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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

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!

Off Campus Eateries: Eugene’s Best Sushi

-Diana Roure

If there’s one thing in my life that stays constant, it’s my undying love for sushi and Japanese-American cuisine.  When I arrived in Eugene four years ago I set out on a mission to find a sushi eatery that had fresh fish, a unique menu and a traditional feel.

It took time but I believe I have discovered five of the best sushi locations in the area.

Mio Sushi

Located in Oakway Center, Mio offers an exceptional menu, a sushi train, affordable prices, and excellent service.  Menu items include bento boxes, combination meals, salads, soups, appetizers, premium sushi rolls, nigiri sushi, noodle dishes and even dessert.  All menu items are available for both lunch and dinner. They also have a daily happy hour with excellent drink specials and discounted food prices.  Mio Sushi actually has twelve locations around Oregon and Washington so wherever you are, give it a try! I promise it will become one of your favorites.

Miso

If you’re ever on campus and have a craving for Japanese food, walk no further than 13th and Hilyard. Miso is always bustling with students and faculty, so don’t be surprised if you run into an awkward acquaintance or your attractive economics teacher.  Service is not always the greatest as there is only one waitress to take orders and deliver food.  Just don’t go there when you’re pressed for time.  Menu items include the usual bento boxes, specialty sushi rolls, appetizers, udon, and combination meals, and Miso is the only place I am aware of that offers a chicken teriyaki and rice bowl for $3.95. I am always surprised by the freshness of their sushi, which actually makes the wait very worthwhile.  Relax from beginning of the term jitters and head over to Miso.

Sushi Pure (pronounced pure-ay)

Located right next to 5th Street Public Market, Pure is Eugene’s own high-end sushi eatery.  Though prices are higher than others on this list, Pure has an extensive menu with several imaginative variations of typical Japanese cuisine and a trendy yet traditional atmosphere.  Lunch is a few dollars cheaper than dinner and their diverse daily sushi specials are available all day.  There’s also a full bar! Pure uses special rice that appears purple and apparently has several health benefits.  For one person, you’re looking at spending anywhere from $10 to $30 depending on what you order, but keep in mind that most high-end sushi restaurants around America are often more expensive.  So take your special someone or visiting parents to Pure for a night of Eugene-style extravagance.

Sushi Domo

With two locations a few miles off campus, the family owned Sushi Domo is sure to satisfy your taste buds.  They are open for lunch and dinner throughout the week though closed on Sundays.  The ambiance is traditional yet contemporary with a sushi bar and Japanese style benches complete with plush lounge pillows. The menu includes a large range of bento boxes, noodles, and sushi rolls – all the typical Japanese menu items but with their own unique twist.  Every meal is guaranteed fresh, and prices for meals range from $10 to $20.  Sushi Domo’s sushi is especially noteworthy with items like the Titanic (8 pieces of shrimp tempura, tuna, salmon, crab, avocado, asparagus and a spicy aioli ponzu sauce), the Crazy Roll (8 pieces of unagi, crab meat, asparagus, avocado with coconut and special sauce), and the Volcano (8 pieces of baked spicy tuna on a California roll with garnished masago, green onion, hot sauce and unagi sauce).  If those don’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what will!

Izumi

Located in a quiet shopping center near Costco, Izumi Sushi and Grill is Eugene’s own swanky Japanese restaurant.  They’re open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner and for dinner on weekends until 11 p.m.  The lounge-like eatery offers happy hour everyday from 4 to 6 p.m. and then 9 p.m. to close.  The service is impeccable as is the menu with both simple and complex sushi rolls, delicious noodle soups, and fresh fish and meat entrees that make the drive and price totally worthwhile.