That cranberry-blue cheese saladâor the junk on the right?
Sneaky ingredients hide among those leafy greens: Thick vinaigrette, dried cranberries, candied walnuts, and a blanket of blue cheese are the caloric equivalent of eating a snack bag of potato chips, one slice of pizza, two string cheeses, and a doughnut!
Do it better: Go for a heavy-on-the-greens salad with colorful vegetables, lean protein, a little dressing, and toppings like water chestnuts and hearts of palm.
That chicken-and-veggie spinach wrapâor the stuff on the right?
You see green and assume youâre getting spinach in a thin wrap that has fewer calories than bread. But that green hue comes from a very small dash (2 percent) of spinach powder mixed with food coloring, and the wrap has as many carbs as three slices of bread. Amount of actual veggies: pitiful.
Do it better: Top whole-grain toast with spinach, tomato, avocado, and grilled chicken for a meal full of real greens. Ask the deli guy, and heâll make it open-faced too. Bonus points if you include a side of carrot, red pepper, and celery sticks!
Those sushi rollsâor the pile on the right?
Nothing deep-fried, no gravy or butter sauces, lots of fresh ingredients. What could go wrong? Well, one California roll equals two sandwiches filled with imitation crab (processed fish) and very few veggies. Add a spicy tuna roll, and youâre essentially eating an additional 1Â½ tuna sandwiches with full-fat mayo. You might as well eat half a loaf of white bread in one meal.
Do it better: Even at the grocery store sushi counter, you can ask for rolls that are âeasy on the rice,â and add a side salad.