farmers markets have a selection of Raw Cheese which are delicious.
Another culprit I will mention (not dairy) is Low Fat Peanut Butter. Which is basically normal peanut butter but with added sugar and other syrups in place of the peanuts. Yes its lower fat but at the cost of higher processed sugar content. So make sure your nut butters have as few ingredients as possible (Usually just Peanuts, Palm Oil and Salt).
3 – Health Juices and Smoothies
Although these are touted as being healthy they are far from it for the following reasons; If your going to drink fruit juice it should always be freshly pressed as 90% of the nutrients are gone within 10 minutes of juicing. Meaning all the “healthy” fruit juices on the supermarket shelves are severely lacking in nutrients as they have been sitting there for a long time….
Morning Juice Idea: Juice of 1 Lemon, mixed with the juice of 2-3 fresh Oranges. Drink within 5 minutes of making and your in for a tangy nutrient filled treat!
Also make sure that any smoothies you drink are really fresh. As in jucied right in front of you rather than the one’s you can buy on the shelves.
Give them a Skip
By giving these foods a miss year round you will save yourself a load of trouble. The problem in today’s society is that foods which are touted as being healthy and “good” for us are actually just junk food disguised and marketed to be healthy as they are low in sodium or have 0% fat. Try and make most of your food intake come from fresh whole foods like; Meat, Fruit, Vegtables, Nuts and Seeds…..