10 Guilt-free Junk Food Alternatives

May 2, 2015 //

Everyone is guilty of indulging in chips, fries, ice cream, all that great stuff. We all know though that too much can make you suffer in the long run, but who wants to give up all of your favorite foods? That's no fun! Guess what you don't have to! Below are ten guilt-free options to indulge in the foods you love the most without having to worry about the lasting effects!

1. Caramel Chocolate Slices from Deliciously Ella

Are you a chocolate fan? Ella, of Deliciously Ella, gives us a recipe that is to die for! The recipe uses caramel, cacao, dates, coconut oil, and a bunch of other healthy and delicious ingredients! Give it a try when you start to get your chocolate craving!

Link: Caramel Chocolate Slices

2. Handmade Burgers with Portobello Mushroom Buns from Urban Paleo Chef

Burgers are, hands-down, the head of all junk food for sure! It wouldn't be right to not find a good alternative for it, right? The Urban Paleo Chef has us covered with his burger that uses portobello mushrooms in the place of hamburger buns! Isn't that awesome?!

Link: Handmade Burgers with Portobello Mushroom Buns

3. Butter Hummus from Homemade Mommy

Looking for a nice light snack? Like or are willing to try hummus? So does Lindsey, who is behind this butter hummus recipe! Although Lindsey recommends soaking your chickpeas a day before making the dish, the entire recipe can be completed in under an hour. Not to mention that no guilt is lingering around your plate at the end of it!

Link: Butter Hummus

4. Yogurt Fruit Leather from Thank Your Body

For fans of fruit roll-ups, young and old, this one's for you! These yogurt fruit leathers have the look of a fruit roll-up, but involve more of the healthy benefits of the fruit involved. Robin's personal recipe involved raspberries, but don't be afraid to try out your favorite fruit!

Link: Yogurt Fruit Leather

5. Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Wait, wait, wait! Don't keep scrolling just because you believe that fries can only be made out of potatoes switch it up a little bit! After the breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese are applied to the zucchini strips, you'll forget all about those potatoes! Oh yeah, and these fries are an excellent source of magnesium and vitamin C!

Link: Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

6. Brie, Apple, and Arugula Quesadillas from My Recipes

Didn't think you could find an alternative to your favorite Mexican dish? You thought wrong, my friend! This recipe uses an unexpected ingredient Fuji apples, to take the dish to the next level of tastiness and health! And it's only about 180 calories!

Link: Brie, Apple, and Arugula Quesadillas

7. Broccomole from Domestic Fits

Didn't see this one coming, did you? This recipe, as you may have already guessed it, uses no guacamole whatsoever it's all about the broccoli! The best part? The caloric intake is significantly smaller than it would be with regular guacamole!

Link: Broccomole

8. Mini Cauliflower Pizza Bites from Dashing Dish

We can't have a junk food alternative list without mentioning pizza! Pizza bites are simple, easy to make, and convenient! The cauliflower helps to add a different element of flavor, as well as added health benefits to this delicious snack-time favorite!

Link: Mini Cauliflower Pizza Bites

9. Roasted Pumpkin Chipotle Cheddar Tots from Half Baked Harvest

Okay, so maybe you're not a big French fry person how about some tater tots? Just like the zucchini fries, the tater tots abandon potatoes and replace it with pumpkin. Not sure about the flavor? Half Baked Harvest also gives a recipe for avocado blue cheese ranch!

Link: Roasted Pumpkin Chipotle Cheddar Tots

10. Spicy Popcorn from MedicineNet

Last on our list is another classic snack popcorn! Popcorn is already a lower calorie snack, and when you mix already low-fat and low-sodium popcorn with with a little bit of butter, nuts, and cheese you can easily indulge without any guilt whatsoever!

Link: Spicy Popcorn

Jessica Starks

Jessica Starks is a freelance writer and blogger. She is passionate about writing and sharing new, helpful information with her audience. Jessica also hopes to inspire others to strive to live healthier and happier lifestyles.

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