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Party Snacks Are Ruining Your Diet

Party Snacks Are Ruining Your Diet

It’s all fun and games until these foods sneak in to ruin your diet

Want to know which other foods to stay away from? Here is a look at 11 snacks that could wreck your diet.

Avoid These Snacks

Want to know which other foods to stay away from? Here is a look at 11 snacks that could wreck your diet.

Cheese

Who doesn’t love a good cheese plate? Your personal trainer, that’s who. One little cube of Cheddar cheese holds 120 calories. Sure, protein is good for you, but, considering one little square eats up more than half the recommended calorie intake for an entire snack serving, is that one miniature bite worth it?

Chicken Wings

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There is no way you will get through the day without chowing down on a few wings. Chicken wings are a rite of passage on Super Bowl Sunday. Just keep in mind that each wing has about 135 calories and 2.5 grams of saturated fat, making them o

French Fries

No, these won’t count as part of your vegetable intake for the day. A medium order of fries weighs in at around 365 calories and around 17 grams of fat. If you’re counting carbs, count all the way to 40 grams. Since these are generally eaten as a side and not an on-its-own snack, you can expect to be tipping the scales on the heavy side for the day

Guacamole

According to the Hass Avocado Board, over Super Bowl weekend, approximately 100 million pounds of guacamole will be eaten. This is a great snack option if you stop at the recommended 2-tablespoon serving size for 50 calories. Since you probably won’t, you can expect to take in around 155 calories and 17 grams of fat in a ½ cup of the stuff – not counting the 146 calories in the 10 tortilla chips you’ll likely be using to shovel it all in.

Hummus

Hummus is definitely one of the healthier snack options out there, but beware of the packaged varieties, which can contain double the calories of a homemade hummus — 60 percent of them coming from fat. And since most Super Bowl party hosts are using Hummus their blenders for other things, chances are the hummus offering will be the store-bought variety.

Pigs in a Blanket

A party ain’t a party without pigs in a blanket! It’ll be harder than cheering for the Jets was this past season, but you must walk away from these cute little bite-sized snacks. Do so and you’ll be saving yourself almost 300 calories and 20 grams of fat per pig.

Potato Chips

Bet you can't eat just one. Chances are, you won’t. A serving size of Ruffles Cheddar and Sour Cream (11 chips) contains 10 grams of fat, 160 calories, and 180 milligrams of sodium. Since 11 chips really isn’t that much, you can count on still being hungry after this mindless munch.

Pretzels

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You might opt for pretzels over potato chips because they are baked contain less fat and are lower in calories, but pretzels are a gateway snack to packing on the pounds. Pretzels are made with enriched white flour that will convert to sugar in your bloodstream. So too many of them will do just as much damage as a fried chip will. Also, one cup contains 171 calories and a whole lot of salt that will just lead to more drinking (probably calorie-heavy beer) and eating.

Snack Mixes

These mixes look harmless enough. A bunch of cereal and a few cheese doodles thrown in for good measure can’t be that bad, right? Think again. The American Heart Association says that you should consume less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day, and considering just one serving size of Chex Mix Bold Party Blend (one cup) contains almost a third of that value, you’ll want to stay away from this stuff.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Spinach and artichoke dip is basically a bowl of fat that met some vegetables along the way and invited them in for a swim. With over 1,500 calories and 100 grams of fat, an order of this stuff is almost a full day’s worth of your entire recommended caloric intake.

Vegetables and Ranch Dressing

You may think you’re doing yourself a favor by choosing to park it at the platter of vegetables and dip. Consider this, though: there are around 73 calories and a hefty 7.7 grams of fat in a tablespoon of ranch dressing. You could reach that number easily with two dips of a carrot. That means five carrots plus five celery sticks dressed in dip and you might as well have had a Big Mac.


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The Great Gatsby Recipe Guide: 10 Party Foods Inspired by the Roaring Twenties

The roaring twenties will no doubt be a theme of many a summer party this year as The Great Gatsby film release has everyone reconnecting with this classic novel that embodies one of the most fabulous periods in our history. When most people think of the 1920s in the U.S. they think of the flappers, Prohibition, gangsters, and jazz. What people often overlook are the great advancements in home cooking and recipe development during this period. A comprehensive listing of the top rated diet plans can be seen when you click the link here.

