Healthy Junk Food Alternatives that will Help You Kick Cravings to the Curb!


The hardest part of clean eating is trying to battle those pesky mid-day cravings that we all seem to get. Too many scoops of ice cream, a bit too much hot sauce, or a few extra bags of chips can oftentimes make us feel like we've regressed in our diets. We all have our guilty pleasures when it comes to eating, but what if we can indulge without feeling guilty later? Or what if on our cheat days...we aren't really cheating? Keep reading for some shamelessly-good alternatives to your favorite snacks!

Potato Chips? No, Veggie Chips! 

Typical potato chips can be extremely high in sodium and fat—neither of which are particularly good for you. Instead, Terra Vegetable Chips are an excellent alternative to that bag of Lays you're craving. These chips are unique, made 100% from a wide array of vegetables such as batata, parsnips, and more. Terra Chips are low in sodium, high in vitamins, and one bag has merely 150 calories! Terra Vegetable Chips are available at almost all major retailers, such as Target, Walmart, and more! 

Popcorn? Make it SIMPLE!

Although there is nothing inherently wrong with popcorn itself, many packaged brands of popcorn tend to amp up the butter, salt, and cheese on their products, which makes it less conducive for a clean diet. Luckily,  Angie's Boom Chicka Pop is here to prove that tasty and healthy can coexist in the same bowl of popcorn! Boom Chicka Pop comes in plenty of great flavors, like Kettle Corn, Salted Caramel, and Chile Lime. Plus, each bag of Angie's popcorn is cholesterol-free, high-fructose corn syrup free, gluten-free, kosher, and vegan! Boom Chicka Pop is available across the country at major grocery stores, and also available on their website here!



Sweet tooth? Try Dried Fruit!

Dried fruit is an amazing snack option, for a number of reasons. Dried fruit is not only healthy and yummy, but it is also mess-free and perfect for when you're traveling or on the go! When coupled with nuts, it also creates the perfect trail mix! Swapping out that bag of gummy bears for dried fruit will satisfy your cravings without ruining your diet. Target's Market Pantry brand offers 5oz bags of dried fruit for less than $2! Check it out!



Ice Cream? Make it VEGAN!

A bowl of ice cream is practically everyone's favorite way to cool down on those hot summer afternoons. Despite how much we may love it, excess dairy and sugar doesn't seem to love our bodies back. The perfect solution is to go for Vegan ice cream options, like Halo Top's Dairy-Free collection! The renowned ice cream company has recently unveiled a complete line of dairy-free ice cream that is also low in calories and sugar as well. You can still get all of your favorite flavors, but without sacrificing your tummy. You can find these options at your local grocery store, or get it shipped directly from the company!



Hungry yet? Grab a bite of any of these yummy, healthy snack options then let us know in the comments what you think!

Olivia Marjorae is a rising junior at the illustrious Xavier University of Louisiana, studying Political Science with aspirations of becoming an Attorney. Olivia has a passion for journalism and creative writing, reading, and poetry. Olivia is a former member of PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT CAU, and seeks to promote sisterhood and empowerment amongst other young women in all that she does.