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. a soft spot for cereal .

August 30, 2011

It’s no secret that I love my oatmeal…

Eggy bananafied steel cut oats with cottage cheese…

 

… and a dollop of almond butter…

Mmm mmm good.

And while we’ve been going steady for several years now, and I can’t see our love affair ending anytime soon, I also can’t deny that I have a huge soft spot in my heart for cereal…

Plain Greek yogurt mixed with coconut milk, banana, Kashi Honey Sunshine.

Me and cereal go way back – childhood sweethearts, if you will. I remember spending countless Saturday mornings watching cartoons with a big bowl of cereal in front of me, looking forward to slurping up that last bit of sugary, and sometimes colorful, milk at the bottom of the bowl.

Back then, our relationship was rather playful. Lucky Charms. Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Fruit Loops. Cap’n Crunch. Sweet and fun was the name of the game.

Then things started to get more serious. Raisin Bran. Mini Wheats. Cheerios. Fiber One. We were taking our relationship to a whole new level.

And then we broke up.

Just like that, our romance was over. One day I just up and decided that cereal wasn’t worth my time anymore, and it was at that point that I started cozying up to other things… bigger and better things…

This separation lasted for several years, and while I initially thought I was happy, and tried to convince myself that I didn’t miss my beloved beau, the truth was that my heart ached for him.

His sweet crunch. The way he’d get perfectly soggy in milk. The comfort he would provide me with. I began to realize that he was irreplaceable.

So I went back to him, and slowly our relationship began to mend. But it could never be the same as it was. No. Those days were over. We needed to start out fresh, take a different approach.

So we tried new things…

… got a little more comfortable and adventurous…

 

… and I’d like to think that we’re currently in a pretty good [read: tasty] place…

 

I may never go back to being a cereal-for-breakfast kind of girl, but I’m definitely a must-have-cereal-everyday kind of girl. It’s become my snack of choice as of late, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Weetabix soaked in almond milk, with almond butter and wild blueberries.

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Breakfast: cereal or oatmeal?… or… neither? 😯

What’s your current favorite cereal? What about when you were a kid?

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  1. August 30, 2011 5:33 pm

    CEREAL
    CEREAL
    CEREAL

    mmm, did I get to excited.
    i hardly eat it though 😥 but the c-runchhhh is devine.

    My favourite cereal is kellogs honey clusters but the wheat upsets my stomach, BOO
    I used to eat wheetos when I was younger and weetabix. ahhh blissful days! X

  2. kabochafashionista permalink
    August 30, 2011 5:34 pm

    Cereal cereal cereal!!! 🙂 🙂 Hehe I think I’m the biggest cereal lover in the bloggie world 😛
    My fave when I was a kid was just boring Rice Krispies for the whole ‘snap, crackle and pop; sound going on but I was never allowed any of the sugary cereals, otherwise they would have been my favorites for sure! I occasionally had Frosties at my friends’ houses and I loved them!!
    My fave cereal at the moment..honestly can’t pick between Kashi GoLean for breakfast but for snacking, definitely Puffins!! YUM!! ❤
    And ummm can I have your cereal stash please?! 🙂

    • August 30, 2011 8:36 pm

      I was hardly ever allowed to have sugary cereals either… only once in a while for special treats, but I looooooved them and begged every time I was in the store with Mom 😀 I liked Rice Crispies too, but mostly in Rice Crispy snacks. Omigosh addiction.

  3. August 30, 2011 5:35 pm

    In the winter I enjoy a good bowl of oats for breakfast, during the summer my weapon of choice are smoothies. I do eat cereal for snacks almost everyday. My latest obsession pb puffins mmmmmmm… when I was younger my favourites were Harvest Crunch and Raisin Bran (I was a weird kid lol)

    Samantha
    http://flavorator.blogspotcom/

  4. August 30, 2011 5:35 pm

    I’m not a huge cereal person. I got puffins for the first time over a week ago, and I’ve still probably only had two servings from the box. I do like them, I just don’t get the craving for them that often. When I was a kid I loved cheerios. When I was in grade 9-10 and super active I would have like 3 bowls a night after dinner, I loved them that much!

    • August 30, 2011 8:47 pm

      Remember frosted Cheerios? I think I went through an entire box of those in one day once, and then I couldn’t look at Cheerios for like half a year lol. But I used to love having cereal for dinner.

  5. August 30, 2011 5:38 pm

    I love both cereal and oatmeal, but right now I’m on a cereal bender. I like Nature’s Path Mesa Sunrise flakes because they’re not too sweet and they’re gluten-free, and I mix them with Enjoy Life granola…which you show in this post! So, so good. I’ve just been craving that sweet crunch every morning, but eventually I’m sure oatmeal will make a comeback. If you keep making your breakfasts look so damn delicious, it might be sooner than I think!

  6. August 30, 2011 5:39 pm

    First off–I have that plate you show the broccoli on!! And cereal is pretty much amazing. I love Life cereal. It never gets old.

