Healthy Substitutes for Junk Food Cravings

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This Article is for all of you that have still stuck with their New Years resolutions. Junk food is an enemy for us all it seems every where you go there is junk food and it is so much more accessible and affordable than healthy food. Listed are some healthy foods that help with the junk food cravings, they fill the urge with less calories or carbs in your system.

Organic Stovetop Popcorn to replace Microwavable Popcorn
There is a condition known as “popcorn lung” which is a respiratory disorder which is caused by diacetyl. Diacetyl is a chemical used to give the microwavable bags a buttery, more desirable flavor. To avoid any slim chance of getting “popcorn lung” you should just pop your organic popcorn on the stove – it is also a lot more fun than watching a bag spin through a window.

Dried Fruit to replace Candy
Candy is as bad for you as it is delicious. It contains no fiber, no protein, no vitamins or minerals and is directly linked to obesity and diabetes. If you still want to appease your sweet tooth, but also want to avoid all of the empty calories, try switching to dried fruits (such as: figs, apricots and dates). Dried fruits actually contain fibers, minerals and potassium – which is good to keep in mind when you are enjoying the sweet natural sugar.

Organic Dark Chocolate to replace Chocolate Bars
Chocolate is similar to candy, in the way that it has many refined sugars and saturated fats, as well as, being high in calories. Organic or milk-free dark chocolate doesn’t taste as sweet as it’s alternative, but it also doesn’t have the additives.

Low-Fat, Whole-Wheat Banana Bread to replace Cake
Most cakes contain over 300 calories per serving and are full of refined sugars, additives and saturated fats. Banana bread may not completely substitute the taste factor, but it does help in many health aspects.

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges to replace French Fries
French fries are dangerously high in sodium, trans fats and calories, which is unfortunate because they are so delicious. Roasted sweet potato wedges, with a little bit of olive oil and sea salt still give you that enjoyable taste without the risk of 500 – 600 calories per serving.

Whole-Wheat Pita Pockets to replace Potato Chips
potato chips isolated on white background Potato chips are essentially very thin cut fries, which means they pose the same risks as french fries – high sodium and saturated fats. Whole-Wheat Pita Pockets are full of fiber and antioxidants – as well as, the feeling of no guilt from eating chips.