Is anyone else completely horrible at deciding healthy foods?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Oh yeah… Greek yogurt is super fatty. I sometimes don’t even use the stuff when I make tzatziki because it’s so rich!!

I don’t think you can go wrong w. fruits and veggies. Or old standards like apple slices and a bit of peanut butter.

I’m definitely more of a meals person than a snacker, so I generally stick to a piece of fruit for a snack and then use my calories for my meals.

Post # 4
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419 posts
Helper bee

There is no such think as healthier. There is just eating to achieve goals. 

 

Want to lose weight- Only drinkWater and eat low cal foods

 

Want to be healthier (more vitamins) — high fiber veggies with hummus, fruits 

 

Want to gain muscle – Lift a ton and eat dense calories (raisins, nuts) 

 

Want to worry about sugar – lean meat 

 

Want less dry skin or nails- avacado, olive oils or nuts 

 

 

 

Post # 6
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1248 posts
Bumble bee

@Jw1724:  they have 0 fat greek yogurt! chiobani has blended ones that are flavored. I get the 100 cal containers of the blended vanilla, and put 1 tbsp of dark chocolate chips. SO good!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@keesl:  Hah?

“There is no such think as healthier [. . .] want to be healthier — high fiber veggies with hummus, fruits”

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

@Jw1724:  Yogurt can be deceiving!  Fruits and veggies are always a good choice.  On packaged foods, just always ALWAYS check the labels.  Some of my personal go-to healthy snacks are hard-boiled eggs, a small chunk of cheddar cheese with some pretzels, apple w/ peanut butter, oatmeal (check the label), tea,,  For something sweet, lately I’ve found that I really like crumpets–just be careful about what you put on them.  I usually like a little bit of honey or goat cheese.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Jw1724:  Well yeah that’s a lot of sugar, but look at the nutrition facts as a whole. The greek yogurt will have up to like 25% of your daily protein intake and less chemicals. It’s a lot better for you than Reeses. 

If you’re looking for snacks, these are my go-tos (When I wasn’t pregnant. Now I hate everything so I haven’t been snacking at all):

-12 almonds and a handful of raspberries

-2 tbs of hummus with carrots

-Unsalted tortilla chips with the Trader Joe’s greek yogurt guacamole

-hardboiled egg

-1 tbs natural chunky peanut butter on a cinnamon rice cake

-protein shake with half a banana and liek 3 raspberries (I use Designer Whey, it’s 100 calories per serving. But with the additives it’s more like a meal)

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Jw1724:  My idea of ‘healthier’ eating is to mainly, if not only, shop on the outside aisles of any grocery store.  That will consist of your basic food staples: fruits, veggies, proteins, dairy, etc.  Of course, there are many, many options in each department, so I try to be diligent from there.  Lean proteins, sweet potatoes vs. regular potatoes, skim milk vs. whole, lowfat yogurt vs. other yogurt.  egg whites, rather than eggs, etc.

 

Post # 11
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419 posts
Helper bee

@mchitt329:  yeah i just edited that. i mean like more nutrients. Not with a goal to lose weight. It frustrats me that healthy is often used to mean ‘i eat this and I will lose weight off my body’. Some really key fats and nutrients are NOT low cal and will not make you lose weight but ARE really key for organ function, prevention of disease, ect. That was my bias showing. 🙂 

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Plain Greek yogurt comes fat free. Add your own fruit/honey/whatever. 

Spices are the way to make heallthy food exciting. We’ve been eating a lot of Indian lately. Bean curry is surprisingly satisfying and so simple. We even mastered it in the crock pot. Ultimate bam!

Keep chopped cooked chicken breast in individual portions in the freezer. pull on out the nght before and use on a salad or emergency stir fry or something.

Go Meatless several times a week.  It’s good for your waistline and your wallet. No fail. Chickpeas, beans, lentils, quinoa. That’s four. And don’t worry, it doesn’t get boring. You can cook them all a TON if different ways and there are so many kinds of beans.

Google it. The internet is a wonderful thing. I attribute my cooking skills to 3 things:

1. My mothers willingness to try anything, 2. My dad’s desire for perfection and health in food and 3. Google. 

There are so many ideas, it only takes about give minutes to make your head spin!

I have found protein bars that’s are fi’s staple snack, crazy delicious recipes and even wonderful budget Savin ideas. Like tomato paste. When you need 1 tbsp from a can, put the rest in a ziplock bag, squish it flat and put in the freezer. Next time you need 1 tbsp (why does that happen so often??!) just grab it, break a chunk off and throw the bag back in the freezer. Seriously internet, how are you so brilliant?

 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Focus on nutrient density, that being getting the most nutrients for the calories consumed. Instead of having sugar filled yogurt, choose one with less or no sugar (if you have no aversion to sugar substitutes). 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

@Jw1724:  My go-to healthy snacks are celery or apple with PB, 1 oz cheese and a piece of fruit (apple, strawberries, cantelope or pineapple are my fav’s), cucumber with 12 almonds (or 8 cashews)

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