Healthy Alternatives to Junk Food

Healthy Alternatives to Junk Food

Staying on a healthy diet is not easy. Junk food is always tempting us to quit and sometimes that temptation is too much to ignore. The good news is, there are plenty of healthy alternatives to junk food that can be just as delicious. Following are some of the best, healthy alternatives to some of the most popular junk foods out there.

Yogurt Fruit Pops Instead of Ice Cream
Ice cream is delicious. There’s no doubt about that. However, it is an unhealthy junk food that doesn’t have any semblance of a diet. For a healthy alternative to ice cream, you can go for some yogurt fruit pops. Frozen yogurt has less fat and calories as opposed to ice cream and, as an added bonus, it also comes in a wide variety of flavors that usually aren’t options for ice cream. Self-serve yogurt places generally have options to add various toppings to your frozen yogurt. It is recommended that you always choose the healthy options such as fruit.

Baked Veggie Fries Instead of French Fries
French fries are one of the most popular junk foods but they are unhealthy. So, if you are having difficulty giving up your favorite fried snack, it is recommended that you give veggie fries a try. Veggie fries are high in calcium, fiber, and just one sweet potato can offer you over a day’s worth of vitamin A. Baked is the best way to enjoy veggie fries. Avoid deep frying them as this isn’t any better than regular fries. Make sure to opt for olive oil and avoid using too much oils in general.

Homemade Smoothies Instead of Milkshakes
Sometimes a rich and thick chocolate milkshake really hits the spot, but it can really make you feel sluggish because of its heaviness. Not to mention milkshakes don’t have much nutritional value either, so they are not doing you any favors. Smoothies are an excellent alternative to milkshakes. They can satisfy your craving for a creamy and sweet treat without all the extra dairy and sugar. You can put virtually anything in a smoothie, e.g. greens, veggies, fruits, and other savory or sweet ingredients to enjoy nutritional benefits while satisfying your craving.

Chocolate-dipped Nuts Instead of Candy
You can say satisfy your craving for chocolate without having to stuff yourself full of calories and sugar. Chocolate-dipped nuts are kind of like nature’s own healthy junk food. They are taken directly from the bean and are rich in antioxidants as well as other minerals. Chocolate coated almonds are also an excellent option. It is recommended that you get the nuts or almonds that are dipped in dark chocolate to make sure they are the healthiest option.

Living a healthy lifestyle does not mean you have to give up junk food, it just means choosing healthy alternatives. Selecting the above-listed delicious junk food alternatives is going to help you stay on track with your diet, while also satisfying those cravings for everything salty and sweet at the same time.

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