  7. August 30, 2011 5:40 pm

    I have been trying to switch my breakfasts up lately– and as much as I *do* enjoy cereal, the packaging is not worth it. But when I was a kid, my mom would buy rice puffs for my sister and (so my at-the-time four year old sister wouldn’t wake them at an ungodly hour saying she was hungry). She an dI could polish off a whole bag in one morning, easy! I like hot cereal though (actually, I love it!)! Oatmeal I not as big of fan of (I love almond butter though. Hopefully saying that redeems me on the oatmeal remark :D)

  8. Leslie permalink
    August 30, 2011 5:40 pm

    I am a huge cereal fan! I LOVE Kashi. I have been eating Kashi for many years and do not think I can have leave it behind. I love oatmeal but have a hard time fitting it in. I always think of it as breakfast but I guess I should reconsider…

  9. August 30, 2011 5:40 pm

    Because of my recently discovered mild gluten intolerance, i’m more of a big bowl o’fruit type a gal. maybe with a splash of almond milk and cinnamon. It’s just a bit easier. and not to mention refreshing.
    Though as a kiddo I was all about me some Cap’n Crunch.

  10. August 30, 2011 5:41 pm

    I totally am the same way, sometimes I find it very hard to have cereal as my breakfast because i sure do love my oats, but i almost always have cereal at some point during the day. whether its on top of my greek yogurt messes or sometimes i just grab a handful of puffins to tide me over until my next meal.

    although ever since i’ve discovered kefir, cereal mix match messes have made more appearances as my main breakfast.

    but if i had to choose. pssh. oatmeal. come on 😉

    my favorite cereal right now is cinnamon puffins, although cascadian farms maple crunch is a very close second!

  11. August 30, 2011 5:42 pm

    I used to be a cereal MONSTER! It was all I would eat for breakfast, and during the not so healthy times in my life I would eat cereal for breakfast, lunch , and dinner, not good I know, but I am past that ; )

    I love PB Puffins, Cinnamon, and the PB and Chocolate Puffins! I also like Fiber one ( haha ) Kashi Honey toasted hearts, honey sunshine, and their berry bliss one! So many good cereals!

    I love Lucky charms, I still do now, I saw someone tweet about lucky charms today, and now saw it on here, I need a box in my life asap!

    Love you!

    THanks for the AMAZING comment today! So glad we both are in better places now!

    AND if I send your package off Monday, is it still ok to send to your parents address?!

    xoxo ❤

    • August 30, 2011 9:22 pm

      For sure 😀 If anything, they’ll always hold on to it for me. And besides, I’ll probably be coming home to pick up stuff for the first little while anyways ^^

  12. August 30, 2011 5:47 pm

    Cereal with yogurt mess for breakfast. Oatmeal for lunch 🙂 but I think we both know my love of cereal is strong haha. I have too many current favorites! The kasha honey is awesome. it’s my review next week 😀

  13. August 30, 2011 5:47 pm

    HAHA! The face next to ‘neither’!

    Oatmeal oatmeal! Well, you know me 😉 I, too, enjoy cereal. A lot. It just doesn’t seem to satisfy me like oats! I prefer my cereal as a crunchy addition to other foods rather than on its own. A topping, per-say. But it’s also mighty delicious as a side! It’s been a long time since I’ve had it on its own as a meal. Eeep!

    I, too, used to love sugar-y cereals. My mom didn’t like having anything ‘too’ sugar-y around, though. I remember getting all excited when my dad came home from grocery shopping (dad’s NEVER done much of the shopping at our house, he just plain doesn’t like it and can never remember to get everything. Hah!) because he’d always bring home cereals my mom normally wouldn’t buy. Like cocoa puffs and OHMIGOSH Oreo O’s! Loved those.

    My current favorite… hm. I suppose Puffins. I haven’t been keeping much other than that around lately… though I can appreciate all types! Nomnomnom. I love shredded wheat baskets and I’m a big fan of all types of granola. I just picked up some fiber twigs (not Fiber One, though) at the store today and I can’t waaaiiit to try them! I bet they’ll be so crunchy! Nomnomnomnomnomnom. So perfect for topping. Nom.

    Maaaaan I remember eating BOWL after BOWL after BOWL of cereal as a kid. It was pretty crazy… Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Fruity Pebbles. Yuuummmmmm.

    Muahahaha.

    • August 30, 2011 9:27 pm

      Haha it was the same way with my mom vs. my dad. He’d always buy the good kind of cereal because it’s what he wanted to eat himself. I blame him for my addiction to Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

  14. August 30, 2011 5:47 pm

    I prefer oatmeal for breakfast and cereal for a snack!

  15. August 30, 2011 5:54 pm

    I love cereal and oatmeal for different reasons: oatmeal is great for breakfast but cereal is the ultimate snack — it is perfect any time of the day!

  16. 2tightlywound permalink
    August 30, 2011 5:58 pm

    I only recently started eating cereal again. Like you, it was off-limits during the depths of my ED. Even now I won’t have a full bowl, just a little here and there as a snack.

    I’ve never been a sugary cereal fan. As a kid, my favorite was regular Cheerios or Corn Chex. And right now I’m in love with TJ Bran Flakes. I do miss Kashi, but it’s a little pricey, so I have to wait until it goes on sale.

