8 Ways to Health-ify Your Junk Food Faves

21st Jul 2014 / By Claudia V


It’s National Junk Food Day! How am I celebrating? By enjoying all my favorite junk foods without all the guilt of splurging!

I am always in search of a great recipe and I love finding creative ways to cut calories while enjoying my favorite foods. Check out some of the ways I swap out some of my favorite junk foods for healthier, but still delicious, options:

Brownies – I am a chocolate fanatic and could eat a whole pan of brownies on my own. I recently came across this recipe from Food Network and it uses healthier ingredients, like whole-grain flour and yogurt, to cut some of the fat & calories! Click here for the full recipe.

Pizza – I try leaning towards thin crust versions and loading up on the healthier veggie toppings. You can also try making your own pizzas at home using a whole tortilla or wheat pita instead of pizza crust for a healthier alternative.

French Fries – I ♥ sweet potato fries and when you choose them over regular french fries (baked of course) its a much healthier option. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins A, B & C, potassium and dietary fiber,.

Mac & Cheese – Everyone’s favorite comfort food! Try this yummy version of the cheesy sensation by substituting the macaroni with cauliflower…trust me, you’ll love it. Click here for the full recipe from FoodNetwork.com.

Burgers – This is a staple junk food for me and there are tons of alternate options to choose from for the base of your burger. To cut some of the fat and calories, opt for a turkey, chicken or veggie patty. Still want the beef? Try a yummy bison burger! Bison meat is leaner than traditional ground beef and still provides you with all the flavor of eating a beef burger.

Onion Rings – I love beer battered onion rings and their crispy goodness. Did you know that you can make them with a fraction of the fat by simply baking them instead of frying them? Trust me, they still come out as crispy and delicious as ever. Click here for a great recipe from FoodNetwork.com.

Buffalo Wings – Steam and then bake, don’t fry, these little beauties to cut the calories. Click here for a great recipe from FoodNetwork.com.

Chocolate Chip Cookies – National Junk Food Day would not be complete without a delicious chocolate chip cookie! There are lots of great alternative recipes out there using healthier ingredients without sacrificing the flavor. Click here to check out a recipe that I like adding oatmeal & flaxseed (great for your digestive system) compliments of FoodNetwork.com.

Happy National Junk Food Day!

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