When you are feeling hungry, or want even just a little snack when you’re making dinner to tide you over, healthy junk food alternatives are the way to go. Traditional junk food leaves you feeling sick and unhealthy, and no wonder, they are filled with tons of chemicals and processed ingredients that are not good to eat.

You should be aware that there are choices for your snacking needs that do not have questionable ingredients and are easy to prepare at a moments notice, or cook in your spare time to keep around for when hunger strikes. Let’s take a look at five great healthy junk food alternatives that will satisfy your cravings:

Frozen Fruit

If you have not had any fruit in a while, and have forgotten just how wonderful this gift of nature is, just give it a try. Many frozen fruit bars are made up of just fruit. Most people enjoy all kinds of frozen fruit, and it stores well in the freezer for extended periods of time.

Yogurt

This is one of the healthiest junk food alternatives, and you can modify the slightly sour taste to be more palpable with fruit or artificial sweeteners like Stevia or Xylitol. Lower in calories, and great for your body, yogurt is a definite choice to consider.

Pita Pizza

A healthy alternative to typical pizza dough, it only takes about approximately 5-8 minute to make a pita pizza. Just take the pita(s), add a layer of cheese, and any toppings you want (sun-dried tomatoes, red onion slices and black olives are healthy, tasty options) and place underneath the broiler in your oven.

Banana Soft Serve

If you like to experiment, and love ice cream, banana soft serve is perfect for you. Simply slice up a few bananas and freeze. Once frozen, puree using a blender until you achieve a smooth and thick consistency. Add carob chips or fresh fruit for a twist.

Smoothies

Smoothies can be a great way to get you daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. These are filling and delicious. You can use frozen fruit, yogurt or milk, and ice to a blender to make fast, super-healthy smoothies. Add protein powder for additional health benefits.

Adapting recipes to create new ones using healthier ingredients is one way to make sure you get the best from taste and nutrition in what you eat. Being creative is part of good healthy eating, so let your imagination run wild!