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It’s National Junk Food Day! Try These 8 Healthy Snack Swaps

It’s National Junk Food Day! Try These 8 Healthy Snack Swaps

July 21st, 2011
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  • <strong>Ditch it: Chocolate Bar</strong><em>1 regular-size bar, 210 calories, 13g fat</em><strong>Dish it: Fat-Free Fudgsicle Bars</strong><em>1 bar, 71 calories, 0g fat</em>

    Ditch it: Chocolate Bar
    1 regular-size bar, 210 calories, 13g fat

    Dish it: Fat-Free Fudgsicle Bars
    1 bar, 71 calories, 0g fat

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  • <strong>Ditch it:   Nacho Cheese Flavored Corn Chips</strong><em>1 small bag, 150 calories, 8g fat</em><strong>Dish it:    Nacho Cheese Rice Snacks</strong><em>1 servong, 70 calories, 2.5g fat</em>

    Ditch it: Nacho Cheese Flavored Corn Chips
    1 small bag, 150 calories, 8g fat

    Dish it: Nacho Cheese Rice Snacks
    1 servong, 70 calories, 2.5g fat

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  • <strong>Ditch it: Peperoni Pizza </strong><em>2 medium-size slices, 368 calories, 14g fat</em><strong>Dish it: Pizza with whole-wheat crust, veggies, and reduced-fat cheese </strong><em>170g serving, 310 calories, 5g fat</em>

    Ditch it: Peperoni Pizza
    2 medium-size slices, 368 calories, 14g fat

    Dish it: Pizza with whole-wheat crust, veggies, and reduced-fat cheese
    170g serving, 310 calories, 5g fat

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  • <strong>Ditch it:   Chocolate Chip Cookies</strong><em>3, small, 160 calories, 8g fat   </em><strong>Dish it: Italian Pizzelles </strong><em>1 large cookie, 67 calories, 3.3g fat</em>

    Ditch it: Chocolate Chip Cookies
    3, small, 160 calories, 8g fat  

    Dish it: Italian Pizzelles
    1 large cookie, 67 calories, 3.3g fat

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  • <strong>Ditch it: French Fries </strong><em>Medium-size order, 380 calories, 19g fat  </em><strong>Dish it: Baked French Fries </strong><em>170g serving, 140 calories, 2g fat</em>
    Ditch it: French Fries
    Medium-size order, 380 calories, 19g fat 

    Dish it: Baked French Fries
    170g serving, 140 calories, 2g fat
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  • <strong>Ditch it: Milk Shake </strong><em>11 oz, 651 calories, 9.5g fat</em><strong>Dish it: Fat-Free Frozen Yogurt </strong><em>1/2 Cup, 100 calories, 0g fat</em>

    Ditch it: Milk Shake
    11 oz, 651 calories, 9.5g fat

    Dish it: Fat-Free Frozen Yogurt
    1/2 Cup, 100 calories, 0g fat

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  • <strong>Ditch it: Cheeseburger </strong><em>1 large, 564 calories, 31.5g fat  </em><strong>Dish it: Portobello Mushroom “Cheeseburger” </strong><em>1 burger, 331 calories, 9g fat</em>

    Ditch it: Cheeseburger
    1 large, 564 calories, 31.5g fat 

    Dish it: Portobello Mushroom “Cheeseburger”
    1 burger, 331 calories, 9g fat

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  • <strong>Ditch it: Hot Dog (1/4 lb) with Ketchup, Mustard, Onion and Sauerkraut </strong><em>1 hot dog, 552 calories, 32 g fat</em><strong>Dish it: Chicken and Apple Sausage on Whole Wheat Bun with Mustard</strong><em>1 sausage, 253 calories, 4g fat</em>

    Ditch it: Hot Dog (1/4 lb) with Ketchup, Mustard, Onion and Sauerkraut
    1 hot dog, 552 calories, 32 g fat

    Dish it: Chicken and Apple Sausage on Whole Wheat Bun with Mustard
    1 sausage, 253 calories, 4g fat

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In all fairness, a lot of people don’t need a national holiday for an excuse to indulge in their favorite junk food snacks I’m just not one of them. Even if I have an excuse to pig out on empty calories today, I’d still rather not wake up with that dreaded feeling of guilt tomorrow. And I know I’m not along. Luckily, we don’t have to miss out on the treats all together.

You can still have those french fries, chocolate bars and burgers you’ve been craving all summer long. But if you want to save on calories and guilt, then there are some easy and healthy swaps you need to make first. Calorie Count‘s Director of Nutrition, Mary Hartley, has provided some of her favorite guilt-free alternatives to satisfy your junk food cravings. Click through the slideshow above to see which snacks you should dish or ditch for National Junk Food Day.

Tetyana Brazhnyk Photo: Vogue Deutsch, May 2004

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