    My dad is the king of cereals–at any one time he has at least 10 boxes at his house. He always feels compelled to tell me if he has a shortage (less than 8 boxes). 🙂

  17. August 30, 2011 5:59 pm

    I definetly like oatmeal better, but cereal is for sure one of my favourite snacks. I love Kashi with yogurt and dark chocolate chips lately. I have yet to try the cinnamon Puffins though 🙂

  18. sarah permalink
    August 30, 2011 6:00 pm

    Baha, so many of your posts I feel I could have written myself( if I were an awesomely articulate fantastic writer) ESPECIALLY this post!!
    I’m happy to have cereal back in my life.
    Giant mug fulls of weetabix chocolate chip or fruit n nut crispy bites is my favourite snacky right now.
    Wish I could get puffins round my neck a the woods… Bloggers go cray cray for them!
    Xxx

  19. August 30, 2011 6:05 pm

    Beautiful cereal pictures! I love the one with blueberries. I LOVE both cereal and oatmeal (in fact, it was your yummy pictures that inspired me to put toppings on my oatmeal) but usually have it for lunch.
    Random question: does Oikios greek yogurt taste better than Liberte? I LOVE Liberte and can’t imagine anything tasting better.

    • August 30, 2011 9:34 pm

      Hmmm… I wouldn’t say better, exactly, but different for sure. Either way, both are super delicious, and Oikos didn’t kill my love for Liberte.

  20. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance permalink
    August 30, 2011 6:05 pm

    The Kashi with protein is THE BOMB. I can’t get over how much protein they pack into that little baby without the added density, but I remember being able to eat it by the bowl-full before my wheat allergy came along. No bueno 😦

    And I kind of have a similar story with cereals (and oats). I lived off of Reeses Peanut Butter Puffs as a child, then decided that I wasn’t going to eat carbs ever, then decided to take the healthier whole grain route.
    By the looks of it, both of us were led in the right direction 😉

  21. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! permalink
    August 30, 2011 6:13 pm

    I have MORE than a soft spot for cereal! I freaking LOVE it! There is just something SO perfect about crunchy cereal in cool creamy milk! Truly nothing beats it and it ALWAYS tastes AMAZING!

  22. Diana permalink
    August 30, 2011 6:16 pm

    For breakfast, I’m partial to oatmeal – like you, I now consider cereal to be a better snack.

    My current favourite is Cinnamon Puffins (I have eaten half a box today…) and I’m currently psyching myself up to spend a fortune on Kashi Honey Sunshine. They’re pretty expensive here, but they look delicious! When I was a kid, which wasn’t actually that long ago, I went for sugary, marshmallowy cereals: Alphabits, Lucky Charms, and Honeycomb were my favourites. That said, I really like Shredded Wheat too – topped with honey, it’s very tasty!

  23. August 30, 2011 6:23 pm

    I totally love cereal more. I love all cereal.
    I was the same way back when. I would only eat ‘healthy’ cereal then I started cutting out cereal because I felt like it was too many calories and I would just eat so much of it. I know, so crazy.

  24. August 30, 2011 6:27 pm

    I’m a cereal killer 😉

  25. August 30, 2011 6:27 pm

    Oh cereal, I love it so much. As a kid I loved any cereal with peanut butter. In college I lived off of cereal late at night for a snack. Now, I love Kashi Go Lean mixed with just about anything sweet!

  26. August 30, 2011 6:28 pm

    I am neither a cereal or oatmeal gal — for breakfast at least. I like savory mornings.

    I LOVE Dorset Muesli. Love the company, the ingredients, the taste and above all (I gotta admit) the packaging!!!! Take a look.

    http://www.dorsetcereals.co.uk/mueslis/simply-delicious-muesli/

    • August 30, 2011 9:39 pm

      I’ve been wanting to pick up some of that Dorset cereal every time I see it in the stores, but I’m still a little bit weary of trying nuts other than almonds because of my allergies 😦 And I have to admit that when it comes to cereals, I prefer the lighter, airy-er kind. Muesli and granola is a bit too dense for my liking.

  27. August 30, 2011 6:37 pm

    I love cereal – for breakfast or as a snack mixed with greek yogurt or cottage cheese or even straight from the box! I do however love oatmeal on a cold winter morning!
    My current cereal favorites are Kashi cinnamon harvest and wheetabix flakes – they are soo good! I love cereal topped with fresh berries or a perfectly ripe banana!

  28. August 30, 2011 6:44 pm

    I LOVE cereal! But it doesn’t fill me up enough for breakfast, so it’s usually my after dinner snack :). I love peanut butter bumpers!! So delicious! When I was little I was obsessed with lucky charms haha.

  29. August 30, 2011 6:49 pm

    Both. Like today. A tablespoon of uncooked rolled oats, some raisins, bran flakes and ice cold milk. My favorite breakfast for insanely hot mornings.

    At the moment bran flakes are my number one because they don’t have a wide variety of good cereal on this side of the earth. As a kid… well… Back then the kids in socialistic countries didn’t know the meaning of the word cereal 😀 .

  30. Edwina permalink
    August 30, 2011 6:54 pm

    I am not into cereal at all – never eat it or buy it, and was never really big on it as a kid either. Actually I didn’t even like breakfast as a kid, mum forced me to have a hot Milo (do you guys have Milo?) so I didt starve by mid morning! I don’t know if it’s an Australian thing, we still have cereal but it doesn’t seem to be such a craze here like it is in America/Canada. Seems more likely a typical Australian would have toast with butter and vegemite for breakfast. For me my favorite breakfasts are oats (I love all the toppings to put on!) eggs and toast or toast with vegemite! And my favorite snacks would have to be chocolate, yoghurt, muesli bars and muffins.

