Growing up, your fridge was probably always stocked with staples like milk, cheese, yogurt, pickles, and on and on.
Problem is, if you haven’t smartened up about the contents of your kitchen, these everyday eats could explain why you can’t seem to drop those last five pounds, or why your doc has suddenly taken an interest in your blood pressure.
If you’ve been living on the following foods, it’s time for a kitchen overhaul. Throw out the junk and replace it with healthier alternatives.
By making these switches, you’ll be on your way to packing on more muscle, cleaning out your arteries, and getting the abs you train for in the gym every day.
Because it has fewer processed ingredients, real butter is better for you than margarine, but the truth is that eating too much saturated fat can contribute to weight gain says Elisa Zied, R.D., author of Younger Next Week.
Eating a little butter on occasion is fine, she says, but “because you get saturated fat from full-fat dairy products, meats, and baked foods, it’s wise to minimize it as an add-on or as something you cook with at home.” Easy solution: Don’t keep it in the house.
Stock this instead: Avocados or guacamole
Avocados are creamy, so you get that butter-like texture, but they have heart-healthy fats and nutrients. Spread it on whole-grain toast or crackers if you need a quick snack. If you’re short on time, look for tubs of ready-made guac in the produce aisle.
Get them OUT!
Calorie-wise, diet sodas are a better bet than full-sugar sodas, so gulping down one of those with lunch is OK but not exactly beneficial to your system or your diet.
If you’re in the habit of smearing mayonnaise all over your sandwiches, you might as well inject fat and
Calories directly into your veins!
Mixing up homemade G-and-T’s will save you money on drinks at the bar. But pouring tonic over your
Alcohol isn’t doing your body any favors.
Apple & Cranberry Juice:
Not all fruit juice is bad for you.
Drinks with added sugar are the ones you should stay away from—and if the label says “juice drink,” definitely set it back on the shelf. Apple and cranberry juices are two examples of drinks that are heavy on sweetener and light on nutrition, even though they sound healthy.
Individually wrapped slices, cheese in a can, the stuff that comes in a cardboard box—all of it can be loaded with crazy amounts of preservatives.
Stacking up single-serving yogurts in the fridge to eat for breakfast or a snack is a hidden dietary pitfall, especially if they come with dry granola on top.