A Healthier (& Cheaper) Way to Celebrate National Junk Food Day

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Today is National Junk Food Day and that comes with a lot of negative connotations. Junk food is associated with childhood obesity and is a well-known provider of empty calories. However, a healthy lifestyle doesn't leave you without a way to celebrate National Junk Food Day this year!

Aggressive marketing makes junk foods have a large presence every where we turn, from bill boards to online. The temptation is easiest to resist when better alternatives are available. There are lots of recipes out there to make popular junk foods with healthier ingredients. Whether that makes something organic, vegan, or just lighter on the calories, cooking at home can save you pounds and money -- as long as you eat in moderation.

Check out these recipes for DIY healthy junk food (it doesn't have to be an oxymoron):

  • 25 Homemade Take Out Foods: From pizza to general tso's chicken, here are some recipes for how to make your delivery favorites a little lighter in calories and on your wallet.
  • Vegan Twinkies: America's favorite junk food can be made without such a harsh impact on the environment or your stomach.
  • 5 No-Bake Desserts: Dessert isn't only for special occasions when you pick the right ingredients and preparation. Try these recipes for some perfect summer treats.
  • Dairyless Chocolate Mousse: This crave-able recipe eliminates the dairy products from a bestselling dessert to cater to the green chef in all of us.

Do you have any healthy "junk food" recipes that you like? Share them in the comments below!

Read more about junk food:
Marketing Junk Food to Kids Could Soon be Illegal
Chasing the Junk Food Dragon: How Junk Food Affects the Brain Like Heroine
Quote of the Day: Lisa M. Holmes on Organic Junk Food

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