TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING

My family and I generally eat pretty healthy. Out of our typical recipes and snack foods we do have our favorites. However, science has proven that there can even be too much of a good thing where healthy eating is concerned. Here is a list of foods that most health conscious people include in their diet regimen that should be eaten in moderation:

Nuts – Although a healthy source of fat and protein, they are also a high calorie treat. Keep in mind that each handful packs a calorie count of almost 200.

Quinoa – My husband’s favorite grain is packed with amino acids, fiber, healthy fats and protein. Because it slows down digestion, overconsumption can lead to a belly bulge. Keep it to about 1 cup daily.

Peanut Butter & its cousins – A great source for protein, fiber and healthy fats but also a good source of sugars if you are not eating a natural brand.

Olive Oil – It helps boost the hormone adiponectin which breaks down fat. It also boosts the hormone serotonin which helps you have a sense of fullness and satisfaction with meals. It is also a good source for healthy fats. However, it also introduces about 120 calories into your diet with every tablespoon.

Dates – (My grandma’s favorite.) For snacks, these are a great source of fiber, minerals, and B vitamins. They are also packed with lots of natural sugars. Two dates contain almost 150 calories, so don’t eat too many.

Beans – We eat lots of beans.  Beans are great to add protein and fiber to any diet. They also add lots of calories. Keep in mind that a cup of beans contains, on average, about 200 calories.

Avocado – (Yum! I love them!) This little health nugget is rich in vitamins C, E, B6, folic acid, magnesium, fiber, and potassium. One single avocado is also rich in over 200 calories, so, maybe they should be shared.

Hummus – (My favorite chip dip and sandwich spread.) The little chickpea, the source of hummus, is a goldmine of protein and fiber. It’s also a goldmine of calories. Half a cup is about 300 calories. Easy on the hummus!

Oatmeal – (Every morning for breakfast!) It is wonderful to begin the day with a meal that helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels. But a half cup serving contains about 300 calories. Take care with how much oatmeal you eat as well as any other breakfast sides.

Dark Chocolate – (How can anyone say anything bad about chocolate?) This is a healthy option when having a sweet-tooth craving. It contains stearic acid which slows digestion causing you to feel full and satisfied. It also has heart friendly qualities. But, remember, it still contains natural sugars, so keep snack portions small.

Cheese – (It just makes everything better.) It is a good source of healthy fats and proteins. However, it is also high in calories. Portion size should be about the volume of three or four cubes of dice, or one thin slice of cheese the size of a piece of sandwich bread.

Greek Yogurt – A great source of probiotics, calcium and vitamin D is also a great source for calories. Limit consumption to one small container daily. On average that serving size has about 100 calories.

Bananas – (One banana, sliced and fried, is my breakfast go-to fruit every day.) This wonderful fruit reduces bloating, fights cancer and increases energy. Each one also contains an average of about 120 calories. Limit yourself to one.

Many of these items often tempt my husband and I to go overboard. We could really do some sabotage to our weight maintenance or weight loss goals if we did. Staying fit and healthy is not just about eating right, but eating good foods in moderation. Often it’s very tempting to eat more because we tell our conscience that it is a healthy food. But, once again, the old saying “too much of a good thing” rings true.