Not Better Together
White Bread with Jam
Pizza with Pepperoni
Adding a meat topping that hikes up pizza’s already-elevated calorie, saturated fat and sodium content increases your heart disease risk. “A diet high in this ‘sometimes’ food likely means you aren’t consuming enough better-for-you options such as lean protein and heart-healthy fats,” explains Stowell. Load up your pizza with veggies instead of meat for more nutrients, and pair it with a big garden salad so you’re less tempted to grab another slice.
Corn Chips with Salsa
Ever wonder why it’s so hard to pull yourself away from the snack table? “Your craving for salt is likely stronger than your willpower to walk away from the chip bowl, resulting in many calories being consumed,” says Stowell. Although salsa is low-calorie, it lacks the appetite-satisfying power that guacamole’s heart-healthy fats and bean dip’s protein offer. Try those with multi-grain, low-sodium chips to get more fiber than corn chips alone provide and to curb your salt hankering. Better yet, swap chips for raw veggies for vitamin- and antioxidant-filled snacking.