    • August 30, 2011 9:42 pm

      Cereal craziness definitely seems to be a North American thing. When I was in Europe a few summers ago, all I could find was frosted flakes and muesli. It’s always interesting to see what people in other cultures eat 😀

  31. August 30, 2011 6:54 pm

    Okay cereal for breakfast is not my thing either! Mostly because I have to eat 18 bowls to be satisfied for a few hours. It’s probably my favorite snack at any time of the day and I go through boxes of Kashi like nobody’s my bizznass.
    As a kid I was OBSESSED with Reese’s and Cocoa Pebbles. Anything that was chocolate and loaded with sugar was fine by me. Now those are all too sweet and I prefer any Kashi, Barbara’s or Cheerios!

  32. August 30, 2011 7:09 pm

    I love this post. I tend to have oatmeal more often because it fills me up much more then cereal. I used to LOVE sweet and sugary cereals like Lucky CHarms and had a huge love for Captain Crunch. I have always enjoyed a bowl of cherrios with a sliced banana. Occasionally, I will still buy a box of cereal – but not very often.

  33. August 30, 2011 7:09 pm

    CEREAL is my middle name baby!! Since oats are sadly no more for me, cereal has become my new lover. As a kid, Corn Flakes and Life were staples every single day of my life, my mom never bought me Lucky Charms and such, so I always craved those others two. Oh but Lord have mercy, then I discovered Kashi (Strawberry Fields and the original Crunch especially) and I died…and then I died more recently when I discovered puffins. They’re the BEST!! 😀

  34. August 30, 2011 7:12 pm

    ah i lovee cereal! 🙂 I prefer oatmeal for breakfast, but during the summers when its hot, or on those days I’m running short on time, I always turn to cereal. It’s a lifesaver 😉 And its so delicious for dinner and as snacks!
    I actually didn’t eat too much cereal growing up, but the ones I remember eating the most are fruit loops, cinnamon toast crunch, french toast crunch (i don’t think that one exists anymore), and reese’s puffs. Then I just stopped eating it completely for YEARS. I actually just started eating cereal again about a year and a half ago. And I don’t think I can ever quit again! I love kashi honey sunshine, Barbara’s shredded wheat, Barbara’s chocolate & peanut butter puffins, and Nature’s path heritage flakes. Huge cereal fan here 🙂

    • August 30, 2011 9:45 pm

      Ooooh I completely forgot about French Toast Crunch! I ate that for a while as well, but Cinnamon Toast was always better. And there was also a cinnamon bun one… but I don’t think that one is around anymore either.

  35. Izzy permalink
    August 30, 2011 7:26 pm

    Just had to say – I had this song playing in my head throughout reading your post: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pONdKYbmOV0

    😉

    Oh, cereal. How I love thee. I still have it for brekkie SOMEtimes (usually with yoghurt nowadays), but it’s my ideal nighttime snack these days – satisfying but not overly bloating.

    I used to lalaLOVEE Cinnamon Toast Crunch, French Toast Crunch and Reese’s cereal. Lately I’ve been OB-SESSED with Nature’s Path, especially Love Crunch. OMG it has CHOCOLATE in it. Perfection.

    izzyy

  36. August 30, 2011 7:27 pm

    i’ve always loved kashi but lately i’m really into Cascadian Farms cereals. they are very simple, organic, and TASTEY. i’m currently hooked on their multi-grain squares (think chex, only wayyy better & heartier) and their maple brown-sugar granola (just slightly sweet) mmm! as a kid my favorites were apple jacks (wtf?) and great grains fruit & nuts (which i used to steal from my mommy & still enjoy)
    as always, your food looks yum!
    your almond butter always looks so luscious and creamy…do you keep it in the fridge? cause i do with mine and it’s always kind of hard. :-/

    • August 30, 2011 9:47 pm

      No, I keep mine in the cupboard. I tend to go through them so fast that I figure they can last un-refrigerated. And I’m pretty sure that the brand I use doesn’t say anywhere on it that it requires refrigeration. I hope not, because I don’t like hard/tough nut butter!

      • August 31, 2011 6:58 am

        haha thank you! i will try the cupboard. you’re right — if it’s gone within, like, a week, like it usually is, i doubt anything icky will have time to grow in there

  37. Marian permalink
    August 30, 2011 7:29 pm

    I can’t even imagine morning without overnight oats! But cereal is a fun snack…I love puffins. But the best way to eat cereal is in muddy buddies!

  38. August 30, 2011 7:41 pm

    I am totally a cereal girl! I’m not a huge fan of oatmeal. My favorite is definitely kashi go lean as a tried and true breakfast staple, but I also love puffins and fun flavored cereals too. I tried a toasted almond cereal that was similar to puffins and they were awesome! When I was little I always gravitated towards healthier stuff. I remember asking my mom for corn flakes and oatmeal squares. Maybe that was because she would actually buy them… I’m sure I asked for the fun ones too, but since I never got them I don’t remember too well!

  39. buttonss - Cherie permalink
    August 30, 2011 8:20 pm

    I love that white bowl! I have one in brown, but white looks much nicer.

