Alternatives to Conventional Snacks by Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer, with Lisa Tsakos; $19.99.
Unjunk your Junk Food would be depressing, as it explains in colourful, impossible-to-ignore detail everything that's wrong with your favourite snacks. Love Doritos? They're full of MSG, trans fats, artificial flavour and colours. Think Reese's Peanut Butter Cups make for a proteinpacked pick-me-up? Bad idea - they contain nasty emulsifiers and preservatives. Frozen treats, cookies, cakes, granola bars, candy and soda all get the treatment, until you would think there's nothing salty or sweet left to nosh on. Except, for every item pegged as a bad choice, the authors offer a healthier alternative minus the toxic ingredients. A must for all junk food lovers (and parents of them), this little guidebook will let you have your cake and eat it too.