The availability of “sliced bread,” refrigerators, and other convenience foods that are dogged today helped (mostly) women spend 44 hours each week in their kitchens preparing meals. By 1965, women were only spending 25.7 hours per week cooking, and research in 2021 revealed women today spend only 13 hours each week on all household chores.

If you plan on hosting a Great Gatsby party this summer, you’ll want to dress the part of course, but the food can play a major role in pulling together the theme. If healthy is your goal, stick to the recipes we’re sharing. But if authenticity is most important, you’ll appreciate the homemade, healthified versions of many of these processed foods that are still popular today.

Alcohol was banned for much of the 1920s during a period known as Prohibition, but that didn’t keep the booze from flowing. The Old Fashion, a tart whiskey-based cocktail, was a creation of this decade that we still raise a glass to today. Guests will easily celebrate with this jazzed up version with fresh blueberries and a Truvia simple syrup. See what diets were rated as the best when you follow the link here.

Said to be a creation of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel during the roaring twenties, this rich cake is having a bit of a modern day renaissance in popularity. This lighter recipe calls for food coloring, but you could use beet juice just as they did during World War II rations a few years later. Cream cheese was wildly popular during the twenties, too, so be sure to make the frosting! To read a list of the very best diet plans click the link here.

Speaking of the Waldorf, one of the most famous salads to date is the Waldorf Salad. The original, created in the late 1800s, had mayo, apples and celery. Then, in the 1920s, no doubt thanks to the greater availability of fresh produce, nuts and grapes were added. You could take or leave the chicken in our modernized version.

The advent of canned food items, like tuna, allowed for greater availability of more exotic foods to the average housewife. Combine that with the popularity of finger sandwiches during the twenties you had a recipe for success. Your Gatsby’d guests will certainly appreciate lighter fare like this as they dance the night away. A comprehensive listing of the best diet plans can be read about in the link here.

Canned food meant tins full of fruit, too, which meant pineapple was more readily available than ever. The pineapple upside down cake became a 20’s favorite. Healthy-Delicious.com created a miniature version, making this dessert party- and portion-control perfect.

Another throwback to the popularity of finger foods during this time, the deviled egg was a get-together staple. Now reserved for family BBQs and picnics, this new way to enjoy the egg was considered quite proper at the time, sometimes even dressed up with caviar. See what diets were rated as the best when you follow the link here.

The Baby Ruth and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups candy bars were invented in the 1920s, and are still one of the sweetest treats around. We love that Chocolate Covered Katie whipped up a homemade version that has 55 calories and zero grams of sugar (compared to 180 calories and 16 grams of sugar).

The Hostess Cupcake company started boxing up pastries in the late 1920s, and still today those little snack cakes are an American favorite. Consider making our version of the oatmeal cream sandwich cookies as a parting gift for your guests. You don’t have to tell them it’s vegan because they’ll never taste the difference. See what diets were rated as the best when you follow the link here.

Kool-Aid was for cool kids almost 100 years ago when this nostalgic drink mix became available. Today it’s a rather toxic mix of dyes that combine with more processed sugar for a drink no one really needs. If you want a non-alcoholic thirst quencher reminiscent of the times, give our fruit-infused waters a try, this version available at Fit Bottomed Eats. A comprehensive listing of the best diet plans can be read about in the link here.

Kids everywhere should celebrate 1923 and 1928 for the introduction of Welch’s Grape Jelly and Peter Pan Peanut Butter, respectively. Combine these two comfort foods in to one crazy-good cookie by Marisa Churchill for a guilt-free party indulgence. For even more information about diets, click the link here to see which were rated as the best.


18 Quick Vegan Snacks for When a Piece of Fruit Just Won’t Cut It

String cheese and crackers. Yogurt and fruit. Hard-boiled eggs. Jerky. While these healthy snack suggestions are great, most of them don’t account for those of us who don’t do the whole animal products thing.

