The other morning a popular nutritionist was on a local news channel doing a segment on healthy summer snacks. I didn’t actually watch the segment (the lack of a TV and a laptop with a battery that’s on its death bed prevented me from doing so) but I saw the pictures on Instagram.
Upon seeing them, I sighed and rolled my eyes. The photos were of trendy health food products like raw food snacks, “superfoods”, and other products that cost an arm and a leg. All of them were perfectly healthy, I’m sure, and in fact I’ve tried some of them and enjoyed them – but it irked me to see them touted on TV as good choices for healthy snacks.
It’s media pieces like this that makes healthy eating seem like an elite pursuit only for those who can afford it. Sure, you can be healthy, but you’ll need to drop $10 on daily cold pressed juices, stock up on $16 bags of goji berries, eat $8 bags of raw crackers because heaven forbid Triscuits won’t do, and of course do all this while wearing your $128 Lululemon hoodie.
Healthy is not a luxury for only those who can afford it – it is for everyone. This is the message I’m trying to get across when I reassure people that “normal people” food is just as healthy. Apples, bananas, sunflower seeds, dried fruit, peanut butter, whole wheat crackers, yogurt, and cheese may not be sexy snacks that garner TV views but at least the majority of the viewers will be able to afford them.