These 10 unhealthy foods have no place in your fridge! Read on to find out which ones need to stay out – for good.
Wondering why you can’t shed those extra five pounds? Has your doctor suddenly taken an interest in your blood pressure? Checking the contents of your fridge could give you the answer to these questions. Check out these 10 foods that you need to get rid of ASAP!
Although real butter is better for you than margarine, eating too much saturated fat can contribute to weight gain. Eating a little now and then is okay, but you already get saturated fat from full-fat dairy products, meats, and baked foods. Adding butter on top of that is just extra fat that isn’t necessary. If you get butter cravings, try spreading avocado on toast or crackers instead.
Mayonnaise is nothing more than fat and calories. Try using mustard in your sandwiches. Mustard has less fat than mayonnaise, and there are tonnes of different varieties to choose from. If you still can’t resist using mayonnaise in your sandwiches, grab a jar of pesto and use that with a small amount of mayonnaise. Your sandwich will taste amazing, but will have fewer grams of fat.
3. Processed Cheese
Individually wrapped cheese slices or cheese in a can are loaded with preservatives. If you love cheese, stock up on extra-sharp cheddar. Who needs fake cheese when you can have the real thing? By using the real deal, you can use less of it to get the same taste.
Pickles contain a lot of salt and no nutrients. Toss the pickles and get your hands on sauerkraut. Sauerkraut is great on sandwiches or on the side. It also has cancer-fighting antioxidants and probiotics.
5. Flavored Yoghurt
Flavored yoghurt is chock-full of sugar and calories that will spike your blood sugar and get in the way of that beach body you’ve been working so hard for. Ditch it for plain yoghurt instead. You can always add honey or frozen cherries to it if you like it sweet.
6. Diet Soda
Diet sodas are lower in calories than full-sugar sodas, so drinking it is okay, but not exactly beneficial to your system. Artificial sweeteners have been linked to many problems, like risk of stroke or heart disease. Instead, sick to plain water.
7. Lunch Meat
Deli slices may seem healthy, but they usually contain a lot of salt and nitrates, which have been associated with cancer. Instead of lunch meat, use fresh chicken or turkey breasts. Fresh poultry meat is lower in calories, salt, and fat.
8. Ranch Dressing
Our favorite salad dressing actually packs a lot of saturated fat and calories without much nutrition. Next time when you get the urge to snack on some veggies, try this delicious dip: put some cottage cheese in a blender along with herbs, garlic, and ranch-flavored powder. This dip contains a lot of protein, especially if you buy cottage cheese with probiotics.
9. Apple and Cranberry Juice
Although not all juice is bad for you, the ones loaded with sugar definitely are. Apple and cranberry juice are heavy on sweetener, and don’t provide much nutritional value, either. Instead, buy 100% grape or cherry juice. The purple pigment in grape juice actually helps promote cardiovascular health, just like a glass of wine. The red color in cherry juice comes from the anthocyanins, which help improve recovery time after a workout by lowering pain and inflammation.
10. Whole Milk
Whole milk has more calories than the other varieties, and the extra fat that it contains will raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower your HDL (good) cholesterol levels. Try using almond milk or coconut milk instead of cow’s milk. Both contain healthy fats, and you can use them in cereal, coffee, or smoothies.
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