Hey bumblebee! Not only are wacky national holidays my favorite, I love any reason to celebrate food. While adopting a healthy lifestyle, I realized my snacking habits would change the most. The term “junk food” could negatively explain my eating habits prior to this big change, however, I’ve learned as a society we’ve made this phrase synonymous with snacks, processed, fast and foods lacking in nutrients.
Junk Food (n): food that has low nutritional value, typically produced in the form of packaged snacks needing little or no preparation.Google
When adopting a healthy lifestyle, it’s important to remember: it is your life, therefore you can make adjustments that are best for you. Although today is a day for celebrating junk, I’d like to put a spin on it and celebrate healthier ‘junk’ options.
Here are some junk food swaps to stay on track when munching out:
Veggie hot dogs & Impossible burgers
Cauliflower crust pizza
Sweet potato fries
Zucchini bread vs. white bread
CHIPS & DIPS
Swap dairy-based chip dips for guac, salsa, or hummus. Want to take it to the next level? Try making homemade dips!
Funyons, Pretzels & Popcorn
Roasted or air-fried veggies with sea salt
Veggie & Flaxseed corn tortilla chips vs. Corn tortilla chips (Thank you Trader Joe’s!)
SWEETS & TREATS
Dried fruit – cranberries, bananas, mangos
Fruit snacks – opt for brands that use real fruit & natural flavors
Frozen Yogurt vs. Ice Cream
Looking for healthier ways to snack? Check out Snacks on Deck for some more yummy options!
Put good in, get good out -xo Bri