5 So-Called Health Foods that Might Surprise You

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In this day and age of organic, free-range, non-GMO labelling, shouldn’t it be easier than ever to prepare healthy meals for you and your family? In theory perhaps, but the reality is, it’s harder than ever to make the healthiest choices unless you know the questions to ask.

During many of my Power of Food grocery tours I share locally in Squamish, BC, I get asked

Adam is almond milk a healthy dairy alternative? What about dried fruit and frozen yogurt, are they healthy? I heard agave nectar is good for me, is this true?

These are just a small sample of the dozens of questions I get ask each time I take a group on tour the grocery store. For that reason, I have decided to start collecting all your grocery store questions and every month, share a post with you, to answer these questions. This new series is called: ‘Adam, give me the answers’

For your first ever ‘Adam, give me the answers’ segment, here are 5 questions asked on the last grocery tour.

Almond Milk

Is it a healthy dairy alternative?

It’s just almonds and water, how can it be bad? The truth is, most almond milk as well as other dairy alternatives such as rice milk and soy milk, have been highly processed using a heavy amount of heat, leaving very little nutritional value left for you and your family. Many of these dairy alternatives also have several added ingredients that are not healthy for consumption. One of which is something called carrageenan. I’ll be sure to share more on carrageenan in an upcoming post as part of my popular What’s Is That?” series.

What can you do – Make your own almond milk. This is just one of over 100 recipes feature in The Power of Food book and takes less then 5 minutes to make. Oh Yeah!

Dried Fruit

I heard it may not be safe to eat?

While it’s a much better on-the-go snack than a processed chocolate bar, it’s a good idea to do your research on whether or not your dried fruit contains sulphur dioxide. It’s used to preserve the fruit as well as prevent it from discolouring, but the asthma-type reactions it can cause in some people hardly make that worthwhile. Some dried fruits are also sprayed with a sugar solution prior to drying which significantly increases the calories.

What can you do – When looking for dried fruit, go organic as much as you can. This avoids the chemical preservatives and unwanted pesticides residues.

Frozen Yogurt

My kids love frozen yogurt. Is it healthy for them?

I am not the biggest fan of the overconsumption of dairy many of us take part in on a daily basis and frozen yogurt is included on this list. Flung far from its non-frozen counterparts, the supposedly healthy frozen yogurt is anything but. Many toxic chemicals are used to preserve, colour and flavour this mostly summer treat, leading to ADHD and other unwanted side effects.

What can you do – Make your own homemade ice cream from healthy ingredients. Need a fun recipe to get your started? Check out my Honey Almond Ice Cream recipe – Oh Yeah!

Pre-Made Smoothies

I recently bought an on-the-go smoothie from the refrigerated section of my grocery store. Is this healthy for me?

All smoothies are not created equal. Most store bought smoothies have a very high sugar content and sometimes as many as 600-1000 processed calories per serving. When in doubt, go for a glass of water and skip the store bought smoothies.

What you can do – Grab a hand full of spinach, some fresh berries, a banana and some almonds. Throw it all into a blender with some water and enjoy a fantastic nutrient rich smoothie to load you with tons of energy. Need more recipes to help get you started? Check out my Breakfast Reboot – 14 Day Breakfast Plan to get you on track in a hurry!

Agave Nectar

Is it as healthy as everyone tells me it is?

It’s raw, it’s vegan and it’s very high in fructose. It has more fructose in it than sugar or high-fructose corn syrup! Fructose can’t be used as energy by our body so it goes on a trip to the liver and is converted to glycogen and stored there until your body needs it. Once the glycogen storage is full it’s converted to triglycerides and shipped off to be used as energy or stored elsewhere. Elsewhere is unfortunately your fat cells, muscles and organs. The fat it is deposited into is known as visceral fat, which is the worst kind as it’s associated with all sorts of illnesses including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

What you can do – Check out my 6 Guilt Free Sugar Substitutes to find the best alternative sweetener to fit your family needs. Also included are 6 more amazing Power of Food recipes.

Do you have a question about your local grocery store? Is there a food you are not sure is good for you and your family and just want to know the truth? Ask away below in the comment section and I will be sure to reply in next months ‘Adam, give me the answers’ blog post.

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About Adam Hart

Adam Hart is the bestselling author of The Power of Food. When not on stage speaking, Adam can be found helping one of his many corporate clients in awakening an abundance of energy through his highly engaging stress management solutions.Contact Adam to book a demo for an enhanced corporate wellness experience.

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