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Celebrate National Junk Food Day with These Low Carb Alternatives

If there’s one summer holiday you may want to skip, it’s National Junk Food Day, which falls on Tuesday, July 21 this year. Of course, you can still indulge in tasty snacks and sweet treats on the Atkins plan. Instead of greasy, calorie-laden junk food, try these low carb junk food alternatives from Atkins.

National Junk Food Day

Instead of cheese puffs, try Cheese Straws.

This satisfying snack combines shredded cheddar cheese and grated parmesan cheese in a full flavored, crispy cheese straw. Cheese Straws offer 10.5g of protein, 9.7g of fat, 0.7g of fiber, 1.4g of net carbs, and 135 calories per serving. One tip: you have to chill the dough at least two hours before baking, so this is a great snack to prep the night before and refrigerate overnight.

Zucchini Crisps

Instead of French fries, try Zucchini Crisps.

If you’re craving something salty, skip the fries and reach for a zucchini instead. Baked zucchini slices (topped with olive oil, salt, black pepper, and parmesan cheese) are surprisingly crispy, with 2.2g of protein, 8g of fat, 0.9g of fiber, 2.3g of net carbs, and 88 calories per serving.


Atkins Cuisine Brownies

Instead of regular brownies, try Atkins Cuisine Brownies.

Enjoy a low carb alternative to this classic gooey treat. Atkins Cuisine Brownies contain unsweetened baking chocolate, heavy cream, and a sugar substitute. One serving offers 6.6g of protein, 9.4g of fat, 1.2g of fiber, 2.7g of net carbs, and 119 calories.

Savory Popcorn and Nut Mix

Instead of buttery popcorn, try Savory Popcorn and Nut Mix.

This crunchy snack will steal the show during your next movie night. Roasted mixed nuts and air popped popcorn make it a healthy alternative to buttery movie theater popcorn. There are 6.4g of protein, 21.1g of fat, 3.6g of fiber, 7.7g of net carbs, and 246 calories per serving.

Bones-To-Be Chicken Wingettes

Instead of fried chicken, try Bones-To-Be Chicken Wingettes.

Cayenne pepper and chili powder infuse these Chicken Wingettes with a spicy kick. This recipe packs a protein-laden punch, with 22.4g of protein, 18.5g of fat, 0.3g of fiber, 3.4g of net carbs, and 276 calories per serving. Plus, it’s much healthier to bake chicken than to fry it.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Instead of a milkshake, try a Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie.

The classic American milkshake gets a healthy makeover with this Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie recipe. The smoothie is made up of unsweetened coconut milk, natural creamy peanut butter, cocoa powder, and chocolate whey protein. One serving provides 29g of protein, 24.2g of fat, 5.6g of fiber, 8.1g of net carbs, and 361 calories per serving.

Crunchy Almond Pretzels

Instead of greasy potato chips, try Crunchy Almond Pretzels.

Reach for low carb pretzels instead of potato chips when you’ve got the urge to snack. One serving contains 8.1g of protein, 14.9g of fat, 3.4g of fiber, 3.5g of net carbs, and 180 calories. Serve with your favorite mustard or party dip.