In carrying out the concept of a healthy diet, counting calories is not everything. Foods below contains calories high enough, but the nutritional value contained in them to keep them worthy of your consumption.
"Nuts gets a bad reputation because of the total fat content in it," says Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, author of Belly Fat for Dummies.
However, science also shows that the fat contained in nuts is the fat that is essential for health. Nearly 90 percent of the fat in pistachios come from unsaturated fat. It makes pistachios as one of the beans are low in calories.
"As a source of protein and fiber, pistachios can help you feel full throughout the day."
Plus, research shows that 1.5 ounces of nuts per day, combined with a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, said Palinski-Wade, can reduce the risk of heart disease.
Some people are afraid to eat raisins for calories and sugar. However, Palinski-Wade said, raisins are a smart choice for a snack, and contain no added sugar.
New research shows that raisins can be an excellent snack for everyone, including people with diabetes type 2 (groups normally think they should avoid dried fruit).
"Consumption of raisins regularly showed a positive effect on glucose and systolic blood pressure of post-meal," said Palinski-Wade.
Only, be sure not to eat an excessive amount. About two tablespoons once consumption is enough.
Coconut flour did have a higher calorie count than other flour (a quarter cup contains about 120 calories).
However, in the same dose, coconut flour also contains four grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber. That is, the coconut flour tends to not increase blood sugar levels as high as other flour.
In addition, protein, fiber, and healthy fats in coconut flour will help you full longer.
It does not matter if you want to eat one or two pieces of cake from coconut flour, especially, said Palinski-Wade, for those who need a gluten-free snack.
"Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat which is healthy for the heart and is a source of antioxidants," said Palinski-Wade.
Adding olive oil to your diet can help the absorption of certain nutrients, such as vitamins A and D. One tablespoon of olive oil per day is the recommended dose.
"One ounce of dark chocolate (70 percent cocoa) contains about 160 calories, and dense in flavonoids that can improve your health," says Palinski-Wade.
Research shows that dark chocolate can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as long as it is consumed in moderate amounts, ie one ounce per day.