It seems like we are always on a diet. Too much holiday cheer, pigging out at the buffet, or just not keeping close track of calories can add pounds in a hurry.
You know the healthy foods you should eat, such as yogurt, whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and veggies. However, many times the foods you think might be bad for your diet, are actually nutritious and can help you keep your diet on track.
Here are four foods that get a bad nutritional rap:
I would like to raise a toast to the man that invented peanut butter. Yes, it may be high in fat, but the majority of fat is made up of healthy monounsaturated fat, and polyunsaturated oils. The high protein count will give you extra energy, and it is rich in Vitamin E, niacin, folic acid, and antioxidants.
When you shop for peanut butter, buy a natural brand that just contains ground peanuts, and avoid brands that have trans fat, high fructose corn syrup or too much salt.
Bananas are my favorite fruit, but have received a bad rap because they’re high in calories and carbohydrates. On the plus side, bananas are packed with potassium, vitamin A, folic acid, and fiber. Remember, a half a banana is one serving. I just have to point out with a little peanut butter spread on they are over-the-top delicious.
Who doesn’t love a fully loaded baked potato? It makes my mouth water just thinking about that crispy bacon, sour cream, butter and cheese.
Unfortunately, if you are interested in losing weight, you’ll have to skip the loaded version, but you won’t have to skimp on flavor. Replace sour cream with low-fat Greek Yogurt, which only has ten calories per tablespoon. Season your baked potato with thyme, fresh chives, and rosemary.
Every time I go out to breakfast, it seems I always see an egg white omelet as one of the daily specials. Many people don’t eat egg yolks because they are afraid their cholesterol will go up. You miss out on so many vital nutrients such as choline, which promotes neurological function, and lutein and zeaxanthin for healthy vision.
Limit yourself to four egg yolks a week and if you have any questions, consult your doctor or dietitian.