Whether you’re out on a trek or just at work, this snack is touted as one of the best superfoods out there. Loaded with nuts, chocolate, and dried fruit, it does deliver the health goods—with one big fat caveat: The calorie value of this snack is far higher than you might think. For example, a serving of Great Value Tropical Trail Mix from Walmart packs 120 calories. That’s high but not terrible until you realize this 26-ounce bag supposedly contains 25 servings. In other words, eat three or four handfuls and you could be downing nearly 500 calories—a meal’s worth—for an afternoon snack. Stick to the one-ounce serving. Try these delicious superfoods to boost your diet.
If you’re trying to get lean, using salmon as a staple may be a smart move. However, portion control is absolutely essential here. The recommended serving size—about three ounces—contains 208 calories, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. That in itself isn’t too worrying, but the typical salmon steak is about twice that size. And if you buy the pre-seasoned fish in marinade, the extras can bump up the calorie count astonishingly: One version of a six-ounce salmon steak comes out at 1,470 calories. That’s 75 percent of the average woman’s daily calorie needs in one meal. Avoid this pitfall and grill salmon at home and split the steak.