Foods That Are Bad for Athletes (Part II)

Trail Mix

You’ll run into a lot of issues with snacks known as healthy. They’re not really healthy. Trail mix may be a simple snack to keep with you. But, that fiber-filled snack you think you’re having is really just a huge bucket of candy. Do yogurt-covered nuts, M&Ms look like fuel for an athlete? Sorry, but we don’t either. Skip the pre-packaged stuff and make your own trail mix with nuts, raisins, and seeds.

Pretzels

Pretzels appear wholesome. But, they don’t have healthy fiber and fat so you can go through half a bag and still be hungry. 10 little pretzels have over 250 calories and plenty of salt. Lose the empty calories and snack on healthy, nutrient-filled veggies an fruits instead.

Frozen Yogurt

Frozen yogurt is a better alternative to ice cream. Plenty are fat free, but high in sugar. So, enjoy in moderation. While a lot of frozen yogurt is nonfat or very low in fat, the calories still increases. Most nonfat plain frozen yogurt is around 35 calories per ounce with about 20g of sugar. Translating, a 16-ounce cup is around 380 in calories and 76g of sugar and that’s not including the toppings.

Sugary Cereal

Artificial sugar is a no no. But eating too much of the real thing is just as bad. While on the go folks can eat more in calories than the average joe, it doesn’t mean they’re wolfing down sugary foods on a regular basis. No athlete rises to the top of his/her game and stays there by beginning the day with a huge bowl of marshmallows and sugary cereal. Too much sugar also makes a spike in insulin, making your body store more fat. Instead, try a bowl of oatmeal or whole grain cereal topped with fresh fruit for some added flavor.