I have a 15 year old that loves junk food. He can not stand to come home from town and eat. He always wants to pick up something in town. Yes, I did this. Yes, I was the one that made stopping at Burger King fun. So I take total blame for this but now I am getting worried. He has always been my pickiest eater but now he doesn’t want anything healthy.
A few weeks ago I had him write down everything he ate for a week. There was not one fruit or vegetable on that list unless you count orange juice!
Knowing how skinny I used to be and how I battle with weight now, I am very concerned that he establish some good eating habits before he leave our home. Since I have a few years to go I have begun to work on this.
My first job was to give him some healthy snacks that he can munch on cause he tends to “graze” all day:) I posted a few weeks ago about the butterscotch bars that he loves. I’m still making them and granola bars and freezing them. He just goes to the freezer and gets one whenever he gets hungry. That means I’m making them weekly:)
This is a healthy version of a pop tart and he loves them! He asked me to put icing on them which I did and he now takes two at a time out of the freezer and pops them in the microwave for his breakfast. These are strawberry but I got some blueberry jam because that was what he requested the next ones be. I’m so tickled he’s eating these healthy snacks. Now if I can only get some fruit in this boy!
You only need a few things for the dough.
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup melted butter
1 cup plain yogurt (I used french vanilla and they were fine)
1 small jar 100% fruit jam (about 5 oz)
Mix this together to make a nice ball of dough.
Roll out the dough on a well floured board and cut into the size “squares” you desire. Put about a tablespoon of jam in the center. Place another square on top and using a fork, press down around the edges to seal. Don’t get the jam too close to the edge and don’t use too much. What you see here is too much! Mine ran out of the edges. I won’t do so much next time.
Place the pop tarts on a cookie sheet or stone and bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. This recipe makes about 15 - 20 poptarts depending on size.
As you can see Trent is holding a “frosted” pop tart. I just mixed powdered sugar with a little milk and vanilla and spooned it on the tops. (See post on making your own powdered sugar.)
And here they are in the freezer bag. I freeze them in a single layer. Then I think Trent microwaves them for about a minute.
Talk to ya later:)