Smart Snacks for National Junk Food Day

by in Healthy Recipes, July 21, 2011
5-layer mexican dip
Seems like junk food, but it's not. Ellie's Five-Layer Mexican Dip has just 140 calories per 1/2-cup serving.

Don’t ask us why Junk Food Day is a national food holiday, but it is, and just because it is, doesn’t mean you can’t partake responsibly. Snack on your favorite “junk foods” today, minus the guilt. Stick to our list of Healthy Eats-approved recipes and you won’t miss out on this national celebration of nostalgic junk food.

Chips and Dip:

Chili Chips

Spiced Pita Chips


Edamame Dip

5-Layer Mexican Dip (pictured above)

Chili Tortilla Chips

Tomato Salsa

Green Goddess Dip

Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip

meringue cookies
Giada DeLaurentiis' light-as-air meringue cookies.

Cake, Cookies, Pies and other Sweets

Espresso Chip Meringues (pictured above)

Banana Cream Pie

Breakfast Cookies

Individual Orange and Chocolate Cheesecakes

Angel Food Cake and Berries

Lemon-Ricotta Cookies

Carrot Cupcakes

Made-Over Deep-Dish Brownies

nominee nachos
Go ahead, have a nacho.

Other Sounds-Indulgent Snacks (that are actually healthy)

Nominee Nachos

Chocolate-Orange Brown Butter Popcorn

Popcorn With Rosemary-Infused Oil

Honey-Whole Wheat Pretzel Sticks

Oatmeal-Peanut Butter Bars

Popcorn Shrimp With Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce

What are your favorite lightened up “junk foods?” Are you celebrating National Junk Food Day?

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