Eat This Not That on Junk Food Day

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National Junk Food Day is observed on July 21. While it might be fun to celebrate by skipping your diet and indulging in all things sweet, salty and greasy, the short- and long-term effects of doing so could include heartburn, weight gain, high blood pressure and diabetes, anything but cause for celebration. Whatever your vice, be it sweet or salty, continue reading for smart swaps from Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center dietitian Lynne' Schatzlein.

Eat This

Not That
Peach-infused Water (or any other seasonal fruit)

Check out different fresh fruit at your local farmer's market. Find one near you.
Soda
Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Flatbread

Store-bought or delivery pizza

Cream-Filled Strawberries

Recipe: Remove stems and cut a deep X in the top of each berry. Spread berries apart. Whisk one cup fat-free milk and 1 package sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix for two minutes. Fold in reduced-fat whipped topping and ¼ teaspoon almond extract. Spoon about 5 teaspoons into each berry.
Twinkie
Cheesy Kale Chips

Recipe: Wash kale and dry. Tear leaves into large pieces and arrange on a baking sheet. Spritz with olive oil and bake in a 350 degree oven until crisp. While still warm, sprinkle with grated parmesan.
Doritos

For More Information
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