Of course, banana bread made the no-go list, but we were surprised by the others.
Whether you get your coffee there each morning, enjoy a breakfast there on weekends or drop in for a late afternoon pick me up, chances are you spend some serious time at your local café. Unfortunately when we take a closer look at some of the most popular café foods they are not so great for the waistline.
Turkish toast with Vegemite
You would think that a bread based option would have to be better than a sweet cake or treat but the large serving sizes of Turkish bread, teamed with plenty of butter means that this simple snack can equate to as much as 100g of carbs and more than 20g of fat. In fact the average café sized serve of Turkish toast can contain as much as 3 x the amount of carbs as two regular slices of bread. So if you are looking for a toast option at the café stick to small slices of Sourdough or multigrain toast.
A smoothie, especially a fruit based one may sound like a healthy option, but if you consider the size of the average smoothie and the fact it contains a number of ingredients including yoghurt, milk, fruit, seeds, nuts and honey, the calories in your average healthy drink can equate to more than that of a meal. Even a simple smoothie of milk, berries and yoghurt is likely to contain at least 200 calories so be mindful of the size of your drinks and remember that vegetable juices are a much lower calorie option.
Possibly the most common and most popular menu item, who does not love a warm piece of banana bread with their favourite coffee? If we are honest with ourselves, banana bread is really a large piece of cake and with at least 500-600 calories per slice, along with 50-60g of total carbs, 20-30g of sugar and up to 30g of fat, banana bread is an energy dense food that should be enjoyed sporadically.
Everything about an acai bowl looks healthy – the nuts, muesli and brightly coloured fresh fruit used to decorate the top but it could be argued that your average acai bowl could simply be named a ‘sugar’ bowl with the average acai bowl containing more than 600 calories and up to 50g or 10 teaspoons of sugars. The mix of apple juice, fruit, acai puree and granola creates a heavy carbohydrate base minus much protein and as such acai bowls are best enjoyed after a very long run.
Chicken schnitzel wrap
Small pre-made wraps can be a great choice nutritionally but if you seek out the popular chicken and avo mix complete with fried chicken and aioli you can be adding 30-40g of extra fat into your diet despite ordering a ‘healthy’ wrap. Anything fried will always be much higher in fat than a plain chicken fillet and where possible avoid sauces such as mayonnaise and aioli which pack in extra fat and calories. A roasted vegetable wrap is usually a better choice or even a ham, cheese and tomato toasted sandwich as long as you are choosing thin slices of bread.