Historically, making smarter food choices meant eating only “good” foods and staying away from the “bad.” But labeling foods as “bad” can inevitably have negative mental and physical consequences including eliminating nutritionally beneficial foods or even entire food groups. In an effort to improve the complicated relationship most of us have with food, we’re listing out three foods that aren’t as "bad" as you think.
Categorized as either simple carbohydrates or complex carbohydrates, simple carbs are broken down quickly for instant energy. They’re found in unhealthy processed foods, sugars, and syrups. However, they’re also found in healthier foods like milk, fruit, and vegetables. Complex carbohydrates also break down as energy but more slowly. These include whole grains, vegetables, and beans. Carbohydrates are your energy source and are important for brain function, weight control, and improving digestive health. Start your day off with a good-for-you carb-loaded breakfast, like this Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, dreamt up by celebrity trainer Erin Oprea.
Not that long ago, fats were avoided like the plague. People flocked to grocery stores for “low-fat” and “fat-free” products in an effort to reach their health goals. As it turned out, healthy fats (i.e. polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats) did exist. Monounsaturated fats include foods like nuts, sesame oil, avocados, or olive oil. Polyunsaturated fats include omega-3s like those found in salmon, flaxseeds, and walnuts. Both mono- and polyunsaturated fats also help to keep you satiated, which aids in weight control. Plus, if you’re following the keto diet – a low-carb, high-fat eating plan – fats are your BFF. And if that’s the case, chances are your pantry is fully stocked with Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer, which also happens to be free of gluten, dairy, and added sweeteners.
Craving something sweet? You don’t have to feel guilty – especially when the dessert in question is homemade and packed with healthy ingredients. We’re not saying eating two slices of cheesecake for breakfast and dinner coincides with a healthier lifestyle. But enjoying dessert in moderation goes hand-in-hand with a happier mood when mindful eating is being practiced. A few of our favorites: this Chocolate Lava Cake (made with our Marine Collagen) and these Chocolate Bliss Balls (made with our Matcha Collagen).
Making smart food choices starts with recognizing the importance of balance and knowing that not all “bad” foods are bad.