Be careful of these popular “healthy” foods and snacks.
Microwave Popcorn. It’s easy to think that this snack is healthy; but microwave popcorn has high levels of sodium and the chemical diacetyl. Try “do-it-yourself” popcorn: put some plain kernels in a brown paper bag and pop your own.
Light Salad Dressings. Look at the ingredients in a store bought commercial light salad dressing. Most are filled with preservatives and additives. Sprinkle veggies with a little virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar instead.
Trail Mix. Nuts and dried fruit are obviously healthy choices, but many commercial trail mixes add chocolate chips, salt and added sugars. Read your nutrition labels: a small handful may easily contain 300-plus calories! Plain mixes of unsalted nuts and unsweetened dried fruits make a healthy high-energy snack.
Granola. Granola can be healthy with rolled oats, nuts, and dried fruits, but, once again, check how much sugar and extra calories are in the granola you purchase. A bowl can contain 500 or more calories, without adding the milk! Choose high-fiber varieties with low sugar. And stick to the recommended portion size on the label.
Flavored Fat-Free Yogurt. Just because something is “fat-free” doesn’t make it healthy. Many flavored yogurts have upwards of 15 grams of sugar in a 6-ounce serving! Buy plain, fat-free Greek yogurt and flavor it with some fruit or a small drizzle of honey.
Dried Fruit. While dried fruit does contain fiber, vitamins, and minerals, many companies add sulfur and sugar to make it last longer on store shelves. Why not eat fresh fruit instead? It’s more filling and has fewer calories per serving.
A Specialty Care Service home care nursing professional can assist in the planing meals and snacks that are healthy, nutritious and life enhancing.