By all means, chow down. But, if you’d rather celebrate guilt-free, here’s five healthy alternatives to some of America’s most popular junk foods, recommended by Registered Dietitian Marissa Ciorciari.
Craving Fries? Try Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Traditional fries are usually stripped of their fibrous, nutritious skin and deep fried in oil. Instead, consider swapping them for baked sweet potato fries. Another way to prepare the potatoes are to thinly slice and bake them like chips.
Thinking About Chips? Swap For Whole Grain Tortillas
Doritos are one of America’s most popular junk foods, according to a TIME magazine report on the top iconic junk foods in the country. Ciorciari recommends swapping Doritos, nachos, or other chips with baked whole grain tortillas. Too bland? Use toppings like salsa and guacamole to spice it up a bit.
Want Pizza? Consider Making It At Home
If you’re craving a hot, cheesy slice of pizza, consider making it at home. Swap the dough for whole grain sprouted English muffins, and for the sauce and cheese, use chopped fresh tomato and shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese. Top it off with fresh basil for extra flavor and antioxidants as well as a side salad to complete the meal.