Despite having the word junk in their name, most of us still can’t help but crave junk food. They tend to come loaded with salt, fat, and sugar: a trio that may make us feel good as we’re munching, but not without consequences. Some might even say it’s because they’re so bad for us that our bodies seek them out when we’re sad or stressed.
Junk food is addictive by design, so we shouldn’t blame ourselves for falling into their trap. Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t try to make smarter choices! By now, good-for-you alternatives are as common as their junk food counterparts, and we’ve got the grocery list to prove it. Try these 5 healthy swaps to satisfy your most persistent cravings!
5 HEALTHY SWAPS TO SATISFY YOUR JUNK FOOD CRAVINGS
Instead of PROCESSED CHOCOLATE BARS…
TRY: Coco Dolcé Milk Chocolate With Pili (45g), P110
Cacao is what makes chocolate rich and full of chocolate-y goodness, so try swapping out your favorite bar for something with more of the bean. This option from Coco Dolcé goes back to basics with cacao beans, cocoa butter, coconut sugar, coconut oil, whole milk, vanila, and pili nuts for added nutrition. Proof that chocolate bars don’t need all that extra sugar to taste amazing.
Instead of DEEP-FRIED POTATO CHIPS…
TRY: Healthy Tropics Camote Chips (Cheese), P80 (limited time only)
The humble potato isn’t inherently junky—it’s when it’s deep-fried in way too much oil that it becomes a no-go. If you can’t avoid oil in your chips completely, at least reach for an option that uses less. These cheese-coated camote chips by Healthy Tropics are made in small batches, cooked in coconut oil, and minimally processed, so every bag is crispy but not greasy. Plus points for the dose of fiber!
Instead of FRUIT-FLAVORED CANDY…
TRY: Oh So Healthy Mango Sweet Potato Banana Fruit Crisps, P95
Fruits are nature’s candy, so skip the teeth-rotting stuff and go straight for what inspires them. If fresh fruit is hard to come by, dried options like these Oh So Healthy crisps are the next best thing. This variant is an all-natural mix of mango, sweet potato, banana, and organic sweeteners that will make you forget all about popping candy.
Instead of PROCESSED COOKIES…
TRY: Honest Junk Oatmeal Raisin Zooper Cookies, P110
We’ve all gone through a whole tin of sugar cookies on bad days, so we totally get the impulse. But in the spirit of making better habits stick, we think these oatmeal raisin cookies from Honest Junk should be everyone’s new go-to. They’re delightfully crunchy and chewy, thanks to the just-sweet-enough raisins. Go on, have a bag!
Instead of SUGARY JUICE DRINKS…
TRY: Apple & Eve 100% Apple Juice (200ml), P28 (limited time only)
Chugging liquid sugar is one of the quickest ways to increase your risk for sugar-related health issues, so you should swerve it altogether. Trust us: water is still your best drinking buddy. But if you’d prefer something with more flavor, opt for all-natural fruit juices with absolutely no added sugar or artificial additives. This apple juice box from Apple & Eve not only fits the bill, it’s also fortified with a boost of vitamin C.
Ready to make the snack switch? Tell us which one you’re reaching for first!
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