It should come as no surprise, that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two-thirds of Americans are obese. The people in this country are eating too much and not of the good stuff, but of the salty, fried, sugary, carby stuff that offers no nutritional value.
I’ll admit it, I fall victim to my fair share of Cheeto binges every now and then, and I am left feeling guilty and bloated, and usually hungry again an hour later. The good news is that there is a way to retrain your tastebuds so when you have a craving, you can reach for a healthier snack that will leave you feeling satisfied. Below is a list of some of the worst foods you can eat, and a nutritious substitute to take it’s place when you are having a snack attack.
These highly processed potato and corn products are incredibly high in calories and fat. In just one ounce, most products average around 152 calories, and 10 grams of fat. If you have just a few handfuls a week you can pack on up to 7 extra pounds a year.
Instead, opt for organic popcorn. It comes in many different flavors and will satisfy that crunchy, salty craving.
They might not seem like much, but whipped toppings like Cool Whip and Reddi-Whip are high in calories. One tablespoon contains 32 calories, and most people have about a half cup or more in one serving. It is also made with hydrogenated oil, a substance banned in most countries due to its unhealthy side effects. Try low-fat vanilla yogurt for a sweet topper. It’s low in calories and can be a good source of calcium.
If you are dunking one of these in your coffee in the morning, you might want to rethink your breakfast routine. Made out of sugar, flour, shortening and fried to perfection, these fat bombs contain between 200-300 calories and can have up to 19 grams of fat. If you need your morning carbohydrate to get you going, try half a whole-grain bagel topped with low-fat cream cheese and tomato.
Everyone loves a sausage. They go great with practically every meal, and satisfy that salty, meaty craving we so often get. However, beware, not only are they usually filled with harmful fillers, but one link can contain over 200 calories and almost 20 grams of fat. If you really need your hotdog fix, try an organic chicken sausage. They come in a wide variety of flavor combinations and are actually a healthy protein source.
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