8 Misleading Foods You Think Are Healthy But Aren’t

What if you found out your favourite healthy snack wasn’t healthy?

To be honest, there is a lot of false information out there when it comes to “healthy” foods. We’re constantly influenced by social media and advertisements that don’t always provide accurate information and, therefore, change our perception of food.

Product labels provide some of the most misleading information because there is room for interpretation of what “all-natural” and “100% whole wheat” actually mean.

Unfortunately, some of our favourite meals, snacks, and drinks – that we think are healthy – are unhealthy.

Reading food label

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Even when you think you’re eating healthy, you may want to think again. Some foods are pretending to be healthier than they are.

1.ENERGY BARS

When we choose to eat an energy or protein bar, it’s because we are looking for a quick boost. You can get that when you take a nutritional break to enjoy a bar made with unrefined flours and sweeteners like raw honey. But when you eat fake healthy food like a store-bought energy bar, the only things you are consuming are super sweet and processed brown rice syrup, cane syrup, cane sugar, and a fair amount of carbs.

Homemade bars

Swap it by picking a bar that suits your clean-eating lifestyle. Choose a recipe without refined ingredients like these Energy Boosting Bars that give you a boost without an energy crash an hour later.

2.FLAVORED YOGURT

Yoghurt is considered one of the best foods for you because of the probiotics it contains and its effects on your digestive system. The gut and intestines do benefit from healthy bacteria for sure, but what about the other ingredients in flavoured yoghurt? High amounts of sugar or artificial sweeteners far outweigh the benefits of protein that yoghurt provides.

Instead, indulge in a delicious serving of plain Greek yoghurt. If you need a little flavour to get you going, consider cinnamon. Or, mix a serving of fresh pineapple, berries, or cherries in the yoghurt for a sweet or tart bonus.

3.TRAIL MIXES

I know what you’re thinking — nuts can’t be all that bad for you! But it’s not the nuts themselves that are unhealthy in trail mixes.

The flavourings that they’re coated with raise their sugar and sodium content to sky-high levels.
NUTS & SEEDS POHA

Plus, many trail mixes contain omega-6-rich polyunsaturated oils which have been heated at high temperatures resulting in oxidation of the fat, like sunflower, safflower and grapeseed oil. Some store-bought trail mixes also have candy-coated chocolates, which, depending on how many are included, may also cause a blood sugar spike and dip.

To get the true benefit of a high-protein, high-fibre snack, try building your own! It’s more affordable, and you can pick and choose ingredients you enjoy such as almonds, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, unsweetened coconut flakes, Brazil nuts, etc.

4.FAT-FREE COOKIES & SNACKS

Healthy cookies

Let’s get real though, friends. Packaged snacks of any kind are not completely nutritional. Some people will be fooled into thinking that fat-free is the best option when shopping for a fat-free cookie, when in fact, it’s not. The fat is replaced with sugar and just so much of it!

Instead, choose to make it on its own. If you are craving a cookie, grab a quick fix like my guilt-free homemade cookies!

5.INSTANT OATMEAL

Overnight oats

Oatmeal is delicious, I’ll admit. There are so many ways to enjoy it, and I love adding nutritious toppings as an extra way to boost the goodness. But, instant oatmeal is a different story. If you look at the flavoured varieties, the first ingredient is oats and the second, sugar. Right off, that tells you that it’s fake healthy food. Blueberry flavoured pieces doesn’t sound quite right either, does it?

A homemade oatmeal breakfast is so much better for you. And if you are often in a rush in the mornings, start the day off right with breakfast that’s ready to enjoy. I’m talking about Overnight oats, quick to make, just a few healthy ingredients, and goodness that satisfies your nutritional needs.

6.SALAD DRESSING

Salad is heavenly, isn’t it? Crunchy, fresh vegetables, crisp lettuce or flavorful greens like arugula and tasty dressing to top it all off.

Healthy meals

But what if I tell you that your favourite salad dressing is nothing more than just another fake healthy food? Dressings bought off the grocery store shelf are pretty high in sodium and contain virtually no nutrition. Along with sodium, you’ll find carbs and sugar, and that’s about it. Not a vitamin to be seen.

The best dressing I can recommend comes straight from your kitchen.

This easy homemade salsa is a real crowd-pleaser, y’all. It’s a 7 ingredient recipe, and you can make it in a blender or food processor in 5 minutes.

7.DIET DRINKS

Detox water

While a diet soft drink is not my idea of healthy food at all, some people will choose it as an alternative to a regular soda. The common logic is that diet drinks can help you cut back on sugar, or enable you to lose weight. It’s a statement that has no merit.

To be honest, diet drinks are so bad for you! Artificial sweeteners like saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame are pretty controversial sugar replacements, and there is not a single nutrient to be found. Instead, to quench your thirst make a big batch of infused water to keep in your fridge. Then you’ll have a clean-eating alternative ready and waiting at a moment’s notice!

