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5 “Not-Too-Junkie” Snacks To Enjoy This National Junk Food Day

Yes, junk food is bad for you, that’s why it’s called junk, right? But it’s National Junk Food Day on July 21, the best excuse to enjoy these munchies with a little less guilt than usual. So feel free to grab a bag (or two) of your favorite chips, curls, or whatnot—we won’t judge.


But just in case you’re looking for something just as crunchy and flavorful, but with a little less calories and a little more nutrients, here are five “healthy-ish” snacks to quell your junk food cravings.


Nabisco Wheat Thins Multigrain Toasted Chips

Made with 100% whole grain, these chips are toasted instead of fried, thus making them pleasantly light and crunchy. Available in all leading supermarkets


#nabiscowheatthins #toastedchips are the BOZZ! yuh-meeeeh!

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JA Lees Farms Organic Oyster Mushroom Chicharon

Fried oyster mushrooms? Yes, please! We like the salty umami goodness of this no-meat chicharon. Available at select weekend bazaars, Facebook: jaleesfarms


Celebrate this Chinese New Year and the year of the Dog this weekend until next week with healthy packs of JA Lees Farms Mushroom Chicharon and bottles of golden honey, great for family snacking sessions and gifts for your loved ones! (Note: Honey is only sold at our direct booths) JA Lees Farms Booths: ?? SM Aura (February 16-18) ??Central Square BGC (February 15-16) ?? Glorietta (February 19-25) If you can't make it to our booths, don't worry, our partner resellers also have packs for you! Partner Bazaars: (To Be Announced) Daily: ?? SM Southmall SM Makati, SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM Lipa, SM Southmall Department Store ?? Rowena's Tagaytay ?? Carmela's Tagaytay ?? Cafe Amadeo Amadeo ?? Gourmet Corner Makati ?? Cartel, Salcedo Village ?? Country Basket Cebu ?? Manila Polo Club ?? Greenhills Jamin Trading VMall ?? Snack Bar NAIA Terminal 3 Departure Hall ?? Big Ben's Kitchen Imus #food #foodie #healthy #snack #mushroom #chicharon #gift #itsmorefuninthephilippines #bazaar #shopping #deals #foodstagram #instafood #love #chinesenewyear #dog #vegetarian #honey #sweet #potd #follow #fitness #wheninmanila

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Wit’s Sweets and Savories Granola

We’re absolutely addicted to the Spiced Mango variant of these treats, incorporating grade-A cacao nibs from the family farm in Davao, plus dried mango slivers and siling labuyo flakes for added kick. Visit


Be Good Store Camote Chips

Sweet potato (camote) chips are a dime a dozen these days, but we suggest you try these in two variants, as they’re the cleanest-tasting, thinnest, and crunchiest camote chips we’ve tried.

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Villa Soccorro Farm Sabanana Banana Chips

They come in two variants: Original and Lite. The latter contains 80% less sugar than the former, and is crisper and lighter than the original version. Available in leading supermarkets


A longer version of this article first appeared in FOOD Magazine, Issue 2, 2016

Product descriptions by Ginny Mata

Cover photo by Didgeman on Pixabay

Photo by Paulo Valenzuela

Styling by Tina Concepcion Diaz