The produce I am about to describe is not bad for you per se, but I thought the title might get your attention! Natural foods are generally good and you should probably be eating more of them: up to 10 servings daily. They are certainly preferable to packaged snacks, especially if they are organic, local, and non-GMO. If you are trying to lose weight, however, and carefully limiting calories, there are some fruits and vegetables to be aware of. Eat them in moderation only.
Certain roots are better than others, like carrots, for instance. Carrots make an excellent snack when you’re looking for something with crunch. Some veggies are more like rice or pasta in terms of the carbohydrates they contain. Examples would be sweet potatoes, potatoes, yams, and turnips. Don’t avoid them completely as such foods also contain nutrients; just cook them in healthy ways and treat them as carbs, not vegetables. They should only take up ¼ of your plate, the same as protein.
When you eat these foods, don’t fry them or load them with salt and sauce. Turnips, carrots, zucchini, and broccoli stems combine to make a lovely type of slaw. Grate them raw and eat them with light dressing of cider vinegar, sea salt, pepper, and a drizzling of your favorite non-GMO oil like grapeseed or olive. Half a baked potato topped with a fresh home-made salsa and grilled chicken is a beautiful alternative to nachos. Add a dollop of plain, low-fat yogurt.
Fruits for Health
Most people who don’t like vegetables will at least eat fruit, like fussy kids and even some adults. If it’s green and leafy they aren’t interested, but fruit is colorful and sweet. In fact, some fruits contain a surprising number of calories. They are good calories, to be sure, but not if you are eating too many of these sugary products. Some types are very low in calories like berries, especially raspberries and strawberries. Blueberries contain more calories but are also loaded with fiber which is excellent for you.
Fruits like bananas, mangos, papaya, and grapes are loaded with sugar. They possess multiple benefits. Bananas are a great source of instant energy and potassium for individuals who exercise a lot and need long-lasting fuel plus minerals. Grapes are too easy to knock back, like peanuts, only they contain more sugar and water than anything else.
Select fruits with high nutritional content and loaded with water. Watermelon is a good example and other melons usually meet the criteria too. Tomatoes are fruits and excellent ones at that for providing a low calorie salad topping or snack filled with antioxidants. They bring color to any plate too.
Avoid dried fruit as much as possible. These are coated with extra sugar and oil and they don’t fill you up as well as fresh fruit. As a result, you might keep snacking before you realize how many calories you have just eaten. Stick with fresh, raw items. Pear is another fiber-rich example featuring less sugar than apples and also less acidity if apples bother your stomach. If a food does not need to be peeled, eat that part. Much of the value is found in that part of fruits such as apples and kiwis.