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QUICK TIP: Save $$ on breakfast cereal 
Jul. 17, 2011 5:14 pm 
Updated: Sep. 2, 2011 6:44 pm
If you're like me, you find all of the garbage in most breakfast cereals to be inundating. I do not feed my family anything with HFCS(high fructose corn syrup) and if you're a label reader you will see that most cold breakfast cereals contain it. This takes a lot of them off the table for us. Many of the rest have too much sugar. It it has more than 10 grams per serving, I don't buy it (except for raisin bran which has high sugar because of the raisins). So here is a trick you can do to save money  and serve (at least a little) a healthier breakfast cereal. When I buy frosted corn flakes, I also buy  plain corn flakes. When I get them home, I mix the 2 boxes together in a large container, at 50/50 proportions. The kids seem satisfied with the compromise and I feel better about cutting back on having too much of the sugar in their diet.

There are other combos to try and you are absolutely free to make up your own. I do honey puffs of wheat  and plain puffed wheat (walmart has it for $1 a bag. w/ no added ingredients). Frosted mini wheats and plain wheat chex. Captain crunch and kix. Again, make your own combos. i would be interested to hear them.

One footnote that I would like to make everyone aware of and you can use your own discression. You may not be aware that an  ingredient growing more popular in use is sorbitol. It is a artificial sweetener and it is used in cereal (esp. frosted mini wheats) and hotdogs. [I do not like ANY artificial sweeteners because one, they make me physically ill and two, they do not help you loose weight as claimed but actually make you gain weight because they make your body crave sweets more since they give the taste of sweet and your body is looking for the sugar rush, which it never gets.] Sorbitol effects most people in a negative way by making you have diarreaha. Ever eat a hot dog, have an upset stomach and then have to run to the bathroom? Now you know why.
Jul. 17, 2011 7:31 pm
Good idea about the cereal! Right on about Sorbitol. Why would it be added to hot dogs?? Another reason to not eat them very often. Re. cereal: if kids balk at not getting the "name Brand" cereal, buy the generic, and put the insert of cereal into the brand name box. Toss the generic outer box.
Jul. 17, 2011 7:54 pm
Sorbitol, like all sweeteners, causes a reaction in our brains to want to eat more. It goes back to caveman days when we searched for food. Sugar is fast energy for the body, so we crave sweet. Food manufacturers add sugar to foods so you (subconsciously) crave them and want more. Yes, even hotdogs have sweetness in them so you will crave more. 30-40 years ago, before manufacturers got scientific with their approach to get you to eat more of their food, hotdogs (and a lot of other foods) were made from FOOD.
Jul. 17, 2011 10:42 pm
Sugar is additive - no two ways about it. Is there anything wrong with having a tuna sandwich for breakfast or left over chicken. A bowl of cottage cheese and salsa? I don't like "breakfast" cereals for all the reasons you stated...therefore I don't buy them/
Jul. 18, 2011 5:16 am
I think I might buy 2 boxes of cereal a year - nobody eats them at our house. I only buy them if we're going to be camping and not have time for the "camper's breakfast" of pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc. We do what Baking Nana does - eat leftover casseroles, sandwiches, pizza.. stuff like that. A friend of ours lost 15 lbs. when he quit drinking DIET sodas and switched to just water. He was drinking a 2 litre bottle of diet soda a day; I don't drink diet anything and probably average a 12-oz can of regular soda a month.
Jul. 18, 2011 6:17 am
Great suggestions, my husband will just see 3 or 4 varieties in our cupboard that have little amounts left in them and mix them all together. I am not sure what this is called, but sometimes not very appealing, he is the one usually cleaning up that concoction, lol. But seriously, this is a great way to lower the sugary cereal with a better choice. My have cereals come a long way over the last 30 years, and the way kids are addicted to them.
Jul. 18, 2011 7:21 am
I'm old enough to remember when cereal was just that- cereal. In the late 60' (I think) the US Government declared that cereal manufacturers should fortify their products with essential vitamins to help reduce childhood malnutrition. In the 80's the gov't then declared there was too much sugar in cereals and that artificial sweeteners should be the norm. Oops! Then more declarations for further fortification. Now, the smell of a box of cereal compares very closely to a container of vitamins. The natural good taste and benefits of whole grain are distant memories for most folks who have no idea how their cereal should taste.
Jul. 18, 2011 8:46 am
Great blog. Looking forward to reading your "blogspot". I'm glad that people are becoming increasingly aware of the "stuff" the manufacturers are putting in our foods. If anyone has old photos or video from the 1960's you'll notice that folks were not overweight and bloated looking as they do these days. The food industry is going to kill us all if we're not careful. Thanks, CC.
Jul. 18, 2011 1:01 pm
The only cereal I buy is Old Fashioned Oatmeal, but I see the prices on the boxes of, from what you describe, chemical swill and I shudder. We were never big cereal fans, my kids liked a dish of yogurt and some fruit. I also would make a huge batch of pancakes or waffles, from scratch, on the weekend and freeze them individually. They could then pull out what they wanted and pop them in the toaster. I really feel for young parents, the kids want whatever is advertised and have no idea they might be better off eating the carton.
Jul. 18, 2011 1:05 pm
my son is allergic to artificial sweeteners, it always surprises me where I find them. Fortunately, my kids like Kashi cereals and I make them homemade pancakes, waffles, breakfast burritos and sandwiches or fresh fruit and yogurt, hot cereals like oatmeal or cream of wheat in the winter, I buy them plain in bulk so they don't have anything added to them.
Sep. 2, 2011 6:44 pm
I keep it simple with Post spoon sized shredded wheat with no artificial or natural sweeteners. I have a banana with it, a glass of water and a cup of tea, and I'm ready for the commute.
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