‘Healthy’ foods you think are good for you but really aren't

Make sure your new diet actually matches your desire to eat better by keeping an eye on what goes into such so-called “healthy” foods as smoothies.JOHN TAGGART/JOHN TAGGART FOR NEW YORK DAILY

Make sure your new diet actually matches your desire to eat better by keeping an eye on what goes into such so-called “healthy” foods as smoothies.

This is the year you’ve finally stuck to your New Year’s resolution to tone up and lose weight. You have resolved to exercise more, stick to a balanced diet, and eat healthier.

But are you sure that your new diet actually matches your desire to eat better?

Frozen yogurt seems to be healthier than its ice cream counterpart, but is it? You might be surprised.

Here are some of the worst foods we often think are healthy but aren’t.

Energy Bars

As someone who loves to snack, I know just how tempting it is to grab an energy bar and congratulate yourself on making a wise dietary choice.

A few years ago, I decided to incorporate a very popular brand of energy bar into my daily diet. But after I gained 10 pounds in a short time, I was less than thrilled.

Many energy bars are packed with high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, and fat. Some even top out at over 300 calories!

The next time you go to grab one, check the nutritional information first to make sure to make sure there isn’t an avalanche of processed sugar hiding inside.

Turkey burgers

Lean turkey breast that is 99% fat free is an excellent source of protein that has very little fat. However, because of the low fat content, it can dry out very quickly when cooked.

If you’re dining out and see a turkey burger on the menu, it’s a safe bet that the turkey meat contains some turkey breast, but also darker thigh meat and skin to raise the burger’s fat content and keep it moist. Once that happens, calories begin to add up quickly.

Depending on your choice of bread and condiments, your “healthy” turkey burger can equal or exceed the calories and fat of a regular hamburger!

If you like turkey burgers, the safest bet is to use 99% fat-free lean ground turkey, light bread, and stick to lettuce, tomato and onions.

To keep it healthy, consider a small portion of avocado, which is loaded with more heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and fatty acids.

Smoothies

Although we all love a refreshing smoothie now and then, some restaurants and fast food chains serve overly sweet gut busters bursting with refined sugars and fat.

A much safer bet is to get out your blender at home, and have full control over the ingredients.

A simple tasty, healthy smoothie can be made simply by using ice, nonfat Greek yogurt, fresh or frozen fruit, and a lean protein powder.

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt

Going for a fro-yo run often feels great and guiltless — but your sweet tooth can get you in trouble in a hurry.

The “small” serving cup that many popular fro-yo franchises provide is 12 ounces! If one ounce of plain vanilla yogurt has 25 calories, and you fill your “small” cup up to the top, you’re about to ingest a whopping 300 calories of nearly pure sugar — and that’s before you hit the toppings bar.

Kristin Marquet is a publicist who has worked with some of today’s hottest health, wellness and lifestyle brands. As someone passionate about wellness and fitness, she is an avid runner and exercise junkie. With an MS in Marketing and Public Relations, Kristin is also a guest lecturer at New York University. Connect with her on Twitter.com at @KristinMarquet.

[The content provided through this article and www.nydailynews.com should be used for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. Always seek the advice of a relevant professional with any questions about any health decision you are seeking to make.]

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