10 “Clean” Junk Foods

What’s your guilty pleasure? Nothing, thanks to this guide.

10 “Clean” Junk Foods

10 “Clean” Junk Foods

What’s your guilty pleasure? Nothing, thanks to this guide.

It’s time to rid your chips, cookies and candy of anything but enjoyment. These clean versions of your favorite junk foods do just that. Gone are gross hydrogenated oils, unpronounceable emulsifiers and questionable colorings. These brands have no chemicals, no artificial ingredients and no afterguilt.

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Kettle Organic Potato Chips, Country Style Barbecue, 13 chips

Calories 150
Fat 9 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Sodium 170 mg
Carbs 16 g
Fiber 2 g
Sugar 1 g
Protein 2 g

You may know Kettle Chips for their thick, crunchy texture and bold flavors, but that’s not the (only) reason we love them. Kettle also makes a line of organic potato chips, made with organic potatoes and all-natural ingredients like tomato powder and paprika. And while we’re partial to the barbeque flavor – summer is coming, guys – we wouldn’t turn down sweet chili garlic, either.

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Beanitos Nacho Cheese White Bean Chips, 1 ounce

Calories 140
Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Sodium 140 mg
Carbs 16 g
Fiber 6 g
Sugar 0 g
Protein 4 g

Got a Doritos hankering that just won’t quit? We get it. That salty/cheesy mix is one that’s hard to resist. Instead of settling for a cheese-flavored product, try Beanitos’ Nacho Cheese White Bean chips. They’re made with real cheddar cheese! A handful won’t put your diet over the top, so it’s a win-win for you and your taste buds.

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PretzelCrisps Everything, 11 crackers

Calories 110
Fat 0.5 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Sodium 170 mg
Carbs 23 g
Fiber 1 g
Sugar 2 g
Protein 3 g

Pretzels may seem harmless enough, but traditional varieties can be packed with carbs, calories and even fat (Combos, we’re looking at you). Swap out any old pretzel with flavorful Everything PretzelCrisps, made with just three ingredients and a jazzed-up spice blend for calorie-free flavor. They’ll satisfy your need for that salty crunch without packing on the pounds before swimsuit season.

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SkinnyPop Black Pepper Popcorn, 3 3/4 cups

Calories 150
Fat 10 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Sodium 75 mg
Carbs 15 g
Fiber 3 g
Sugar 0 g
Protein 2 g

It’s no secret that Jiffy Pop isn’t the most natural of popcorns, but there’s a huge range between that and homemade air-popped. Next time you’re reaching for a bag in the grocery store, try SkinnyPop, a line of self-titled “guilt-free” popcorns made with simple ingredients. They also come in equally low-cal flavors like white cheddar and kettle corn if you’re in the mood to mix it up.

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Unreal Candy-Coated Milk Chocolates, 40 pieces

Calories 170
Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Sodium 27 mg
Carbs 19 g
Fiber 2 g
Sugar 15 g
Protein 3 g

Unreal Candy is earning a name for itself among fans of the clean candy aisle. Their candy-coated milk chocolates are non-GMO, have no corn or soy and taste just as good as traditional M&M candies (yes, really). Unreal also makes chocolate-covered peanuts and a variety of creatively-flavored peanut butter cups (like dark chocolate coconut), ensuring you’ll never have to eat artificial coloring in your candy again!

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Turkey Hill All Natural Ice Cream, Salted Caramel, 1/2 cup

Calories 160
Fat 8 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Sodium 135 mg
Carbs 20 g
Fiber 0 g
Sugar 19 g
Protein 3 g

Nothing pairs as perfectly with your House of Cards catch-up session than a pint of something cold and sweet, right? That’s exactly why we’re not going to tell you to nix it from the grocery list. Just swap your go-to brand for Turkey Hill. Indulgent flavors like salted caramel taste sinful without any of the emulsifiers, weird “natural” flavors (read: beaver butt juice), or propylene glycol found in other cartons.

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Hint Sparkling Apple Cider, 8 oz

Calories 0
Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Sodium 0 mg
Carbs 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Sugar 0 g
Protein 0 g

Have you seen those videos of a penny dissolving in Coke? It’s a little terrifying, and hopefully enough to help wean you off soda for good. But if a flavorful, bubbly sip isn’t something you’re ready to give up, try swapping traditional sodas for sparkling waters like Hint Sparkling Apple Cider. The fresh, straight-from-the-tree flavor will hit the spot without the possible carcinogens found in the traditional cola cans. You’ll just have to look elsewhere for your caffeine.

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ZOT Licorice, 0.16 g

Calories 0
Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Sodium 0 mg
Carbs 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Sugar 0 g
Protein 0 g

Asking whether you like Twizzlers is not the same as asking if you like licorice. If you like Twizzlers, you’re really a fan of corn syrup and wheat flour, the two main ingredients. That’s one no-go junky habit; licorice extract doesn’t even make the list. If you love actual licorice, we have good news: Your guilty pleasure gets the green light. You’re not going to find anything cleaner than ZOT; it’s made with only licorice. Look for citrus and mint flavors if original is too intense.

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Surf Sweet Gummies, 16 gummy bears

Calories 130
Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Sodium 15 mg
Carbs 30 g
Fiber 0 g
Sugar 19 g
Protein 3 g

Few foods are as nostalgic as gummies. They remind us of our childhood and, hey, they taste good. Go for an all-natural version like Surf Sweet Gummies next time you want to revisit your childhood favorite. They’re packed with Vitamin C, have no artificial colors and are even made in a nut-free facility to minimize allergens.

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Raaka Maple & Nibs 75% Cacao Chocolate Bar, 1/2 bar

Calories 132
Fat 9 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Sodium 1 mg
Carbs 11 g
Fiber 4 g
Sugar 7 g
Protein 2 g

This chocolate bar is a total overachiever. It aims to be vegan, nut-free, soy-free, gluten-free and entirely organic–while tasting decadent. That’s a tall order. Luckily for you, it goes the distance. With just three ingredients, it gets its flavor and sweetness from maple sugar and its nutrients from non-alkalized cacao. Surprised by the stats? Dark chocolate packs a shocking amount of fiber (and antioxidants) when it isn’t diluted with sugar and emulsifiers. Break off half a bar and enjoy. It’s good for you.