5 Junk Food Alternatives

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No matter how much you fight it, you just can’t get enough of junk food. And with grocers offering aisle after aisle of junk food, it’s almost impossible to avoid junk food too, making healthy eating harder for those who are watching their weight. Good thing we know several junk food substitutes to check out:

Steel Cut Oats with Fruits as Alternative to High Sugar Cereals

Love coco crunch or Lucky Charms? Surprise, they’re full of empty calories! Even cereals marketed as “healthy” or “dieters-friendly” contain little nutritional value and often, packed with added sugars and little fiber. For a healthier alternative, try steel-cut oats then add your favorite fresh fruits or crushed granola bar for a sweet kick. Oats help normalize blood sugar levels, it contains high amounts of fiber and have lower cholesterol.

Greek Yogurt with Berries as Alternative to Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love ice cream? It’s comfort food that’s a staple in everyone’s fridge. And we all know ice cream is not just packed with calories, it also contains higher levels of saturated fats. In fact, a 2003 research by the Center for Science in the Public Interest or CSPI concluded that a single scoop of premium ice cream contains about half a day’s worth of saturated fat and 250 to 360 calories! That’s a lot of calories for one scoop of ice cream!

A great alternative to ice cream is Greek yogurt, which shouldn’t be mistaken for regular froyo laden with fat and calories. Greek yogurt contains probiotics that encourages better digestion and overall better digestive functions. It’s high in calcium! Spike it with blueberries to enhance its health benefits and you’ve got a healthier, yummier alternative to ice cream.

Detox Water as Alternative to Sodas

Here’s a shocker, most sodas contain zero nutrition value. It’s just liquid sugar. Consuming sodas on a regular basis will lead to a whole laundry list of health problems ranging from tooth decay to obesity, diabetes and heart diseases. And if you think you’re much safer with the alternative to soda, which is diet soda, you’re not. Diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners that are carcinogenic and they’re no safer alternative to regular sodas.

But if you’re craving for a sweet, zesty drink after each meal, we recommend substituting sodas with detox water. You know, distilled water sweetened with natural fruits! It’s delicious, light, health and it’s packed with vitamins and minerals!

Low Calorie Energy Drinks as Alternative to Regular Energy Drinks

Although energy drinks aren’t considered as junk food, it might as well be! Aside higher contents of sugar, most energy drinks are loaded with caffeine, calories and artificial flavorings. Caffeine is great in normal dose but tons of it can cause palpitation, nervousness, tremors and even disrupt sleeping patterns, causing sleeping problems. If coffee just doesn’t cut it and you need to sustain your energy throughout the day, we recommend turning to low calorie energy drinks, those that offer just over 100 calories.

Whole-Wheat Pita Pockets As Alternative To French Fries

Can’t get enough of French fries? Why not substitute fried potatoes for whole wheat pita pockets? Potato fries contains a heinous amount of saturated fat, it also contains acrylamide, a cancer-causing compound. On the other hand, the whole-wheat pita pockets contain heart-friendly fats, it’s full of fiber so you feel fuller longer and it’s loaded with antioxidants like phenolic acid that cuts your risk of developing certain cancers. Yum!

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