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Don't Worry Be Healthy: You Are What You Eat – Unhealthy Healthy Foods

-Marissa Tomko

The day I figured out that eating healthy food actually does make you feel better was a bittersweet day for me. I missed my Kraft Mac and Cheese so much—I lived for that stuff. But how could I go back to my sketchy diet when it felt so good to eat right?

Eating healthy is key to a sustainable lifestyle, but sometimes our alleged healthy choices are actually no better for us than an order of fries or a candy overdose. I’ve found the five most commonly-mistaken “healthy” foods around so that the next time you go to grab a snack, you grab the right one.

Protein Bars

Protein is vital for the repair of muscles and is a main player in the overall health of the body. So when you’re in a hurry and running from class to the gym, a protein bar might seem like a quick and healthy way to get the protein you need, right? Wrong. Many protein bars contain as much sugar as a candy bar, and have more crazy artificial ingredients. Don’t make a habit out of snacking on this “healthy” energy boost. Instead, add more protein to your meals. Beans and brown rice make an excellent choice, as does a tasty serving of roasted chicken.

Frozen Yogurt

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me to get frozen yogurt with them, I’d be living on my own private island. Somewhere along the line, people seem to have picked up the idea that because this alternative to ice cream is often “non-fat,” it’s not bad for you. But did you ever wonder why it still tastes so good? It’s because it’s still packed with sugar. If you’re thinking of grabbing some fro-yo because you want to be healthy, don’t. Just have a normal serving of ice cream once or twice a week.


Sushi has become a cool and trendy way to catch up with friends. Not everybody likes sushi, but if you do, it’s generally an obsession. If you’re ordering a basic roll, you’re probably treading in healthy waters—a single serving roll with salmon, rice, and seaweed is about 120 calories according to Forbes. But what about “westernized” rolls? If your go-to dish has cream cheese, mayo, or is a tempura roll, you’re looking at a 500 plus calorie dish—and none of those are coming from raw fish.

Trail Mix

It’s easy to see why trail mix is associated with health. When you think of trail mix, you think of the outdoors, hiking, and cool, organic, “granola” people. But there are several factors that lessen the healthy effects of this snack. First of all, if you aren’t eating it to energize yourself during a hike, you’re in danger of eating for the sake of eating. Snacking on trail mix is hard because you generally lose track of the serving size. Instead of eating a a handful, we eat three or four. And I don’t know about you, but any trail mix that I’ve ever enjoyed isn’t entirely made up of unsalted nuts and raisins.  It’s chalk full of sugary dried fruit, chocolate, and salty morsels. Instead of buying pre-made trail mix, try making your own with  mostly unprocessed ingredients and just a touch of the good stuff.

Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter

This “healthy alternative” to peanut butter is not going to make your PB&J better for you. People are afraid of the real thing because it’s high in fat and calories. While this is true, reduced-fat has more sugar in it than the real thing. Ever heard of everything in moderation? I’m pretty sure they made that up after peanut butter was invented. Instead of snacking on this condiment right out of the jar with a spoon (not that I’ve done that or anything…) stick to a tablespoon or two on your morning toast or a banana for an energetic start to your day!

Local Shop Makes Desserts Healthy

Vanilla Jill’s at Coburg Station offers delicious frozen treats with a healthy twist.

– Kendall Fields

Organic. Handmade. Local.

These words can be associated with a lot of things in Eugene, Oregon, but rarely frozen yogurt. That is, until now.

Vanilla Jill’s Frozen Yogurt at Coburg Station in Eugene, is serving up cold treats that are surprisingly healthy.

Vanilla Jill’s, which opened in March of this year, has been dazzling Eugene’s taste buds with frozen yogurt flavors ranging from the conventional vanilla to the more creative carrot-cinnamon.

Husband and wife, Tim and Megan Stevens, decided to open a frozen yogurt shop of their own when they noticed that Eugene didn’t really have many choices when it came to frozen yogurt.

The end result was a frozen yogurt shop infused with the essence of Eugene. From the sustainable products, the recycling bin, the locals who come in and hang out with a smoothie or a cup of frozen yogurt and the hardworking and passionate founders, Vanilla Jill’s is a true reflection of Eugene.

“I want the place to be like a hub where people can have fun and hang out with their friends and eat healthy food,” co-owner Megan Stevens said.

Vanilla Jill’s uses local ingredients, such as Nancy’s kefir, to create “real” frozen yogurt, setting it apart from other yogurt shops in the area.

Vanilla Jill’s has five flavors of yogurt that can be mixed and matched with a variety of syrups and toppings. They also offer a flavor that is sugar-free and sweetened with all-natural Xylitol for diabetics. They also have a soy-free flavor for vegans.

Their most unique item is a sundae consisting of basil syrup, fruit salad and chocolate.

“It’s a really gourmet experience. When most people think of basil, they think it belongs on a pizza, not frozen yogurt. But the basil and chocolate actually go really well together,” Megan Stevens said.

Customer Sean Engel ate one of the house specials, a sundae entitled “Strawberry Shortcake,” with vanilla yogurt, pomegranate syrup, fresh strawberries and yellow cake.

“The yogurt tastes great,” Engel said. “I feel good eating it, knowing that it is healthy and supports local owners.”