When getting herself breakfast today Beth asked me to read out the sugar and salt quantities in the ingredients list on her cereal carton. She has always been interested in eating healthily but is beginning to want to relate what she knows to what she eats.
So she brought me the cereal she was considering and I read out the quantities of sugar and salt. She went away seemingly satisfied only to come back in a couple of minutes with the salt and sugar weighed out.
She was horrified and that cereal was definitely out of the running. She then bought me a packet of Shredded Wheat which is much better but she had noticed that the cereal with milk contained a lot of sugar and that got her interested in the sugar in milk, so we googled it. First we found this site which is not too keen on milk at all. Then one that is much more keen.
This video was fun to watch and I would do well to take note but we could not find Almond milk for delivery in the UK. Probably we will have to actually go to a health food shop for that, which we will do when I am back on my feet because she is interested in trying it.
This discussion about healthy cereal led to questions about healthy bread and the difference between white and wholemeal bread. We learned that white bread only contained the endosperm while wholemeal contained the bran and the wheatgerm as well which is where a lot of the nutrition is.
This image explained it well.
Our search then led us here, and then here, which exposed some of the horrors of processed food, and we had to look at the worst cereal,
This site looked interesting to me but not to Beth so we didn't tarry here. Perhaps we will go back and have a look at sometime in the future.
A break occurred at this point when we realised that Beth was in danger of missing French, however she found out when she got there that it was off for half term (still got to get our head around this went to guides as well, we haven't done many things that have broken for school holidays in this way before). French lessons combine with social time in the park and luckily someone else had made the same mistake and they had bought their very young puppy with them so win win for Beth. You know who you are and thank you!
We then covered baked beans : ( and cheese.
This is what a hundred grams of cheese looks like.
Any more than this and you are definitely getting too much salt not to mention fat.
Baked beans seem to be out of the question if you want to eat anything else with salt in that day!
We looked at pizza and decided they need to be home made and wholemeal, shop bought ones have massive amount of salt. We thought of french bread pizzas but can't find wholemeal french bread
And Lynda McCartney pies, a family favourite contain 17.5 grams of salt equivalent. Arrrggghhhhhh!!!!
That is 12.5 gm more than a woman's recommended daily allowance. Arrrggghhhhhh!!!!
An excellent unintended consequence of all this was the rediscovery of the Usborne Beginner's Cookbook which went missing four years ago when we had the kitchen redone and has previously avoided all efforts to find it.
We have had to stop as I am exhausted and need a break before cooking our extremely unhealthy shop bought pizzas for tea. We always have lots and lots of sliced veggis with them but I am not sure that will compensate for the salt content.
Beth grumbled a bit as she was not exhausted but then accepted it and is now playing Adventure Rock on her computer, a game she recently discovered for herself.
It was fortunate that I had had nothing else planned for today-although it was unfortunate that this is because I have two broken legs and can't go anywhere - however autonomous learning does not always take place at the most convenient of times as Jax points out.