Cravings can come as fast as you can say “junk food”. Maybe you’re having a bad day, it’s that time of the month, or you just had to witness your coworker bust out a bag of potato chips.
Yikes. That trip to the vending machine seems like a good idea now… But you know you’ll regret it the minute you start eating a greasy, fatty, sugary, piece of processed junk food.
What if I told you there was a recipe for healthy junk food? Problem solved!
No longer fall victim to your cravings with these super yummy junk food makeover recipes! No artificial flavors, no added sugar, no guilt!
4 Recipe Makeovers to Satisfy Your Cravings
1. Pizza Bites
Midafternoon snacks usually end up being frozen junk food and pizza bites are a top crave item after working. Swap out the artificial, and replace it with the super (superfood, I mean!)
Pizza Quinoa Bites
1 cup cooked quinoa
½ cup shredded cheese
½ tsp garlic powder
3 tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper
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3 tbsp marinara sauce for dipping
Bring ¼ cup of water to a boil. Add quinoa and lower heat. Cook until fluffy, about 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease a mini muffin tin pan.
Mix all of the ingredients together. Add a tablespoon of the mixture to each muffin tin. Be sure to pack them in tightly.
Bake for 12-15 minutes. Add some extra cheese on top for that real pizza taste, and serve with Marinara sauce.
Mm, the crunch of chips can be so satisfying. But not the sodium and fat content. Switch it out for crunchy kale instead!
Cheesy Kale Chips
½ bunch kale
½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 ½ tsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp garlic powder
¾ tsp chili powder
½ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp paprika
¼ tsp fine salt
Preheat oven to 300 F. Place kale leaves on a baking sheet and sprinkle oil on top. Combine spices and sprinkle over kale.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, rotating halfway through.
3. Candy Bars
Sweet, chocolatey candy bars will be a thing of the past when you try these delicious protein snack balls.
With tons of oats and chocolate, these tiny snack balls pack a hard punch. Check out the recipe here.
4. Ice Cream
We all scream for ice cream once in a while… so indulge yourself the healthy way!
Matcha Blueberry Popsicles
2 cups blueberries
1 can coconut milk
3 tbsp raw organic honey
1 tbsp organic matcha powder
Salt to taste
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Spread blueberries in a thin layer on baking sheet. Drizzle 1 tbsp honey and roast for 10 minutes, until bubbly. Set aside and allow to cool.
Blend together avocado, coconut milk, honey, matcha and salt.
Grab a popsicle mold and add roasted blueberries to the bottom. Pour over matcha mixture and freeze overnight. Enjoy on hot summer’s day, or just when you need that ice cream bite on Movie Night!
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