Everyday Show: Junk Food SWAPS Everyday Show: Junk Food SWAPSSeptember 21, 2016 in Media, TravelShare ThisFacebookPinterestTwitterPrintemail The key to making any lifestyle change sustainable is to ease your way in and create balance. This means you don’t have to completely take away all of your junk food favorites overnight. Decide to substitute it once or twice a week to begin with, and go from there. Check out the full 3-minute segment and recipe links below! 1. Soda to Kombucha/Sparkling Water We all know that our soda habit is one of the most damaging things we can do to our body but it’s just so hard to give up! One reason is the actual habit of grabbing a can and drinking it. You’d be surprised at how much of a pull that action is in itself. We also desire soda for its carbonation so I have some great healthier options for you. First we have sparkling water. I love buying LaCriox because there are many different flavors and no added sugar. Plus the act of opening the can and drinking out of it can actually feed the the desire for soda. You can also buy plain sparkling water (I stick with San Pellegrino, VOSS, and Whole Foods Market brands) and can easily add fresh herbs and even berries to make it more enticing. My second favorite option is kombucha. Kombucha is a fermented tea that is naturally full of probiotics and has the same carbonated fizz as soda. It’s an acquired taste but if you keep with it you’ll soon be craving it. Be weary of brands that have added sugar to it. You want to grab the ones that have 4g sugar or less. 2. Microwave Popcorn to Upgraded Air-Pop We typically think microwave popcorn is a healthy snack but most brands are full of hydrogenated oils and GMO corn. On top of that, most bags are lined with a PFOA coating (same stuff found in teflon) that is a known carcinogen linked to cancer and infertility. We don’t want any of that! A healthier (and much tastier!) way to consume popcorn is air-popping it yourself. You can do this with an air-popper ($30) or by simply placing a little bit or ococnut oil and organic popcorn in a stockpot and shaking it over a burner for 3-5 minutes. Here’s the cool part – you can add so many different flavoring options. You can try this fabulous caramel popcorn recipe or you can also add some curry powder, ranch seasoning, nutritional yeast (which gives it a cheesy flavor) or even hot sauce (my favorite!). 3. Roasted Chickpeas for Chips Full disclosure – I wasn’t always super healthy. Just like most kids growing up in America in the 90’s (i.e. before we were SO exposed to the ill-practices of mainstream manufacturing) I was a devout consumer of Cool-Ranch Doritos. They were my go-to and I still have a nostalgic pull to them whenever I craving a salty crunch or a fried chip. Fast-forward 20 years I’ve picked up a thing or two in the kitchen and I knew I could create a very similar product to the one I used to crave. Check out my recipe here for the Cool-Ranch Roasted Chickpeas but also know that you can add any type of seasoning mix you desire (salt & vinegar, nacho cheese etc.). It’s super simple and super satisfying!