Try to eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. Avoid packaged foods and foods with low nutritional value. Each calorie you put into your body counts, so make sure the calories you consume are coming from high quality, nutritionally dense foods.
- Personal Trainer Mike Donavanik, CSCS, CPT
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Packaged foods can be bad news — even when they claim to be healthy.
A big problem with many packaged foods is that they contain omega-6 fats (which have the opposite effect of healthy omega-3 fats). Omega-6 fats can be in foods you never would have suspected, like crackers and pasta sauces.
Here’s a list of some healthy choices within a few packaged food categories:
BRIANNAS (all flavors)
Cains Naturally Delicious All Natural Dressing (some flavors, including Asian Sesame Vinaigrette)
Drew's All Natural (all flavors)
Bertolli (many flavors, including Marinara with Burgundy Wine)
Classico (some flavors, including Tomato Basil)
Dell'Amore (all flavors)
Honest Foods Granola “Planks” (all flavors)
Kashi TLC Chewy Granola Bars (most flavors)
Nature Valley (some flavors, including Oats ’n Honey)
Tip: If you have trouble finding traditional granola bars that don’t contain omega-6-rich oils, try a fruit-and-nut bar, such as LÄRABAR.
Alvarado Street Bakery (many varieties)
Dimpflmeier (many varieties)
Cains Naturally Delicious All Natural
Spectrum Canola Mayonnaise (also available in Light)
Dr. Kracker (all flavors)
Kashi TLC Crackers (all flavors)
Old London JJ Flats Flatbreads (all flavors)
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