You may have a healthy and balanced diet, but craving junk food every once in a while is inevitable. Whether you have a sweet tooth or prefer savoury treats, there are ‘healthy’ versions of your favorite junk foods that will satisfy your craving without all the guilt. Or at least some of it. All of these options can be enjoyed at home, or pretty easily found in restaurants.
Sweet Potato Fries.
Who doesn’t love fries? Crispy and comforting, they’re a popular side dish all over the world. If you swap regular potatoes to sweet potatoes, you’ll be giving yourself a rich serving of fibre, iron, calcium, and the antioxidant beta-carotene. Bonus points if you make the fries yourself - you can bake them rather than frying them. They’ll still be crispy and delicious!
Speaking of fries, burgers are also a beloved junk food. But they don’t have to be! Instead of a fried meat patty, choose a grilled portobello mushroom instead. They’re a good source of protein, fibre, potassium, and plenty of other vitamins and minerals. Alternately, you can use a thick slice of halloumi for a patty. This cheese is perfect for grilling and is also an excellent source of calcium, zinc, and vitamins A and B. Don’t forget to add lettuce and tomatoes to your burger - they count as a serving of vegetables!
This beloved snack is great for more than just adding extra entertainment at the movies. Popcorn is a good source of fibre and, depending on its preparation, is relatively low in fat. Avoid microwavable popcorn and anything that’s heavy with butter, caramel, sugar, or cheese. Stick to options with natural ingredients for a beautifully light and crunchy snack.
While ice cream tends to be higher in sugar and fat, frozen yogurt also serves up icy cool sweetness with some added benefits. Yogurt contains calcium, protein, probiotics, and B vitamins. If you’re adding toppings, stick to fruits and berries. Coconut counts!
Not all chocolate is created equal. Milk and white chocolates are sweetened up and lose many of the benefits of the cacao bean. As a result, dark chocolate has a richer and more intense flavor as well as being a source of antioxidants, iron, fibre, and more. Look for dark chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa to make sure you’re getting the good stuff.