Just because a food is “healthy”, that doesn’t mean its low in calories. In fact, there are a surprising number of high calorie foods that are amazing for your health. For example:
Avocadoes are an amazing source of heart-smart plant-based fatty acids. They will deliver a lot of fiber, unsaturated fats, and nutrients. You’ll find that adding avocado to your meal can shut down your appetite and keep you full for longer. All meals are made better with avocadoes!
Coconut oil is an amazing source of unsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants, and other nutrients. However, it’s an oil, meaning it has a high fat content. A single teaspoon of coconut oil contains around 100 calories, so you should use it sparingly when cooking. It’s good to add into your meals, but too much will increase your calorie intake.
Quinoa is the best of the whole grains, as it delivers all the amino acids needed to build muscle. However, it’s fairly high in calories—220+ calories per cup of cooked quinoa. It’s definitely a food you want to eat sparingly!
Peanut butter is one of the most controversial “health foods”. It’s an amazing source of plant-based fats, and it’s rich in protein and other nutrients. However, it’s also fairly high in calories: 100 calories per tablespoon. The high fat content can be controversial, though recent studies have proven that fat is actually good for weight loss. Almond butter isn’t much better, either! Both nut butters tend to have a fairly high fat content, along with a bit more sugar than you might like.
Whoever told you raisins were a diet food didn’t know what they were talking about. Raisins are dried grapes, meaning all the liquid is gone and all the sugar and fiber remains. A small serving of raisins delivers well over 100 calories, and they offer very little nutritional value.
Chia seeds are being added into everything from salads to smoothies to baked goods. They’re definitely an excellent source of protein and fiber, but they’re also pretty high in calories. You get 70 calories per tablespoon of seeds. If you’re not careful, you can add far too many calories to your diet!
Greek yoghurt is a protein-rich alternative to regular yoghurt, and it can be a better choice for your diet. However, it’s also higher in calories, so you have to balance it out with the rest of your foods. If you’re eating “yoghurt cups”, you may end up eating fruit that is more sugar than healthy. Plain, unsweetened yoghurt is always your best choice!
Dark chocolate delivers antioxidants and polyphenols, making it a heart-smart food. However, there’s also a good deal of fat and sugar in dark chocolate. You can easily get carried away eating this delicious treat, and you could end up consuming hundreds more calories than you need. Stick with ONE square of chocolate per day!
Whole Wheat Bread
Your average slice of whole wheat bread contains anywhere from 60 to 120 calories. However, most breads labeled “whole wheat” contain some whole wheat (hence the color), but they’re little more than white flour with bran mixed in. The bread may also contain more high fructose corn syrup or sweetener to deliver the sweet flavor.
There are few oils as healthy as olive oil, thanks to its high antioxidant content. However, it’s still an oil, meaning it has A LOT of calories—more than 100 per tablespoon. Go easy on the olive oil, as it will increase the calorie content of your meals possibly beyond what you intended to add.