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7 Healthier Swaps For Your Favourite Junk Foods

Yes, it's possible.

11/08/2017 7:05 AM AEST | Updated 11/08/2017 7:10 AM AEST

Sticking to a healthy diet can be hard, especially with the wonderful scent and sight of junk food at literally every corner.

Pizza, burgers, ice cream, cake and chocolate never cease to tempt you -- which is why making healthier versions of your favourite junk foods is the key.

These seven healthier takes on popular junk foods, like pizza, ice cream and mac and cheese, have the qualities we love and expect, but with a little extra nutrition by way of reducing sugar, processed carbs and sneaking in extra veg.

1. Healthy pizza supreme on cauliflower crust

From How Sweet Eats.

Cauliflower is a great low carb alternative to rice, pizza and potato, and this pizza recipe has the works -- two types of cheese (yes, two), capsicum, mushrooms, pepperoni and olives.

Here's the recipe.

How Sweet Eats

2. Healthy green chilli mac and cheese

From Minimalist Baker.

This mac and cheese is creamy, rich, cheesy and delicious, but there's a catch: it's actually cheese-free thanks to a healthy combo of cashews, nutritional yeast and spices. Tip: to make this extra nutritious use wholemeal pasta.

Get the recipe.

Minimalist Baker

3. No-bake Snickers cheesecake

From A Saucy Kitchen.

If you have a sweet tooth, this no-bake Snickers cheesecake is for you. The devilishly decadent dessert is packed with nuts, dates, peanut butter caramel and dark chocolate -- and is free of eggs, dairy and refined sugars.

Here's the recipe.

A Saucy Kitchen

4. Easy, healthy grillable veggie burgers

From Minimalist Baker.

These healthier plant-based burgers have black beans, rice, walnuts, spices and barbecue sauce, and are perfect in a toasted wholemeal bun with salad, pickles and tomato sauce. They're also packed with protein and take under 30 minutes to make.

Get the recipe.

Minimalist Baker

5. Creamy chocolate avocado ice cream

From Jessica in the Kitchen.

Avocado isn't just for toast -- it goes perfectly in desserts thanks to its creamy, buttery texture and neutral flavour. This healthier ice cream takes coconut milk, cacao powder, avocado and maple syrup, and turns into a rich, creamy chocolate ice cream. Don't worry, you don't need an ice cream maker.

Here's the recipe.

Jessica in the Kitchen

6. Cajun baked sweet potato fries

From Minimalist Baker.

For a healthier fries experience, try these Cajun-spiced oven baked sweet potato fries. They're simple, healthy, quick to make and packed with spicy-sweet flavour.

Get the recipe.

Minimalist Baker

7. No-bake chocolate cashew coconut crusted fruit tart

From How Sweet Eats.

This fruity, chocolately tart is the perfect end to a (healthier) junk food feast. It starts with a cashew, coconut and cocoa base, is filled with vanilla mascarpone and fruit, and topped with a minty, vanilla orange glaze.

Here's the recipe.

How Sweet Eats

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