Healthy Junk Food: 7 Indulgences That Aren't Actually Bad For You

7 Junk Food Indulgences That Aren't Bad For You

By Lynn Andriani

Wait: It's OK to eat gooey breakfast sandwiches, frozen burritos and microwave popcorn? Absolutely, with these (almost entirely) guilt-free options.

The Gooey But Not Greasy Microwavable Mexican Dinner
The frozen burrito has been stuck in a kind of healthy food limbo -- is it bad for you? overly salty? a decent late-night dinner? -- until recently. Stock your freezer with Evol (that's love, backwards) burritos, and you'll be eating something good. The company uses ingredients like free-range, hormone-free chicken, humanely raised beef, house-made salsa and organic beans -- and recently started making some of its burritos with gluten-free tortillas.
$2.74 each |
The Just-The-Tastiest-Part Brownie
Brownie Brittle
If you're the person who always wants the corner piece of a tray of brownies, Sheila G's Brownie Brittle might be your new best friend. The thin, crispy fragments taste just like those crunchy brownie bits. The company's newest flavor, Salted Caramel, is a satisfying mix of sweet and salty -- and one serving is only 120 calories.
$10.95 for 2 bags |
The Better-Than-What-They-Sell-At-The-Movies Popcorn
Quinn Popcorn
The first sign that Quinn Popcorn is not your average microwavable snack-in-a-bag is the cool flavors (hello, Parmesan & Rosemary and Hickory Smoked Cheddar). In addition to the brilliant combinations, the makers behind this addictive popcorn use organic corn and no GMO ingredients or preservatives -- and they've figured out how to package their popcorn in such a way that there's no need for chemical coatings.
$14.99 for 3 boxes (2 bags per box) |
The Hot Cocoa That Needs No Marshmallows
We've found a rich, sweet hot chocolate that's so good, we'd even hunker down with a mug-full on a steamy August afternoon. NibMor Organic Vegan Drinking Chocolate comes in traditional, mint, and 6-spice (a zippy blend of chai and peppery notes) and doesn't include any of the corn syrup, hydrogenated oil or artificial flavor found in some other brands.
$8.99 for 6 packets |
The Salty, Chewy Road Trip Snack
Krave Jerky
If, like us, you long ago wrote off jerky as teenager fuel (read: loaded with salt, preservatives and artificial ingredients), it may be time to give the cured meat another chance. New, better-for-you brands are flooding the market, such as nitrate- and hormone-free Krave, which makes adventurous flavors like Black Cherry Barbecue and Basil Citrus.
$7 per bag |
The Decadent Breakfast Sandwich
Whole Foods Market
Try this dessert-like spin on the traditional morning on-the-go meal: Spread one toaster waffle with a spoonful each of whipped cream cheese and strawberry preserves, add sliced strawberries and whole blackberries, then put one more waffle on top. It's creamy, tart and -- if you use multigrain waffles, such as 365 Everyday Value Organic Multigrain -- healthy, too.
$2.99 |
A Drinkable Dessert
The Republic of Tea
It sounds too good to be true: How could a cup of tea even remotely resemble a slice of red velvet cake? But believe us when we tell you The Republic of Tea's Red Velvet Cuppa Chocolate Tea is the closest thing to liquid dessert that we've ever tasted. It's made from decaf rooibos tea leaves blended with chocolate and beet root bits (some cake recipes include the vegetable, too, for that distinct color). With a splash of milk and a pinch of sugar, a cup tastes shockingly similar to a cupcake.
$10 for 36 bags |

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