Showdown on the Cereal Aisle Featuring the Fooducate App

It was the end of our winter break. School was starting in just a day and over the last two-plus weeks we had begun suffering from “too-much-of-each-other-itis.” (Can you relate?)
But we needed groceries so the kids and I headed to the grocery store. Mid-way through this trip I had had it! Too many, “Mom, can we buy…?”and then “but why not?” Now, don’t get me wrong. Usually my kids are good shoppers and pretty involved in helping. I usually try to employ at least a few of my tips for grocery shopping with kids.

But it all came to a head on the cereal aisle. My kids were each going to choose a cereal. But after they kept bringing one after the other of not-so-healthy cereals (and there was even the beginning of some begging) and more “but why nots?” I pulled out my smart phone to show them the Fooducate App. It’s an app I’ve had on my phone for a while but really, I don’t use often. I simply could not convince the kids why choosing one cereal over another was a better idea so I employed this third party who knew their stuff.

The idea is simple: Use your smartphone to scan barcodes and a rating of that item will come up. The A, B, C, etc. grading system employs a scientific algorithm to assign the grade based on the product’s nutrition facts and ingredient list. It includes details about why it has the grade it does and even gives alternative suggestions for healthier choices. It’s genius really.

You don’t have to have a smart phone to find out what your food grades are either! (Although that sure is handy!) It’s easy to go to the website to type in the product you want to know more about. There’s even a little video clip that shows you how it all works. The app is available for both iPhone and Android phones.

Let me tell you, the kids were all over it! They started scanning all sorts of cereals and when they realized the cereals they had originally chosen were receiving poor grades, it was rather eye opening. And then they began the quest for healthier cereals with a better grade! We ended up with two cereals from the organic side of the aisle (which really were about the same price as the other cereals) that they actually have been enjoying and will probably want me to buy again. One received a grade that was only slightly better than one of their first choices but progress is progress!

As we continued our shopping trip they wanted to scan everything else…yogurt, milk, canned tomatoes. I’m glad that the Fooducate app helped them get a little more involved in the decision making of why I buy the foods I buy for our family.

What are your favorite apps to use when your grocery shopping? Share with us in the comments!

Special K Chocolately Delight was one of the first cereals that my kids chose. Not so great of a grade.

Special K Chocolately Delight was one of the first cereals that my kids chose. Not so great of a grade with a C.

My daughter actually does not care for this cereal but a bunch  of her friends do. She was suprised to see it wasn't as horrible as she thought but still not great with a C+ (some varieties are D+ though!)

My daughter actually does not care for this cereal but a bunch of her friends do. She was suprised to see it wasn’t as horrible as she thought but still not great with a C+ (some varieties are D+ though!)

This was one of the better alternatives  that my kids chose to purchase.  Only slightly better but better is better!

This was one of the better alternatives that my kids chose to purchase. Only slightly better but better is better!

Getting better! They actually liked the  taste of this variety best overall.

Getting better! They actually liked the taste of this variety best overall.

Disclaimer: I have not been compensated for this review. I just use and like the Fooducate app so want to share it with you all!

2 comments
Kirsten Oliphant
Kirsten Oliphant

This is a great idea! My kids will be all over it, and it's a lot faster than me trying to figure out what's best in the moment.

Meal Plan Mom (Brenda)
Meal Plan Mom (Brenda)

Yes, a great distraction for the kids that actually helps with the decision making process. A win-win!