Guest Post: Healthy Alternative to Pop-Tarts

by megan on August 1, 2009

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Hi Megan Munchies readers! I’m Ashley, and I blog over at healthy ashley about striving for a healthy, happy life while training for my first full marathon. Part of my healthy, happy life is my Pop-Tart-loving boyfriend David. I’m not sure if you’ve checked out the stats for Pop-Tarts, but I’ll give you the run-down: it’s just about the worst thing you could start your day with!

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I tried cutting David off from Pop-Tarts cold turkey, hoping maybe he’d fall in love with oats or a wholesome cereal. Nope. The HFCS Pop-Tarts kept sneaking back in.
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So I was thrilled when I found these Nature’s Path Organic Toaster Pastries. At my Costco, they were only about $.50 more than regular Pop-Tarts.

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The nutritional stats don’t necessary give us a healthy or even lower-calorie breakfast treat, but the Nature’s Path Organic Toaster Pastries do keep out partially hydrogenated oils, HFCS and gelatin. They might not be great, but it’s certainly a step up!

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But what about the taste? (Nature’s Path Strawberry on the Left, Pop-Tarts Strawberry on the Right)

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My in-house Pop-Tart-eater said the Pop-Tarts are fake-tasting while the Nature’s Path version is just as sweet, but a little more “healthy tasting” in the crust. Overall, David said he really enjoyed the healthier version and is ready to make the switch permanently!

Do you have any habits that you’ve found a healthier substitution for?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

CMC August 1, 2009 at 1:12 pm

YES!!! I eliminated artificial sweeteners about two years ago and now use Stevia, a natural sweetening herb, instead. It is wonderful on strawberries, in coffee or tea, and a little goes a long way!

Shelby August 1, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Mmm, I used to love Pop-tarts! Too bad that the Nature’s Path ones are vegan, that would be yummy!

Adam August 2, 2009 at 11:50 am

Oh man, I used to totally dig pop tarts! Sometimes I would have 4. Those were the days, but I’m with ya on the transfats. Glad to see there’s an alternative that works in a flash.

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