My Favorite Breakfast Cereal Is One I Make Myself
The weather is warming up so this morning I made and ate my favorite breakfast cereal. It has everything I like in it, and it costs much less than buying something similar at the store that isn’t nearly as healthy. This cereal is not always the same. It depends on what ingredients I have handy. Sometimes I use other cereals as a base.
This morning I had some leftover frosted mini-wheats that needed to be used. I broke them into smaller pieces. Then I ground about a 1/4 cups of walnuts to put on top and about 1/3 cup of plain, uncooked oats. To top it off I washed about 1/3 cup of blueberries I had on hand. Then I mixed and topped it with milk.
Blueberries are an important part of my breakfast cereal recipe, but they aren’t always in season. When they aren’t, I use frozen or dried ones. Costco carries some very good dried ones, but they do have added sugar. Other kinds of berries will also work. This morning I got my sugar from the frosting on the mini-wheats.
I can’t remember when I began to experiment with mixing cereals. I know I was at least fifty. One day I just tried mixing two dry cereals we had in the house, and I thought they were better mixed together than eaten separately. I often added sliced bananas, as many others do.
A few years later my husband went to a doctor for diet advice. The doctor told him he would start losing weight if he had about 1/4 cup orange juice over 2/3 cups dry, raw oatmeal. I couldn’t imagine anyone eating uncooked oats. But Kosta said it wasn’t bad. I couldn’t imagine eating cereal without milk. So one day I got brave and mixed some oats with chopped dates and chopped nuts, and I poured milk over all. It was very good.
Kosta saw me adding the nuts and dates, and he wanted to try that, too. Then we started adding chopped apple and some blueberries. The cereal got better and better, and we had to start using bigger bowls. He still pours orange juice over it, and I still use milk. Any kind of milk will do. I am not supposed to drink cow’s milk anymore, so I use goat’s milk.
Although this began because my husband wanted to lose weight, I’m afraid once we started adding dates, nuts and sweetened dried fruits, this cereal no longer qualified as a diet food. It is nutritious, though, full of fiber, and filling. It will hold you until lunch time with no snacking.
I hope I’ve given you some ideas on how to make your breakfast cereal as tasty as an expensive granola you buy at the store, without the added sugar and fat a baked granola has. Experiment with adding various kinds of nuts and seeds and fruits to a cereal you already have on hand – even if it’s just plain oats. Be creative and let your imagination run wild. You’ll be glad you did.
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