Sometimes junk food can be the most comforting thing. You’ve had a rough day, it’s raining out, and all you want to do is curl up on the couch with a big bag of potato chips. Sometimes the way junk food makes you feel after you eat it, however, is not always so great. If you are looking to make a few changes, check out these 10 healthy snack substitutes for your favorite junk foods.
1. Smartfood vs. Skinny Pop
We all love white cheddar popcorn, but the problem with it is that it is so addicting. You tell yourself you’re going to just have a small bowlful, and then before you know it you are at the bottom of the bag. At 35 calories a cup, you should try to substitute Skinny Pop and you won’t have to feel guilty about finishing the whole bag!
2. Ice Cream vs. Halo Top
Halo Top usually ranges from around 280 calories to 360 calories for the whole container! You will never feel guilty finishing a pint ever again.
3. Tater Tots vs. Broccoli Tots
Plenty of grocery stores now carry broccoli tots, a healthy alternative to tater tots. Trust me, you won’t even remember you’re eating broccoli!
4. Potato Chips vs. Kale Chips
Kale chips are a great substitute for potato chips! You can buy them at the store, or if you’re feeling like flexing your culinary muscles, you can make them yourself.
Try out this recipe for kale chips here!
5. Buffalo Wings vs. Buffalo Cauliflower
Everyone loves a good wing, but they can be loaded with calories before you even douse them in ranch dressing. Try buffalo cauliflower as one of your healthy snack substitutes instead! Same yummy buffalo flavor, and much less calories.
6. Skittles vs. Frozen Grapes
Skittles are the type of candy that you can absolutely not have just one of! But before you know it, you’ve finished the bag, and you’re in for the sugar rush of your life. Swap out skittles for frozen grapes and you will still satisfy your sweet tooth!
7. Cookie Dough vs. Healthy Cookie Dough
Let’s face it, we have all ended up eating more cookie dough than what actually ended up in the oven. Since it contains raw egg, however, that’s super unhealthy! Try out an eggless, healthier recipe so can get eat it by the spoonful.
Try out this edible cookie dough recipe here!
8. French Fries vs. Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Sometimes the temptation to pull into a drive through for some french fries is so real. If you can curb that craving with some baked sweet potato fries, you’ll be so much better off!
9. Ice Cream Bar vs. Chocolate Dipped Bananas
Honestly, frozen bananas are just as good as chocolate-dipped ice cream bars! Seriously! You won’t even miss the ice cream, and you will be just as satisfied with your dessert.
10. Ice Pops vs. Fresh Fruit Pops
Fresh fruit pops are another great option for a sweet treat! Load them up with your favorite fruits and pour coconut water over them!
Learn how to go make these fresh frozen fruit pops here!
What are some of your favorite healthy snack substitutes? Tell us in the comments below!
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