A wholesome breakfast can really help propel you through your day.  Some sugary breakfast foods will make you feel like you need a nap by the time you get to work.  Your body needs fuel for the whole day in the morning:  whole grains, fiber, healthy fats, and a good wallop of protein will get your day started right.  Today we’ll talk about some sugary processed breakfast foods that you'll want to avoid, and then discuss some savory options to try.

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:

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!

10/24/2012 12:42:18 am

Yes! The things I see kids eat...it amazes me! Personally I don't think I would even give my kid normal cereal for breakfast anymore, but then again, I'm a bit of a food tyrant!

10/24/2012 06:24:38 am

I agree Iris, I don't recommend breakfast cereal to anyone either! I don't mind a good bowl of steel cuts oats though.


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