Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Power of the Germ

Today, since it is Saturday, I decided to take a break from our boring Cheerios-and-bananas breakfast routine and made Annabel rice pudding (nothing too fancy, just the jell-o box mix). As I'm cooking it I take a look at the box...fiber? Nope. Protein? No siree. No calcium, no iron, no vitamins, no nutritional value to speak of! Oh, but there are 13g of sugar! Yes, the ingredients are sugar, rice and cornstarch. 
So, I did what any good  mother would do and added a big ol' spoonful of wheat germ. This stuff packs 2g of fiber, 4g protein, 140mg potassium (thats good, right?), as well as 6% dv iron, 20% dv each vitamin E and folic acid, 10% dv each magnesium, thiamin, phosphorus and zinc! Wow! I'm putting this stuff in everything!


Rock 'n Roll Momma© said...

i have a KILLER waffle recipe that includes wheat germ in it. i'll have to share that on my recipe blog (like, as soon as i finish my comment here or i'll forget!) i need to start adding it in my bread too! a while back i learned the exchange rate between the gram and teaspoon measurement for sugar, and it blew me away when i started reading labels. YEESH!

Grandma Jean said...

You sneaky mama. Another good hidden ingredient is Flax seed. It has 4g. fiber. It is good for lowering chloresterol too.