    How about cereal ON oatmeal. Yep I love cereal as an oatmeal topper, that crunchy with that soft warm oatmeal, oh bay-beh. Also just munching on handfuls of granola during the day, in fruit bowls, on yogurt messes. Heck, you will see it in my WIAW post, but I just ate my rice cakes with granola on top. (new love!!)
    I was the same as you and I ‘banned’ myself from cereal for a while back them. *phew* thank goodness I snapped out of that one.
    My faves would be puffins (duh) and my vanilla almond oatmeal I buy from the store, it has nice big crunchy clusters in it which I love.
    I have some Kashi Go Lean on the way in the mail, so I’ll let you know what I think about that one when I try it 😀

  40. Katie permalink
    August 30, 2011 8:45 pm

    i also looooveee cereal. i am alllabout puffins, kashi cinnamon harvest, and nature’s path mesa sunrise (to name just the ones currently residing in my dorm room) but ocassionally i will have lucky charms, or cinnamon toast crunch….amanda, you should try it sometime 🙂 you might be surprised at just how good they STILL tast

    • August 30, 2011 9:52 pm

      Hehe you’re probably right. Although I hope I wouldn’t just pick out the marshmallows and try to toss the cereal like I did when I was little 😉

  41. August 30, 2011 8:55 pm

    Oh cereal. The things we have been through together. There was a time when we had a normal relationship. Then ED came along and made me break up with him for many years. In the hospital, we were forced back together and when I got home, I used to lovingly choose from a multitude I could now eat again in my cupboards. That sly ED snuck back in though, and convinced me that carbs were awful, even telling me that veggies belonged at breakfast (sweet potatoes, yes, broccoli? no). I’m only working my way back to mr. cereal again. More in the form of oatmeal, but occasionally in the form of cereal himself. Mr. Granola is next to be conquered. This post reminds me about the goodness of just eating what I want and feeling satisfied. Love it all
    Current favourite? I’m loving on oat bran and kashi golean.
    when I was a child, I loved millet rice flakes. We never bought the sugary cereals so I’ve never liked them much. (except perhaps reeces puffs which my mom bought the sibs for junk food day? )

  42. Andrea permalink
    August 30, 2011 8:56 pm

    I love me some oatmeal for breakfast, and cereal for a night time snack 🙂 My childhood fave was prolly Raisin Bran or Frosted Shredded Mini Wheats!

  43. August 30, 2011 9:04 pm

    I love cereal AND oatmeal. I probably don’t love oatmeal as much as you :), but I love cereal. Right now I got back into shredded wheat, and I still love Quaker Oatmeal Squares and Honey Bunches of Oats.

  44. August 30, 2011 9:25 pm

    I’ve always loved cereal. I just don’t find it to be the most filling thing ever so I usually leave it for snack time. When I was younger, my mom wouldn’t let us buy cereal that had sugar as the first or second ingredient so that pretty much left Cheerios and Kix. Now I’m a Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise girl. If I could afford Puffins I’d probably go that route instead 🙂

  45. August 30, 2011 9:29 pm

    I used to always have cereal for breakfast, but now I’m more of an oats-for-breakfast kind of girl. But hardly a day goes by without some cereal.

    When I was little, I used to love Honey Bunches of Oats, because I wasn’t ever allowed to have those fun cereals like Lucky Charms. Now I love Kashi Strawberry Fields and Honey Sunshine, Cascadian Farms Fruitful O’s, all kinds of Puffins and Bear Naked Fit granola. Oh, and I’m a total cereal mixer–I rarely eat a bowl that has just one type of cereal in it!

    • August 30, 2011 9:55 pm

      I’m a mixer too, for the most part. My favorite combo as of late has been Kashi Honey Sunshine, puffed wheat, and Cinnamon Puffins; but I think it’s time to do some more experimenting.

  46. Lilly permalink
    August 30, 2011 9:45 pm

    Cereal! but not for breakfast, only a snack. I have at least two bowls of cereal after dinner without fail 🙂 But oatmeal is a fabulous breakfast! I don’t really remember eating cereal as a kid, I think our relationship started when I started going away to camp, I could seriously down like 6 bowls and not even bat an eye. Anything crunchy and light is my kinda thing, and some times I’ll throw some granola in there for more staying power. Question: do you use coconut milk from a carton or the can type? Oh jeez, the can type mixed with yogurt and cereal sounds lush, thanks for the idea now!

  47. August 30, 2011 9:50 pm

    even though most days I eat oatmeal for breakfast now, I must admit that I’ll always be a cereal girl at heart<3

  48. August 30, 2011 9:53 pm

    BOTH 🙂 i eat them both religiously for breakfast. i should really start making pancakes more tho, just to spice it up a bit 🙂
    I usually never eat one kind of cereal tho..i always have to mix them–if i just eat one kind alone that means im super hooked on it. and pretty much married to it too… 🙂

  49. August 30, 2011 9:53 pm

    Lately I’ve been going nuts for cereal! Having bowls of it every morning with a mixture of three different kinds. I actually bought a new combination for this week. 🙂 I love the honey sunshine, Kashi puffs and cinnamon puffins…mmmm. 🙂 I need to start loving oats more though!

  50. August 30, 2011 10:36 pm

    wooaaah does the ice cream know about this???
    i’m an oatmeal girl all the way… its what i ate as a kid and kinda stuck. In fact I’m eating some right now… mmm yum yum.

