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 20% off your first 3 orders! 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
Tostitos Hint of Lime Tortilla Chips → Siete Lime Grain Free Tortilla Chips
Cheez Its → Simple Mills Almond Flour Cheddar Crackers
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar → Eating Evolved Primal Chocolate Bar
Pillsbury Frosting → Simple Mills Organic Chocolate Frosting
Chips Ahoy! → Simple Mills Chocolate Chip Cookies
Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars → Kind Chocolate Granola Bars
Ritz Cheese Sandwich Crackers → Late July Organic Mini Cheddar Cheese Sandwich Crackers
Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn → Lesser Evil Organic Sea Salt Popcorn
Related: check out my recipe for Zesty Buffalo popcorn
Cool Ranch Doritos → Late July Dude Ranch Organic Multigrain Chips
Coca-Cola → Zevia Cola
Sour Patch Kids → Surf Sweets Sour Worms
Jolly Ranchers → Torie & Howard Hard Candies
Frito Lay Potato Chips → Jackson’s Honest Sea Salt Potato Chips
Werther’s Original Soft Caramels → Cocomels Organic Coconut Milk Caramels
Slim Jim’s → The New Primal Beef Sticks
Cheetos Cheese Puffs → Barbara’s Bakery Cheese Puffs
Nabisco Nilla Wafers → Country Choice Organic Vanilla Wafers
Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments, or if you’re looking for some other alternatives! ?