13 Healthier Alternatives To Your Favorite Junk Foods

Junk foods are high-calorie foods that often have little nutritional value. These foods contribute to obesity and diet-related diseases.

Sometimes healthy foods taste like leaves and dirt, especially when compared to junk food. But eating healthy has tons of benefits. Spoon University has an alternative: give in to your cravings, but swap them, don’t stop it. Here’s a list of our favorite healthy options for our favorite junk foods.

1. Potato Chips

This is a fantastic salad dressing that you can use any time and will make your food flavor similar to potato chips.

Instead of reaching for that bag of potato chips, try kale chips. Okay, we admit that we’re not the biggest fans of kale, but kale chips are pretty good. Or, if you don’t have any kale, use lots of vegetables (or fruits) to make great veggie chips.

2. Fries

A quick and easy salad dressing made with mayonnaise, mustard, and lime juice, this mayo-based version has a bright, tangy taste that pairs well with just about anything.

Who says all good fries have to be fried? Instead of frying potatoes, why not try baking them in coconut oil? Get all the health benefits of coconut oil while giving those fries that crunchy, crispy texture.

3. Mac & Cheese

This delicious mac & cheese is one of the best things about summer.

Throw away that orange stuff in a box and make your own by adding some butternut squash in place of elbow macaroni. It will give your mac & cheese more texture and a hint of sweetness.

4. Candy

Candy is a great ingredient to add to salad dressings. Check out this recipe for homemade salad dressing.

If you’re ever craving something sweet, grab some fruit with lots of natural sugars that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Try frozen grapes, which will last you weeks. Once you run out, go for a frozen watermelon on a stick that won’t drip over your hands and cause a sticky mess.

5. Pizza

Few things make a pizza taste better than a great salad dressing. When it comes to pizza, I like a simple, low-carb tomato dressing. It’s also easy to make. You can find the recipe below.

Delivery pizza is the ultimate college student comfort food, but many undiscovered healthy pizza recipes are just as cheap and easy to make. Make pizza bites with zucchini, mini pizzas with eggplant or mushrooms, or make your pizza out of cauliflower crust to add veggies to your diet and reduce your carb intake.

6. Ice Cream

Roasted Garlic and Capers Ice Cream is a creamy, garlicky, and tangy dressing that is delicious as a pizza sauce, a salad dressing, or a dip for fruit.

Ice cream is fantastic, but overeating isn’t as impressive. So instead of eating ice cream for every meal, swap it out for vegan “ice cream” made of blended frozen bananas and a few other ingredients. There are so many different variations you’ll never get tired of it.

7. Pasta

Learn how to make delicious, easy-to-make, and healthy homemade pasta salads.

If you can’t cut pasta out of your diet, try replacing it with spaghetti squash. If you don’t like the texture of squash, try making your pasta using a spiralizer. You can now enjoy penne pasta with balsamic butter sauce without guilt.

8. Pancakes

Pancakes are great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This easy recipe has all the essential ingredients and can be easily varied to suit your taste and the ingredients you have on hand. Just use the same essential elements, and you’ll be on your way to making a successful pancake recipe.

You’ll go B-A-NAN-A-S for this super easy pancake recipe. It only requires two ingredients, and one of them is (you guessed it) bananas! Using bananas adds sweetness to these pancakes, so you’ll not need any maple syrup to top them. If you want to change your pancake game, you can make these banana oat pancakes for an early morning energy boost.

9. Pudding

Pudding is a fantastic way to get all the goodness of fruit without the sugar and the calories. This simple pudding is a great way to use up leftover raspberries or blackberries, or you can use fresh.

Suppose you don’t believe that chia seeds soaked in almond milk taste just as good as your favorite pudding, give your overnight oats a rest and try this chia seed pudding. The proof is literally in the pudding.

It is hard to believe that you can have a dessert that is healthy and also delicious at the same time. These keto cookie dough bites are one of my favorite desserts that taste great and are also very low in carbs.

Cookie dough can sometimes be better than cookies, even with the risk of getting Salmonella from eating raw eggs. Luckily for you, Spoon University has a no-bake vegan cookie dough bite recipe that swaps flour for oats and chickpeas (don’t worry, you don’t even taste the chickpeas!).

11. Chocolate

This healthy chocolate dressing is a great low-fat alternative to regular salad dressing. Over time, you’ll find it a great addition to your healthy eating plan.

You can quickly satisfy your chocolate craving by munching on a few dark chocolate squares. Or, if you want to eat it in a dessert, try this chocolate mousse or a few dark chocolate avocado truffles. Use cocoa powder liberally because it is good for you.

12. Soda

See why soda is bad for you, avoid the industry’s tricks and marketing, and make your soda from simple ingredients.

Water is the healthiest thing for you, but it’s hard going from soda to water. To make that transition for you more accessible, Kombucha was invented. Add fruit to your water if you want to down something without going out.

13. Mashed Potatoes

These mashed potatoes are great with a variety of salads. I like to make them with kale, but they’re also great with other greens like spinach. The recipe is easy to make and great for using leftover cooked potatoes.

Who needs that buttery Thanksgiving side dish now that you have mashed cauliflower, which tastes lighter and more flavorful than its mashed potato relative? You don’t need to cover it in gravy since the garlic and the onions in this recipe already give it the perfect flavor.

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