  51. August 30, 2011 10:37 pm

    love! I’ve never really been a cereal-for-breakfast person, but snacks? bring it on! Lately I’ve discovered chocolate PB puffins… but I used to be a huge sucker for grape nuts. Don’t think I’d ever go back to those, though – not sure how much processed / artificial stuff is in there, and i’m not so sure I want to find out.

  52. August 30, 2011 11:35 pm

    Cereal all the wayyyyy! As a kid my favourite was grape nuts…had mountains of that stuff every day; now however I’m all about the puffins and the kashi honey sunshine and instead of milk i do kefir, yoghurt, and cinnamon! Mmmmm 🙂

  53. August 30, 2011 11:41 pm

    You kinda just took the words outta my mouth! LOVE cereal…oatmeal will always have my heart where breakfast is concerned but nothing beats a big bowl of cereal and yogurt/milk (or both) as a snack!! Even topping-less, it always hits the spot!

  54. August 30, 2011 11:51 pm

    Oats for breaky & cereal for snacks/lunch/dinnner.
    At one point in my ed cereal became one of my safest food, but of course the lowest calorie/healthy kind, and a small portion. Not Good.
    Current fav = good ol’ cheerios topped with blueberrries and soy.
    As a yongin i patricularly enjoyed corn pops, french toast crunch, and honeynut. My parents aloud/bought the sugary stuff 🙂

  55. Lenna (veganlenna) permalink
    August 30, 2011 11:59 pm

    Woah, that´s a pretty cool cereal collection 🙂 I used to eat them when I was little, but I haven´t had a bowl of cereal in ages. Probably because there is no variety in cereals here. Just the “kids” cereals – i.e. extra sugary, extra sweet, with a lot of artificial stuff stuffed in them… Nothing for me 😦 So I am all for oatmeal 🙂

  56. Sarina permalink
    August 31, 2011 12:00 am

    Don’t hate on me… but not fussed on cereal at all. Give me oats, all day, every day, any time.
    I used to love the sugary ones as a kid too and snacked on them all the time, straight from the box. Frosties (I can’t believe now I was allowed to eat those for breakfast!) and Nutri-grain (do you guys have this one?) were childhood staples. And I remember when on holidays in the US as a child, my parents bought my sister and I Lucky Charms and we just thought they were the best thing! Remembering that marshmellow taste brings back such sweet memories 🙂

  57. August 31, 2011 12:15 am

    I absolutely LOVE cereal and have ever since I was a kid. I did like you and tried to convince myself I didnt like it anymore. For a while all I ate was puffed wheat unsweetened cereal (cardboard) Now I love honeycomb and the new fiber one honey squares. As a kid I loved Golden Grahams and Coco Puffs!!!

  58. August 31, 2011 12:23 am

    oatmeal!! i honestly am NOt a fan of cereal! it never sits well in my stomach!!

  59. August 31, 2011 12:59 am

    I had an abrupt breakup with cereal as well. Several years passed and I didn’t go anywhere near those cardboard boxes.Then I discovered Fiber One, which seemed like a miracle food to me. Just a half cup left me full for HOURS, and thanks to the Hungry Girl website, I discovered new ways to incorporate it into practically every meal (“breading” for chicken, “croutons” on salad, “flour” in baked goods etc). Talk about fiber overload! In fact, I think my overconsumption of Fiber One played a major role in my GI issues, which were alleviated once I gave up wheat products.

    Like you, I rarely eat cereal for breakfast (it doesn’t have the staying power that my typical egg or pancake breakfasts provide!), but find it to be a satisfying midday snack. I enjoy munching on Puffins, Udi’s granola, Kay’s Naturals protein cereal (vanilla almond), and puffed rice/millet.

    Favorite cereal when I was young: Anything with lots of sugar! Cinnamon Toast Crunch was a highly anticipated treat, only allowed on annual camping trips. Otherwise the sweetest they came in my house was Life (love!) and Kix. 🙂

  60. August 31, 2011 2:37 am

    OMG is it possible to not like either cereal or oatmeal?! The thought upsets me.

    My favourite cereal at the moment would have to be…hmmm…wow I don’t know! I know for sure that as a kid my fav was cocoa chex. Cocoa anything really. I rarely ever was allowed to have it because of its sugar content but when I could, the box was gone within a day!

    xxx

  61. August 31, 2011 2:38 am

    I’M THE SAME!! Oatmeal for breakfast, and cereal for snacks! Face cereal=PB Puffins!! They are addictive!! When I was a kid, I used to LOVE Cinnamon Toast Crunch! I went through a stage of having it for every meal! 😛

  62. August 31, 2011 3:25 am

    Hahaha, I love how you write your posts Amanda! Always makes me smile, nomatter what the topic are 🙂
    I have actually never been to big on cereal!But I do remember I used to love Weetabix, so that photo actually reminded me that I might have to try them again 🙂 But I would not eat it for breakfast! I find oatmal so much more filling!

  63. August 31, 2011 3:48 am

    Wow, you and cereal have a very similar relationship to me and cereal….I didn’t know I was being cheated on!!!!! lol 😛

    I prefer cold cereal – I somehow can’t get myself to like the texture of oatmeal 😦 but as you are an oatmeal lover, do you have any preparation or add-in tips for me?

