Happy Tuesday everyone. I’m going to make a left turn and jump off the beaten path and camp out on the subject of snack cakes. Snack cakes, you ask? Ahh yes, the delectable little treasures in their trophy like cellophane wrappers we all have had at one time or another to suppress the cravings of our chocolate and sugar and cream filling indulgences. For decades past there has been what I like to call a “snack cake revolution.” These tasty little cakes can be found anywhere from grocery stores to vending machines and eventually wind up in the guts of many looking for a quick snack.

In the Scissors & Drumsticks household, we are no strangers to food. In fact, we are in love with food so much that we decided to eat more. That’s right…..MORE. You see, in years past we would fill our pantry, lunch boxes, and snack time with all sorts of snack cakes and sugary packaged delights with my favorite being Snowballs. We are a growing family and these things are a god send to folks like us on a budget as the average cost of a box of any variety is around $2.00. That’s cheap!

We quickly realized we were eating more and more of this overly processed sugar and fat laden non-food stuff. That’s right, NON-FOOD. Food nourishes the body, this stuff does nothing. Sure, I’ve heard and made the jokes in the past saying it has eggs, milk, cream, & flour. But once it’s processed in this fashion it quickly becomes non-food. This stuff has no vitamin supplement benefit nor any minerals or dietary fiber. It does contain wax, fat, processed chocolate, and loads of sugar. Wax? Sure it does. All those chocolate coatings contain paraffin which is one reason why they have such a long shelf life. Let’s look at what these snacks offer our bodies:

  • Loads of processed sugar/24-54 grams per cake
  • Extreme amounts of fats/20-40 grams
  • Chocolate is usually imitation containing paraffin wax
  • Cream fillings are completely comprised of sugar and fat
  • High caloric intake from 250-500 calories per cake
  • The average honey bun contains 50 grams of sugar, 20-30 grams of fat, and weighing in at a cool 400-500 calories

There’s not much in the way of nutritional value in these snacks. The amout of sugar alone is horrifying. The downside is, most the sugar can and will be counted as fat gram for gram. Add it all up and you have 44-94 grams of fat per cake, many of which people consume multiple times per day.

I am proud to announce we no longer purchase many of these non-foods. This is where I say we eat MORE. More of naturally occuring sustainable foods. Sure, our pantry still has a few granola bars, snack crackers, and a few other items here and there. But, packaged snacks and cakes are no longer the focus in our snack food locker. Scissors is a wonderful baker and has upped the antie by baking sweet breads from scratch when needed. As a matter of fact, she is tantilizing my taste buds as I write this with fresh batches of Amish Friendship Bread Muffins in the oven from which she creates with a fermented sourdough starter that has been a part of our family quite some time now. Most of the baked goods get consumed outside of our home, as we give them to family, friends, neighbors, & my co-workers. On occasion I have been known to whip up a batch of fresh home made ice cream that the family loves.  We have also replaced a lot of the sweets with fresh fruits bought twice weekly. Our kids grab an apple, orange, banana, tomato, grapes, kiwi,  cucumber, or whatever else they desire. We have told them they can eat as much as they want and never have to ask for such. Just grab and go. Let’s have a look at what the new snacks offer our temples:

  • Vitamins A,B,C,D,E-Full day’s supply with 3 pieces of fruit or vegetable
  • Protein
  • Natural sugars the human body will process and use, not store as fat
  • Fiber
  • Amino Acids
  • Iron
  • Folic Acid
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • 65-80 calories per piece of fruit
  • Fat FREE!

I’m sure I missed a few, but you can definitely see the benefits of eating natural foods greatly outweigh the processed junk food by far. I even quit taking pill form vitamins as a result which saves us a few coins every couple months.

What’s in your snack closet? What kind of changes has your family gone through for better snacking and eating? Always felt like you needed a change, just not sure where to turn?

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