How to Make Cheap and Healthy Junk Food Meals

Do you love junk foods? Or do you have kids that just won't stop eating them? Well, creating your own healthy but delicious junk food is an easy way to kick that bad habit to the curb and can be made pretty cheap. You may even lose those annoying pounds that you've been trying to shed in order to fit into that pair of jeans.


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    Try to eating or using the following:
    • Fresh or frozen fruit (apples, blueberries, pears, etc)
    • Low fat cheese (Or just use less cheese)
    • Lean meat- such as steamed chicken without the skin, ground beef, fish like salmon or tuna etc.
    • Multi-grain pizza bread (Pre-made or make your own)
    • Whole grain tortillas to make quesadillas
    • Multi-grain bread for all types of sandwiches (grilled cheese, for example)
    • Low fat/low sodium sauces or dressings. Look for sauces/dressings without high fructose corn syrup
    • Fresh or frozen vegetables (tomatoes, lettuce, broccoli, carrots, etc)
    • Start substituting sugary beverages like soda with healthier alternatives such as milk, filtered water, carbonated water, or perhaps buy a juicer and make your own juice.
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    Don't quit cold turkey on junk food. If you are addicted to junk food then you would probably think it is impossible. There has been a lot of people who claims that when they quit cold turkey on something, it usually backfires on them. So it's a better idea to just lower the junk food intake and eventually get to the point where you could stop eating it completely.
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    Get creative within your budget. Create a list of food that you could use to create your own junk food, but keep your eyes out on how much you are spending. Good starts would be:
    • Low fat chicken tacos with cheese and vegetables
    • Grilled cheese sandwiches using low fat cheese with diced bell peppers and using multi-grain bread and only use tiny amounts of extra virgin olive oil or a healthier alternative to grease your frying pan before grilling it.


  • It doesn't have to be a chore so have fun while doing it.
  • Eating high fiber diets is a common way to assists in the digestive system.
  • Making your own pizza using multi-grain pizza dough with healthy ingredients like vegetables, small amounts of cheese and lean meats could be one of the healthier alternatives for kids as the fat and sodium content and intake won't be as high as store or restaurants. As well as that it can be slightly bit more cheaper too.
  • A lot of possible healthy junk foods can be made quickly when ingredients was being made in advance if time is an issue.
  • Eating a lot of low fat/low calorie foods instead of junk food while having a steady amounts of exercise can lower your weight.


  • Don't overdo it with the cheese. Despite on the nutrients like calcium, it has high levels of fat. So eating tons of cheese is just as bad as eating a lot of junk food.
  • Don't take the easy way by buying the frozen junk food that seems like it contains a lot of nutrients. The real truth fact is that if you're currently buying the frozen junk food that seems like it contains a bit of every healthy things in it, well a lot of the vegetable's nutrients would've been lost during the freezing process and it usually contains a high levels of sodium.
  • Just giving your kids a plateful of plain vegetables might make them reject it as it is common for kids to lean towards the foods that has a bit more flavors rather than the foods that is good for them.
  • Try not to use canned foods as they normally contains high levels up sodium unless if you know a good way to balance it out.

Things You'll Need

  • Lists of possible healthy meals you could make
  • A list of your own ingredients

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Categories: Meal Planning