Almost every social event us classy college ladies attend is surrounded by food: sorority meetings, fall parties, and outings with friends. Although fattening and sugary foods are meant to be enjoyed, that should only be the case in moderation. Here are 5 healthy alternatives to enjoy without sacrificing taste.
1. Choose whole grain toast, not pastries
On those early mornings when you’re rushing out the door, instead of indulging in a sugary pastry, pop a slice of whole
grain bread in the toaster or microwave. Pastries are empty calories- mostly highly processed sugars and carbohydrates and
nothing that actually satisfies you. They will give you an instant sugar rush, and then you will quickly crash and have no
energy. On the other hand, having a slice of whole grain toast with natural peanut butter will give you a dose of
carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats. Protein keeps you feeling full longer so you won’t feel so hungry in the middle of
2. Choose dark chocolate, not milk chocolate
When you’re at those late night study sessions and craving something sweet, opt for yummy dark chocolate instead of milk
chocolate. While we can all agree that milk chocolate is quite tasty, it is also very high in sugar. Studies have shown
that eating a small amount of dark chocolate is good for your heart, brain, and is loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants
help free your body of radicals, which cause damage to your cells and are known to cause cancer. So eating antioxidant
rich foods like dark chocolate can slow down the aging process and also help prevent cancer.
3. Choose almonds, not potato chips
When you’re looking for that quick energizing snack between classes, choose a handful of almonds instead of greasy potato
chips. Potato chips are highly processed and generally contain a lot of fat and excess sodium, both of which can be
harmful to your body. However, almonds are full of healthy fats! Consuming 20 to 24 almonds a day promotes lower
cholesterol levels, prevents heart disease, and can help with weight loss.
4. Choose turkey burgers, not hamburgers
For a quick, easy and delightful dinner, beef burgers are delicious, but the problem with them is that they are very
fattening. This is because they are normally fried and beef is naturally high in fat. Turkey burgers are made from a much
leaner meat, which means that they are much less fattening. If you like beef burgers you will be able to find a turkey
burger recipe that you like, because the taste and texture of the two meats are very similar.
5. Choose sweet potato fries, not french fries
For a quick dinner side dish to go with that turkey burger, choose baked sweet potato fries, not french fries. French
fries are deep fried in oil, high in calorie, fat and cholesterol. Consuming too many french fries can give you a heart
attack, stroke and many other health problems. Baked sweet potato fries are full of fiber that improves heart health and
stabilizes blood sugar after a meal, full of Vitamin A, and potassium that improves your metabolism.
These healthy food alternatives will give you the necessary energy you need to sustain you throughout your busy college day! For some more tips on health foods, check out “Foods to Keep in the Dorm Room.”