Saturday, April 28, 2012

Weekend Cooking; The breakfast meal that requires no cooking!

Everybody has their favorite bowls

Cereal.  We love it at our house.  Big huge crunchy bowls of it.  We eat ours a bit differently than others do.  This odd practice of ours has even raised eyebrows from friends and family members from afar.

We mix our cereal-Lord, yes, we do!  In one bowl, we add a base such as Cheerios, Corn or Rice Chex (gluten-free) and then we build up from there.  A touch of granola or flax to the top, a generous sprinkle of raisins or dried cranberries to the top, pour Hansen's healthy milk over the top and it is one big bowl of happiness.

We are also pretty particular about what boxes are welcomed into the cereal cupboard.  This was the first food our children learned to read the label on. My husband only let them choose cereals with a sugar content  no higher than 10-12 grams per one cup.   Not the 3/4 cup size even.

We're not the cereal police, really-we just wanted them to have a healthy breakfast.  My husband is the one who masterminded the cereal mix and all of our children stick to it.  They've been reading cereal labels since they were little-it comes naturally.

Our favorite brands:

1. Mom's Best Naturals; Sweetened Wheat-fuls, Mallow Oats are the favorites. (there is that pseudo word "natural" but from everything I can tell this brand is true to it)

2. Cascadian Farms; Chocolate O's, Cinnamon Crunch

3. Kashi; Go Lean Crunch.  My husband and I love this sprinkled on top.  It is similar to granola and adds a good crunch.

Other brands we eat:
Cheerios, Chex, Wheaties, Rice Krispies, Kix, and Life.  Cereal is expensive and this mix-it-up method makes the expensive organic brands last longer because you're just using a sprinkle of it ever day.

We generally buy organic raisins from the bins.

How do you like your cereal?  What is your favorite brand?
This post is loosely linked to Beth Fish Reads Weekend Cooking meme-where many people write about their cooking experiences for the week.


(Diane) bookchickdi said...

I've never mixed cereals, but I may give it a try. I like Special K Fruit & Yogurt, and when my husband has a business dinner, that is usually what I have for dinner.

Libby said...

I never thought of mixing them. What fun! Lol! I'm sure my kids would play along. :)

Janssen said...

I love the Cinnamon Toast Crunch version from Mom's Best Naturals (although it fails the sugar test).

Peggy Ann said...

We've always been big cereal eaters at our house. When my youngest was wee little and very picky that's all he ate! Hubby and I love Kashi's Whole Wheat Biscuits. He likes the cinnamon and I love the Autumn Wheat which I can't seem to find anymore:(

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I am more of an oatmeal fan now but there was a time... I could eat cereal all day long - and did!

Marg said...

We often mix cereals. Our favourite combination is Weetbix with Cornflakes. Yum!

Beth F said...

My husband always mixes his too -- usually a whole grain flake type cereal and a granola type. Then he adds the fruits and other toppings. Yum.

Heather said...

I eat my cereal dry. Can't have the milk and don't like soy milk or rice milk with the cereal.