Are you having trouble getting rid of some unhealthy habits? If you can’t seem to shake that craving for salty chips or sweet chocolate bars, then check out this list of healthy snack alternatives to junk food that actually taste good! You just need some imagination; these food swaps aren’t a lot of effort to prepare so that you can eat better asap. Here are three healthy snacks to replace junk food:
1Healthier French fries
Whaaaa, you can’t tell me you’ve never wanted chips as a snack! If you want to make them “less bad” then biting into baked French fries is the way to go.
A friend of mine just got an air fryer and swears by it. But if you haven’t invested in this trendy appliance than just go the other route, which is baking them on a tray in the oven. It’s so much healthier than the frozen bag from the store or deep-frying potato wedges in your kitchen.
Choose russet potatoes as they have a great thickness and dry skins, so they get nice and crispy in the oven. Yes, French fries CAN be crispy even if they’re oven-baked.
Not sure how to do it? Soak the potatoes in a bowl of cold water for about half an hour (or longer, if you have the time). Doing so removes the starch from them so they are more likely to get that satisfying crispness.
As for how to cook them, turn on the oven temperature to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, then remove the fries from the water and dry them with a paper towel. Drizzle oil over them and then salt and paper.
Start with the oil so that the seasoning is more likely to stick to the fries. Add other seasonings too, if you like, such as chili spice if you want a punch of flavor!
2Oat and nut balls are healthy snack alternatives to junk food
This one is a great swap for your afternoon candy bar or other sweet treat. Let’s face it, when you crave something sweet, you feel like that’s what you need!
I totally get it. To satisfy the sweet pangs, try these homemade oat and nut balls from Once Upon a Chef.
They deliver on the sweetness, while also packing a healthy punch. Have some after work or during your break. They’re easy to make ahead of time and stick them in the pantry in a jar for easy snacking.
Oh, I forgot to mention perhaps the best part about the recipe: It’s no-bake. Ahem, that’s right, you don’t even have to turn on the oven for these snackaroos. It doesn’t get much easier than this, folks!
Obviously, these healthy snacks to replace junk food won’t be for those who have nut or gluten allergies. In this case, you might swap the rolled oats for quinoa flat flakes or coconut chips as part of your efforts for a healthier family. Instead of peanut butter, perhaps you choose sunflower seed butter.
These balls will need time to set in the fridge (or blast them in the freezer for an hour) before snack time. They contain oat, pecans, wheat germ, peanut butter, dates, and honey, all of which combines for a snack that delivers a punch of energy and yummy flavor.
3Healthy chocolate pudding
Did you almost choke as you read those three words? How can that be healthy? Haha, great question. Let me explain.
And, no, there isn’t avocado in here, which is often a substitute in this type of food swap. It’s not that there’s a personal hate on for avocado but just that you probably are wanting creamy chocolate pudding without that surprise ingredient.
There are many variations to make to the recipe, depending on what you want to do, from soy-free to dairy-free, nut-free, and gluten-free. You can also try different milks, such as cashew milk, or put a few drops of peppermint extract to mint it up!
This recipe for healthy chocolate pudding is what started my fascination with eating snacks that don’t look like they could be good for you. It uses Dutch cocoa powder. A half-cup portion only has 70 calories!
When it comes to healthy snack alternatives to junk food, it’s important to educate yourself. That starts with great recipes like the ones here and making smarter choices, rather than having donuts daily. Rather than overindulging, have things in moderation, and then you won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything.
What are some other healthy snacks to replace junk food? Do you have a favorite from this list?