8 High Calorie Healthy Foods That You Should Limit
There is a vast misconception within the nutrition community regarding what is and is not considered healthy. While some foods may be “healthy” and provide a variety of nutrients they may still be calorically dense and unideal for certain weight loss goals.
So often people believe that if a food item is commonly considered healthy they may eat as much as possible with no weight gain.
If you are attempting to diet and lose weight be sure to limit your intake of these foods as they are deceivingly high in calories.
8 High Calorie Healthy Foods
#1 – Avocados
These tasty fruits are often referred to as “nature’s butter.” As a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin K, folate, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin E, and vitamin C there are no doubt many nutritional benefits associated with avocados. However, much like butter they are high in fat.
In fact a single average sized avocado has approximately 300 Calories and 30 grams of Fat. That’s right. If you eat an avocado for breakfast you have already consumed about half your daily recommended value of dietary fat (more so if you are a woman).
Eat these in careful moderation as it can be easy to indulge especially as guacamole.
#2 – Almonds
Widely regarded as the healthiest nut variety available to consumers, almonds contain vitamin E, copper, magnesium, and even protein. Almonds in limited quantities are also believed to help prevent cardiovascular and heart disease.
Many people are led to believe that they may consume unlimited amounts of these treats as they are nutritious and found in nature. However, many people are oblivious as to what a serving of almonds actually looks like.
A single serving of almonds is considered to be about 28 almonds with 170 calories and 16 grams of fat. You know that bag of almonds you purchased from the local health food market the other day…it likely contains 15 servings. If you decide to eat the whole bag you just consumed 225 grams of fat which is the recommended amount in a four day timespan.
Watch the serving size and count your nuts.
#3 – Peanut Butter
It’s no secret that peanut butter is the most versatile and best tasting spread on the planet. With protein, fiber, and various healthy fats what’s not to love?
The truth is peanut butter has been mislabeled as a health food which can be slightly deceiving. A single serving of peanut butter is a mere 2 tablespoons that contains around 200 calories and 16 grams of fat.
Let’s be real when you open that jar of peanut butter how many of you are ONLY eating two tablespoons? I would venture to say that few people read the serving size and bite off more than they should chew.
#4 – Raisins
Growing up our parents were likely to toss little boxes of these sundried grapes in our lunch bags. Like most other kids I assumed since they were healthy.
Although raisins contain some of the same micronutrients as whole grapes including vitamin C, folic acid, and lutein; they also are a one-way ticket to carb city. In fact one single cup of raisins contains about 500 calories, 130 grams of carbs, and 98 grams of sugar.
People dieting often get the misperception that raisins are a health food and they can eat limitless amounts of them. Sorry to break it to you but that little girl on the raisin carton has been lying to you for all these years.
#5 – Granola
Granola is a fiber-rich whole grain with many potential benefits including lowering cholesterol and risk of heart disease. But did you also know this “healthy” cereal is higher in sugar and calories compared to other typical breakfast cereals?
Just a single cup of granola contains 450 calories, 16 grams of fat, and over 70 grams of carbs. You may think that bowl of granola is healthier than your Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Cocoa Puffs.
#6 – Orange Juice
Orange juice has long been known as one of the richest sources of Vitamin C that can be added to a diet. It has been long considered a source of vitality for many functions of the body including heart and skin health. One glass of Orange Juice a day keeps the doctor away right?
Well actually that one 16 ounce glass you drank with breakfast contains over 220 calories and 52 grams of carbs. Remember this is a beverage which does not aide in satiation and you just gulped down over 50 carbs in the blink of an eye.
If you are watching your calories this juice may not be the best choice available.
#7 – Olive Oil
When cooking your food many diet experts recommend using olive oil. Olive oil contains monosaturated fatty acids which are considered a healthy dietary fat.
Although it may aide in preventing heart disease and other serious conditions, caution must be taken in how much is consumed. Just one single tablespoon contains about 120 calories and 14 grams of fat.
Using this as a cooking oil may be adding hundreds of calories to your daily diet.
#8 – Whole Grain Bread
Several studies have shown that eating whole grains may lower the risk of many chronic diseases. Whole grains are packed with nutrients such as protein, fiber, B vitamins, and other trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium).
But did you also know that each slice of bread contains 120 calories and 25 grams of carbs?
Though whole grain breads may be superior to refined white breads, they still contain similar amounts of calories and carbohydrates. Therefore, whole grain bread cannot be considered a “health food.”
Limit Your Indulgence of These High Calorie Healthy Foods
Many of the foods we consider as healthy have a wide range of health benefits, but we must be diligent in our consumption. People do not read serving sizes nor do they measure serving sizes. You can consume these foods as part of your diet but do so in moderation. If you are watching calories closely it is best to avoid these foods altogether. Stay informed about the foods you eat and keep your diet in check.
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