If there were only two kinds of cereal left in the world, what would you choose?

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As a child, it would have been rice bubbles, for sure. Probably, corn flakes would have followed. Both served with warm milk and extra sugar.

Today, being all grown up, considerations of health have taken over pure desire. Number one, would be rolled oats, especially as they can be used in so many recipes. It is also claimed they are a help with lowering cholesterol.

The second choice would be corn flakes. My doctor always tell me to eat something highly refined like corn flakes when I am suffering with diverticulitis, so there is always a packet in the pantry. Indeed, they are a comfort food for me, now.

I need to eat both with warm milk, and sadly with sugar. In the past, I have joked about having porridge with my sugar, each morning. To compensate, I now use dextrose instead of refined sugar, and try, I really do try, to cut back on even the dextrose. That might be why I have vegemite toast most day. White bread – we won’t go there.

 

Tupperware cereal bowls

As a child, we ate porridge rarely. When we did, it seemed a special occasion. My mother always served the porridge in those coloured, plastic, Tupperware, bowls. The fact that the porridge was not in our usual, china, everyday, bowls made it ever more of an occasion. I mean, Tupperware was, well, special. It was the sixties, and plastic was the way to go. Modern, man.

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22 thoughts on “If there were only two kinds of cereal left in the world, what would you choose?

  1. Only two?

    There’s a brand of organic granola that I love with berries. I don’t love it so much when I have stomach troubles or a sore throat, however, so hot oatmeal is my fallback, with a spoonful of brown sugar and a little soy milk stirred in. My doctor says a little sugar in one’s porridge isn’t bad; it’s processed foods with sugar poured in (think supermarket cookies and pastries) that one should look out for. My old childhood favorite, Coco-Puffs, is now forbidden food, and that’s probably a good thing.

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  2. My mother had some of those bowls, but in the 50s I think. My cereal preferences are either rolled oats with maple syrup and cinnamon or homemade granola, which contains a lot of rolled oats among other good-for-you stuff.

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  3. First, I like to see how much cereal is in my bowl, and it’s easier to do when it’s not floating.

    Second, I don’t like soggy cereal; adding the milk last lessens the time the cereal is in contact with it, thus preserving the crunchiness longer.

    Third, if by some chance I have to move the cereal bowl between adding an ingredient, won’t slosh everywhere with just cereal as it would if it contained only milk.

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    • My Mum used to make the best rice pudding, with cinnamon
      Barley – Mr FD would agree with you. Son in law has a close friend who is a food technologist with a major beer company – I think you would like him!

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  4. I just had my oatmeal (thought I prefer steel-cut), and I put in chia seeds, ground flaxseed, flaxseed oil, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Oh and today I put in some spirulina to make it a pretty green and add some B vitamins.

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  5. I loved bran flakes as a kid. I’d put a spoonful of sugar in a mound on one spot, then pour in the milk and wait for it to soak the sugar mountain, then that would be my first bite. 😀

    I still like bran flakes, but I eat it without the sugar now. I don’t eat a whole lot of cereal but if I had to choose just two, I think I’d go with Wheat Chex and oatmeal. I like just a little sugar to make the oatmeal a little sweet, then lots of milk.

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    • Isn’t it funny how we all have rituals when we are young? To this day if I am having someone like ketchup (we call it tomato sauce!) on my meal, the sauce must always be beside the food, on the side of the plate and not over the food! I guess it is easy to regulate each bite that way!

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  6. I am going to go with the unhealthy versions (but my absolute favorites): Reese’s Puffs and Fruity Pebbles. To be closely followed by Peanut Butter Captain Crunch and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Sugar cereal is kind of my weakness (which is why I rarely keep it in the house) 😉

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