Nutrition and Healthy Eating

6 Food Mistakes Even Healthy Eaters Make

You may think you're making all the right choices, but these dietary pitfalls can get the best of the healthiest eaters

Eating Often, but Relying on “Healthy” Packaged Foods

Relying on low-calorie energy bars, frozen entrees, and other processed foods throughout the day may be convenient, but they’re not exactly nutrient dense. Most are also low in antioxidants and fiber, and may be high in sodium. Moreover, if you’re filling up on them, chances are you aren’t getting the recommended nine daily servings of fruits and vegetables. “Getting less than nine servings of produce could mean you’re low on magnesium and potassium,” says Kleiner. Magnesium plays a big part in carbohydrate metabolism, and potassium may prevent age-related muscle loss to help keep metabolism high, finds a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Food Fix: Plan ahead by having snack options on hand that are heavy on produce and light on processed foods. Produce-rich snacks that don’t take time to prepare include a half a cup each low-fat refried beans and salsa with 1 ounce baked tortilla chips; a quarter-cup hummus with baby carrots; and a handful of dried apricots with 1 Tbsp sunflower seeds. At mealtimes, try stirring spinach into soups or pastas; and add a cup of black beans to chicken dishes.