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5 Non-Paleo Snacks You Should Avoid at All Costs
Growing up–and, to be honest, until a few years ago–I treated my body much more like a garbage can than anything else. (Looking at you, young twenty-something Megan.) The mere concept of Paleo snacks–let alone a “diet plan”–was just a faint glimpse on the horizon. I was willing to eat anything to get me through my college exams, regardless of carbohydrate content, sodium content, amount of processing, or additives. Let me tell you: the scales, my general body physique, my mind, and my sensibility all showed my eating habits on a disastrous level.
I’ll walk you through my main, super-common non-Paleo snacks to give you a better sense for what you should avoid at ALL cost if you want to stay slim, have better mental health, and age gracefully. (Trust me: you’ve probably munched on a few of these stunning non-paleo snacks a few times in your day, as well. We’re all in this together.)
1. Disastrous Diet Food: Rice Cakes.
The list of non-Paleo snacks brings us first to: rice cakes. Why do people think this is a good diet option?! It mystifies me. (And sure; I did, of course, turn to it when I stopped toting pop-tarts around all day, erryday.) They’re nice, with regards to calories. They only have 35 calories per small square of cardboard. However, piece has 7 grams of carbohydrates. And when your brain is telling you to eat more and more of them–because, god, it’s hungry, and you’re trying to subsist on rice cakes–you can really ramp up your bad carbohydrate levels. (Remember, it’s important to stay pretty low, below 50 grams, for adequate daily weight loss.)
2. Fruit Snacks.
Why did they gummify–fruit? I don’t know. But I didn’t care a few years ago, when fruit snacks were my go-to health food of choice. One little 80-calorie package of Welch’s fruit snacks brings in 19 grams of carbohydrates and 11 grams of sugar. And those little candies go fast: pop pop pop into your mouth, leaving you wanting another bag. Bring on the sugar! Bring on the gut inflammation!
Heaven on earth: the brown sugar cinnamon pop-tart. I used to stick that shiny package in my backpack and rush to school, ready to dig into that preservative-laden snack as soon as I had a chance to sit down. (I was usually running late.)
After a few weeks (years) of this lifestyle, I took a look at the package–the nutrition facts, that is. And I was mystified. Just one of those pastries in the package (the package comes with two, of course) contains 210 calories, 15 grams of sugar, and a jaw-dropping 35 grams of carbohydrates. Helloooo, belly.
4. V8 Splash: The “Health” Drink.
Remember V8 Splash, the advertised health food drink, pulsing with vibrant vitamins and minerals? Yeah. Me too. Boy, it felt good to interject that sweet flavor into my body, just knowing that I was giving myself some super-advertised health.
One serving of V8 Splash has 18–count them–18 grams of sugar. You’re only “supposed” to have 25 grams per day, according to the FDA. Therefore, these advertised health foods are actually aliens to the health food world. In no way are they natural. Get out of my kitchen, V8 splash!
All hail granola, right? Delicious and crunchy with a bit of almond milk overtop, this health “cereal” seems to be a constant in most kitchens.
Unfortunately, a brief look at the nutrition facts leaves us Paleo dieters putting the crunchy grains back in the bag. Just 28 grams of the stuff brings in 18 carbohydrates and 8 grams of sugar. Plus: it’s a grain-based snack. Therefore, it contributes to gut inflammation and inability to lose weight.
Phew. The non-Paleo snacks of the world can really mess things up, can’t they? Luckily: staying alert and making good, Paleo snack choices can help us avoid any pitfalls.
Remember: natural foods are key! Be well!