By Elle Fair ’19

An image of grilled chicken topped with steamy vegetables and a side of fresh, dairy free ice cream is just one example of a meal you might open your Instagram feed to. It’s not just any ordinary foodgram, it’s a trendy, new craze in the world of social media: healthy food Instagrams. These accounts promote good eating habits and feature healthy foods.

Many Staples students have shown interest in the trend by creating accounts of their own. Christine Taylor ’18 is just one, creating her “guiltless eats” account over the summer. “I created an account because it helps me stay on top of what I’m eating, and maybe my followers as well. It gives me more incentive to eat better,” Taylor said.

Taylor, along with many other social media users around the world, are using Instagram as a way to promote healthy eating to followers. These food accounts are designed in hopes of inspiring others to choose a healthy meal rather than fast food or dessert that many Americans are tempted to choose.
Helena Knoll ’18 has been living a healthy lifestyle her entire life. “It is really important to put whole, nutritious food in your body because it makes you feel good,” Knoll said.

When she heard about the new trend, she was immediately intrigued. According to Knoll, she created her account to “help people learn about good, healthy and delicious recipes to help them become healthier.”

The goals of these food accounts vary from improving personal habits to inspiring others. Taylor uses her instagram health account “to have fun with it, and to help the community see what healthy eating can look like.” Similarly, Knoll wants to use her account to prove to her followers that healthy recipes can still be satisfying.

Taylor, Knoll and others with healthy food Instagrams hope that their hobby of capturing tasty images will help them maintain a well balanced lifestyle as well as promote their followers to do the same.

Graphic by Tabby Burke’19

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