9 Healthy Junk Food Alternatives

Satisfy your sweet, salty, fried, and everything-in-between cravings with these better-for-you snacks.

9 Healthy Junk Food Alternatives

It’s three o’clock in the afternoon and you’re dying to open up a bag of airy potato chips or you’ve just finished dinner and would love a double-scoop ice cream sundae. Cut cravings and retrain your taste buds with these surprisingly satisfying snacks. Whether you’re looking for a pretzel substitute or just want to cut back on excess sugar and salt, there’s an option for every palate here — no vending machine needed!

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Craving Potato Chips? Try Spinach Chips

It’s easy to go overboard on fried foods. Skip greasy, deep-fried potato chips in favor of crunchy, baked veggie chips instead. These spinach chips from fitness trainer Dolvett Quince of The Biggest Loser are easy to make and pair well with a salt-free seasoning like this no-salt spice mix.

More: Join the "Say No to Junk Food" Challenge

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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