It is usually assumed that cutting certain foods from your diet will automatically make it healthy, or help with weight loss. However, if you’re solely focused on what you shouldn’t eat, you could be missing out on key benefits and nutrients and the pleasure of eating foods you really like that aren’t necessarily as damaging to your diet as you may think. The less you think exclusion, the more likely you’ll continue your healthy-eating habits long-term.
Here are some surprisingly healthy foods you might be missing out on:
Eggs have vitamin B-12, they are particularly important if you eat a mostly veggie-based diet. It’s the most biologically available protein. If you are worried about too much cholesterol, have egg whites.
Dairy has eight grams of protein, if you switch to soy, almond or coconut you lose all that, it is a great source of calcium and potassium, items like cheese and milk don’t usually make it into all the fancy diets . So, don’t ditch dairy for the wrong reasons. Keep cheese limited to a one-ounce serving, and stick to a cup of skim milk to keep calories in check.
People do not gain weight from eating pasta; they gain weight from eating too much pasta, serving size matters. Instead of creamy sauces, toss with olive oil, veggies, and a lean protein source like shrimp to balance out.
White potatoes have been deemed useless for some time now, they are a good source of fiber and potassium, and they’re not high in calories. It’s all in the way you prepare potatoes, the French fries, potato skins, baked potatoes with lot of cream and cheese are not the way to go, instead top your potatoes with salsa, Greek yogurt, or hummus.
They are an excellent source of healthy fats and protein. Portion them out — a serving is roughly the size of a shot glass. Just never eat them straight out of a container.
Bread should be truly a source of whole grains (“whole wheat” should be the only flour you see on the label), so it’s rich in protein, fiber and other important nutrients.
Alcohol can be a part of a well-balanced diet, keep your intake modest, rotating with water. A glass of red wine or a vodka soda with lime is a far, far better option than a piña colada. If you cut it all out, you may think you can’t be social — and all of a sudden, healthy eating becomes a chore instead of a better lifestyle choice.
Yes chocolate too. Research shows that consuming chocolate increases the antioxidants in our blood. Cocoa powder ranks as having the highest antioxidants of the chocolate products, followed by dark chocolate and milk chocolate, make it sugar free.