Its all about portion size. A half cup is 280 calories which alarms you, but since it is full of healthy fats, it will probably fill you up more than the 2 slices of bread which are just as high in calories. Why didn't you think about using 1 slice of bread folded in half, or eat a lower calorie bread? Or drop the cookies, and crackers? Stop, and think for a second. Nuts and berries are healthy foods, too.
Yes you want to avoid saturated fats, but healthy fats keep you feeling full. Don't be afraid to cut something else out besides the nuts, to stay in range. Only have it 2-3 times a week, or cut it to 1/4 cup. Make simple changes, and enjoy the nuts, and berries.
I eat nuts just about every day as I do seeds. Yes, i am trying to be careful how many i eat but because I won't touch processed foods (I make my own "cereal" bars without grains) and that is still an awesome snack. Berries are low on the glycemic index so you should be ok with those unless you are eating dried-- then the sugar content may be higher. Maybe up the berries and lower the amount of nuts.
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Just to add what the others have said, the fats in nuts are "healthy" fats. So don't discount them because of the fat content.
I wouldn't eliminate nuts for a week because you made a mistake. Unsalted nuts are super healthy for you in the appropriate portion size! It was a learning experience. I'd just make the appropriate changes from here on out, but don't restrict because you went over....(unless you feel less hungry later today and maybe cut back evenly on your meals throughout the day).
I love nuts and dried fruit as a snack, but I always make sure to measure it out and really watch what I'm getting. It adds up fast!
For new ideas, what about using whole fruit instead of dried? A LOT less calories and you still get the sweet taste.
omg ....that is alot ...wow...how much damage do you think I have done now ..... I guess no nuts for the remainder of the week or any next week ...wow ...didnt realize so I should I log this then should I wait till I get home to see if I had a cup or half see what is lft then log ...
I can't speak for the berries part of the mixed nuts and berries, but, generally speaking, 1/4 cup is a serving of nuts, so by having 1 cup, you were having four servings. Try getting some of the "Breakfast to Go" or mixed nuts individual packs that are usually around 200-250 calories, I think, maybe a bit more. If that's not enough, I second the idea of adding a smaller serving to some Greek yogurt. Or, ditch the nuts and go for fresh mixed berries (I know it's fruit, but you're already having it anyway....).
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Mixed nuts and berries are definitely good for you, but as you pointed out, high in calories. I would put maybe 1/3 cup on top of Greek yogurt or 1% cottage cheese, add a little bit of honey, 1/3 cup bran buds, and enjoy it for breakfast or lunch.
hello Everyone I have a quick question ....I did not realize that mixed nuts and berries have so much calories...this morning I measured out I think 1 cup but when I went to track it I was shocked I know nuts and dry berries are good for you ...but wow the calories and fat are crazy ...I didnt eat it all so when I go home I will measure what is left ...so I can track it properly ...
Holly I was shocked ...any other suggestions for quick nutrional snacks other than fruit ..in the afternoon I like something sweet. since I already do that and veggies which I eat ...not all the time but I try at least one or 2 a day ...
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