Many people look forward to the treats that fall has to offer. Pumpkin in all of its incarnations, squash and many other nutritious foods come into season, but there are some foods you should avoid. Many things offered this time of year are packed with calories. Here are a few that may surprise you!
Pumpkin Baked Goods
Pumpkin itself is great for you. It’s packed full of vitamin A and fiber and is low in calories. However, the baked goods offered with pumpkin this time of year are full of sugar, cream cheese, shortening and butter – these products can be deceptively bad for you! As much as it hurts, you should really avoid the pumpkin scones, muffins, breads and donuts that are promoted everywhere in the Fall.
You also need to remember that low fat does not mean low calorie. Look up the nutrition facts for things before you buy them to decide if you can fit them into your daily calorie intake. Here’s an example that will blow your mind, and underscores the importance of reading nutritional info. One slice of Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory has 1079 calories!
If you want to have some pumpkin, just bake your own! You can add whole grains, put in less sugar and less fat when you do it yourself!
As a general rule of thumb, drinking calories is not a great strategy for weight control or health. Drinks are full of empty calories that won’t fill you up. If you do want to treat yourself, however, with a frothy fall beverage, try to cut calories where you can. Request fat free milk and get rid of the whipped cream. Chai tea can be a great alternative!
This one is a no-brainer. Taking a fruit that is great for you and coating it in butter and sugar reduces its health impact immensely and adds on the calories! Also, anything you can get in a restaurant or coffee shop that is “caramel apple” is likely to not even have real fruit in it and will be packed full of calories and lots of other ingredients that you can’t pronounce.
To stay healthy but satisfy your craving, try to cut up an apple (skin on) dip the wedges into a low fat caramel sauce, yogurt or a bit of nut butter.
The important thing to remember is that if you want to have something, you will need to check out the nutritional info first!
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