I remember Michael Jordan with his gentle smile, nodding his head and scooping up a spoonful of crunchy brown flakes, saying “Eat your Wheaties kids!” I also remember the boys in my junior high and high school classes saying their favorite cereal was Wheaties….was there a connection there? Some may argue no, but I say yes!
Michael Phelps the most decorated Olympic athlete ever has chosen to plaster his face all over….wait for it kids…
…..boxes of FROSTED FLAKES. Is this a MAJOR PHELPS PHLUB?. Nutritionists everywhere are saying the same thing…. “With the obesity epidemic in our country, it is shocking that Michael Phelps would even consider choosing a very unhealthy cereal such as Kellogs Frosted Flakes to proclaim his cereal-box glory status.”
“I would not consider Frosted Flakes the food of an Olympian,” said nutritionist Rebecca Solomon of Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Frosted Flakes…perhaps now called PHROSTED PHLAKES???…is basically a bowl full of sugar. And I cannot imagine any parent would be happy about being forced into buying a box for their Phelps Phan children. Even if you are a head strong healthy treat toting parent, you may somehow find yourself purchasing a box of this stuff–just for the iconic image on the box.
The question begins….NOW WHAT? Do I let my kids eat this stuff? Do I secretly replace the frosted white flakes with something I bought at Whole Foods? (A la Deceptively Delicious, Jessica Seinfeld style…) Or do I allow the kids the joy of gulping down the sugary spoonfuls–and call it dessert instead of “the breakfast of gold-medalists….”
OR…do I simply let them try the creamy white sugar-flakes, let them get a sugar high, and then tell them how unhealthy that sugar high is? Yeah right. We all know that cold cereal of the SUGAR in a BOWL variety (Pops, Cocoa Crispies, Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Count Chocula….) are ALL like Kiddie Cocaine. Kids try it once and THEY ARE HOOKED! They want more! Heck, they could probably eat the whole box in one sitting. They will never go back to your Fiber-in-a-bowl healthy brand, like Kashi, Whole Foods 365 cereal, Barbara’s Bakery, Puffins, ect….
C’mon feel the advertising pressure. Give in. Be a “cool mom”. Afterall….Frosted Flakes….or “Frosties”….are in fact VEGAN! What could be better, right?
My advice. If YOU MUST purchase the box…really THROW THE CONTENTS AWAY! What do I sound extreme? Better safe than sorry right? Lets not end up having to detox kids from this liquid sugar breakfast….I say the withdrawal symptoms of eating an entire box of Frosted Flakes will be much worse than simply never experiencing the “joy” that comes from indulging in it.
With SO MANY healthy treats or even breakfast snacks out there….Snackimals, Whole Foods vegan cookies, Le Pain Quotidian vegan blueberry muffins, Amy’s brand breakfasts, Frozen Yogurt with fresh fruit, homemade blueberry pancakes, ect….. Why feed your kids junk for a treat or breakfast when you don’t really have to? But that’s just my advice. One bowl of FF certainly won’t hurt them…….certainly won’t destroy all the healthy values you have instilled in them…….
…or will it?