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Sugar Free Sunday & “Mom, Can I Have A Twinkie For Breakfast?”

Welcome to one of the sweetest weekly virtual potluck get-together ever! Yes indeed — it is Sugar Free Sunday! We host it every Sunday to exchange incredible sugar free recipes. Inspiration to start the week right? You bet!

Kiddo: “Mommy, can I eat a Twinkie for breakfast?”
Mommy: “umm [HELL]…No, sweetie.”
Kiddo: “How about if I dip it in milk?”
Mommy: “Sorry honey. How about you eat this bowl of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks.”

Seems like a reasonable conversation don’t you think? Except…… the Mommy above decided to give her Kiddo more sugar than what was in the Twinkie.

Yup. According to a study recently released by the Environmental Working Group, many popular children’s cereals have more sugar than sugary desserts.

According to the report, most children’s cereals fail to meet even the US federal government’s guidelines for food nutritious enough to be marketed to children. Sugar seems to be the top problem but many of them contain too much sodium or fat.

If you’re a parent or just a supporter of kids’ health, please download the report and read through the details. It’s a pretty easy read with a large dose of information.

On that note, what do you feed your kids or kids you host for breakfast? My favorite – scrambled eggs — sugar free and full of protein.

How do you participate in the virtual potluck?

  • Link your recipe post (NOT your homepage) if it does not use refined sugar. Your blog does not have to be entirely sugar free, just the dish you’re sharing!
  • Please link back to this get-together somewhere in your post’s text. It’s a great way to invite your readers to the fun!
  • Want to make something sweet without using refined sugar? Just check out all the ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without refined sugar here.
  • Your link doesn’t have to be to a sweet dish! We love to see your sugar free appetizers, entrees, soups, snacks — well — you get the idea!
  • Please don’t link to carnivals or giveaways. This is a party; bring a dish to share!
  • In the ‘Name’ field, please enter who you are and what you’re linking. For example Sonia would put: Bean Kale Pasta Soup [Sonia @ Flip Cookbook]
  • It’s not a party if no one chats! Please join the conversation by leaving a message in the comments section below. Also make sure you have the ‘Notify Me’ checkbox selected so that you can listen as well!
  • Sign up for free to our new venture Velvet Aroma. It’s a visual way to read the blogs you love and really bring their recipes into your kitchen.

We’re so excited to see what you’re cooking….. Sugar Free!

Click on the ‘Add your link’ button below to share.



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11 Responses to Sugar Free Sunday & “Mom, Can I Have A Twinkie For Breakfast?”

  1. I couldn’t agree more! The things I see served in our cafeterias for breakfast make me cringe….and the average kid breakfasts do too! I don’t think any parent feeds their child poorly on purpose. They either don’t know or have never read the food labels. And the processed food giants lead you to believe they are loading those cereals up with GOOD things….labels like ‘whole grains’ and ‘vitamins & minerals’ on the front of the boxes are quite mis-leading. I honestly can’t believe it is allowed, but I guess big money gets you loads of privileges in this country. Hopefully this changes. In the meanwhile, I have been considering writing a post on WHY?! WHY is so much sugar bad for your kids, what is the big deal? Maybe it will help some make better choices….
    Sorry for the soap box, can you tell you hit a hot button for me?! I shared two yummy recipes, one sweet, one savory.

    • Raj says:

      I think you’re right.. a lot of parents (and people in general) believe the marketing material and think it’s a healthy compromise. But I really think people don’t understand or want to understand what sugar is doing to their kids. Ignorance is bliss till it bites you in the ass (or until your kids start running into walls.)

      I would love to read your post on Sugar + Why its bad for kids! Please do!!

      As always – love your recipes! I was a big fig newton fan before I became gluten free.. so really excited to try out your recipe!

  2. Vicky says:

    I wish I knew what I know now when my children were younger! Of course they ate cereals! I didn’t think anything of it – it was normal! This is before internet and my loss of trust in the food manufacturers. Still better late than never, at least their children (she says hopefully) will have the chance to have a better diet. Love the post as usual!

    • Raj says:

      Thx Vicky! It’s crazy how we have to not only be skeptical of the food that’s marketed to us but be downright untrusting. I hope in my lifetime this will change and we can start trusting not just food manufactures but the agencies we put in place to be honest and upfront.

      I love the thought of you teaching your grandkids the true value of food and nutrition! 🙂 Way cool.

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  6. caroline says:

    hello i just posted my first blog recipe..GAPS pancakes!

    http://gutsyhealth.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/gaps-pancakes/

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