The Healthiest Junk Foods to Cheat With

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Sugary Cereals

There's no denying the satisfaction of a good sugary cereal. The best boxes are filling, satisfying, and nostalgic. But, don't let the promise ... more 
Photo by: Designed by Zhang Qingyun, R29
Sugary Cereals

There's no denying the satisfaction of a good sugary cereal. The best boxes are filling, satisfying, and nostalgic. But, don't let the promise of "fiber" fool you. Jared Koch, nutritionist and food critic at Clean Plates, admits, "The truth is that all cereals are processed, even the so-called healthier ones." His recommendation? Oatmeal.

"When I'm craving that sweet crunch, I'll grab a lower sugar boxed cereal. Nature's Path Heritage Flakes is non-GMO, contains just four grams of sugar per 3/4 cup serving, and has a mixture of ancient grains (kamut, barley, millet, quinoa)." Alternatively, dietitian and Konsyl spokesperson Keri Glassman suggests, "Always look for cereals with as little sugar as possible. Zero grams is best! If you simply must have a sweet cereal, I like EnviroKidz Peanut Butter Puffs. At least there's no high fructose corn syrup and other 'yuck' ingredients like dyes."
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Thu, Apr 11, 2013 10:30 AM EDT
By Annie Georgia Greenberg, Refinery29



Unfortunate but true: Junk food tastes so right...until it feels so wrong. It's not that you can't enjoy fried chicken without shame spiraling, but it doesn't always feel great after, does it? And as guilty-pleasure enthusiasts ourselves, this bums us out to no end.


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So, we tapped four top dietitians to give us their picks of the healthiest junk foods around. You know, the in-bounds diet "cheats" that don't make you feel like you've just watched a Real Housewives marathon with your hand in an economy-sized bag of chips. And surprisingly, nothing's off limits: From salty splurges to sour candies, alcohol to comfort foods, these tempting dishes will leave you maximally full with minimal regrets. Click through, then munch on.



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