If you weren’t raised meatless in the 1990’s, you probably remember Kellogg’s Pop Tarts, the staple of on-the-go families. Being vegetarian now, you may have learned to bypass “toaster pastries” on instinct, but there’s a stand out not to shy away from. Nature’s Path is giving you back your morning quick stop.
This company serves up a number of breakfast and snacking options, like cold cereals and waffles to granola bars and cookies. They claim their entire product line is vegetarian-friendly, so granted you consume dairy and honey, your morning has an array of new possibilities. If you consume one but not the other, the company provides a handy list that determines the products with either ingredient.
Their toaster pastries are unique at the market though. While some store brands, like Walmart’s Great Value, are putting out toaster pastries, their recipes tend to mirror Kellogg’s Pop Tarts. Of Kellogg’s numerous varieties, only those unfrosted do not contain gelatin. When deciding, though, even the Unfrosted Pop Tarts’ packaging still leaves the buyer with a degree of uncertainty since they don’t have a vegetarian label. Nature’s Path gives you the option of frosting minus the gelatin or guesswork.
Be careful though. Organic as they may be, they still contain sugar and fat.
Unfrosted Pop Tart varieties include Blueberry (serving size 52g), Strawberry (52g), and Brown Sugar Cinnamon (50g) and all have 210 calories per serving. Comparing the nutritional differences between the two brands shows only small differences. For an equivalent serving, Nature’s Path Frosted Blueberry has ten fewer calories, a gram less fat, no polyunsaturated fat and no monounsaturated fat, 55mg less of sodium, and 2% more dietary fiber than Pop Tarts Unfrosted Blueberry. However, the Nature’s Path Frosted Blueberry does have 4g more sugar.
Still, as far as sweets in the A.M., a glazed donut from Dunkin’ Donuts would pack in more calories, more fat, and more sodium than even the Chocolate Frosted variety of Nature’s Path Toaster Pastries.
The bottom line? While they are very tasty, try to reserve them for those mornings when you’ve hit the snooze button one too many times. You may even be treating yourself to a quick trip down memory lane.