But it’s far from slim pickings when it comes to vegan snacks. We’re here to dig you out of your hummus-and-carrots rut with vegan recipes that take less than 10 minutes to put together.

Because really, when that mid-morning crash, afternoon slump, or post-dinner pang hits, who wants to wait longer than that?

1. Tropical cashew no-bake snack bars

In just 10 minutes, you can satisfy your munchies and feel like you’re on a beachside vacation. Packed with coconut and dried pineapple on the inside, and topped with a lime-infused coconut icing, these are basically piña coladas on a plate.

2. Watermelon pizza

A more wholesome take on dessert pizza, this pretty pie replaces both the crust and the toppings with fruit and swaps out dairy in favor of coconut yogurt. Even if you do polish off the whole thing, you’ll still have room for dinner.

3. Panfried cinnamon bananas

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A banana alone makes for a great energy spike, but why not jazz it up a bit, especially if it only takes 5 extra minutes?

Sprinkle your slices with cinnamon sugar (or use coconut sugar, if that’s what’s in your pantry) and skillet-cook them until gooey and warm. Snack time just became special AF.

4. Peanut butter jelly apple nachos

Whether you’re looking for a grain-free alternative to a PB&J sandwich or a sweet substitute for chips, these “nachos” hit the spot.

Apples provide a nice fiber base, while the peanut butter and jelly drizzle doesn’t even compare to the processed cheese-in-a-can.

5. Pumpkin cake pops

Yep, pumpkin is on this list because, little known fact, it’s actually considered a fruit! Who knew?

And before you dismiss cake pops as a dessert, not a snack, check out this recipe. Free of butter and made with grain-free coconut flour and pumpkin purée, these make for a healthy snacking option that lets you have your cake and eat it too.

6. Easy vegan pistachio granola

It may be granola, but this particular recipe is anything but basic. Not only does it need a fraction of the time in the oven than most granola recipes, but it opts for lesser-used pistachios instead of the usual almonds or walnuts for a pop of color.

7. Turmeric snack bites

Date and nut balls are staples in the healthy snacking world, but a decent pinch of turmeric makes these particularly helpful in the anti-inflammatory department. Kocaadam B, et al. (2017). Curcumin, an active component of turmeric (Curcuma longa), and its effects on health. DOI: 10.1080/10408398.2015.1077195

You won’t really notice it though because the big tablespoon of cocoa powder makes sure that all you taste is chocolate.

Pro tip: It’s not in this recipe, but it’s a good idea to add in a pinch of black pepper to the mix. The piperine in pepper increases the bioavailability of turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, by a heck of a lot — 20-fold, to be exact. Patil VM, et al. (2016). Quantum chemical and docking insights into bioavailability enhancement of curcumin by piperine in pepper. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.6b01434

Research shows that for every teaspoon of turmeric, you’ll want 1/10 teaspoon of pepper. Shoba G, et al. (1998). Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers. DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-957450 In this case, a pinch (or about 1/8 teaspoon) should be just fine.

8. Honey almond popcorn

Forget the butter-drenched buckets at the theater or the super-processed stuff at the fair. With a few tablespoons of sweetness (use maple syrup if honey isn’t in your diet) and light and tasty coconut oil, this sweet and sour batch is as delicious as kettle corn, but better for you.

9. Salted almond and honey snack bites

For an alternative to cookies, try these no-bake, oat based bites, where almonds and almond butter pack in healthy fats to make them highly satisfying.

Note that the dark chocolate drizzle on top adds a bit of time to the recipe, but as with most things chocolate, it’s totally worth it. Swap in maple syrup for the honey if you follow a strict vegan diet.

10. Healthy vegan chocolate chip cookie dough

Not only does this recipe require just 5 minutes to satisfy your cookie craving, it also uses one of our favorite legumes, chickpeas, instead of flour for a protein boost.

Just be sure to use dairy-free dark chocolate chips to make it vegan. Bonus: You don’t have to worry about salmonella since this cookie dough is egg-free.