    My favorites now are Nature’s Path Organic Optimum Slim, Kashi GoLean Honey Almond Crunch, Kashi GoLean, Kashi Cinnamon Harvest, and Total (taste isn’t fantastic, but the iron content is great b/c I hate taking pills). When I was a kid? My parents didn’t ever let me have the really sugary stuff like Lucky Charms or Count Chocula, but I was allllll about the Fruit Loops (Froot Loops?)!

    • August 31, 2011 10:30 am

      Oatmeal can definitely be kind of nasty if not prepped properly – I can’t stand having it runny. Eugh. My favorite kind of oatmeal is steel-cut, so I cook a serving of that in 1 cup of water/milk and when most of the liquid has been absorbed, I whip in an egg white, let it cook for a while, and then add in some sliced banana. The egg white makes the oats soooo fluffy and cake like. And my favorite toppings are almond butter and pudding 😉 But you could always toss some cereal/granola on there for extra crunch.

  64. August 31, 2011 5:54 am

    I’m actually eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast right now! I love cereal + milk every so often, but my favourite breakfasts are definitely oatmeal or cereal + Greek yogurt. I like that I can take longer to enjoy them since if I eat cereal with milk, it gets soggy so quickly so I have to wolf it down!

    My favourite cereal is Kashi Honey Almond Flax. I discovered it about 2 years ago and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. 😀 As a kid I actually really liked fairly healthy cereals like Cheerios and Mini Wheats. Or maybe my parents just brainwashed me into thinking I liked them because they never bought me sugary cereals. 😛

  65. August 31, 2011 6:39 am

    For stuff like that for breakfast I usually prefer muesli over cereal, but then sometimes nothing beats a huge bowl of crunchy cereal with fruit and milk, so yummy! I’ve even started putting it on my green smoothies!

  66. August 31, 2011 6:48 am

    I can relate! I love cereal–went from Cinnamon toast crunch to Kashi Honey Sunshine and puffins 🙂 I still need my morning oats though!

  67. August 31, 2011 7:29 am

    I always have eggs and pita bread for breakfast, but I used to love oats in the mornings. I’m not much of a cereal person now but oh man.. I could tear of some Fruity Pebbles when I was a kid! haha :]

  68. August 31, 2011 7:34 am

    I love good, hearty cereal. And I could eat it all day. SOmetimes I do have cravings for the sugary stuff (like captn crunch or cinnamon toast crunch) but usually I crave good kashi cereals or bran cereal. I think it may be the crunch that I want the most!

  69. August 31, 2011 7:49 am

    I’m not a big cereal fan.. so I would prefer oatmeal.
    If I had to pick a fave cereal? I’m going with Cinnamon Toast Crunch! 🙂

  70. lapiattini permalink
    August 31, 2011 9:07 am

    Ahh I’m drooling over those drizzling almond butter pics 😉
    I loveddd Cinnamon Toast Crunch as a kid and secretly still do! Every once in a while I’ll buy it and indulge- and usually finish the box in three sittings- yikes!
    I’ve been wanting to try Kashi cereal, but there’s so many options I don’t know where to start. What is your favorite?

    • August 31, 2011 10:54 am

      Honestly, you can’t really go wrong with Kashi, but I LOVE the Honey Sunshine right now… and I’ve always had a soft spot for Cinnamon Harvest as well, just because it reminds me of Mini Wheats 😀

  71. jenandberries permalink
    August 31, 2011 9:39 am

    Oatmeal in the mornig, cereal as evening snacklet! Sorry to hear you and cereal went through a rocky patch, glad things are back on track! When I was little I loved crunchy nut but now I’m a branflake girl. Oly you can make soggy weetabix look amazing – that’s talent!

  72. jenandberries permalink
    August 31, 2011 9:39 am

    Oatmeal in the mornig, cereal as evening snacklet! Sorry to hear you and cereal went through a rocky patch, glad things are back on track! When I was little I loved crunchy nut but now I’m a branflake girl. Only you can make soggy weetabix look amazing – that’s talent!

  73. August 31, 2011 9:51 am

    Cereal AND oatmeal!! But more often cereal… because it’s faster and easier. And I am going to skip answering the last question, since I once did an entire post dedicated to answering it. 😉

    (Side note: I think it’s really funny that you posted this just now.)

    ❤ ❤

  74. August 31, 2011 10:02 am

    LOVEDDD everything about this post! I am still on my cereal kick with pretty much the same combination I have all of the time- Kashi Go Lean and Go Lean Crunch, blueberries, milk, greek yogurt, flax, all mixed together into one rather delishhh combination
    As a kid, I literally enjoyed every single sugary cereal that was out! There were no kinds I didn’t like- Cocoa Krispies, Frosted Flakes, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cinnamon Life, Honey Bunches of Oats, all had special places in my heart 🙂

  75. August 31, 2011 10:13 am

    Hi Amanda! I love cereal and have it every single morning. I wake up so excited to have my bowl. I realized recently that I hadn’t been eating the healthiest cereals and started an ‘experiment’ to test cereals for taste and nutrition. I am not just trying to blog promote (promise!), but thought you really may enjoy my cereal experiment (http://mylessseriouslife.blogspot.com/2011/07/cereal-experiment.html), which is still in progress. I notice a couple of your Kashi choices are top in my ratings so far! For the most recent results check out the latest post (http://mylessseriouslife.blogspot.com/2011/08/cereal-experiement-fiber-one-frosted.html).

