10 Healthy Alternatives to Junky Food

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We all crave for some junk food now and then. But in large quantities, junk food is harmful and can lead to increased obesity, it can worsen appetite and digestion, which lead to developing other health problems. You can replace junk food with more delicious, more appealing, and healthier foods that can help you with your diet too. 

We’ve put together a list of 10 healthy alternatives to junky food you can try.

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  1. Replace Chocolate with Dark Chocolate

We all like chocolate. But milk chocolate contains large quantities of sugar and additives which lead to increased obesity and health problems. Replacing chocolate with dark chocolate is a healthy alternative, as dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. It is known to lower the risk of heart disease, so it’s a great replacement for milk or fruit chocolate. 

  1. Replace French Fries with Roasted Veggies 

Not only French fries but any vegetables fried in lots of oil and with high quantities of salt are bad for your health. All junky foods contribute to a higher risk of obesity, which comes with negative effects. Roasted veggies are a great alternative for French fries, even though the cooking process may seem more difficult. Another great replacement would be to cook the vegetables in the pan with some butter until they soften. 

  1. Replace Cake with Banana Bread 

According to twiftnews, most foods on the market contain high levels of sugar, fats, and carbohydrates, which in large quantities can be damaging for you. Replace cake with a healthier alternative, banana bread. There are recipes online where the sugar is replaced with honey and the result is delicious and healthy. You can also add some blueberries. 

  1. Replace Burger with Chicken Breast 

A hamburger of 100 grams has about 300 calories. However, some eat-out burgers can reach even 780 calories, which is huge because this is one meal. One healthy alternative to beef is chicken breast, only 150gr of chicken is 220 calories. And it is also easier to cook. 

  1. Replace Pizza with Pita Pockets 

Pizza can come in many varieties, most of them automatically including sausages, loads of mozzarella cheese, and pizza dough. And this is the most basic option of pizza. 

To replace it, you can cook pitta pockets. All you need is whole-wheat pitta bread, some vegetables or salad, and chicken. Eat them warm, they are delicious. 

  1. Replace Fried Chicken Wings with Baked Chicken Wings 

If you want to reduce your intake of junky foods, you firstly need to stop frying your vegetables and meat. There are healthier alternatives and sometimes easier to cook. For example, you can season the chicken wings and bake them into the oven. 

  1. Replace Candies with Dried Fruits 

Fruits are healthy and you can eat them fresh as well. Whenever you find yourself craving for some candies and sweets, you can replace them with dried fruits. They are sweet enough and also healthier than typical sweets that have high amounts of sugar. 

  1. Replace Soda with Tea or Fresh Juice

Soda cannot miss this list, as it is always near that burger and French fries. You can choose healthier options, such as fresh juice or tea. You have a wide variety of options and possible combinations, so why not try it? You can combine fruits, such as berries and oranges with vegetables, such as carrots, and have a fresh and healthy alternative for soda. 

The same goes for tea, where you can choose from white, black, green, and rooibos tea. And if you add some ice, ice tea is the refreshment you need in the summer.

  1. Replace Fried Chips with Baked Vegetable Chips 

When you have munchies, a bag of chips should satisfy it. But they contain high quantities of fats and salt which are not healthy at all. You can replace fried chips with baked vegetable chips. 

You can choose potatoes, kale, sweet potatoes, and even carrots, beetroot, and parsnip. These are vegetables that are naturally sweet and nutritious, so they are a healthier alternative. 

  1. Replace Cheese Dip with Hummus or Guacamole 

Chips and nachos go perfectly with a cheese dip. You can replace it with hummus or guacamole, as they are healthier alternatives. For example, sweet potatoes baked chips go well with hummus, which is made of chickpeas, so it is highly nutritious. 

Also, guacamole is made from avocado, which is known to be a great source of monounsaturated fats and is highly nutritious. Even though it is usually eaten with nachos, you can bake some potato chips as replacements and have a highly nutritious and healthy meal. 

Replace junky food with these healthier alternatives and take care of your eating habits and body. 

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