'Healthy' Foods That Are Actually Ruining Your Diet

Losing weight is a very common goal year-round. And while eating healthier foods, avoiding junk and fatty foods, and being more physically active sounds simple, the reality is much more complex. It’s frustrating when you believe you have been doing everything right not to see the scale budge. What could be wrong? Though the reasons can be many, the answer may also be in what you’re eating.

Eating a balanced diet is key, but you have to know which foods have hidden ingredients you want to avoid. Not all foods and rinks are created equal, and many of them you only think are healthy when, in reality, they wreak havoc on your body.

The biggest enemy to your diet is overconsumption of calories, particularly from sugar, processed carbohydrates, and fried foods, according to San Antonio clinical nutritionist Sarah Treat. People are very often unaware of their exact calorie intake, and this is their biggest mistake when trying to lose weight, she explained.

Ultimately, when you’re trying to lose weight, you need a calorie deficit, said Jill Maher, a nutrition health coach in Scottsdale, Arizona. You have to burn more calories than you consume. “But you also want to avoid artificial ingredients or you may not be as successful as someone eating whole foods,” she added.

“Something I constantly have to remind my clients is that carbohydrates are not bad,” Gabriela Rivera, a nutritionist practicing with clinical nutritionist Kay Spears in San Antonio, Texas. “Especially my weight loss clients, they seem to be scared to eat a sweet potato or get intimidated when going out to eat.”

Treat agrees. “Fruits and vegetables are carbohydrates, and are not bad for you. They are essential for good health, actually.” Many of her clients, she said, are also “afraid” of carbs. “I have to remind them of the right ones.”

Carbohydrates are an essential macronutrient and are needed for fuel — they are needed just like protein and fats. But when eaten excessively, or prepared a certain way (read fried), they can cause weight gain, Rivera added.

To compile a list of 17 “healthy” foods that are actually destroying your diet, 24/7 Tempo consulted several registered dietitians and clinical nutritionists specializing in weight-loss programs and health coaching.


How to Choose Healthy Snacks (That Won’t Derail Your Otherwise Healthy Diet!)

It’s 3 o’clock and your stomach is rumbling. No possible way you’re making it to dinner. While it’s tempting to make a vending machine run or rummage around mindlessly in the fridge, snacking is (yet another of those) things in life where a little advanced planning pays off big.

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To keep your weight in check, healthy food choices matter. And that includes all of the food you eat, says dietitian Mira Ilic, RD, LD. Your carefully planned diet can go astray if you’re unwise in the snacking department.

“I recommend a Mediterranean way of eating in general — for both meals and snacks,” Ilic advises.

After all, about 90% of Americans snack between meals, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as long as you follow these simple guidelines.

Make smart snack choices

Choose nutrient-dense snack foods. Why? It’s because snacks that combine protein, high-fiber carbs and healthy fats are nourishing. That means they’ll keep you feeling full longer.

Protein can come from both plant and animal sources (if you eat it). And you’ll find healthy fats in avocado, olive oil, nuts, nut butter, seeds (like chia or flax) and fish.

So fruits and veggies should be a large part of what you’re snacking on, Ilic says. Unlike many snacks, they’re not just empty calories. They have nutrients and antioxidants, and some have anti-inflammatory properties. (Bonus!)

But knowing which foods to avoid is just as important as those to choose. Stay away from sugary foods, processed foods made with white flour (which are inflammatory), and foods high in sodium. Saturated fats and trans fats can also promote inflammation.

Be sure to read food labels. Yogurt itself is a fine pick. But it can be unhealthy if it contains lots of sugar. If you buy the flavored variety, find one with less than 10 grams of sugar, she suggests.

When you snack matters

Well-timed snacks can help to keep you from overeating at meal time.

For example, it’s actually a good idea to get that 3 p.m. snack to tide you over from lunch until dinner.

Why planning ahead + portion control are so important

If you run out the door in the morning with no thought to what you’ll snack on that day, there’s a good chance you’ll regret it later.

