Try these treats and snacks in lunch boxes or to take along to a morning tea. Free from added sugar and refined flours, all recipes are gluten free.
Decadent Chocolate Slice
What? Get the kids off cereal? But it’s so easy – you just open a packet and pour, add milk and sugar, and that’s breakfast sorted. They are wholegrain and fortified with additional vitamins and minerals don't ya know! And, as they get older they can do it themselves. Why on earth would I want to get my kids off Rices, Cornflakes, Weetbix, Nutrigrain etc? .
Well, read on to find out why.
Anything that is puffed – like rices etc – are created by using extremely high temperatures that destroy most of the nutrients in the grain and can cause natural oils to go rancid. Most breakfast cereals on the market are made with this high heat extrusion process. This even includes those “healthy” products like puffed millet etc.
Cereal grains get mixed with water to make a sludgey type mix, and, as claimed, vitamins and minerals are added. Then this sludge is put into a machine which pushes it through little hole’s which makes them into the shape they want – flakes, puffs etc. Then they get sprayed with a coating of sugar and sub-standard vegetable oils to keep them fresh, crunchy and crispy. Meaning that all the synthetic vitamins that were originally added in are lost. So as you can see, these aren't exactly what I'd call Whole Foods.
So read below how I got my kids off cereal (it had to be done very slowly, so that they would "die!", apparently) and make sure to check out my healthy "kid approved" cereal alternatives in the recipes section.
It's okay, it can feel really scary (I remember feeling that way), but don't be afraid, just be aware and just keep learning :)