Carolyn Phillips Talks Foods & Drinks That May Not Be As Healthy As You Think

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Fit-inista Carolyn Phillips– our on air personal trainer– is back with more tips to get you in shape and what you need to do to stay that way!

There’s a lot of foods and drinks marketed as “fitness foods” but they’re not always as healthy as they lead on.  Carolyn breaks down some of the most popular “fit food” choices and gives us the truth on how healthy they really are for us.

1. Energy Bars

People are always looking for a “good” energy bar, but here’s the thing– if you’ve got too many ingredients, it will have a lot of sugar, and you may as well eat a candy bar.  You should be on the lookout for whole ingredient foods… Moms in the Raw is a good brand, all natural and all organic, and they taste great.

2. Energy Drinks

Most people don’t know how to drink these… they use them thinking they are healthier than a juice or a soda, not to replenish after a workout.  If you’re going to use an energy drink, avoid ones with lots of sugar and only drink them if you exercise strenuously.

3. Smoothies

Smoothies are good, and yes, they are often loaded with fruits, which are good– but they are also often supplemented with lots of sugar, which adds up the calories fast.

4. Froyo

Frozen yogurt is everywhere now, and there’s a strong myth that it’s a healthier alternative to ice cream.  Not true– it’s just as bad for you as ice cream, so if you’re going to do one or the other… it’s all about taste, not about how good or bad it is for you.  Froyo is loaded with sugar and calories, just like ice cream.

5. Frozen Diet Entrees

Like many frozen meals, these are often very high in sodium, and lacking in nutritional content, vitamins and minerals.  Eating fresh is always the best way to go– shopping at farmers markets and making meals at home so you know exactly what’s going in your body.

For more from Carolyn Phillips, check out FitBehavior.com, or for all things stretching, life, love and happiness, go to Carolyn’s blog at CarolynsMenuofLife.com

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