Healthy Eating on a Budget: 5 Affordable Junk Food Alternatives

Healthy Eating on a Budget: 5 Affordable Junk Food Alternatives

March 09, 2022

Eating healthy is crucial to keeping yourself at a healthy weight and ensuring that your body gets all of the nutrients it needs to function correctly. Many people think eating healthy is too costly and won't suit their budget. The good news is, there are many healthy alternatives to junk food that may easily fit into anyone's budget.

1. Kale Chips

Kale is an affordable fresh vegetable in many grocery stores. Believe it or not, with proper cooking and seasoning, you may be able to cook your kale to make it taste like your favorite potato chips. Simply wash the greens and break them apart. Lay them on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and your favorite seasoning and crisp them up in the oven to enjoy a salty, satisfying treat with minimal calories.1

2. Baked Veggies

If you are a fan of French fries, breaded, baked veggies, make a great alternative. Cut up your favorite veggies, roll them in panko breadcrumbs, and bake in the oven until they are soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. You may get the same texture and saltiness that you get with French fries.1

3. Sparkling Water

If soda is your weakness, enjoy a sweet substitute that provides the same carbonation without all of the extra sugar. Mix in some fresh fruit with some sparkling water and shake with some ice to help satisfy your soda craving.2

4. Energy Balls

If you like candy and are looking for a little pick-me-up throughout the day, then energy balls may be the perfect substitution. There are many recipes for energy balls, most with peanut butter and nuts that give the same rich taste like candy while providing you with energy and healthy nutrients.2

5. Yogurt Pops

The perfect dessert treat and ice cream substitute are yogurt pops. All you have to do is find your favorite yogurt, mix in any desired fruit, and stick in a popsicle stick before popping it in the freezer. In just a couple of hours, you have a sweet and creamy treat. They have special containers for freezing, or you may even freeze them right in the container.1

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