People are super good at convincing themselves that something is healthy when it really isn’t.
Here are some common culprits of this problem — try to avoid them!
Spinach Artichoke Dip
“A popular appetizer at any restaurant, patrons often think they are doing something good by ordering this dish because it contains vegetables — but a half cup of this deadly dip will put you back almost 350 calories.
Finish the whole thing yourself and you may be looking at consuming up to 1,000 calories and 25 grams of saturated fat. That's before including the "dippers," which are probably fried corn chips. If you really want some spinach, order it as a salad or mixed with whole-grain pasta.”
“Often containing iceberg lettuce, bacon, cheddar cheese, eggs and blue cheese dressing, this salad is a saturated fat bomb! On average, this salad contains 730 calories and 30 grams of fat. That's actually more calories and fat than some burger options in restaurants. There is really nothing to substitute here to make it any better, just avoid it!”
Kids’ Menu Chicken Fingers
“Ordering off the children's menu is often a way to control large restaurant portions. Not in this case. One serving can contain up to 800 calories and 1,700 mg of sodium for you (or your little one!) with this seemingly "little" portion.”
“Again, a popular choice when trying to control portion size. We think we are getting a "smaller portion" of our favorite sandwich but, in reality, we are getting a more-than-generous serving of either red meat or fried chicken.
Two to three sliders are often served as an appetizer portion, but they average about 1,300 calories and 2,500 mg of sodium. One option may be to seek out grilled fish sliders and order them as a meal instead of an appetizer.”
French Onion Soup
“A large bowl can contain up to 4,000 mg of sodium and up to 1,000 calories when you include the crouton and cheese on top. Consider the salt content before you choose soup as a starter.
Another popular soup to avoid is broccoli cheese soup. It, too, contains plenty of salt and lots of fat. If you're craving soup, go for one that's broth based, not cream based. And choose one with lots of vegetables, barley and whole grains if possible.”
“Several studies have demonstrated that moderate amounts of alcohol may have beneficial health benefits. But, unfortunately, "moderate" means many things to many people.
Going overboard with alcohol consumption can be detrimental to you by increasing your risk of chronic disease and accidental death. If you're wondering how many calories your drink may cost you, take note of this: A 12-ounce bottle of beer contains about 140 calories. If you have two bottles of beer with dinner, you're looking at almost 300 calories!
Alcoholic lemonade drinks as well as Long Island Iced Teas and fruity martinis average about 250 calories each. This is before you even add up the calories you're getting from your meal.”
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