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5 "Healthy" Foods That Cause Weight Gain

5 "Healthy" Foods That Cause Weight Gain

You're a smart cookie. You know that oatmeal is healthier than a bowl of Frosted Mini Wheats, and veggie pizza is better for you than a slice of pepperoni. Some foods that we consider to be healthy, though, are still full of calories. You may not realize that these supposedly good-for-you foods are packed with hundreds of calories, so day after day, you may be eating more than you thought, which could cause gradual weight gain. Here are some foods to watch out for:

  1. Veggie lo mein: Veggies are healthy on their own, but if you order veggie lo mein from a classic Chinese restaurant, you're looking at veggies and noodles that are fried in oil. One dinner from P.F. Chang's contains 1,340 calories. It is healthier than the chicken lo mein, which contains 1,610 calories, but not much. Go for steamed veggies and rice instead.
  2. Banana Bran Muffin: Bananas are full of potassium and have a fair amount of fiber, and bran is a healthy carb that keeps you regular. Two great things, right? Well, when you bake them with eggs and sugar, the outcome is not so nutritious. A Starbucks Banana Bran Muffin will run you 410 calories. You're better off eating a bowl of bran cereal with sliced banana.

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  1. Odwalla Super Protein Vanilla Al'Mondo shake: I'm a huge fan of Odwalla juices because they're fresh and made with a short list of ingredients you can pronounce. A bottle contains more than a single serving though, and if you end up drinking the entire bottle of the Super Protein (which is totally normal, by the way), you'll have consumed 356 calories. Plain milk or soy milk is a better option if you're looking to drink a beverage that's high in protein, yet low in calories.
  2. Chicken and broccoli quiche: Quiche can be a healthy meal since it's made with eggs, but even if you add healthy ingredients to it such as chicken and broccoli, it doesn't take away from the fact that quiche is also made with cheese, cream, and butter. Aside from being high in fat (67 grams a serving), one slice from Ruby Tuesday is super high in calories — 872. Go for grilled chicken with a side of steamed broccoli instead of the quiche.
  3. Whole wheat bagel with lowfat veggie cream cheese: Sounds like a healthy breakfast, but one whole wheat bagel from Bruegger's contains 390 calories. Add a scoop of Garden Veggie Light cream cheese, and that tacks on 90 calories, making the grand total 480 calories. I'm not saying you should give up on bagels altogether, but I wouldn't have a bagel for breakfast every day. Two scrambled eggs and one slice of whole wheat toast add up to 266 calories, and one cup of Kashi Go Lean and 1 cup of skim milk contain 230 calories, so opt for these lower calorie options in the morning.


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mtiger mtiger 8 years
I agree otionfrost...there's nothing wrong with that breakfast!
otionfrost otionfrost 8 years
what's wrong with a 480 calorie breakfast (whole wheat bagel and veg cream cheese)? i prefer to eat big breakfasts and have smaller amounts of food for lunch and dinner...and yeah, i never thought the other foods were healthy.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
Nope... No... Never thought ANY of these things were healthy!
crayolasky crayolasky 8 years
The body can actually only process up to 300-500 calories at a time. Typically, if you eat more than this in a sitting, it will get stored as fat, and/or you'll have a much more difficult time digesting...
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
Good reminders. I like to know how many calories I'm eating. Sometimes it's worth the splurge. Sometimes it's not.
MaggieLei MaggieLei 8 years
I don't think 410 calories in a banana bran muffin is all that bad if that is all you have for breakfast. It wouldn't fill me up though. I'd rather make my own at home and control the ingredients and portion size and add some eggs or something.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't usually eat out much, so most of these treats aren't usually on my menu. When I get Chinese food, I always order the steamed mixed vegetables with steamed chicken. Then I make my own brown rice at home and eat that with the veggies and chicken. It has no sauce or anything and it isn't fried, but it satisfies my cravings for Chinese food.
shiningeyes shiningeyes 8 years
Ahhh, vegetable lo mein. It's pretty rare that I eat Chinese food at all anymore, but vegetable lo mein is definitely my dieting Achilles heel. The caloric count of the quiche slice at Ruby Tuesday's is good to know. The last time I went there, I had that. Wasn't worth it.
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 8 years
There is no way a 230 calorie breakfast would hold me over. My typical breakfast is probably 500-600 calories! And getting a bagel over a donut is still a "good" choice... maybe it's the same or more calories, but at least you're getting nutritional value from the whole grains, instead of a bunch of fat and refined sugar.
esweet esweet 8 years
This was a good post, I like having real-life reminders and examples of how many calories are in the foods that I eat! Esp. the bagel, you would think you were being "good" by not getting a donut!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I can skip the rest of them, but I LOVE lo mein. Loves it. I don't even care how many calories are in it while I'm eating it.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Jeez, I think I'm hungry bc this all sounds good! I always expect eating out to be like double the calories I think it is bc they always add butter and oil and stuff that you don't even think would be in there.
alikat07 alikat07 8 years
Sometimes the Odwalla protein drink is the best option for me if I forget snacks at work, even if it is just in my head. I always get the smaller size, though.
heartcandy heartcandy 8 years
Just goes to show that moderation is always key.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
ah, the banana bran muffin. one of my faves. it's good to know what you're eating if watching your weight, and like the post said, not everything we think is healthy is low in cals. thanks for the post fit.
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