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“The Cereal Aisle Secret”

Ah, the cereal aisle. The eternal battle between sugar and healthy. What is a dad to do when he rivals the likes of his daughters favorite cartoon characters practically screaming to eat the sugar-coated puffs of regurgitated crap on the shelves? A dad has to think quick and fast these days because nothing gets by these kids.

It has always been important to me to tell the truth to my daughter, one slip and she won’t believe a thing I say which I quickly learned after telling her that her Emergen-c vitamin packets were merely orange juice and that the wheat grass powder was actually chocolate milk. She still raises an eyebrow every time I hand her a sippy cup.

“Dad, why can’t I have the (insert cartoon covered box of sugar) cereal” she asks. “Alright…” I told her, “I am going to let you in on a little secret”. She looked eager to listen to this one, because as we all know, kids LOVE a good secret.

“You see all these cereals with cartoons on them?” I ask. “Yes, they are my favorite” she smiles and her eyes grow big. “Well, they are at home in our cabinets, stale as can be..” She was looking at me as confused as ever. I continued… “They don’t taste that great, but they look real good…you see, these cereals taste so bad that they HAVE to put cartoons on them so kids will eat them. The real secret is…” I looked left and right, up and down to make sure no one else was listening, “The real secret is, the BEST, YUMMIEST, and TASTIEST cereals are on the TOP SHELF, the shelf where kids can’t see them. And they don’t have any cartoons because they already taste so good… look at that berry! look at those granolas! don’t they look good?!”

I winced a little to see if she bought it. After all, I was telling the truth. But even to me they didn’t quite look as appealing as the entire cast of Saturday morning cartoons… “Don’t they look good?” I asked again. “Oh yes Dad! Look at those with all the berries! Those look the best!!! Can I PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE have those?” My little four-year old exclaimed. I couldn’t believe it. Not only did I let her in on the greatest secret of the cereal aisle, but she actually listened and looked at the cereal inside the box instead of the marshmallows and animations.

Mission accomplished.

We both had a bowl this morning and those berries and granola were fantastic.

Today’s Guest Post is brought to us by Jessica’s Husband. Aside from sharing the cereal aisle secret, he recently shared with us the 10 Tastiest Hot Sauces!

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7 COMMENTS

  • Bex on September 6, 2011

    I’m going to have to keep this tip in mind for when Chloe is old enough to ask for things!

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  • Jessica on September 6, 2011

    What a great post! I witnessed it first hand and it was jaw-dropping.. She totally loves the healthy ones now.

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  • Caitlin on September 6, 2011

    I’m going to have to remember this when my daughter starts begging for sugary cereals!

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  • Kaydee on September 7, 2011

    Great idea!!!

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  • Tamie on September 8, 2011

    Great idea. I wish I knew about it years ago but my 10 year old won’t fall for it. All I hear now a days is how I used to give them the good sugary cereal and now they have to eat the healthy ones without sugar. But they are coming around to it…

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  • Barbara on September 8, 2011

    From now on I’m only looking on the top shelf.

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  • Juliette Nelson on December 12, 2011

    Brilliant!!

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