Healthy Alternatives

Sometime I think I snack more than I sit down to actual meals. I’m on the go almost constantly (I’m usually in class from ten to four)–if I hardly have a few minutes to call my parents, how am I supposed to make time for a healthy lunch? No matter how busy you are, though, your health should never take a backseat to your outside duties. Instead of grabbing for the Oreoes (we’ve all done it) and other high fat snacks that’ll make you feel worse, try some alternatives that will be gentler on your body. You deserve to take care of yourself.


Almonds are like small miracles condensed into portable nut form! Packed with calcium, potassium, vitamin E, and magnesium, they’re among the healthiest nuts in existence. Make sure you don’t misstep by buying the over seasoned ones, though–honey smoked barbecue seasoned with unicorn tears might sound tempting, but you’ll be negating all the benefits by consuming the extra sodium.

Snap peas

If I die, I would like to buried in a casket full of these because they are that delicious. Even as someone who holds the opinion that regular peas are nasty and taste like mouse turds, I can attest that snap peas are a whole different animal. A medium sized bowl has eight grams of fiber and less than two hundred calories–practically sin free in my book. Bypass the fried bags and go for the fresh ones–they’re much healthier and better tasting.


Yes, you read that right, and no, I’m not under the delusion that I’m actually the Little Mermaid. I’ll admit, dried seaweed is a little out there for some people’s palettes. However, it can really improve your thyroid function because it has so much iodine–1/4 of an ounce contains roughly 4,500 micrograms, which is more than your body needs for the entire day. The fiber can also help reduce your body’s fat intake, which will help keep you trim when you do cave and stress snack. Plus, the reactions when I tell people I’m eating seaweed are usually worth it.


I know it’s hard to see the appeal in something that’s 95 percent water, so you’ll need to embellish on this one. My personal favorite involves peanut butter and raisins, but celery is so basic that you can pair it with pretty much anything and have a low card snack at your fingertips. Try it with some butter or cottage cheese to give it some flavor.  It also has a lot of vitamin K, which is known to increase bone strength.

Above all, remember to be kind to yourself. Don’t stress too much about your weight, but make sure you’re taking care of your body.