Low-Fat Sour Cream
Aside from the fact it contains calcium, low fat sour cream has little nutritional value. For just 40 calories more, you’ll be able to enjoy a ¼ cup of guacamole, providing you with antioxidants, potassium, fiber and minerals which can help to lower blood pressure and expel excess sodium from the body.
Puffed Vegetable Snacks
Reminiscent of cheese puffs, these puffed snacks can seem like the ideal alternative to potato chips or maize snacks, however they can actually contain up to double the amount of sodium as a bag of regular chips.
You may simply wish to stick with regular chips in moderation as part of a healthy, balanced diet, or make the switch to popcorn. Did you know that a three cup serving of popcorn counts as a serving of whole grains? Plus, according to a study at the University of Scranton, freshly popped popcorn contains more antioxidants than a handful of fruits and vegetables.
Commonly used on toast, bagels or scones, jam is versatile and delicious, however it contains high levels of rapidly-absorbed sugar and starch and provides very little protein, spiking your blood sugar and leaving you feeling hungry and tired, which is probably not what you’re looking for at breakfast time.
Instead, nut butters, such as peanut, cashew or pistachio, are a great alternative to spread on your morning meal. Although higher in calories, they contain protein and healthy oils, giving your body the fuel it needs to power through the day ahead.
A carton of Egg Beaters will depict the item as a healthy alternative to a large egg, claiming to have no fat or cholesterol and less than half the calories of the egg.
While this is true, sugar and filler products are also added to improve the taste and texture of the product. The formula is also fortified to add nutrients, but why bother when you can get the same nutrition from a real egg?
Real eggs can provide your body with protein, carotenoids, vitamins A, B, D, E and K and omega 3 fatty acids, all of which are great for your eyes, heart, bones and brain.