-- Eating a healthy diet is important, but sometimes can be a struggle. While we think are doing our best to make healthy choices , it may be that some of our decisions aren’t always the right ones. To help make sure that you make the most out of each meal — and get all the necessary vitamins and minerals to have energy throughout the day — we’ve rounded up a few common healthy food mistakes.
What is a healthy food mistake? Well, think along the lines of good-for-you meals and snacks that may actually be sabotaging your diet. Sure, you’re eating a carrot stick, but are you dipping it in ranch dressing or hummus ?
We’ve compiled a list of some common errors that people make while trying to eat healthy foods, and how to avoid them. That doesn’t mean completely changing the dishes, but rather swapping out unhealthy components of each dish for less fattening and high calorie foods.
So, next time you are preparing something healthy, make sure that you don’t make one of these mistakes. With the right knowledge and know-how, almost any meal can be made nutritious.
Before a workout or at the start of the day, yogurt is a good choice. Skip the flavored yogurts with extra fruit and sugar and opt for plain with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup instead.
Whole grains are a perfect choice if you’re looking to start your day off right. Whole wheat bread or bagels are an excellent breakfast choice, but when you pile on the cream cheese and sugary jams, the health factor goes out the window. Instead, choose nut butters like peanut or almond for creamy spreads.
Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes .