Brian Tanzer, MS, CNS, nutritionist and product formula for The Vitamin Shoppe
Most store-bought trail mixes contain tons of hidden sugars, fats, and extra calories that can take away from many of the supposed health benefits, Tanzer says. He recommends making your own version with various nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, coconut, and berries.
Sorry, but most of the yogurt you find at your local grocery store is more of a dessert than a snack. That’s why Tanzer urges you to seek out plain Greek yogurt (not fat-free or low-fat, just plain Greek yogurt) and add in your own fruit for a healthier choice.
Allison Enke, registered dietitian for Whole Foods Market
These drinks may be refreshing and contain a variety of added vitamins and minerals, but they also contain lots of added sugars (duh, that’s why they’re so good!). Enke points out that most of these beverages are sold in bottles larger than the standard 8oz serving size, tricking people into consuming the entire bottle at once, leading to an overload of sugar and calories.
This low-glycemic-index sweetener is commonly recommended to people with diabetes. But Enke warns that it’s still a refined, processed sugar that resembles high-fructose corn syrup. Consume this sweetener in small amounts, if you have to consume it at all.
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Erin Kelly is a writer, marathoner, and triathlete living in New York City. She’s reconsidering her granola habit these days. Follow her on Twitter at @erinkellysays.