8.READY-MADE BOTTLED SMOOTHIES & SHAKES

Protein Smoothie

All of these pre-made drinks have about the same amount of sugar and artificial sweeteners you can find in diet sodas, slushies, and milkshakes.

But you can make a protein shake easily and affordably at home by just picking your favourite protein powders and you’re good to go. If you are looking for plant-based milk, check out this oat milk recipe.

Try these Secret Smoothie Drinks that keep all of the Celebrities Glowing.

Bottom line

Eat healthy foods 75% of the time

The key to healthy eating isn’t just the choice of foods themselves. It’s also moderation. Remember: It’s OK to indulge once in a while if you generally eat right. Try to eat healthy foods 75% of the time, rather than it being all or nothing.

Do you have other healthy swaps for these not-so-healthy foods?

If you make any of the recipes, be sure to share your thoughts about how they compare to their counterparts. Tag us on social at #detoxpri @detoxpri.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

8 Monsoon Perfect Snacks You Can Easily Make At Home (ditch the pakodas)!

It is a bliss welcoming monsoon after a scorching summer. Because of the change in season, we naturally crave hot sips and crunchy snacks. Our taste buds yearn for a cup of masala chai and mouth-watering fried snacks which go amazingly well with cold breeze and overcast skies. I agree that it is tough to resist the spellbinding aromas of deep-fried treats and other food cravings, but certain healthy foods too can be as relishing if you can think of interesting ways to making them.

Masala chai

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Pick from these 8 lip-smacking ideas to satisfy your monsoon cravings sans the calories

1.Sea Salt Popcorn with Super Seeds

Toss 2 cups of air-popped popcorn .with ½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon sea salt and 1 tablespoon toasted sunflower seeds and toss again. This wholesome snack is great for those on the go and won’t get worse after being in your bag all day.

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2.Roasted Chickpeas

A roasted chickpea recipe is not just healthy but also easy to make. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius and roast Chickpea for about 35 to 45 minutes, shaking the pan every ten minutes. They will be golden brown and crunchy on the inside when done, combine all the spices and drizzle with olive oil. Immediately toss with spices while hot.

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Roasted chickpea

3.Apple Sandwiches

Trim one cored apple and cut it into thick rounds. Spread half the slices with 1 tablespoon crunchy peanut butter, and then sandwich them with the remaining slices. Sprinkle some powdered cinnamon on top and enjoy. This is a light snack yet very satiating. Remember, what you snack may affect your weight, more than how much or how often you nibble.

Apple sandwich

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4.Sweet Potato Strips

Slice 1 sweet potato lengthwise into thin strips. Toss with 2 teaspoons olive oil. Roast on an oiled, nonstick baking sheet at 150oC until crisp and golden brown, for 20 minutes. Season with sea salt (store leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days).

Sweet potato toast

5.Stuffed Dates

If you are a fan of sweet and crave something sweet to eat in monsoon, this recipe is for you. Dates are sweet and also healthy. Instead of eating whole dates, you can stuff them with cheese, dry fruits such as walnuts. This is a very sweet and flavourful snack. Divide 1 tablespoon goat cheese among four pitted dates. Top them with four toasted walnuts. Delicious and nutritious!

Stuffed dates

6.Steamed Corn

For those who can’t get enough of corn this rainy season, here’s a street special recipe that you simply can’t resist. Mix 2 cups of corn, boiled with salt, 1/2 onion, finely chopped,1 tsp green chilli, finely chopped, ¼ cup of tomato, finely chopped, ½ tsp chaat masala, ½ tsp black salt, ½ tsp red chilli powder, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tsp tamarind (imli) chutney & coriander mint (dhaniya-pudina) chutney and toss with fresh coriander leaves, chopped.

7. Low-fat yoghurt

Take 100 grams of 60-calorie double-toning yoghurt. Now add about five grams of seasonal fruits and berries, for a total of 100 calories. Enjoy a healthy bowl of goodness. Yoghurt is high in vitamins and minerals, which can help you live a healthier life.

Yogurt parfait

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8.Roasted Soy Almonds

Toss 1 cup of raw almonds with 2 ½ teaspoons of tamari. Roast on an oiled baking sheet at 180 degrees Celsius, stirring occasionally until golden brown for 10-15 minutes. These snacks are easy to make and keep handy. Moreover, they are super high in proteins and healthy fats. Plus, if lightly seasoned, they can satisfy cravings for saltiness and crunch.

9.Grilled Fruit Skewers

If you are bored of eating regular fruits, grill them this time. This would make for the perfect snack also you would get the nutrition of fruits. Cut fruits like pineapple, orange, peach, plums and apples into slices and cubes. Put them on the skewer or roast them on the pan.

Fruit skewers

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6 Portable Healthy Snacks for the Road Trip

IF YOU’RE LIKE ME, YOU may be feeling a bit of wanderlust after months of staying at or close to home during the pandemic.

