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Mar
9
2014
Mar 9, 2014

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Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats….

*scratches head*

I’m not sure what to think. If you’re a regular reader of ThingsThatWeDo.com, you’ll know that my daughter and I have always been label readers. As she’s gotten older, she’s taken more initiative in the label reading. She asks to go into the cereal aisle and pulls out different boxes to read.

Her recent choice: Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats, this box in particular. Read the box: brown sugar flavour, high source of fibre…

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Feb
11
2014
Feb 11, 2014

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A while ago, I saw a commercial or ad for Post Shredded Wheat. It said something like it had only one simple ingredient and my brain instantly went, “Huh..really…”

You see, I wasn’t convinced.

So, on a recent trip to the grocery store, I went and did a little digging.

Guess what the box of Post Shredded Wheat cereal said under the list of ingredients?

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Jan
10
2014
Jan 10, 2014

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Breakfast, what do you eat? What do your children eat? It’s always a dilemma and I’m trying to jazz up that morning routine.

Recently, I spent some serious time in the grocery aisles analyzing the different products to try and find something I could test for ThingsThatWeDo.com that would be a good breakfast option for all of us.

Guess what I discovered?

Say hello to Country Choice Organic Multigrain Hot Cereal!

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Dec
23
2013
Dec 23, 2013

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BHT. Are you eyeballs rolling to the back of your head yet? If you’re a regular ThingsThatWeDo.com reader, you know I’ve mentioned BHT on more than one occasion. I don’t like it, I shouldn’t have to like it, and it irks me that companies use it either in their packaging to quote ‘maintain freshness’ or add it directly to the product itself.

YUCK.

I mean, really, what part of my DNA was designed to consume BHT?

Anyhooooo…today’s rant and rave isn’t so much about BHT as it is about options.

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Dec
8
2013
Dec 8, 2013

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When I was a kid, I loved eating cereal and Shreddies was one of my absolute favourites. I could eat bowls and buckets of Shreddies. I loved the crunch, I loved the toasty taste, and most of all I just loved their wheaty goodness.

Fast forward a million years and now I’m a parent and I recognize times have changed. As parents in today’s world, we have no choice but to be label readers because food just isn’t made the same way it used to be. Food isn’t grown the same way and it’s certainly not made the same way.

Sadly, this has implications for my beloved box of Shreddies.

Once upon a time, I would have only known that BHT were 3 letters in the alphabet but now I know better. BHT aka Butylated Hydroxytoluene may/not be words that are familiar to you. I won’t go in to too much detail about BHT (I’ll provide a link to an article you can read) but it’s one of my pet peeves and it just so happens to be on the packaging for my beloved box of Shreddies.

Companies claim to use BHT to preserve the freshness of the product but the way I see it, I don’t need my cereal to live on the shelves for all of eternity. I recognize that companies need to make money because if they didn’t, they’d go belly-up. I totally get it but I don’t think companies NEED to use BHT because I know there are other alternatives.

How do I know this?

Because I’ve seen other companies make cereals and THEY don’t use BHT which makes me ask, “So, why use BHT if you don’t have to?” Way back on November 2, 2012, I reviewed the PC Organics Wheat Squares which would be the perfect example of how Shreddies could be made but aren’t. The PC Organics Wheat Squares are made with 4 ingredients and BHT is not used in the packaging process.

I rest my case.

To the folks at Post: as consumers gain more knowledge of what to buy/not buy, you will need to do some serious self-reflecting on your practice. I’ve always loved Shreddies but since becoming a parent and an informed consumer, I miss eating Shreddies.

Here are a few links that you may want to click on:

1. To read my earlier product review on the PC Organics Wheat Squares, click here

2. To visit the Shreddies website, click here

3. To read a bit more about BHT, I included a link to the bodybio.com website. I chose it because it gives a more comprehensive viewpoint of BHT. To read, click here

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Nov
28
2013
Nov 28, 2013

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I make a point of keeping my kid involved when we go grocery shopping. It didn’t just start yesterday. My big kid has been part of the whole food shopping experience since she was a wee one and has always helped me to read the labels too. She knows about BHT and triclosan and acrylamide and nitrates and the list goes on. She also understands that there are some foods that I just won’t bring in to the home because there are other better choices available to us.

With any luck, my kid will grow up to be an informed consumer so she can make wise choices for herself when she gets older. The best part is, it already seems to be paying off.
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Nov
10
2013
Nov 10, 2013

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A little while back ThingsThatWeDo.com reviewed the Enjoy Life Cocoa Loco Baked Chewy Bars. They were yummy, decadent, delicious, and would easily replace any chocolate bar out there. Thanks to Enjoy Life, ThingsThatWeDo.com received samples of their Baked Chewy Bars.

