Thinking of eating a childhood favorite as an adult but worried about feeling guilty? Well, no need here! Turns out, you can still eat your favorite snacks, like pop tarts, without all that sugar and processed junk.
Adults are often set on finding ways to maintain a healthy diet, one that's packed with vital mirco and macro nutrients, like fiber, calcium, and protein, among others. When you think about what you ate as a kid, you'll probably feel nauseated counting those grams of sugar and trans fats in your head. Yikes.
Now, it's all about resisting those childhood treats and reducing sugar in the diet.
Plus, beyond just being free of unhealthy additives and added sugars, these pop tart recipes are actually pretty good for you and low in calories, making them perfect for a portable breakfast or a snack to fight a sweet craving. (Plus, here are a few other healthy snacks for a mid-day energy boost.)
Who knew "adulting" could be so fun, right?
Vegan Berry Pop Tarts
When it comes to pop tarts, you don't generally think vegan. Yet, these are, and they also use whole wheat flour and raw sugar to make them actually good for you. Without any processed ingredients, this berry pop tart can be enjoyed as a snack or breakfast, guilt-free. And, as it's portable, it's easy to take on the go when you're running late to work.
Get the recipe: Vegan Berry Pop Tarts
Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts
These babies are like the real childhood favorite we've all come to love. And, although we've grown up and can't validate stuffing our faces with Pop Tarts for breakfast, we totally can when it comes to a healthier version that uses low-sugar strawberry jam.
And, be sure to top with rainbow sprinkles for some added fun and a pop of color. Besides, you're never too old to enjoy sprinkles, right? (You can even add them to chocolate dipped pretzels.)
Get the recipe: Homemade Pop Tarts
Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts
Not only is pumpkin delicious for both sweet and savory dishes, but it's also really good for you, as it's packed with antioxidants and fiber.
These pop tarts are no exception. The pumpkin pie puree bumps up the nutrition, and the spices, like vanilla, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon give it a major flavor punch. And, with some cream cheese frosting, it's sweet, creamy, and super satisfying.
What's more, you can cook with pumpkin in so many other ways, too. It's comforting and nutritious for when the cold weather hits.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts
Strawberry Lemonade Vegan Pop Tarts
Good news for all those vegans out there: you can actually make vegan pop tarts that still taste amazing. (Like these strawberry lemonade ones with rainbow sprinkles.) And, the best part? Each pop tart is only 280 calories, making it a great breakfast on the go, snack, or dessert.
Using whole wheat flour can instantly make these pop tarts healthier, as well as coconut oil and maple syrup as a natural sweetener. No processed additives, here! And, get this: you can even add chia seeds for some healthy fats and fiber. (Plus, here are a few other healthy food swaps to make recipes cleaner.)
Get the recipe: Strawberry Lemonade Vegan Pop-Tarts