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5 healthy foods that can make you gain weight!

19 March, 2014 ,

Some foods that are considered as healthy can actually betray you when you need to keep your figure.

You may just be surprised by this top 5 …

Granola:

Filled with fruit and whole grains, granola mix is an excellent source of fiber as well as several vitamins and minerals. It is, however, a significant source of fat, as it can contain up to 20 g per cup, which greatly increases caloric intake!

The two best choices at the supermarket are Blue Menu Granola and Compliments Balance.

Quick health tip: reduce the serving, or even better, prepare your own homemade granola!

Vegetable chips:

You think that they count as a serving of vegetables and constitute a healthy snack, thus enabling you to kill two birds with one stone? Sadly, this is untrue! These chips contain as much salt and fat as any other chips, and their nutritive value is far from being similar to that of the ingredients they are made of! If you enjoy the crispy sensation, prepare your own homemade chips with pita bread or kale, heat up low-fat popcorn, or even better, opt for the original ingredient – raw vegetables!

Smoothies:

Raspberry-Ginger-SmoothieAs handy and tasty as they seem to be, most of these beverages are based on syrups, sweetened fruit puree and/or yogurt high in fat. So, in addition to containing little-to-no protein or fiber, they are filled with added sugars. Instead, you should choose homemade brands or make your own, using skimmed milk or 0 % M.F. Greek yogurt, fresh of frozen fruits, and you could even add some oats.

Sushi:

SOSCuisine/sushiA popular meal-to-go, but is it healthy? Not only are they loaded with fat (sauce and tempura) and salt (soy sauce), they also contain little vegetables, fiber, and proteins. So, should we ban this fetish meal?

Not at all! Simply choose brown rice sushi, avoid tempura, and add edamame beans or sashimi, accompanied by a seaweed salad as first course. And most of all, avoid drowning your sushi in soy sauce!

Trail mix:

Regardless of where it is consumed, be it in the mountains or downtown, this snack is loaded with vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. However, a 60 ml (1/4 cup) serving contains as much calories as a 90 g (3 oz) steak! So they key here to keep your figure is to not overindulge! Prepare small individual servings that will be ready to eat when snack time comes around.

Was I able to surprise you? If the answer is yes, which food surprised you the most?

Alina Petre – Nautilus Plus
Invited expert

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