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Pass on Pop Tarts: Healthy Recipes for Your Favorite Junk Food

You’ve got yourself a two-dollar-off coupon for a family-size box of Pop Tarts™. Congrats. However, I promise no one is forcing you to buy them even with this killer steal. It is time for you to break that magnetic pull that compels you to use every last one of your coupons before they expire, and start thinking about what you really should be buying for your pantry. I’m not suggesting that you remove the junk food from your house cold turkey. You’d have a child rampage on your hands! Your kids will definitely notice if all the Pop Tarts and chips have been replaced with tomatoes and broccoli. That adjustment is difficult and mostly unrealistic. Instead, get sneaky and try out these healthier recipes rather than the store-bought junk food. Tell your kids that Nestlé™ is just changing their creative direction. Or you could be honest if that’s your parenting method of choice. The adjustment to healthy food is exponentially easier when it looks similar and tastes just as good, if not better, than the old junk food. You might just see your kids becoming even more active rather than falling on the couch while trying to digest their trans fat intake.

Instead of Pop Tarts™ choose…

Healthy Pop Tarts!

See recipe at: https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/10/01/healthy-pop-tarts/


Instead of Protein Bars choose…

Natural Energy Bites!

See recipe at: https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/no-bake-energy-bites/


Instead of Doritos™ choose…

Baked Tortilla Chips (with a hint of lime)!

See recipe at: https://www.brannyboilsover.com/2012/05/15/baked-tortilla-chips-with-a-hint-of-lime-2/


Instead of French Fries choose…

Baked French Fries!

See recipe at: https://allrecipes.com/recipe/baked-french-fries-i/


Instead of Oreos™ choose…

Healthy Oreos!

See recipe at: https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/10/24/healthy-oreos/


Instead of Raisin Bran™ choose…

Almond Raisin Granola!

See recipe at: https://www.mrbreakfast.com/superdisplay.asp?recipeid=1840


Instead of Butter-Lovers Popcorn choose…

Healthy Microwavable Popcorn!

See recipe at: https://www.theyummylife.com/recipes/235


Instead of Deep Dish Pizza choose…

Healthy Homemade Pizza!

See recipe at: https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/pepperoni-pizza-10000001599569/


Instead of Lunchables™ choose…

Homemade Lunchables!

See recipes at: https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2013/09/23/homemade-healthy-lunchables/


Instead of Sour Patch Kids™ choose…

Sour Watermelon Gummies!

See recipe at: https://meatified.com/healthy-sour-watermelon-gummies/


Instead of Bagel Bites™ choose…

Homemade Bagel Bites!

See recipe at: https://www.sprinklesofparsley.com/2010/11/homemade-bagel-bites.html


Instead of Easy Mac™ choose…

Healthy Macaroni and Cheese!

See recipe at: https://pinchofyum.com/healthy-mac-and-cheese


Instead of Ice Cream choose…

Homemade Frozen Yogurt!

(It can even still be CHOCOLATE)

See recipe at: https://dessertswithbenefits.com/healthy-chocolate-frozen-yogurt/



Now you can get the snacks you have always loved with the delicious taste of natural ingredients, all while getting even healthier! Walk right past that junk food aisle, and don’t look back. We may not be there, but we are all applauding you. Bask in it.


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