Eating only “real food,” means sometimes you might get what seems like a strange message from your mother. Here’s what she sent me last night:  “I’m  making party mix.  Are you going to eat it?  Only real food is wheat chex, nuts, butter.”  She means Chex Party Mix, and it’s something she makes every year for the holidays and typically puts a bag of it under the tree for both my sister and me.

The typical recipe calls for a more than one kind of Chex cereal, pretzels, and some spices, along with the Wheat Chex, nuts and butter she mentions, but I’m guessing she is paring down the recipe to try to make it fit my “real food” definition.

Packaged cereal sometimes is less healthy than it sounds, so I searched for a list of ingredients in Wheat Chex, just to see: Whole Grain Wheat, Sugar, Salt, Molasses and BHT.  The whole grain wheat passes the “real food” bar. Also Wheat Chex do have only five ingredients, another part of the “real food” definition. But, there are two kinds of sweeteners in this cereal, including processed sugar. And, BHT stands for Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), also known as butylhydroxytoluene, which is added as a preservative.

Based upon what I found, I’d say that Wheat Chex is pretty good, but not exactly “real food.”

But, what did I tell my mother?  I said “just give me a small bag this year,” – cause, hey, it’s the holidays, right?  (It also got me thinking if I could come up with a way to make party mix even more “real,” and I think it’s possible. I’ll put that on my list for next year.)