Junk Food Makeovers: Healthier Homemade Version Of Old-School Snacks To Satisfy Your Cravings
Doritos, Ding Dongs, and Cheez-its. For many of today’s adults, these junk food items were their vending machine and school lunchbox staples. Unfortunately, they’re loaded with salt, fat, preservatives, and other chemicals. Many who loved them as kids skip them as adults, but you don’t have to. We’ve got healthy versions of five of your favorite old-school snacks. Now you can stop denying your cravings and treat yourself!
Doritos are one of the easiest snacks to make healthier. Start with using small corn tortillas which have been cut into triangle shapes. Lightly spray the triangles with olive oil, top with your favorite toppings, and bake them until crisp. Seasoning options include cheddar cheese sprinkles, cajun powder, and garlic and parmesan. You can also find online recipes for seasonings that mirror traditional Doritos flavors.
Anyone with a kitchen and a little bit of time can create a homemade version of a dingdong. Bake chocolate cake batter in floured and oiled cupcake pans. Don’t use a liner or fill each section too high. Once baked, pipe frosting cream into the center, or slice each cake in half and spread ice cream in between the layers. Cover the treat with a chocolate ganache. Variations on this treat are endless. You can use organic or gluten-free ingredients and various flavors of filling.
The thud of the Cheez-its bag hitting the bottom of the vending machine compartment is always a welcome sound. Recreating these crisp, salty, and cheezy snacks isn’t very difficult. Copycat recipes for this snack that are available online. Options include keto-friendly versions baked with almond flour, cheddar cheese, and sea salt. You can crunch away without feeling guilty!
Fudge Striped Cookies
Do you have a favorite sugar cookie recipe and circular cookie cutters? Use them to create your own fudge striped cookies. Once the cookies are baked, dip the bottoms in melted baker’s chocolate. When the bottom is dry, you can stripe the tops. You control the ingredients in both the cookies and the chocolate so that they are as healthy as you’d like them to be.
Its surprisingly easy to make healthy fruit roll-ups. To start, choose about three cups of your favorite strawberries, blueberries, mangos, or another fruit and add a little bit of sweetener to your taste. Puree them and spread the mixture thinly on parchment paper. Bake them in a 150-degree oven until dried, then cut the sheets into smaller pieces and create rolls — just like the lunchbox snack!
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