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These 6 Healthy Foods And Drinks Can Make You Fat

While these foods and drinks are considered healthy since they are packed with antioxidants, protein, and healthy fat, if you don’t eat them with care, these nutritious foods can pile up serious calories that’d be hard to burn out if you’re not careful.

1. Nuts 

Nuts, cashew nuts, groundnut, and every other variety of nuts are considered healthy because they contain protein, heart-healthy fats, fiber, plant sterols, antioxidants, and many vitamins and minerals. But when you are chowing down on them nuts I want you to know something, yes,  it has healthy fats but that doesn’t mean the fat is lean. Although how many servings you eat per day will determine how much calorie you consume.

2. Avocado

Avocado is a super food, I agree, it’s high in fibre and has more than twice the potassium in banana. Avocado has been shown to lower cholesterol levels, reduce cancer and diabetes risk, and to also improve skin health. Since you know it’s many benefits, it’s easy to take too much of it, but avocados are calorie packed. Avocados are safe to eat it, but eat in moderation.

3. Dried fruits

Dried fruits are considered yummy and nutritious, containing all the nutrients and antioxidants from different fruit packaged and shrinked down into something yummy and easy to eat. Although, these snacks are often loaded with added sugar, plus since it’s a snack, you can hardly stop yourself from eating the entire pack.

4. Dark chocolates

Dark chocolates contain compounds called polyphenols, which research shows may keep blood vessels dilated and help lower blood pressure. Before you indulge yourself happily, know that cocoa comes saturated fat and sugar. Eat in moderation, if you eat too much of it, it will turn into calories.

5. Gluten free products

Gluten free versions of foods like pizza, pasta and pancake mix are temping because they just sound healthier. The truth is, many gluten-free products actually have more calories than other products has has gluten. Ingredients like cornstarch and brown rice flour sued by producers to replace the texture and taste of gluten, are more high in calories than the ingredients they replace.” Naturally gluten-free whole foods like quinoa are good though.

6. Smoothies

When you go on outings, you prefer to take smoothie instead of all these fizzy drinks right? Well…. You just might have been drinking gut-busting beverage since you know not what things are in that smoothie. If you drink a big cup of smoothie that contains dessert-like ingredients such as peanut butter, chocolate, real coconut milk, and sherbet, you just consumed a lot of calories.

Instead of buying smoothies outside, make your drinks at home, that way you know what goes into it.

All of these foods are healthy and safe to eat, although if not eaten in moderation, it can add up into calories and make you add extra weight.

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Your Baby Should Eat Nuts

Introducing complementary foods to your baby can be easy if you try out different food options. One of which is nuts- peanuts ( groundnut), cashew nuts, walnut and others.

Nuts are highly nutritious and known to be a rich source of beneficial fatty acids, vitamin E, and protein which very good for babies that require lots of good nutrition for proper growth and development.

If there is no history of allergies, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommends you can introduce your baby to nuts as early as six months. Waiting until your baby is older to introduce nuts is not necessary.

Some parents delay giving their babies nuts and other highly allergenic foods like soy, fish, seafood, dairy, eggs, and wheat. This does not help to prevent allergies in the future rather when these foods are introduced early since it reduces the chances of children from becoming allergic to them later in life.

In spite of loads of benefits found in giving your baby different types of nuts, parents need to take caution on the following.

  • Do not give a child less than five a whole nut to eat and giving peanut butter in a spoon to a baby. This could cause a choking hazard.
  • If you are introducing nuts to your child’s meals ensure that it is ground or crushed into smaller piece.
  • If you have a family history of allergies such as Eczema and other food allergies, you need to see the doctor before giving nuts to your baby as a weaning food.

Here are simple ways to infuse your child’s meal with peanut

  • Mix a teaspoon or two of ground peanut into a plate with your baby’s cereal, yoghurt. Ensure that it is not too thick; stir it well before giving it to your baby.
  • You can also use spread peanut, cashew nut butter on bread to serve as a finger food. Toddlers would enjoy this better. Though your baby may not be able to bite off, she can suck on it and lick up the nutritious butter too.

Peanut butter is great for vegetarians and vegan babies. You can either make your peanut butter or get a store bought one. In getting a store-bought peanut butter, look out for the ones that do not contain added salt or sugar.

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