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

How To Read Food Nutrition labels For Healthy Eating

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!

Gut Healing Turmeric Cauliflower Soup To Keep You Warm This Winter

On a cold dull day in winter, Masala Chai might not come for your rescue but a hot delicious soup worth drooling over could help you feel better. You would have to keep a count of the number of cups of tea you had but we bet, you’ll never be worried to track the number of soup bowls you might slurp in.

While the season of soups is almost about to start, let’s relish one of the warming flavours.

This creamy turmeric cauliflower soup is anti-inflammatory, healing for the gut and so delicious. It’s also naturally vegan, packed with protein and simple to make.

Foods that fight inflammation

Cauliflower (cabbage flower) is one of the familiar winter season vegetables. These beautiful flower heads are brimming with essential nutrients, hold numerous health-benefiting phytonutrients such as vitamins, indole-3-carbinol, and sulforaphane. Together, these compounds have proven benefits against prostate, breast, cervical, colon, ovarian cancers by their cancer-cell growth inhibition, cytotoxic effects on cancer cells.

Botanically, it is a member of the cruciferous or Brassicaceae family of vegetables and has a similar nutritional and phytochemistry profile as that of other brassica family veggies like broccoli and cabbage.

Health benefits of Cauliflower

1. It is very low in calories. 100 grams of the fresh cauliflower head provides just 26 calories. Also, it is one of the flower vegetables that are low in fat and cholesterol.

2. Its florets are comprised of several health-benefiting antioxidants and vitamins & contain about 2 grams of dietary fibre per 100 g, providing about 5% of recommended value.

3. Cauliflower contains several anti-cancer phytochemicals like sulforaphane and plant sterols such as indole-3-carbinol, which appears to function as an anti-estrogen agent.

4. Fresh cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C; 100 g provides about 48.2 mg or 80% of the daily recommended value.

5. It contains good amounts of many vital B-complex groups of vitamins such as folates, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and thiamin (vitamin B1), niacin (B3) as well as vitamin K.

6. Further, It is also a good source of minerals in small quantities such as manganese, copper, iron, calcium, and potassium.

Turmeric is an incredible spice that not only adds flavour and colour but also has healing properties. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin which has been shown to fight inflammation, as well as promote joint, heart, and lung health. It’s been used in Eastern medicine practices for thousands of years!

Turmeric Latte

And that’s exactly why I’m calling this a healing turmeric cauliflower soup. Because it’s good for your body and your soul! 😃

What You’ll Need to Make This Cauliflower Soup

The base of this soup is mostly veggies which I love. It helps make this soup high in fibre and since we’re also adding in some lentils, we get a bit of protein too.

Fibre for a Longer Life & Happier Gut

Here’s what you’ll need:

Cauliflower: that you’ll want to chop into florets

Roasted Cauliflower

Onions: that can be chopped since we’re roasting it

Garlic: minced as that is also getting roasted!

Turmeric: we’re giving our veggies a heavy dose of turmeric which will give the soup its gorgeous colour and unique flavour

Cumin: I love pairing cumin with turmeric – it adds something a little unique and is so delicious!

Cumin tea

Red lentils: I chose red lentils since they cook quickly, and also contain proteins

Vegetable broth: just because it’s more flavorful than water and we need liquid to blend our soup

Unsweetened plant milk: a little hint of creaminess! Plant milk isn’t rich like animal milk and has a good amount of protein & vitamins, so it’s great in soups. But if you want something that’s a bit more full-bodied, swap the plant milk with animal milk!

• And then of course we’ve got some salt and pepper to round out the flavours!

How to Make Turmeric Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Cauliflower soup

Making this soup is easy. You just need one pot – and a little bit of time to let it simmer.

Roast the veggies: we start by roasting the cauliflower with some garlic, onions, oil, and spices. This gives the soup a smokier flavour, while also meaningless hands-on time for you. Just chop, toss and roast!

• Let it simmer. Once your veggies are roasted, we start to assemble the soup. Your veggies, red lentils, broth, and non-dairy milk will simmer away until the red lentils are tender.

• Blend it up! I used a high-speed blender for this one, but you could use your blender or food processor to get a smooth texture.

And in all honesty, you could also just leave it as is if you like chunky, brothier soups. Either way, it would be delicious!

What To Serve With Cauliflower Soup

Some ideas of what you can serve over your cauliflower soup or alongside it:

• Roasted or sauteed veggies

• Sandwiches

Toasted Whole-grain bread

• Bacon

• Mushrooms

Roasted Chickpeas

• Side of salad

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