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I am sick and tired of the misleading information on food. Sick of it. Every food is now touted as “with added vitamins!” “Only natural ingredients” “No sugar added” “0% fat” etc. And when you look a little closer at the nutrition and ingredients, you find that:

“with added vitamins” = this has so much sugar and fat that we had to add stuff so that you would look at this (and no-one knows if added vitamins are absorbed by the body at all)

“Only natural ingredients” = sugar, sugar, more sugar, and some glucose to round it off.

“No sugar added” = we added tons of fructose in the form of dates/carobs/fruit puree/fruit concentrate.

“0% fat” = we added more sugar!

This has to stop! For once I would like to find something that is actually healthy! It has come to the point where I am instantly suspicious of anything that claims to beneficial in any way.

I am still furious at a baby-formula company who started making baby-pasta: slightly precooked pasta (so that it will be quick to make and soft) with added vitamins and they are touting this as a necessary food for every baby! Since when do 6 month old babies have to eat pasta? All added vitamins are suspect because it hasn’t been proves the body absorbs any of this. So why are they claiming that this is a necessary part of nutrition and scaring well-meaning parents! And if it is really that important, what’s wrong with overcooking some regular pasta and adding a good sauce and some cheese? What do we need baby-pasta for?  😡

And the granola I saw – I usually make my own granola but things have been hectic and I considered buying. I saw in the “healthy” section of the supermarket granola with no sugar added. I took my old brand (that I used before making my own) and this one and compared calories. The one with no sugar added had more calories than the one with sugar. Why? because they added date spread and carob powder. But this brand is healthier! I suppose it didn’t occur to anyone to simply not sweeten it at all? That’s what the dried fruit is for! At the most I add a few tbsp honey to a huge batch, but certainly not more…

And jam with no sugar added – it’s so much healthier than regular jam except that they add fruit concentrate = fructose in amounts. So what’s the difference except for the inflated price?

And don’t get me started on granola bars…. aaarghghghgh!!!!

It’s impossible to buy anything anymore!

I needed that. Thank you for listening.

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Hi all, I haven’t posted in a looong time. Sorry about that.

To continue, there are two additional recipes I cooked with my 3-y0 lately: Animal shaped vanilla cookies and chocolate balls.

Animal shaped vanilla cookies:

These are basic cookies that can be rolled out and cut out with cookie cutters. The great thing about them is that the dough doesn’t have to be refrigerated before rolling. Most recipes require the dough to be in the refrigerator at least half an hour, making it a bad choice with young kids. Predictably, this recipe is also taken from “Cakes for all seasons”, Nira Scheuer (with a few changes).

Ingredients for about 100 cookies:

2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
5 tbsp water (or cream)
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tbsp lemon zest (optional)
pinch salt
150 gr cold margarine.

Place all the ingredients in the mixer and mix until you get dough. Do NOT over-mix. I personally prefer to have a few pieces of margarine showing than over-mixing. If it is really unbearably sticky, add some flour and mix the minimum possible.

Flour your surface and the rolling-pin well before rolling. Roll out and cut out with cookie shapes. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees C, about 10 minutes or until golden.

Chocolate balls

This recipe is from “Children are cooking”, Ruth Sirkis, again with some changes :-). This is an excellent and highly recommended book, not only for kids – I still make pancakes using the recipe from this book.

Ingredients

250 gr petit-buerre biscuits, crushed in a food processor or placed in a bag and crushed with a rolling-pin.
10 tbsp sugar
5 tbsp cocoa powder
water
1 tbsp vanilla (optional)
100 gr margarine, melted
coconut flakes

Place all ingredients except water and coconut in a big bowl. Mix. Add water while mixing, adding only enough so that the mixture forms a dough. Make balls (roughly 2-3 cm in diameter) and roll in the coconut flakes. Place in small paper muffin cups. Makes about 40 balls.

My 3-yo made the balls and rolled them in the coconut  and thoroughly enjoyed himself.

Enjoy!

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