Do you remember the last time you had a sugar craving? How did you feel when you could't get your hands on some chocolate around 3pm or even at night way after dinner? When you finally satisfied your sweet tooth, did you feel energized or guilty?
At one point or another we've been in this position. Whether at work or at home, sugar cravings are tough to resist. I've seen my own husband (sorry, Hon) go out on a cookie run when he found were out of treats at home. This out of so many other similar examples, is proof of how alluring sugar is and so dangerous at the same time when it becomes part of a daily vise.
As adults, we may have more control over our actions but for children, it's a whole different animal.
As moms, we worry about how well nourished our kids are when they leave us for school in the morning. I can't tell you how many times I worried about what my daughter was eating at school in lieu of a healthy option I made before drop off. Above all, it puzzles me how many boxes of cereal kids are offered during the school year and processed foods like muffins the size of softballs accompanied by a cup of juice get served without consideration of each child's nutritional needs.
Cereal companies have such a monopoly on schools with programs that promise technological goods in exchange for proof of purchase (like box tops). The concept of giving schools computers (for example) based on how many cereal box tops have been submitted seems harmless, right? In my opinion, its doing a great deal of harm and school leaders don't seem to care enough to do act on behalf of the children who only see a pizza party and ice cream as the ultimate reward for their classroom.
Though there are lots of topics I could write about, this is one that I want to tackle here from every angle, starting with sugar content in breakfast cereal. The information below is for your knowledge as you transition into a healthier lifestyle choices for yourself and your children.
HOW MUCH SUGAR IS IN YOUR BREAKFAST CEREAL?
*(per 100 grams)
- Cheerios - 1 teaspoon of sugar
- Corn Flakes - 2.4 teaspoons of sugar
- Cocoa Krispies - 9.75 teaspoons of sugar
- Froot Loops - 10.5 teaspoons of sugar
- Raisin Bran - 7.75 teaspoons of sugar
- Frosted Flakes - 8.75 teaspoons of sugar
- Honey Smacks - 14 teaspoons of sugar
- Rice Krispies - 2.5 teaspoons of sugar
- Special K - 3 teaspoons of sugar
- Wheaties - 3.75 teaspoons of sugar
- Trix - 8 teaspoons of sugar
- Lucky Charms - 9 teaspoons of sugar
- Rice Chex - 2 teaspoons of sugar
- Wheat Chex - 2.5 teaspoons of sugar
- Corn Chex - 2.75 teaspoons of sugar
- Honey Nut Cheerios - 8.25 teaspoons of sugar
- Reese's Puffs - 8.75 teaspoons of sugar
- Golden Grahams - 8.75 teaspoons of sugar
- Cocoa Puffs - 9.25 teaspoons of sugar
- Cookie Crisp - 8.75 teaspoons of sugar
- Shredded Wheat - 0.1 teaspoons of sugar
- Cocoa Pebbles - 9 teaspoons of sugar
- Banana Nut Crunch - 4.5 teaspoons of sugar
Some Easy Healthier Breakfast Options..
Multigrain pancakes with berries
- Fresh green smoothie w/ preferred protein
- Egg/cauliflower scramble
- Scrambled eggs & veggies
When your sweet tooth starts acting up, go for options that are healthy and guilt free like fruit.
So many Americans struggle to kick their sugar addiction and feel like it's a never ending battle. I'm here to tell you that it's possible to not just rid yourself of the habit but also find sweet options found in nature that are better for you than what big companies would have you believe. It all starts with you. What do you want to do for yourself and how will you do it?
Your comments are always welcomed and I'm so excited to be back on the blog. This series is one I'm really excited about and I think it'll be one that could help you have a healthier relationship with food, starting with sugar.
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