I truly appreciate people’s efforts to make healthier food choices. But the marketing and media make it extremely difficult to make those healthy choices. I’ve had a few people ask me “how do I know who to believe??”. My answer is, if it’s on television, in a pretty package, or being heavily promoted, it’s probably not healthy. You don’t see many commercials for spinach, kale, or broccoli, because there’s no money in that!
Top 3 Worst “Healthy” Snacks
Fruit is a healthy food, but not a healthy snack option. This is because it will not combine and digest properly with other foods throughout your day.
Fruit really needs to be consumed by itself in the morning before any other foods. If it is combined with other foods it will rot in your gut, cause digestive distress, gas, bloating, acid reflux, and feed candida and parasites.
Learn more about proper food combining for maximum digestion, health, energy, and weight loss.
Again, yogurt CAN be healthy. Unfortunately the sugar content in yogurt (including Greek yogurt), is very high, even in organic yogurts.
And if you are buying non-organic it’s even worse. In addition to the high sugar content you are also consuming cow pus, growth hormones, and antibiotics. Remember that at the end of the day, you eat what the animal eats.
3. Protein Snack Bars
Oh my beloved protein bars. Many years ago I used to think these were healthy too. But again, look at the sugar content, which we already know is unhealthy. Also look for artificial sweeteners including sugar alcohols (sucralose, xylitol, eurythritol…), because sugar alcohols cause digestive distress.
Next look for and avoid soy protein isolate, which blocks thyroid function and lead to excess estrogen and estrogen dominance.
And lastly, look for organic and avoid non-organic animal products such as whey, eggs, and beef, and chicken, because they usually contain harmful antibiotics and growth hormones.
The Best Healthy Snack Choice
Avocados are one of the healthiest foods on the planet high in healthy fats, protein, potassium, and other essential nutrients.
Great for balancing blood sugar.
Keeps your appetite satisfied longer than pretty much any other snack since it is high in both protein and fat.
Avocados are a whole food that doesn’t require man made packaging.
Easy to take with you as a snack. Cut it in half, add a little sea salt, and scoop it out.
All the best to your health!
Catherine Rudolph, CNC
Certified Nutrition Consultant