As Halloween and other school holidays approach the kiddos will be having lots of school parties, which means a lot of junk food. I know, I know….Halloween is only one time a year. Thanksgiving is one time a year. Christmas is one time a year. Birthdays comes once a year. When you add all the holidays, special occasions, weekends etc.. it becomes all the time,which means they are ingesting toxic ingredients….yes toxic. So I’ve made a point to make as much of my food as possible using real ingredients. Yes, it takes a bit longer but in the end I know that my child isn’t eating something with artificial dyes and ingredients. I feel a little bit better giving them those sweet treats when we know what’s in it.
So today we are going to compare Rice Krispy Treats. The ones you make traditionally or buy traditionally and then show you some healthier options. Rice Krispy Treats have been a long time favorite of kids and, yes..adults too for years. But, these tasty little treats are made with, ok I’ll say it…toxic ingredients.
OK…lets get down to it. Marshmallows is pretty much the main ingredient in traditional rice crispy treats.
Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate is a odorless powder used to preserve some foods and also used in making some household cleaners, water softeners, metal cleaners and oil well drilling.
Lets move onto the cereal in traditional rice crispy treats….
Whole grain rice brown rice, sugar, less than 2% salt and BHT for freshness.
Now you may think that the cereal is OK, well it’s better than most cereals but what about that strange BHT. What the heck is that? Let me tell you..
BHT is actually Butylated Hydroxytoluene which is a common additive used to prevent oxidation in a wide variety of foods and cosmetics. BHT is also used in jet fuels, rubber petroleum products, transformer oil and embalming fluid. The MSDS warns that BHT should not be allowed to enter the environment, can cause liver damage. SAY WHAT?!?!
Now if you purchase pre-made rice krispy treats this is what you are getting….
Now that you’ve seen the facts of what’s really in the traditional Rice Krispy Treats you may want to try an alternative. Well, I’ve got a few options for you! First, you could make your own tasty Rice Krispy Treats using healthier ingredients. It takes the same amount of time and kids love them. I just made these healthy rice krispy treats with my cooking class and they were a huge hit, and my own kids can’t get enough. I cut my in squares and placed them in the freezer. When the kids are good and want a special treat I can take one out.
If you don’t have time to make your own you can purchase Nature’s Path Rice Crispy Bars. They come in a few different flavors and are organic and non-gmo verified!
We can still have fun eating sugary treats but if you can use ingredients that are not filled with chemicals…..why wouldn’t you?
Looking to get grossed out even more? Check out these 12 dangerous ingredients that shouldn’t be allowed in our foods.
What are some traditional treats that you choose to make instead of buy?