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"Healthy" Junk Food

Sweet Potato Fries

Who doesn't love fries? Crispy and comforting, they're a popular side dish all over the world. If you swap regular potatoes to sweet potatoes, you'll be giving yourself a rich serving of fiber, iron, calcium, and the antioxidant beta-carotene. Bonus points if you make the fries yourself - you can bake them rather than frying them. They'll still be crispy and delicious!

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Portobello/Halloumi Burger

Speaking of fries, burgers are also a type of beloved junk food. But they don't have to be! Instead of a fried meat patty, choose a grilled portobello mushroom instead. They're a good source of protein, fiber, potassium, and plenty of other vitamins and minerals. Alternatively, you can use a thick slice of halloumi for a patty. This cheese is perfect for grilling and is also an excellent source of calcium, zinc, and vitamins A and B.
Don't forget to add lettuce and tomatoes to your burger - they count as a serving of vegetables!

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Popcorn

This beloved snack is great for more than just adding extra entertainment at the movies. Popcorn is a good source of fiber and, depending on its preparation, is relatively low in fat. Avoid microwavable popcorn and anything that's heavy with butter, caramel, sugar, or cheese. Stick to options with natural ingredients for a beautifully light and crunchy snack.

Frozen Yogurt

While ice cream tends to be higher in sugar and fat, frozen yogurt also serves up the icy cool sweetness with some added benefits. Yogurt contains calcium, protein, probiotics, and B vitamins. If you're adding toppings, stick to fruits and berries. Coconut counts!

Dark Chocolate

Not all chocolate is created equal. Milk and white chocolates are sweetened up and lose many of the benefits of the cacao bean. As a result, dark chocolate has a richer and more intense flavor as well as being a source of antioxidants, iron, fiber, and more. Look for dark chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa to make sure you're getting the good stuff.

Bon appetit!

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By Shira Segal

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