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Healthy Junk Food Alternatives

Sometimes it’s such a challenge to resist mindless munching on any snacks you can get your hands on. Especially when you’ve been working all day, stuck at your desk, just trying to make it to 5pm. We’ve all been there. The next thing you know, you’re snacking away on junk. While you probably are a bit hungry, what you’re body really needs is a healthy pick-me-up to get you through those last hours of the day. Sugary and sodium packed junk food won’t give you the fuel you need and more than likely will make the day drag on even more. Keep reading for a look at some healthy junk food alternatives sure to fill your cravings, but also pack some beneficial nutrition into each bite.

  1. Absolutely HAVE to have something sweet and chocolately? Don’t worry – it happens to all of us! Skip the Reese’s Peanut Butter cups and go for Justins Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.
  2. If microwave popcorn is all you can think about – no worries! We’ve gotcha covered. Skip the chemical-coated traditional micro popcorns and reach for Quinn Lemon & Sea Salt reinvented microwave popcorn. These bags are free of chemicals and are even compostable! With GMO-free corn and an array of interesting flavors, you definitely won’t miss the silver coatings of traditional microwave bags.
  3. If it’s crackers you find yourself reaching for, take a look around – there’s dozens of excellent cracker alternatives and many are even wheat and Gluten-free. Try Mary’s Gone Crackers, One Lucky Duck Chia Thins or Kashi TLC 7 Grains, just to name a few.
  4. If crunchy chips are what you’re after, start simple with celery or carrot sticks, but if that doesn’t do the trick, try Food Should Taste Good: Kimchi Tortilla Chips. These natural chips are delicious and skip the GMO’s.
  5. When you’re in the mood for salty nuts, avoid the packaged peanuts and opt for raw cashews or almonds. Packing the same protein as the roasted and salted variety, raw nuts are delicious and filling.
  6. When in doubt, drink a glass of water. More often than not, we mistake hunger for thirst. Before you reach for a snack, grab some water – those junk food cravings just may pass.

What’s your go-to junk food? Have you been able to find a healthy alternative?