13 Foods That People Think Are Healthy, But Actually Aren't

13 Foods Millennials *Think* Are Healthy, But Actually Aren't

Sorry, Fitstagram junkies.

Years ago, millennials ushered in the trend of posting all of their food on social media because they think everyone cares (I have been guilty of this). But there are several foods and meals out there that are marketed as "healthy," but in reality, they can be deceptively unhealthy.

1. Peanut butter toast

What some people consider a nice "snack" has the calorie count of a small meal — almost 160 calories in the bread and a two tbsp. serving of peanut butter serves up almost 200 calories, for a cumulative total of around 400 calories for a meal.

2. Green Tea Creme Frappuccino

"It has green tea in it, it has to be healthy."


With a Grande at 430 calories and 65g of sugar (more than 16oz of Coke), you can decide if it's "healthy." This is the truth with most Starbucks beverages as well. It's about moderation.

3. Frutta/acai bowls

I get it, Frutta bowls are amazing. But just because the sugar is from all-natural sources doesn't negate the fact that these things are a ticking sugar-overload-timebomb.

4. Fruit juices

Ah, the staple juice of the American breakfast: orange juice. I will say it once: FRUIT JUICE IS NOT FRUIT. It's a fiberless concentrate of pure fruit sugar that fills you up, with a small fraction of the original nutrients found in an actual orange.

5. Lots of "Organic" Food

Just because a food is organic doesn't mean it's healthier. Justin's organic peanut butter cups have the same amount of calories as Reese's (210), 1g more of total fat, and 1g less of protein. Healthy? Hmm...

6. Garden Veggie Straws

This is my major beef: a 3oz serving of these bad boys has 390 calories, 21g of fat and 48g of carbohydrates. "Veggie" does not equal healthy, and they taste like garbage anyways.

7. Dried fruit

Let's put it this way: 1/4 cup dried fruit = 1 cup of whole fruit as far as calories and macros are concerned. You eat 1/4 of the volume of food without nearly as many vitamins and nutrients as actual fruit.

8. Granola

Granola is hard to narrow down, but in most cases it is marketed as a staple breakfast item. But as the USDA says, a cup of chocolate granola has 440 calories and 16.5 g of fat. Definitely unhealthy.

9. Store-bought protein shakes

Yes, you get 30g of protein in this tasty protein shake from Bolthouse Farms. But, you also get 420 calories and 52g of sugar with it. It's an easy way to soil all the healthy calorie cutting in your diet.

10. "Slim" smoothies

Let's take the "Slim-N-Trim Strawberry" smoothie from Smoothie King, size medium. It has a "slim" 360 calories and 57g of sugar... I thought smoothies were supposed to be healthy?

11. Muffins

I've heard it a dozen times, "I'm trying to lose weight, I only had a muffin for breakfast." That apple crunch muffin from Panera has a whopping 450 calories and 49g of sugar.

12. Regular yogurt

At 150 calories and 18g of sugar per serving, opt out of regular yogurt for Greek yogurt which can have half the calories and twice the protein content.

13. Energy bars

Energy bars are misconceived as protein bars- this CLIF bar has 250 calories and only 9g of protein, along with 20g of sugar. Most bars like this have mediocre macronutrient counts, so you're better to find a different source for your snacks.

When it comes to your health, read the nutrition labels and study your food before you assume it is healthy. You might surprise yourself.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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