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Twinkies=Cereal? Shocking, I know

 Posted by on December 14, 2011
Dec 142011

You might have heard the shocking news recently released by the Environmental Working Group that many children’s cereals have too much sugar. In fact, some cereals have as much sugar per serving as cookies or twinkies. Shocking, again, I know! I’m proud to say that Sustainable Food Center’s The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre was way ahead of its times—teaching participants how to understand nutrition facts labels and ingredient labels—especially in cereal boxes—has been a staple in the curriculum for years now. In the 2nd class of our 6-week series, we teach participants to look for cereals that have no more than 6 grams of sugar per serving and at least 2 grams of fiber per serving. When comparing cereals, it’s pretty amazing just how many cereals fail this test. In fact, I’ve nearly stopped buying cereals all together. Rather, I rely on oatmeal (rolled or steel-cut), yogurt + granola, or muffins (I just made Cranberry Walnut Muffins from The Happy Kitchen cookbook this weekend). Muffins are super convenient because they can be made ahead of time and then frozen. Makes for a fast, inexpensive and nutritious breakfast!

Class participant learning just how much sugar is in a bowl of cereal.