***I've been on a blog break this week trying to finish some tasks around the house, but this is the post I was originally going to put up last Friday, except I didn't finish it.
Well, now it's finished. Imperfectly, of course.
Fall makes me lose all sense of moderation. I am weak, people. I made an apple crisp on Tuesday night, and I am the only one who ate it....the whole 9X13 pan. Apparently my children only want the ice cream on top of the crisp. My husband abstained this time from eating any of it, saying he didn't want it.
So I ate it all by myself over the next two days.
Then, last night for Bible study, I made a buttermilk pie. For the women of course. So I had big piece last night....and then joyfully ate the last piece for lunch today.
The grocery store had a good deal on candy corn. Hello, high fructose corn syrup. Justifiably, candy corn is fun to put in clear glass dishes as additional "decor" for my house this time of year.
And then there's those two packages of caramels I bought last week. I'm down to the last 15-20 morsels, good grief. I can't throw them away, though. I just can't.
So in the wake of the sugar diet I've been keeping, I'm going to forge ahead with my double standard and stick to my plan of discussing cereal health today.
Because even though I apparently have no problem consuming an entire package of Kraft caramels, I do have a problem with Froot Loops.
First of all, "Froot" is not spelled correctly. That, for me, is a deal breaker.
Secondly, lets take a look at that nutrition label.
Ok - did you see how long that ingredient list is? That's a lot of extras for just a cereal made with "froot".
Number ONE ingredient: sugar.
Number SIX ingredient: partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.
There are a few whole grain flours thrown in there. That does count for something. Furthermore, it looks like a lot of vitamins have been added, like B1 and B6 and Vitamin D.
But really, WHY did all those vitamins have to be added? Shouldn't some of those vitamins be naturally occuring in the whole grain ingredients?
Maybe they just felt like they needed to balance the scale of sugar versus vitamins. I don't know.
Ya'll....look what I've found as an alternative:
My favorite natural food brand has done it again!!!!
Notice that "Fruity" is spelled correctly on the box. That's a good sign people.
They also have a healthy chocolate alternative for you wayward Count Chocula fans.
Incidentally, Count Chocula commercials always used to alarm me as a kid. Seriously, I never wanted Mom to buy the cereal (like she would have anyway) because of all the seeming "scariness" associated with the advertising.
I didn't like the Count on Sesame Street, either.
But before I digress any further, here are the ingredients for the Fruity Bunnies:
Made with only the best ingredients: CORN FLOUR, EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, WHOLE OAT FLOUR, RICE FLOUR, PEACH AND PEAR JUICE CONCENTRATE, SALT, NATURAL FLAVOR, AND COLORS (ANNATTO, TURMERIC, PURPLE CARROT JUICE, ELDERBERRY EXTRACT).
No hydrogenated oils. No high fructose corn syrup. No Red #40 and Blue #5.
It's a dream.
Plus, it's totally kid-friendly. Just look at those colors.
Sure, Toucan Sam isn't plastered across the front, but I say if you need a big gawdy bird to market your product THAT ISN"T EVEN SPELLED CORRECTLY, something is wrong.
I used to be an English teacher, folks. Spelling is huge to me. In fact, the cell phone texting going on in this new generation is hard for me to manage. i cnt gt on brd 4 al th splln mstks.
See? I don't even think I texted that right. I can't do it people.
Which is one of the reasons I can't do Froot Loops. Along with 25 other reasons that fall in the catagories of artificial, preservative, additive, and we need a beady-eyed toucan to reel you in.
Or rather, reel your children in.
Try Annie's Fruity Bunnies instead. They're good. They're wholesome. They're colorful.
I kno u cn 4gt the 2cn.