Today’s post is going to dissect the Enjoy Life Mixed Berry Baked Chewy Bars. It’ll be interesting to see if these Enjoy Life Mixed Berry Baked Chewy Bars are as good as their Coco Loco cousins.
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Nov
1
2013
Nov 1, 2013

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Just the other day I griped about the icky sticky yucky Quaker mini chocolate chip bars. Well, today is a new day because today I’m staring at a box of Enjoy Life Cocoa Loco Baked Chewy Bars. I’ve tried them, my kid has tried them, and we’re both grinning. Today is a new day indeed.


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Oct
30
2013
Oct 30, 2013

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It’s Halloween and for many, it’s a time to splurge. Having said that, as a consumer, I have particular hang ups that I just won’t budge on. So, here I am at my local grocery store trying to figure out what I’m going to give out for treats this year. I come across this pack of Quaker chewy mini chocolate chip mini granola bars and they look enticing. I mean, how bad could granola bars be, right?

Right?

WRONG.

I’m enticed enough to pick up the box and then promptly wanted to wonk myself over the head for even considering them. Have a good look at the ingredients that went into these Quaker chewy mini chocolate chip mini granola bars: granola (Quaker rolled oats, rolled whole wheat, brown sugar, barley flakes, sunflower oil, inulin, honey, natural flavour, modified milk ingredients), glucose, chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, salt, vanillin), whole grain brown rice crisps (whole grain brown rice flour, sugar, barley malt, salt, mixed tocopherols), glycerin, shortening (canola oil, modified palm and palm kernel oils), brown sugar, sorbitol, inulin, salt, natural and artificial flavour, soy lecithin, BHT (preservative).

That’s not a long list of ingredients AT ALL. I think my fingers fell off while typing out that list. Sarcasm does not become me when I’m irritated (sorry, folks). So, on top of all that, the Quaker chewy mini chocolate chip mini granola bars then adds BHT directly into the food itself?

THANKS.

I can’t say I always feed my kid the healthiest foods on earth but there’s a limit to how low I’m willing to go even during Halloween. I won’t go into details about BHT but if you do a little bit of your own research. So, on top of the rest of the shortening and junk that is in these Quaker chewy mini chocolate chip mini granola bars they then throw in the BHT as a bonus.

Suddenly, I’m reminded of why I like to either make my own granola bars or buy ones like the Enjoy Life Chocolate Sunbutter Soft Baked Bars for my kid. Sure, I’m not oblivious that better quality costs more but I’d much rather keep my $4 than spend it on the Quaker chewy mini chocolate chip mini granola bars. I’d rather buy stickers and give those out on Halloween than stoop to giving out those nasty bars.

So there in lies my Halloween consumer rant and rave. Some of you might be used to my occasional outbursts but I hope I haven’t caught anyone too off guard. Whether you agree with me or not, my only hope is that we all continue to read those labels and focus on what we want to spend our hard earned money on.

Okay, off to Halloween we go!

In case you want to read my earlier review of the Enjoy Life Chocolate Sunbutter Soft Baked Bars, click the link: Mm, a treat worth eating: Enjoy Life Chocolate Sunbutter Soft Baked Bars

p.s. in case you want to learn more about these bars, click here for more: http://quakeroats.ca/en/products/quaker-granola-bars-snacks/chewy-granola-bars/?gclid=CK3Pw7TW6MYCFQiEaQodMzcIqw

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Oct
27
2013
Oct 27, 2013

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Oh boy oh boy oh boy! One of the biggest reasons my daughter and I decided to make this product review website is because we both like to try new things. Check out what just came in the mail: a box of Enjoy Life baked chewy bars! Woohoo!! I literally only just got this box in the mail and had to let you all know about them.

Four different flavours and they look really promising (I haven’t even tried them yet but my stomach is making some serious noises as I type this post): Cocoa Loco, Mixed Berry, Caramel Apple, and SunButter Crunch. My daughter saw all these boxes and the minute she saw the words “Cocoa Loco”, her eyeballs grew wide and said, “Can I have one NOW?” Sadly, we’ll both have to wait because dinner was around the corner. Me personally, I’m eyeballing the SunButter Crunch.

Like all Enjoy Life products, these baked chewy bars are free of the 8 common allergens. You’ll find no wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish, or shellfish in these little Enjoy Life baked chewy bars.

Sometime in the very near future we’ll be posting a review about these Enjoy Life baked chewy bars. For now, if you’re interested, make note of this code: CHEWY10. Use it on their online store and you’ll get 10% off your first order of Enjoy Life baked chewy bars. Click here to get to their online store.

*SO EXCITED!*

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