I am a mother to a boy who has a food coloring intolerance. I am also suffered from the same intolerance as a child according to my mother. If you have been around here for a while, then you have heard me speak of this before. We discovered this intolerance when he was about 2.5 and eating “fruit snacks” that were clearly not fruit based! My mostly sweet child we turn into someone, something we didn’t recognize. It only took a few times for me to realize that it was the fruit snacks and that it had to do with the food coloring inside. From that point on we cut food dyes from Graham’s diet (mostly red dye). Graham was back to normal.
So, when the question is raised, “Is it important to know where your cereal comes from?” my response is 100% yes! I would raise that to the level of, it is important to know where all of your food comes from. Now, I am making no claims that our family eats purely organic, all natural items every single time we ingest something. We just don’t. But, I do make a conscious effort to feed my family healthy foods the majority of the time. I also make sure my kids know that our food does not come from the grocery store, but that it comes from the ground and from hard working individuals much like our neighbors. Yes, we are fortunate enough to live on a farm so my children see first hand what it takes to have the food that we eat and have a greater appreciation for every bite of it.
Our family also enjoys cereal in the morning and sometimes for afternoon snacks. Davis can be seen carrying around some version of cereal just about every day in his snack cup. So, when I found out about Kellogg’s Start Simple, Start Right initiative I was on board. Kellogg’s is a brand that my family has loved since the beginning. When my boys came along they also became huge fans of the Kellogg’s cereals. The reality is that you have many different options that have only 7 ingredients or less. The infographic (Seed to Spoon) above illustrates beautifully what we try to teach our own children about what we buy. The farmer harvests the grains, drops grains off at mill, mill cleans and prepares grains, Kellogg’s takes the grains and turns them into cereal. Simple.
There are 5 different Kellogg’s cereals that fall into the Start Simple, Start Right category. They are easily located by finding the orange banner across the top. The 5 brands represented are: Rice Krispies Gluten Free, Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes (our favorite), Raisin Bran and All-Bran. I’m sure one of these is in your top favorites as well!
So, how about you? Is it important to you to know what is in your cereal?
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kellogg’s. I received sample products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.