Here are some foods on the market that look more like dessert than breakfast. The really gross part about it is that most of these foods are marketed towards children!
Kellogg’s Frosted S’mores Pop Tarts®: It’s no surprise that these contain 19 grams of sugar in each pastry; the ingredient list includes sugar, dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and corn syrup solids. How do they even pack that all into a 3 x 5” pastry?
Quaker® Instant Oatmeal Dinosaur Eggs: I mentioned this product earlier in a post about faux “health” foods. This is a brown sugar-flavored instant oatmeal packet that has candy dinosaur eggs in it. Apparently when you heat up the oatmeal the eggs crack open and there are candy dinosaurs inside. I’m pretty darn sure this is not how nature intended us to eat.
Kellogg’s Froot Loops® Marshmallow Cereal: Do you think they call them “froot” loops because the FDA wouldn’t want people to think they contained actual fruit? There isn’t actually any kind of fruit in the ingredient list, just natural and artificial flavoring. On top of that, the very first ingredient in this cereal is sugar. That means it contains more sugar than any other ingredient in the whole thing!
Instead of giving yourself a sugar high at breakfast, try one of these fast and wholesome options:
- Apple slices with peanut butter
- Breakfast smoothie (here’s a kid friendly recipe from my old blog)
- Plain yogurt with fruit and raw nuts
- Corn tortilla with scrambled eggs and veggies
- Whole grain toast with hummus and arugula
For more information on why breakfast is the most important meal of the day, check out this post from August.
I actually have a packet of the Dino Eggs oatmeal in my pantry right now; some friends and I bought it as a prop for a nutrition workshop. I am scared to taste it!