8 “Junk” Foods That Are Actually Good For You

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When you’re craving junk food, it can be so easy to fall into those cravings.

That’s why we’ve found 8 indulgent “junk” foods that are actually good for you – so that you can treat yourself, without feeling guilty.

When You’re Craving Savoury

1. Hart and Soul Coconut Lentil Soup

Hart and Soul are an Australian brand that create ‘soul food’ which combines great taste with nutritional value. If you’re craving Indian or Thai but are worried about those added calories, their Coconut Lentil Soup is the perfect winter comfort food, that won’t leave you feeling sluggish. A spiced infusion of lentils, capsicum & sweet potato in a coconut base that creates the creamy and rich coconut lentil soup is the epitome of health food that doesn’t compromise on taste.

Hart and Soul can be purchased at any Woolworths supermarket.

2. Konjac Noodles

Konjac is an Asian root vegetable that has been used for centuries in Western cooking, and it has now made its way in to our big grocery stores in the form of pasta. Made from the Konjac vegetable, these noodles are completely gluten, sugar, soy, wheat, dairy, egg and fat free, and are low in carbs and calories. These super noodles are also low GI and a fantastic source of fibre. If you’re ever feeling like whipping up a big bowl of pasta for those winter nights in, Konjac noodles are a must.

Slendier Konjac Noodles can be purchased from any Coles or Woolworths supermarket, and on their website https://slendier.com

3. Edamame Pasta

Made completely from soybeans, Edamame pasta is essentially a vegetable while tasting, feeling and looking like pasta. Edamame pasta offers a full balance of plant-based protein and fibre making it another perfect pasta alternative for when you’re wanting something that is a little heartier, that also boasts great nutritional value.

Explore Cuisine Edamame pasta can be purchased from any good health food store.

4. Thrive’s Jerk Chicken with Sweet Potato Mash

With flavours exploding out of this meal, Thrive’s jerk chicken with sweet potato mash is the epitome of comfort food. The chicken is rubbed with a house blend of herbs and spices comprised of coriander, thyme, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and chilli. The pairing of the chicken with seasonal sweet potato mash creates the perfect balance of protein and carbs that is indulgent, yet super healthy.

Thrive ready-made meals can be purchased from any Woolworths supermarket or on their website https://meals.thr1ve.me

 

When You’re Craving Sweet

5. Naked Chocolat by the Healthy Chef

“I’ve searched the world to bring together the best ingredients for my Artisan, European Style Drinking Chocolate. Tahitian Vanilla has exceptional tasting notes of caramel + a sensual floral aroma that evokes the wild + free spirit inside every cup” – Theresa Cutter

While chocolate is often eaten as a treat or for dessert, Theresa Cutter aka The Healthy Chef has created a delicious drinking Chocolat that is good for you every day. Made from mineral-rich organic cacao, lucuma, carob, cinnamon and vanilla bean that is completely gluten, dairy, soy and sugar free, the Antioxidant filled powder can be enjoyed hot or cold as a drinking chocolate or added to smoothies, baked goods and protein balls.

Naked Chocolat by the Healthy Chef can be purchased from her website https://secure.thehealthychef.com/shop/drinking-chocolate

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6. Orgran Buckwheat Pancake Mix

Orgran have perfected the make-at-home whole foods pancake recipe with their Buckwheat Pancake Mix. Buckwheat, the main ingredient is part of the rhubarb plant family and is one of the best-known sources of natural protein in the plant kingdom. The mix is whole food based, with no added sugar making it a delicious nutritious option for when you’re craving the comfort of a big stack of pancakes. The pancakes are completely gluten, wheat, egg, dairy and yeast free, and are certified vegan.

Orgran Buckwheat Pancake Mix can be purchased at any Coles supermarket.

7. Pana Chocolate

Pana Chocolate produces luxuriously rich handmade Australian chocolate bars that is as good for you as it tastes. All of their chocolate are completely vegan and refined sugar, soy and gluten free. As well as being organic, Fairtrade and Halal certified. They boast flavours such as Sour Cherry & Vanilla, Fig & Wild Orange, Hemp & Nib, as well as classics like Hazelnut and Mint.

Pana Chocolate can be purchased at many IGAs, Coles supermarkets and on their website https://panachocolate.com/product-category/bars/

Check out our story on Pana Chocolate HERE

8. Blue Dinosaur Lamington Bar

Made with only 5 wholefood ingredients, this superfood packed bar taste just like a lamington. And I mean just like a lamington. With flavour this good, it’s hard to believe this health food bar is not packed with nasties. The perfect combination of raw organic cacao, vanilla bean and coconut will change your view of what health food should taste like.

The Blue Dinosaur Lamington Bar can be purchased at most IGA stores, Woolworths supermarkets and on their website http://www.bluedinosaur.com.au

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Amie Maclaine

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Amie is a self-professed make up addict with a larger perfume collection than anyone in the southern hemisphere. There’s not a night of the week you won’t find her without a face mask on, and cup of peppermint tea in hand. With a passion for all things food and wellness, she’s the first to jump on a new heath trend. If she’s not rocking one of her well-loved rugby jumpers, you’ll find her in her active wear, Almond Dirty Chai in-tow, ready to take on the day.

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