Do you let yor kids eat this?

For me food is food. Actual, real food.  I admit, I am a supporter of “Green face” eating. Green face means that your food is grown or it has a face.  Don’t get hung up on the face part.

Lean sources of protein and an array of veggies.

That is the opposite of faux food.  That is the “food” that is all manufactured food.  It’s been created food.  It comes in many wonderful colours, has wonderful sounding names and generally has an incredible marketing budget behind it so that you’ll be more likely to buy it based on “pretty”.

One of the faux foods that tops my list is cereal. If there is a cartoon on the box, it is a red alert not to eat it!!

Food manufacturers are trying to lure parents in by saying that these sugary concoctions to start your day are “better” because they are now made with whole grains. Ummm, not really.  The great thing about labeling laws is that  you can say things (over inflate) that only need to be part true.  In that sugary bowl of mess, you might get 1 gram of fiber. Having an apple will get you a minimum of 4 grams of fiber.

Not so lucky are ya

Lucky Charms are on my hit list today. If you are feeding this “cereal” to your kids, you will be “lucky” if they don’t end up with a weight problem.
Let’s keep this real shall we.

It’s a bowl of candy you are serving to your kids. Brightly coloured marshmallows–that’s candy.

You jack your kids blood sugar sky-high first thing in the morning, so they crash at school.  Then they start looking for another hit of sugar to keep the high going #addict.

So, let’s go over what are in these brightly coloured sugar bombs. Yellow dye #5 & 6.  That sounds yummy…yellow dye. Studies have indicated that Yellow 5&6 as potential causes of behavioural problems and hyperactivity. Add that to the spike in blood sugar and it’s no wonder why ADHD is being misdiagnosed.

Here’s another tasty ingredient that is in your not so lucky charms.  Trisodium Phospate. This delish add-in is found in many toilet bowl cleaners….oh yes, toilet cleaner!  Maybe appropriate if your child has a potty mouth, but…

Now I know a lot of people will be calling me a fear monger……the truth hurts. If you want to stay in denial, well, so be it.  But, these manufactured foods are toxic and dangerous and consumption year after year will add up.

If you are investing money into your children’s future with academics, sports, RESP’s, then why, WHY, would you knowingly feed them garbage?

Take the time to make food, good food.  Healthy eating habits will last a life-time…do everything you can to make it a long life.




  1. Mmmmm … I loved Lucky Charms! When I was a kid, I used to eat the cereal and then save all the marshmallows for last! Fortunately, my Mom only bought crap for a treat! Crappy cereal is hard to keep a handle on because they’re eating it at their friends’ houses. Since Paige is agaist “faces’, she won’t eat marshmallows (gelatin) and so Lucky Charms don’t make it to her breakfast bowl! Fortunately, both of my girls like oatmeal and other less-crappy cereals. Unfortunately, my husband will sometimes buy crap on sale thinking, as my Mom did, that he is bringing home a treat. He gets frustrated at all the grocery rules I throw at him and I can only push so hard before it becomes my job again!

  2. Hey Leanne, our parents must have grown up in a similar time. I ate oatmeal for breakfast quite often. We never had the cereal that most kids long for….the sweet junky stuff. You live what you have grown used to and both my girls eat oatmeal, eggs and smoothies for breakfast. (I was making smoothies long before I ever started bootcamp) I believe (hope) that the trend will continue when my daughters become adults with their own children. Speaking of expensive food ~(blog from the other day) look at the price of the “sweet treat cereal” ~way too expensive !!!!!

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