21 Healthier Alternatives to Your Fave Junk Foods

Healthier Swaps for Your Fave Junk Foods

To me, being healthy isn’t about deprivation. In the words of Michael Pollan, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” which is an easy general formula to follow. And I truly believe in the 80/20 rule: eat mostly organic, real, whole foods, but don’t deprive yourself of snacks and desserts! And what if I told you that there are actually healthier alternatives to some of your fave junk foods out there? Yup, you read that correctly. Here are some of my go-to swaps for classic “junk” foods!

So I’m not saying that the swaps below are necessarily “healthy” but they are definitely healthIER than their counterparts and wayyyyy less processed. Just compare the ingredient labels on each and you will definitely see a huge difference! Many of the popular junk foods contain artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, GMOs, and highly-processed ingredients and sugars. 🍭

A lot of these can be found on Thrive Market. If you haven’t heard of it or would like to know more, I have a blog post all about it and why I’ve been a loyal member for a few years, and how you can get 25% off your first order and a free gift! It’s a great way to save some serious moola on healthy, organic brands. It’s where I buy most of my snacks! This blog post is NOT sponsored by them, but it does contain some affiliate links. You can also find a lot of these items at natural food stores like Whole Foods.

Let’s get to it!

21 Healthier Alternatives to Your Fave Junk Foods

Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups → Justin’s Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Little Debbie Brownies → Hail Merry Dark Chocolate Macaroons

Little Debbie Hail Merry Bites

Tostitos Hint of Lime Tortilla Chips → Siete Lime Grain Free Tortilla Chips

Tostitos Siete Tortilla Chips

Cheez Its → Simple Mills Almond Flour Cheddar Crackers

Simple Mills Cheez-Its

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar → Eating Evolved Primal Chocolate Bar

Hershey's Eating Evolved Chocolate

Pillsbury Frosting → Simple Mills Organic Chocolate Frosting

Simple Mills Pillsbury Frosting

Chips Ahoy! → Simple Mills Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chips Ahoy Simple Mills Cookies

Oreos → Annie’s Organic Grabbits Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Annie's Organic Oreos

Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars → Kind Chocolate Granola Bars

Quaker Chewy Kind Bar

Ritz Cheese Sandwich Crackers → Late July Organic Mini Cheddar Cheese Sandwich Crackers

Late July Cheddar Crackers

Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn → Lesser Evil Organic Sea Salt Popcorn

Lesser Evil Sea Salt PopcornRelated: check out my recipe for Zesty Buffalo popcorn

Cool Ranch Doritos → Late July Dude Ranch Organic Multigrain Chips

Cool Ranch Doritos Dude Ranch Late July

Coca-Cola → Zevia Cola

Coca Cola Zevia

Sour Patch Kids → Surf Sweets Sour Worms

Sour Patch Surf Sweets Gummies

M&Ms → Unreal Dark Chocolate Peanut Gems

M&Ms Unreal Gems

Jolly Ranchers → Torie & Howard Hard Candies

Jolly Ranchers Torie Howards Hard Candy

Frito Lay Potato Chips → Jackson’s Honest Sea Salt Potato Chips

Frito Lay Jackson's Honest Potato Chips

Werther’s Original Soft Caramels → Cocomels Organic Coconut Milk Caramels

Werther's Cocomels Organic Caramels

Slim Jim’s → The New Primal Beef Sticks

Slim Jim New Primal Beef Sticks

Cheetos Cheese Puffs → Barbara’s Bakery Cheese Puffs

Cheetos Cheese Puffs Barbara's

Nabisco Nilla Wafers → Country Choice Organic Vanilla Wafers

Nilla Wafers


Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments, or if you’re looking for some other alternatives! 👇

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Written by: Becca

Becca is a blogger, wife, and dog mom living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Having seen firsthand the benefits of switching to a natural lifestyle herself, she's passionate about helping women make the switch to clean beauty products, organic skincare, and a holistic way of life (without the stress of being perfect about it!).

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