Smoking behind the school gym in between classes, scarfing down pizza at lunch in between celery-only crash diets and spending spare cash on the McRib and doughnuts. Ahhh, the memories from middle school. Not exactly a picture of heath, eh?
My best friend and I once saved up our money from babysitting and then walked to Winn Dixie (do I get credit for walking to Winn-Dixie instead of catching a ride?) to spend all of our hard-earned money on a junk food extravaganza. We bought Ding-Dongs, canned spray cheese, Lay’s potato chips, frosting and bags of M&M’s and then spent the entire night playing Mall Madness and gorging ourselves. “Tomorrow I’m starting the cabbage soup diet,” I said in between mouthfuls of frosting and spraying my mouth with processed cheese, straight from the can.
It’s not as if my mom deprived me of candy or sweet treats, so I’m not quite sure what fueled my junk food extravaganza other than having newfound financial freedom.
I don’t miss much about middle school, but occasionally, I wouldn’t mind having the freedom from worrying about the food I eat from both a health and calorie perspective. So, as an ode to my middle school days, I’ve re-created the Ding-Dong, Five a Day the Fun Way style, with whole-wheat flour, Greek yogurt and less calories and fat.
I’m sure it’s not as good as the chemical-filled, high-fructose corn syrup doused, waxy ding-dong from the past, but it may just hit that sweet spot. Plus, this version won’t have your sweetie singing “I like big butts.” So “Walk this Way” in the kitchen and “Bust a Move,” by making these light Ding-Dongs.
Light Ding Dong’s
1 box Non Pudge brownie mix
2/3 cup Greek yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 container fat-free Cool Whip
1 80% or darker dark chocolate bar
1 Tablespoon natural peanut butter
1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
2. Mix No Pudge brownies with nonfat Greek yogurt and vanilla extract until shiny. Pour into 8X8 square pan and bake for 30 minutes.
3. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
4. Cut circles from brownie square with circle cookie cutter.
5. Fill frosting bag with fat-free cool whip and pipe into center of brownie
6. Meanwhile, melt chocolate with peanut butter in microwave.
7. Dip the brownie into the melted chocolate.
Not quite a “diet food” but certainly more healthy than the trans-fat filled ding-dong of the past.
What is your favorite treat from the old days? What kind of junk did you eat in middle school? Please share your middle school memories!