Unjunk Your Junk Food: Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snacks

Unjunk Your Junk Food: Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snacks

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by Andrea Donsky, Randy Boyer, Lisa Tsakos

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Join the edible (R)evolution!

You don’t have to give up junk food to eat healthy—just make smarter choices. Discover yummy alternatives to your favorite treats. Unjunk Your Junk Food is a quick and easy guide to:

• Healthy choices for the snacks you crave

• Savvy alternatives to conventional brands

• Tips

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Join the edible (R)evolution!

You don’t have to give up junk food to eat healthy—just make smarter choices. Discover yummy alternatives to your favorite treats. Unjunk Your Junk Food is a quick and easy guide to:

• Healthy choices for the snacks you crave

• Savvy alternatives to conventional brands

• Tips for reading food labels and recognizing false claims

• Nutritious ingredients to look for and dangerous additives to avoid

• A tear-out Worst Ingredients chart, and more

Now you can have your cake and eat it too!

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"So, your diet went well the first week of the new year. Maybe the second. But now, tempting snacks are starting to tempt. Pick up this little book by three "health and wellness advocates" whose website, NaturallySavvy.com, promotes organic living.

Reasons why you crave certain snacks - low blood sugar for cookies, low iron for salt - are among things you'll learn in this highly informative guide." —Newsday

"[Unjunk Your Junk Food] looks great - interesting, informative, easy to read, and best of all, fun! I know many people will use your book as their go-to guide when shopping for groceries. You've certainly made me more aware about the food that my children and I eat and the effects it has on our body and mind." Maria Shriver

"Unjunk Your Junk Food is a very attractive and informative book. For anyone embarking on the often daunting path of trying to clean up their diets, this book is a really fine place to start." —Alan and Suzanne Arkin

"Ever wonder why you can't just stop at one serving of junk food? Unjunk Your Junk Food will teach you how to break down and understand what those ingredients you can't pronounce do." —Kathy Wakile, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

"It is time to Unjunk Your Junk Food! This handy — and don’t-be-fooled-by-its-small-size masterpiece — of healthy alternatives to conventional snacks is packed with need to know “do’s” and “don’t’s”. If you like to nosh — and who doesn’t — it’s a must read!" —Bryce Wylde

Lisa Davis
There are so many things I love about this book!

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Unjunk Your Junk Food: Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snacks 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I admit that as I went into the reading of this book, I figured it would be a nice read, but it wouldn't change my thoughts about eating. I like organic and natural foods, but I figured that what I normally eat couldn't be that bad. After all, I am a pretty health-conscious person, and I lost a lot of weight several years ago and kept it off. Was I ever wrong! As I read this book, I was blown away by how much I did not know about healthy eating! I had no idea that so much bad stuff was hidden in foods that I eat on a regular basis. I enjoy eating snack and dessert foods, but it was amazing to discover how misguided my eating choices were. While I do not buy into everything in the book (I have no problem with some artificial sugars such as sucralose), I am keeping this book as a good guide. I have found that I have been checking the ingredient lists of everything I consume (even our vitamins), and I have been surprised to discover that things I figured would not be healthy were, and things that I thought were healthy weren't. I plan to try a lot of the items discussed in the book. I love the fact that there is a glossary of ingredients in the back, and there are reference websites for the snacks discussed in the book. I was most amazed by the fact that food manufacturers insist on using trans fat, but because there is less than a half gram per serving, it is hidden! You have to read the ingredients in order to discover that it is included. I look forward to reading more from "Naturally Savvy" in the future. I can only hope that one day they will publish a cookbook. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
autumnbluesreviews More than 1 year ago
This book is a great reference guide for anyone looking to recognize food ingredients that are bad or harmful while also wanting to learn about healthy food options and alternatives. In Unjunk Your Junk Food the first chapter helps you recognize and identify ingredients on food labels. These ingredients include fat, sugar, calories, fiber, enriched, fat-free, lite and light, low cholesterol, low fat, no added sugar, no salt, and many others including organic terms. Chapter two goes into more details on fats, protein, fiber and vitamins and minerals found in foods. Chapter three concentrates on the worst ingredients in food, which include sugar, sodium, food additives, artificial flavors and more. In the book, you are also presented with a chart listing red ingredients, those which should be avoided and yellow ingredients, those one should use with caution. The main part of the book has comparisons regarding specific food items. With unhealthy products on the left side of the page, compared to a similar healthy alternative on the right side of the page. For easy reference each comparison contains a bad choice seal, naturally savvy seal of approval, ingredients, thumbs-down, thumbs-up, thumbs neutral, savvy pick and an honorable mention. At the end of the book you can find a glossary and a list of naturally savvy approved brands. I found the product comparisons very interesting and I gave a search through my own pantry and fridge looking for unhealthy ingredients on labels. What I did find was pretty surprising. One item I took a look at closer was Miracle Whip, which at first does not look to bad considering its list of ingredients is short. However I found it contain the preservative potassium sorbate which is used by many food companies to extend the shelf life of products. Potassium sorbate is another one of those ingredients the FDA lists as safe yet for those who are sensitive sorbates have been linked to asthma, skin rashes and diarrhea. This book makes it easy to spot-identify food ingredients at a moments notice. One highlight for me is how calorie counting is not as important as being aware of ingredients listed. I found that some food and drinks, although they contain more calories, are actually healthier options than others that may be lower in calories. This left me wondering why companies place the calories at the top of the list to begin with.
LovelyLucinda More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is very similar in style to the 'Eat This, Not That' series but totally different as far as content goes. This book focuses on the ingredients of a product rather than the fat and calories. The first three chapters discuss healthy eating and list the worst ingredients found in junk food. There is a glossary at the end of the book that lists all the ingredients found in this type of food (which I've been using to go through the products in my kitchen) and a list of recommended brands that the authors approve (which helps me to pick the good from the bad products). Truthfully, I never really thought twice about the kind of junk food I eat (if I like the taste, I'll eat it) but after reading this book I now know there's a huge difference between one flavored potato chip and the next one as well as candy, chocolate, ice cream, etc. The best part about this book is that it spans all packaged food and not only junk, so I will make sure to bring it shopping with me (it's pretty small and can fit easily into my purse). I bought the book because I'm trying to eat healthier and lose weight. It also makes a great housewarming, teacher or holiday gift. I highly recommend it.