    Anyways, I hope you enjoy and I’m am certainly glad that you and cereal are back to being friends. 🙂

    -Sara-

  76. August 31, 2011 10:43 am

    It’s impossible to choose….I love both. I went through a “cereal is bad” phase and never felt like I had any control over cereal if I started on it. I’m in a much better place now and love it all over again, thankfully!

    I like anything tbh! I love Weetabix so much I think it’s becoming an obsession!

    I love all those granola-type things you tried…they look like perfect oatmeal toppings which, let’s face it, is the best of both worlds!

  77. August 31, 2011 10:52 am

    I love cereal. The only problem I have with it is once i start i cannot stop. I am not allowed to keep a box in my desk @ work just for this reason!

    This is the first time i’ve been to your blog. Question, you mentioned you had ‘eggy’ oats at the beginning of this post. How do you do that?

  78. Errign permalink
    August 31, 2011 11:58 am

    This post is amazing. Favorite breakfast cereal is definitely cheerios, though I do love me some oatmeal!

  79. August 31, 2011 12:57 pm

    Oatmeal for breakfast and cereal for snack – unless I’m REALLY rushed of course, then sometimes cereal makes a breakfast appearance. But those exceptions are pretty few and far between.

  80. August 31, 2011 1:44 pm

    I love museli and granola, but really started to get into my cereals of the PB puffin variety…yum!

  81. August 31, 2011 2:04 pm

    I was never a big fan cereal as I kid…
    But then, I met you bloggers 😉
    I fell in love head over heels!
    LOOOOVE me some Fiber One… All Bran…
    And, as soon as I get to the US in January… Hopefully Kashi Go Lean, Puffins, Cheerios will be available for me to try 😀
    Great post, Amanda! And awesome pictures, as always.
    Can you teach me how to photograph like you? Haha 😉
    Hope you’re having an amazing day!
    xoxoxoxo

  82. August 31, 2011 2:19 pm

    thats a hard one – I love my oatmeal. In every variation. Sometimes not even with oats but barley, quinoa or water ever just seems right to me.

    But when I feel like treating myself with a little bit of guilty childhood memory I would go for cereal. I like those with honeyflavour or the whole wheat ones. Those which I liked as a child, the sugary, colourful, damn unhealthy ones, do not tempt to me any longer.

    And weetabix is another one of a kind. I like it when it still has its crunch, or really hot as oatmeal, but if its glibbery cold and soaked – ewwwh, its my worst nightmare…

  83. August 31, 2011 3:47 pm

    I love, love cereal!! Actually..we’re kind of in that break up stage. Not sure why because I used to go through boxes a week…but I do still secretly, deep down, love it. My favorites are anything Kashi and Mom’s Naturals. Those Mom’s Naturals Cinnamon Squares are sooo good!

  84. August 31, 2011 4:59 pm

    I’ve heard about Wheatabix but I’ve never seen ’em.

    I know I face wrath from the blog world, but I would rather have cereal than oatmeal.

    And all the “kill you” cereals. Lucky Charms, Corn Pops, Cap’n Crunch

    I’m a bad health blogger 🙂

  85. August 31, 2011 5:06 pm

    OATMEAL! Boo-yah! 😀 I can’t go a morning without it in some form. It is rare when I crave something else to start my day. I do like cereal — like shredded wheat and cheerios. I have yet to try Puffins — would you suggest them?

  86. Julia permalink
    August 31, 2011 6:05 pm

    I loveeeee cereal. But I hate to admit that oatmeal is a bit more tummy-satisfying. What’s your fave cereal???

  87. September 1, 2011 10:35 am

    I am a HUGE cereal lover! I always eat some kind for a snack every day!

  88. September 1, 2011 5:44 pm

    I have oatmeal for breakfast. I was thinking about trying cereal, but there are two problems. I’m not sure it’ll hold me over for too long and I wake up craving oats every morning 😀 I do like having cereal everyday though. Especially lately! My favorites have been Kashi crisp, PB Puffins, Cascadian Farm’s cinnamon squares, Weetabix, and Nature’s path pumpkin and almond granola. I love making different combinations. They’re so much more fun than just one cereal!

  89. September 3, 2011 7:28 am

    I will definitely chose oatmeal over cereal for breakfast any day, but I have to say that sometimes after a long day, a bowl of cereal for dinner just hits the spot like nothing else! I used to be a cereal fiend, having it EVERY day for breakfast, but then I found my love for oatmeal and cereal fell to the wayside. I think it wasn’t until I discovered cereal mixing thanks to blogland that I finally decided to give it another go! That and adding protein powder (or my favorite, peanut flour) to the bowl for extra “oomph!” My favorite cereal changes just about as frequently as the weather here in Tennessee (read, A LOT), but right now, I am seriously getting to the obsessive stage in my relationship with Grape Nuts…or as the generic box I buy reads, Crunchy Nuggets! Haha! Love that! My favorite choices growing up though were COMPLETELY different: Lucky Charms, Fruity Pebbles, Frosted Flakes…oh let’s face it, anything that tasted like it was a bowl of sugar with a little cereal added in for crunch! Lol!

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