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Cereal squares

I’m coo-coo for cocoa puffs! They’re GREAAAT! Silly Rabbit! They’re magically delicious! Breakfast of Champions.
If you haven’t caught on yet, those are slogans for a few of the very popular cereals on the current market. Cereal, oh cereal how I love thee. I, and many others on this Earth, include cereal in their daily routine.

*stands on soap box*
I must tell you, though it breaks my heart, that the cereal on the grocery shelves that you have spent hundreds of dollars on over the years is terrible. There I said it. It is filled with a ridiculously large amount of sugar (in several forms), artificial food coloring, BHT, random “stabilizers and preservatives”, and a whole bunch of other ingredients you have never heard of and certainly wouldn’t use in your kitchen. I literally almost had a panic attack when I looked at the ingredients and understood what I was putting into my body by the bowlful.
Why, oh why, do they need to put such terrible things in our food? Cereal companies focus on selling their product to children with their colorful boxes, cute spokespeople/things, and catchy commercials. They count on kids being drawn in and their parents buying it for them. Most cereals have at least 9-11 grams of sugar (refined and processed, of course) in just a 3/4 cup. Let’s be real though, who only eats a 3/4 cup serving..not me. We are only supposed to have 24 grams (for woman) or 36 grams (for men) of sugar in our diet a day and that is the max. With all of the other foods we eat, this bowl full of sugar is not helping us keep that number in check.

You know how all the specialists say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Well, if that is true, why would you be feeding yourself a bowl of sugar n’ chemicals? That is most certainly not great.

So those cute colorful (delicious) marshmallows, those mini chocolate chip cookies, those little balls that taste like a peanut butter cup, and even your ‘natural’ (ha) granola, are now banned forever from entering into my body again and I hope yours too!
I have been trying to create something to squash my intense cereal withdrawals. This particular recipe came about by accident, actually. I was trying to make gluten free crust and it didn’t work out, but it most certainly worked as cereal! YAY FOR EXPERIMENTS!

This cereal is gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, kid friendly, adult friendly, no processed sugars, preservative/chemical free, and very-happy-tummy approved. Winner all around.
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Blissful Blueberry Muffins

When I was getting ready to write this post I did some research on the history of the blueberry muffin. I thought it might be interesting…I’m a nerd.

Among many blueberry muffin recipes, chacha answers, and ‘can my –insert animal- eat blueberries?’ inquiries, was a site about Minnesota and their official muffin. Did you know a state could have an official muffin? It said that a group of 3rd graders convinced the State Legislature to give Minnesota a state muffin. Since blueberries grow there in abundance, they decided on the blueberry muffin.

The blueberry muffin is probably my favorite type of muffin. I like it not too sweet, moist, and fresh…straight from the oven. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to find a blueberry muffin, nowadays, that’s not packed with preservatives, GMO ingredients, and tons of processed/refined sugar. Looking at the ingredients list for a blueberry muffin on one very famous coffee shop’s website, I found that it contained 29 grams of sugar (3rd on the ingredient list), modified corn starch, natural flavors, and cellulose gum (eat wood pulp? no, thanks.) I don’t even want to go into what I found in other bakery’s websites.

This, and the fact that we just got a huge carton of fresh blueberries yesterday, had me craving a nice, safe, homemade blueberry muffin. I’m a little bit of a control freak.

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Healthy, Happy, Homemade Pop Tarts

We’ve never had a lot of Pop Tarts in my house. And when we did have them…none of us ever ate them for breakfast. It always seemed to be an ‘I’m hungry right before bed so I’ll sneak out and try to open that stupid silver, ridiculously loud, package and eat my delicious Pop Tart without getting caught’ kind of thing…at least it was for me. It had to be strawberry and I had to toast it. Is there any other way? Well, that was until my mom saw Pumpkin pie Pop Tarts, and knowing me oh-so-well, got me a package. Let’s just say, they didn’t last long.

Here’s the scary part. Pop Tarts, among many other ingredients, are made with enriched flour, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, sunflower oil, palm oil, modified corn starch, caramel color, soy lecithin, and food coloring. What?? Those pastries you see on TV with huge grins, are filled with garbage?

Needless to say, I don’t eat Pop Tarts anymore. RIP Pumpkin Pie Pop Tart.

But never fear! I have created my own version to bring toasty goodness and smiles back to the people again. Now you can be rest assured that your Healthy and Happy Pop Tarts are good for your body and your taste buds. You can thank me later 🙂

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