Junk Food Made Real: 225 Real Food Recipes to Replace Your Favorite Junk Foods

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Recently, I asked a question on my Facebook page about “what’s the one bad-for-you food that you just can’t give up?

I think as humans we all have our vices. No matter how good of a diet we eat, there are probably a few foods that we may still crave, and even eat, despite knowing that they’re not good for us.

Trust me.

Been there.

Done that.

Still do that. 😉

I have a few foods that I still crave (and sometimes give in to) that are not really the best things for me to eat. Do I eat them often? No. But, it happens. This list was compiled to make the transition away from your favorite junk foods a little easier. If you’re new to a real food diet, this is a great way to see how you can create healthier versions of your favorite standard American fare.

The bulk of these recipes are going to be allergen friendly (i.e. gluten, grain, dairy, etc. free) in some fashion. Some will have allergen friendly options within the recipe. A few of them are going to contain gluten and/or grains, which I have tried to notate within the list.

So, let’s get this party started!

Soda, Sports Drinks, Milk Shakes, etc.

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Starbucks and Coffee Shop Drinks (yes, this gets its own category!)

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Fast Food, Take-Out, Dine Out (Burgers, Fries, Wings, Pizza, etc.)

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Storebought Breads, Rolls, Doughnuts, Pastries, Cereals, etc.

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Note: I do not personally advocate eating wheat, as I follow a grain-free diet, but if you do eat wheat, I recommend checking out the Einkorn grains, as they will be as close to traditional wheat as we have access to today.

Sweet and Salty Snacks (Potato Chips, Snack Mixes, Cookies, Jello, etc.)

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Note: I do not personally advocate eating wheat, as I follow a grain-free diet, but if you do eat wheat, I recommend checking out the Einkorn grains, as they will be as close to traditional wheat as we have access to today.

Candy

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Ice Cream and Dairy Products

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Condiments, Dressings, and Spice Mixes

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Packaged Dinners and Canned Goods Substitutes

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Cooking and Baking Ingredients

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So, what are your favorite junk food substitutes. Are there any recipes you’d like to share? Leave a comment below and let’s all eat less junk! 🙂

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About Jessica Espinoza

Jessica is a real food wellness educator and the founder of the Delicious Obsessions website. She has had a life-long passion for food and being in the kitchen is where she is the happiest. She began helping her mother cook and bake around the age of three and she's been in the kitchen ever since, including working in a restaurant in her hometown for almost a decade, where she worked every position before finally becoming the lead chef. Jessica started Delicious Obsessions in 2010 as a way to help share her love for food and cooking. Since then, it has grown into a trusted online resource with a vibrant community of people learning to live healthy, happy lives through real food and natural living.

Discussion

27 comments

  1. This is a great post! I have been struggling to eat better and I was just saying I need to cut out junk food.This is a great go to page for when I get cravings.

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    Linda C.
    Posted 12/12/13

  2. This is fantastic!! Thank you for posting.

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    Andrea Fabry
    Posted 12/12/13

  3. THANKS A MILLION! love this list . . . .will definitely be using it!!

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    Bonny
    Posted 12/12/13

  4. Ho-Leee-Cow! That is THE biggest round-up I’ve ever seen! Thanks for including my Strawberry Soda and Chicken Strips! You’re amazing!

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    Shanti @ Life Made Full
    Posted 12/12/13

  5. Jessica, this is an amazing list of recipes! I can’t decide where to start–so many yummy options!

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    • Thanks Marie! I had no idea I’d end up with so many recipes, but I love how it turned out! 🙂

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 12/17/13

  6. OMG that’s a crazy list! It’s awesome. Really really awesome. You pretty much have one of every possible non healthy thing you could imagine, made healthy!

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    beyond the peel
    Posted 12/16/13

    • Thank you! I had no idea I’d end up with 225 recipes! I am really happy with it! 🙂

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 12/17/13

  7. You are the best! Everything I need all on one page! 😀 😀

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    willowsprite
    Posted 12/18/13

  8. Wow, Jessica! This roundup post is incredible! Great work! Thanks for including my recipes! So excited to be a part of this!

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    Sarah
    Posted 12/20/13

  9. This is an amazing list, wow! I’m on a candida diet and I can eat many of these things. That makes me happy!

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    Anna
    Posted 12/20/13

  10. Awesome!

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    Cynthia Howard
    Posted 01/12/14

  11. WOW! This is amazing. Just pinned it for referencing over and over. Will definitely be sharing with my social media friends! Blessings, Kelly

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    Kelly @ TheNourishingHome
    Posted 04/07/14

  12. This. Is awesome.

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    LittleOwlCrunchyMomma
    Posted 04/10/14

  13. This is amazing!! Thank you for sharing!

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    Pat
    Posted 04/19/14

  14. This is an awesome list. I am looking for gingerbread cookies. Does anyone know of a GOOD recipe without grains or dairy that truly tastes like gingerbread cookies? Thanks!

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    Rose
    Posted 11/16/14

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