My husband called me last night because he was super proud of his healthy dinner. “I went to the bar,” he said (okay, bad start), “and I only had two light beers and like 100 peanuts!”
Him: That’s healthy right?
I quickly pulled out the MyFitnessPal app and looked at the nutrition for 100 peanuts. I had to inform him that he’d just eaten 700 calories in peanuts. Add the peanuts with his two beers and his “healthy dinner” added up to 920 calories with 70 grams of fat, 43 grams of carbs and just 37 grams of protein. OUCH.
What should he have eaten instead? I immediately ordered some 100 calorie packs of almonds for on-the-go snacking. Almonds are tricky on a diet because they are not a low calorie food. A few handfuls here and there can add up very quickly. That being said, they are filled with healthy fat, lower in carbs and have a decent amount of protein in a serving. The 100 calorie packs limit how much he has per serving. He can bring the 100 calorie packs with him to happy hour next time and skip the peanuts.