As you all know in my article “Avoid These Common Foods for Unwanted Fat Gain #1” I talked quickly about avoiding foods like Nutri-Grain bars, Raisin Bran, Honey Nut Cheerios, and Nature’s Valley Granola Bars in order to achieve your full potential for a lean physique. These should be avoided for both lean muscle gain and fat loss alike.
In today’s article, I will explain 4 foods you should steer clear of, along with alternatives to these options. You may be in shock.
#1: Processed White and 100% Whole Wheat Breads:
These are usually filled with high fructose corn syrup, and a teaspoon of sugar per slice! Besides this they have insecticides like chlorine dioxide which is known to cause cancer, methyl bromide, ammonium carbonate, and nitrogen peroxide. Saying this these breads can cause things like allergic reactions, headaches, diarrhea and more!
Alternative: If you need bread, choose a dense sprouted like Ezekial!
#2: Clif Bars:
Lets look at the Chocolate Brownie flavor. #2 on the list comes in at a high sugar content of 23 grams or OVER 5 TEASPOONS of sugar! The first ingredient on the list brown rice syrup with evaporated cane juice listed a couple other times later on. Those are two sugar substitutes even if you buy them all natural organic. Clif Bars aren’t the worst things in the world, its just that from what I see the general population along with fitness fanatics think these things are the greatest things ever. These are processed, and have a lot of carbohydrates and sugar you probably want to spend elsewhere for example on real brown rice, oats, or sweet potatoes.
Alternative: Homemade Protein Bars! No bake Oat and nut protein bars recipe below!
- 1.5 c Oats
- 3 scoops protein powder
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 c natural nut butter
- 2 to 4 tbsp of water
- Optional (1 ripe mashed banana mixed in, or dried fruit/crushed nuts to top)
1.) Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
2.) Mix together until very sticky and thick. It will be very hard to stir.
3.) Once finished, spread mixture into an 8×8 baking dish or smaller lined with plastic wrap or waxed paper.
4.) Place dish in freezer for a few hours, or until firm.
5.) Remove from dish and carefully cut into desired amount of squares.
6.) Wrap individually for a substitute to an granola, Nutri-Grain or store bought protein bar.
#3: Vitamin Water:
Regular vitamin water contains 13 grams of sugar in 1 serving! That’s 32.5 grams of sugar per bottle. That’s almost 8 teaspoons of sugar! It is NOT a healthy alternative drink. Oh and by the way, basically 98-99% of this drink is pure sugar! Not real juice.
Make a pot of plain green tea and put it in the fridge. Make it cold stick a lemon in it and off you go. Another option is to just squeeze some fresh lemon or lime juice into your water in the morning. Or if you want to buy something while you’re out, drink the Honest unsweetened tea in the picture below.
#4: Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing: OR Any Store bought salad dressing.
Almost every single one contains high fructose corn syrup, high amounts of refined vegetable, soybean, and or canola oil, which can all lead to inflammation in the body. Even though they may say “made with extra virgin olive oil” LOOK AT THE BACK they are trying to trick you. They almost always have vegetable or canola oil 1st on the ingredient list. Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing has these two unhealthy oils, along with sugar on the ingredient list. Go figure.
Alternative: Plain Vinegars or. Try my own recipe below!
- 2/3 container with Braggs organic apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 container of extra virgin olive oil
- A little salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, and lime
There you have it! Four Alternative food choices to “healthy” “unhealthy” foods! I also gave away two of my recipes you can try out and let me know if you like. If you have any questions or comments just say so below or send me a comment here on Facebook!