13 ‘Forbidden’ Foods You Should Guiltlessly Eat Right Now

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While a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet is important, you don’t have to limit your food choices and survive on kale salad year round.

You may have been avoiding some of these during your last diet but fear not: you can enjoy these yummy foods in moderation and not worry about derailing your weight loss, interrupting a busy lifestyle, or having to shop at specialty grocery stores.

Here are 13 ‘forbidden’ foods you can enjoy guilt-free right now and still feel good about your choices.

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Starbucks

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to give up your favorite macchiato, Frappuccino, or other specialty Starbucks beverages to save calories. There are many modifications you can use to customize your drink, cut calories, and still enjoy Starbucks guilt-free. They have lots of hot and cold drinks for under 200 calories, and if you swap 2% milk for skim, you can cut down on fat, calories, and cholesterol without losing flavor.

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Avocados

The first word that comes to mind when somebody says avocado is FAT. Although we know these fruits to be a high fat item, and everyone seems to run from fat, these are actually a source of healthy fat. The healthy fat and high fiber content of avocados leaves you feeling full for longer, so enjoy a creamy avocado and don’t worry about word association.

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Beef

Many people who aren’t vegetarians will opt out of red meats like beef because they’re believed to be bad for you. Beef actually has many essential nutrients, including iron and zinc, which are hard to come by in other foods. Lean beef has a lower fat content and organic beef is free of hormones and antibiotics, so if you buy carefully, you can enjoy a juicy steak without the guilt.

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