With 2020 well and truly upon us now is a perfect time to re-evaluate your weight loss goals. Whatever your goals might be for the forthcoming year, having more knowledge of the foods that you eat will stand you in good stead for the future. With that being said, here is a list of 10 good foods high in calories.
Coffee drinks (Up to 500 calories)
Lots of people tend to underestimate just how many calories can be in a coffee that comes with all the fancy toppings. People tend to focus more on counting calories in foods and disregard tea, coffee and other beverages. But did you know a coffee with whole milk, syrup and other fancy sweeteners can contain hundreds of extra calories? Opt for skinny lates or americanos to avoid excess calories. Sprinkling with cocoa powder instead of sugar is also beneficial.
Honey (60 calories per tablespoon)
It's very easy to overdo it when we add honey to our food. We often think that we are being really healthy when we use it instead of refined sugar. Although honey is a healthier substitute for sugar, it still contains around 60 calories per tablespoon. Be mindful when adding this to your desserts!
Avocado (320 calories)
Avocados have received a lot of positive reviews in the press in recent years and rightly so. The food is considered to be a superfood packed with nutrients. Avocados are high in natural fats, however, using a whole avocado on your toast could lead to weight gain. Each avocado is considered to contain around 30 grams of fat. To be safe, it is advised to cut your avocado in half and only consume half of it at a time.
Olive oil (120 calories per tablespoon)
Olive oil is full of polyphenols, which is a type of antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage. Pay attention, however, when cooking with or adding olive oil to your food. It contains around 120 calories per tablespoon. When you consider that some of us pour it on our salads it's not hard to see how we gain weight from it.
Granola ( 200 calories per 1/2 cup)
Granola is another example of one of the good foods high in calories. It starts out healthy and is often touted as a great option for a healthy diet but its important to be aware that the oats are rolled in sugar, sweeteners, dried fruits, and fatty nuts. Pay attention to the calorie content when purchasing granola products in the future.
Mayonnaise (175 calories per two tablespoons)
Ok Mayonnaise may not be a 'good food' but we'd thought we'd add it on there anyway! Most of us are aware of how fattening mayonnaise is but nevertheless it's worth reminding you. With the product often being added to salads and sandwiches it's easy to forget it. But by adding mayonnaise to a healthy sandwich you add an extra 175 calories to your dish. Opt for light mayonnaise going forward.
Brown rice (220 calories per cooked cup)
Although brown rice is an excellent source of carbohydrate its worth noting that one cup contains more than 200 calories. This is fine if you're on a relaxed diet, but something to be aware of if you're counting calories.
Cereals (140-300 plus) calories per 3/4 cup)
Nowadays with so many different types of cereals available it's very easy to consume cereals packed with sugars and unnatural ingredients. Even the healthiest cereals such as muesli are reported to contain anywhere between 150-200 calories.
Coconut milk (450 calories per cup)
Coconut milk contains high levels of saturated fat making it an extremely high-calorie drink. Despite this, it does have it's health benefits which range from the prevention of heart disease, anti-inflammatory properties, strengthening of the immune system and supporting healthy bones.
Raisins (150 calories per small box). Raisins are an excellent source of fiber. Each small box that they come in can fit perfectly in a packed lunch box. Be aware, however, that even a tiny raisin box contains around 150 calories. Good for a snack but bad if you're eating them by the handful.
Pecan nuts (196 calories)
Pecans are a great source of protein, fat, and they contain tons of vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, they are also rich in calories. In just a 1-ounce serving of pecans, there is over 190 calories. To avoid consuming too many calories stick to a small handful of these nuts at a time.
Peanut butter (180 calories per 2 tablespoons)
Peanut butter is packed with essential fats, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals making it a healthy, but calorie dense food. Although peanut butter is an excellent protein source when consumed in moderation, it can also lead to weight gain if you are not careful. It's very common for people to overindulge with the spread due to its taste.