Healthy Versions of Junk Food

By Nmami Agarwal     15-Jul 2019

Healthy Versions of Junk Food

It can be tempting to indulge in treats and over-eat but while consuming Junk foods such as candy, bakery goods, ice cream, salty snacks, and soft drinks we should remember that these are not nutritious but have plenty of calories, salt, and fats.

Are you also a fan of junk food? So this blog is for you. Here we are giving you some die hard tips to kick those cravings for junk foods right and replace it with some tasty and healthy versions of them that can let you cheat, while doing your health a favour.

Baked Zucchini Chips or Sweet Potato Wedges Instead of Chips
It’s hard to resist grabbing a pack of chips during those nasty mid-day craving so in order to quiet the beast within go for some healthier options like sweet potatoes which have high levels of beta-carotene and have been proven to raise levels of vitamin A in our blood. They’re also full of vitamins B6, C and D. Vitamin B6 may help reduce levels of degenerative diseases and heart attacks. Or you can try cooking up some oven baked zucchini chips instead. It is easy to make, and are a much healthier way to enhance your diet than the packaged chips.

Beetroot Wheat Burger Instead of Burgers
Your standard burger has around 350 calories in it with lots of bad fats that can get accumulated inside the body. Whereas if you replace this with a whole wheat beetroot burger, it’d be just 180 calories and will also serve you with the goodness of antioxidants.

Wheat or Whole Grain Pita pockets Instead of Cheese-loaded Pizza.
So much of cheese, thick dough and salty sausages are all tasty but not so healthy. Instead of ordering a cheesy pizza, try to make some homemade pita pockets. Use warm, whole-wheat pitta breads and fill them with spicy chicken or vegetable salad for snacks or a healthier dinner.

Low salt, No- Butter Popcorn Instead of Crisps.
Crisps are full of salt and saturated fat whereas it’s good to replace it with lightly salted or plain popcorn for a healthier snack that doesn’t contain butter. It’s better to buy plain popcorn and cook it yourself so you can measure how much salt you want to add. It is loaded with fiber, and low in calories and actually be a healthy snack to include in the diet. It can also be considered as carry away snack, we can plan it ahead and carry it to office or where ever we go.

Dried fruit Or Fresh Fruit Instead of Sweets.
Most of us cannot resist ourselves from eating sweets, but it has little to no nutritional value so it’s better to replace them with healthier dried fruits like Goji berry, figs, raisins, and prunes. In addition, there is no better option to grab a fresh whole fruit the next time when you are craving something sugary.

 Dark Chocolate Instead of Sugary Milk Chocolate or Candy Bars.
Make sure you’re eating organic dark chocolate instead of milk or white chocolates. Dark chocolates are nutritious and contain fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium all of which are good for you. It’s also full of antioxidants, which keeps your skin glowing. Make sure there’s is no added sugar in your dark chocolate bar, and you can eat it occasionally (1-2 times a week).

Wheat Banana Bread Instead of Cake.
Most cakes are not healthy; so in the place of cakes you can try a whole wheat, organic banana bread. This kind of bread you can easily make at home. Whole wheat contains quality fiber which is good for digestion while banana is rich in potassium that helps in the regulation of blood pressure.

Homemade Granola Instead of Cookies.
Instead of cookie jar keep a bag of some homemade granola. There are “so-called” healthy packs of granola are available on the stores, but they usually have a lot sugar and calories in them but making it yourself lets you control every ingredient going into it, so it’s better to cook something up yourself. Just mix a trail of nuts and seeds, blend coarsely and add just a little molten jaggery to bind, and you are good to go.

Fruit Blended in Thick Low Fat Yogurt Instead of Ice cream.
Ice cream is essentially stir, frozen fat and sugar. Healthy alternative to this is frozen fruit yogurt. Not only does the yogurt come with less calories, it also can be a fair source of protein and probiotics to help our digestive system. Blend it with fresh fruit or nuts as a sweet and tasty replacement for your dessert.

Over to You
So, next time you are down with uncontrollable hunger pangs and really need a quick-fix to curb the cravings, take out some time and prepare these homemade healthy snacks for yourself- your very own healthy version of junk foods!



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Beetroot provides you with fibre, iron, potassium, folate and Vitamin C which is good for skin and further act as an antioxidant. It can improve exercise performance, lower blood pressure and serve as a low calorie food. It can also improve digestion and help in weight management. Thyme is a Mediterranean herb and has been traditionally used to cure diarrhoea, stomach ache and sore throat.


2 small beets

Few sprigs of thyme

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon zest

Salt- as per taste

Calorie = 112 kcal
Protein = 2.8 grams
Carbohydrates = 14.8 grams
Fat = 4.7 grams
Recommended for- High Blood Pressure and Digestion
Course- Evening Snack


Cut beets into thin slices

Put them in a saucepan, with some water. Boil until tender

Next, light your charcoal or barbecue fire

Take a large piece of foil and lay the beets in them. Brush a little olive oil and top with thyme and lemon zest.

Fold the foil and twist the ends together. Punch small holes in the foil with the help of a knife or fork.

Leave it to cook for 15-20 minutes.

Once cooked, allow it to cool and then discard the charred skin.

Toss with salt and pepper, and serve.

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