Road trips and road trip snacks are symbols of travel. The kids need something to look forward to at different points in the trip. The adults need to stay awake, energized, and have options that let them keep eyes on the road. I’ve collected some great recipes and store-bought options that are sure to keep everyone in the car happy. (some links affiliate)

Chocolate and peanut butter apples and brie, cheese and crackers. Do you know another pair you’re subconsciously obsessed with? Snacking and boredom. It’s common knowledge when we’re bored, we find the closest snack and binge, and that tends to happen when you’re on a road trip.

Road snacks

Somehow our stomachs seem to get hungrier during a long car ride and there’s nothing worse than the small space getting stunk up by hard-boiled eggs or the feelings of indulging in too many wasted calories going after pretzels and gummies.

We knew there had to be a way to pack your car full of healthy road trip alternatives, filled with protein, fiber, respected ingredients, and limited trash.

Forget the protein bars at the gas station and the sugar-coated fruit. Take a peek at these options, most readily available online that way you can map out your snacks, the same way you do with your upcoming trip.

You’ll avoid unwanted calories. You’ll avoid greasy highway stops. And you’ll be happier with yourself when you get to the final destination, still feeling bikini ready.

1.Fruit With Nut Butter

Fresh fruit is not only highly nutritious but also easily portable.

During road trips, munching on hydrating, high fiber food like fruit may keep your bowel movements regular and help prevent constipation caused by inactivity.

Fruits and nut butter

Apples, strawberries, and bananas are great paired with high protein nut butter like almond or peanut butter for a filling snack.

Many types of fruit travel well: Think apples, pears and bananas. They are great on their own, providing vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. To make your fruit snack more filling, add creamy nut butter. A squeezable pack of almond butter – perfect for travel – provides 6 grams of hunger-quashing protein and 3 grams of fiber.

2.No-Bake Energy Bites

Energy bites, also called energy balls, are bite-sized morsels made from healthy ingredients like nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Though small, they pack a punch of nutrition and calories.

If you’re just doing a short trip and want a quick pick-me-up, pack some no-bake energy bites. There are many different recipes online, but my favourites always include a mix of oats, almond or peanut butter, coconut flakes, flax and chia seeds. (Of course, you can add a chocolate peanut butter too).

PB bars

You can easily make them at home and pack them in a cooler to take on the road. Check out this recipe Peanut Butter Chocolate Barfi that includes dates, nuts, cocoa powder, and almond butter.

3.Trail Mix

Trail mix is a go-to snack for road trips ⁠— and good reason. It doesn’t require refrigeration, is easy to eat, and provides ample protein, healthy fats, and fiber to fuel you on those extra-long road trips.

What’s more, You can make your own at home.

Start with raw or roasted nuts and seeds, then add your favourite unsweetened dried fruits. Toss in unsweetened dried coconut, cacao nibs, dark chocolate chips, or spices for extra flavour and crunch.

Trial mix

Note: Even without added candy, trail mix is high in calories and best meant for — you guessed it — the trail. Keep this in mind if you are sitting for hours on end.

That said, trail mix also works as a meal replacement when other food choices are limited.

Tip: Pairing trail mix with lower-calorie fresh fruits or vegetables is one way to balance its calorie density.

4.Roasted Chickpeas

Chickpeas are highly nutritious, providing protein, fiber, magnesium, folate, and zinc.

While taking a can of chickpeas on the road is doable but a little more cumbersome, dried chickpeas are portable and easy to eat while driving or navigating.

It’s easy to make your own using this recipe.

Roasted chickpea

Alternatively, you can purchase dried chickpeas in various flavours at your local health food store, as well as online.

5.Fresh Veggies and Nutritious Dip

If you bring cooler, fresh vegetables like celery, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, and peppers make scrumptious, low-calorie road trip snacks.

Eating veggies can not only satisfy your crunch cravings but also reduce your risk of various illnesses, including obesity, certain cancers, and mental decline.

To boost the protein content and flavour of this snack option, pair fresh vegetables with nutrient-dense dips like hummus or Greek yoghurt dip.

Yogurt dip

6.PB Sandwich (Skip The J)

Though we love jelly, it usually doesn’t offer up anything but loads of added sugar.

Instead, grab for quality peanut butter (be sure to check your ingredients and say “no” to peanut butter with sugar added to it) for a healthy dose of protein and fat check out my favourite Natural Peanut Butter.

Slather that peanut butter on some whole wheat bread, and you’ve covered your complex carbs, your protein, and your fat.

If you’re feeling extra hungry, grab a banana, slice it up, and throw it in between the bread and have yourself a PB&B.

And Don’t Forget

Whether you’re travelling cross-state or just across town, consider keeping a bag with non-perishable, on-the-go snacks in the car to minimize your stops and unnecessary exposure, as well as ensure healthier options than the convenience store, rest stop or gas station may offer. Individual portions of hard boiled eggs, mixed nuts and dried fruit like prunes and raisins are good choices.

No matter the distance of your trip, keep hand sanitizer and wipes handy in the car. And make sure to use them before eating. If the trip is longer, use a small, insulated container or cooler to keep your items cool and fresh.

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By Priyanshi Bhatnagar