It’s too easy to grab a bag of potato chips or a sugar-laden power bar masquerading as a healthy snack when you’re ravenous. These options tend to be high in calories and loaded with added sugar, salt and bad-for-you fats.

The solution? Pack your own snacks each morning (or the night ahead) in a small container or small snack bag. Aim for about one-quarter to one-third of a cup.

Here are 10 healthy snacks ideas that Ilic recommends to get you started:

  1. Veggies with hummus.
  2. Veggies with a dip made from plain yogurt and dill (or other herbs and spices).
  3. A smoothie featuring protein (yogurt, tofu, protein powder), fresh or frozen berries, spinach or kale, and chia seeds.
  4. Sardines on whole-grain crackers.
  5. Smoked salmon on crackers or cucumber slices.
  6. Dry-roasted edamame.
  7. Roasted chickpeas with anti-inflammatory spices like turmeric and ginger.
  8. Nuts of any kinds
  9. Natural nut butter on apple slices.
  10. Trail mix made from dry-roasted edamame, nuts, seeds and unsweetened dry fruit.

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With social distancing, no one is dining out at restaurants or hosting elaborate dinner parties for extended family and friends. However, there's no reason why you can't have a special dinner at home for whomever you're self-isolating with during the coronavirus pandemic. A multi-course dinner party for your loved ones is not only a great way to connect while sharing delicious food, but it also helps to distinguish the weekend from all those other days that have started to blend together.

Start the evening with a bubbly drink, such as our virgin Grapefruit-Sanbitter Spritz. It's a non-alcoholic version of a Negroni, but is even more refreshing and eye-catching. For the main course, serve Easy Chicken Thighs with Cherry Tomatoes and Pernod, pictured here. It's a one-pan dish that only requires 15 minutes of prep work, but looks and tastes extra special. Pair it with crusty bread to sop up every last bit of the rich, savory pan sauce. For dessert, prepare our pretty-as-can-be Vanilla-Rhubarb Tart, which is a good way to use the abundance of seasonal spring rhubarb.

Beyond just serving a fabulous meal, go the extra mile when setting the table. Use cloth napkins and napkin rings, which look elegant and preserves your supply of paper napkins, too. Lay down a festive tablecloth or easy-to-clean placemats, candles, and flowers (even if they're fake!) in order to lift everyone's spirits during the COVID-19 outbreak.

With delicious cocktails, comfort food mains, and superior desserts, there's no need to leave your house in order to have a special dinner with loved ones.


More options

Beef jerky: Note that almost all available commercial options have added sugar, which is why a normal carb count is 9 grams per 100 grams (3½ ounces). Preferably mostly avoid this, look for brands with no added sugar, or make your own.

Chips

Keto salami and cheese chips

Low-carb zucchini nacho chips


7. SkinnyPop Mini Popcorn Cakes

A fave snack of keto-queen Halle Berry, these Skinny Pop mini popcorn cakes have no sugar and four grams of fiber per 22-cake serving, netting you at 14 grams of carbs. Choose from sea salt or sharp cheddar flavors&mdashyou won't be disappointed.

Per half package: 120 cal, 3.5 g fat, 18 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 170 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 3 g protein.


Is It Happy Hour Yet?

There you have it! There’s no need to drink boring old vodka water in order to avoid the excessive calories, bloating, weight gain, and terrible side effects of beer and sugary drinks. The next time you’re throwing a party, heading to the bar, or enjoying a drink by the pool, you’ll be armed with a few tasty options that a far healthier than the alternative.

Now, grab your favorite glasses, cut up some limes, crack open your favorite rum, and wake up without feeling so bloated – and without going totally off the rails on your diet. Cheers!

Timothy Bell is a fitness coach and writer from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Timothy has trained countless people using his unique minimalist approach to bodyweight training. Tim’s relaxed, no-nonsense, adaptable style of fitness allows his clients the ability to train anytime, anywhere, with little to no equipment needed. He prides himself on being able to deliver world-class training regardless of the location. Timothy firmly believes your training should be a part of your life, and not be your whole life.

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