Adding Dried Fruit & Avocados

Adding Dried Fruit & Avocados

Dried fruits are a sweet treat and can jazz up a salad, but they should be used sparingly. You can have up to 2 Tablespoons of dried fruit each day.

Avoid having dried fruit as a snack because it’s too easy to overeat and could negatively affect your weight loss.

Avoiding Added Sugars

If you buy dried fruit at the grocery store, read the ingredients carefully. Store-bought dried fruit often contains added sugar or preservatives.

Fruit can be dried at home using a food dehydrator, such as this great one by Nesco. Drying fruit at home is a nice alternative because you’re assured there are no added sugars or preservatives.

Avocados

Avocados contain healthy fats (i.e. monounsaturated fats and essential fats such as omega-3 and omega-6), but they should be consumed in limited amounts due to their high calorie content.

Avocados provide vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants, so they can be included in your diet. However, if you do have avocado, then avoid dried fruit for the rest of the day. This will ensure you are getting the nutrients you need without the calories.

 

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