Date or Dump: Food Edition

Just like guys, all food has a reputation. Here’s a quick dating guide with advice about some of my favorite’s and some that I will never even flirt with.

Foods to date:

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So every girl loves peanut butter, am I right? Well, it might be time to raise your standards and ditch your tub of creamy Jif for his older brother, natural peanut butter. He’s full of good fats, potassium, protein and fiber, is heart healthy, a good source of energy and filling.

If John Stamos hasn’t convinced you to eat Greek Yogurt yet, you’re crazy. The sexy former Full House star makes me want to eat this yummy Greek treat for every meal. Oh yeah, there’s health benefits too… Greek yogurt is low in calories and carbs, but very high in protein!

Eggs have a bad reputation for being high in cholesterol. They’re like that guy you’re ignoring because of something you’ve heard, but never really talked to him yourself. They’re rich (we all love rich, don’t we ladies?) in high quality protein and B12. And Women’s Health reports that women with a high intake of Choline, which is found in the yolk, are 24% less likely to get breast cancer.

Everyone seems to avoid nuts because of their high fat content, but they’re full of GOOD fat! Just because he’s not the ripped body-builder doesn’t mean he’s not a good catch! Try raw almonds. They have good fats, a ton of fiber, antioxidants and can help lower cholesterol.

Oatmeal. He’s the best way to start to your day. He’ll wake you up and pleasure you with protein and fiber while helping prevent diabetes, high blood pressure and weight gain.

Quinoa is like that new, exotic guy that just moved down the hall. You used to be a brown rice girl, but now the protein-packed quinoa has caught your eye. It’s full of nutrients and is super tasty.

You know that lean piece of dark chocolate you always walk past while doing your grocery shopping? It’s time to stop and pick him up. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of stroke and type 2 diabetes and increases blood flow to the brain.

Foods to Dump:

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Protein bars. These guys look like they have it all. They seem healthy and natural but they have a lot of secrets. Most of the time they’re loaded with sugar, salt and unhealthy fats.

He’s the guy every girl wants. He looks good with everything, tastes amazing and gives you that extra jolt of energy. But your Starbucks Iced Caffe Mocha is pretty high in calories, fat (10g of saturated fat!!!), carbohydrates and sugar. If you’re going to Starbucks, opt for a “skinny” version or just try a black coffee. He’s a great catch, too.

So remember how you met oatmeal and found out that he’s such a great guy? Well his cousin, granola, not so much. Sure, they share partial DNA but granola has a lot of added sugar, salt and unhealthy oils. They claim to be healthy, but they can be pretty persuasive liars.

You met this guy at the market and he said he was going to make you a healthy, low-calorie, low-carb organic meal if you took him home. If you meet a frozen diet dinner run the other way!!!!! You’ll take him home and he’ll fill you with all these thoughts that you’re being healthy and making good choices. But in the end he’ll be gone and you’ll be left unsatisfied and full of sodium and preservatives.

Most of you have dated the sweet, bubbly guy that you crave more and more every time you see him. Some call him soda and others call him pop, but whatever your nickname for him, he’s bad for you. He’s basically like drinking liquid sugar and has a large impact on the obesity epidemic of our country.

Are there any other foods you want “dating advice” about? Comment below to let me know if I can lend you more advice on what foods to date or dump!

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