Friday, April 16, 2010

You're eating what?

This morning I awoke to a rant.
@Sheepmama, a delightful woman whom I happily follow on twitter made the mistake of shopping casually and not reading the full ingredient list on a breakfast cereal purporting to be healthy. Consequently, when she noticed the list of ingredients she couldn't pronounce, along with the dreaded "High Fructose Corn Syrup," she got a little irritated, and I can't blame her.
Food marketers get away with far too many misleading statements.
She made a few great points about claiming that things are "all natural" and the notion that just because it's natural, it's good.

I have to agree with her. Everything was made from something found in nature. But there comes a point in the chemical processing when one has to step back and say "it ain't natural no more." Because it isn't. Saying "But we used corn to make it," does not mean that it is any less processed or unnatural than plastics, bleaches, solvents, or dioxins. It just means that the base material is one with which people are generally familiar.

Furthermore, corn isn't precisely the most natural thing out there. When one takes into consideration the pesticides frequently used in it's growth as well as the genetic engineering of the plant, it is very hard to argue that corn is itself a natural commodity these days.

In closing, she left us with this delicious sounding recipe for a crock pot cereal. Yum.

3 cups water, 2 1/2 cups quality apple juice, 1/2 cup barley, 1/2 cup steel cut oats, 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 cup dried apricots,chop (here)

1/4 cup quinoa, 1/4 cup wheat berries, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 cup honey (here)

Put everything except the honey in the rockppt overnight. If desired ad l&d the honey in the morning. Top w toasted sliced almonds. Enjoy! (here)

Somehow I like an ingredient list I can understand.

Do you have any simple alternatives for a healthy/ier breakfast?

2 reflections:

Nifty Nappy said...

That does sound yum, but I don't have any quinoa... can't buy it out here anywhere! :(

I guess it depends on what you consider a healthy meal? I have one that we like and it is a natural type of one.
*especially when you have a garden and grow your won veggies... and have your own chickens too! :)

Muffin Frittatas
6 eggs 1/2 c. milk
1/4 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. pepper
1 c. shredded cheese 3/4 c. chopped zucchini
1/4 c. chopped bell pepper 2 Tbsp. chopped onion

Beat your eggs, milk, salt and papper until blended. Add everything else, mix well. Spoon into 12 greased muffin cups, about 1/4 c each.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 min.

These are fun because you can add just about anything you want. Plus they are great on the go!

So there you have it. Some people don't think eggs are "healthy" though, but if you feed your chickens and you know what they are eating then I think they are about as Natural and healthy as you can get!
I love that I am able to have a garden and we bottle a lot of our food. This way I know that my kids are eating things without all the nasty chemicals. :)

Fun post! Thanks!

Slee said...

i like eggs. i had a delicious omelet this morning. it had colby, feta, and 2 whole tomatoes.