My 10 Favorite Cereals
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day…but like many, I skip it. When I don’t, I might have one of these favorite cereals.
What’s for breakfast at your house? I’m posting a list of my favorite cereals that I’d be most likely to start the day with.
I don’t have cereal often but when I do, it’s probably one of these.
1. Raisin Bran
I’m a purist when it comes to this sort of thing, so just the basic version — by Kellogg’s or Post — is fine. I don’t want a third, crunchy ingredient or the addition of cranberries. The original is fine just like it is.
I grew up with this catchy jingle, which will probably be stuck in your head the rest of the day:
2. Wheat Chex
I figure it’s healthier than the rice version, and it doubles as an ingredient in that tasty party mix. (I haven’t had that in forever.)
3. Special K Protein
This is sort of like corn flakes, minus the corn, with wheat and protein.
4. Rice Crispies
Snap. Crackle. Pop! Those little sounds were part of the fun at the breakfast table.
If you like to know what’s in your cereal before you buy it, you should know up front that you’ll get no help from the name of this one. It doesn’t contain grapes and it doesn’t contain nuts. But Barley-Wheats (which would have reflected its ingredients) apparently wasn’t an appealing title. The cereal that claimed in the 1960s to “fill you up not out” is best when you give the milk time to soften the nuggets; otherwise, it sounds like you’re crushing rocks between your teeth.
In a memorable commercial from the early 1970s, there was a kid named Mikey who apparently was a picky eater. Two other little boys had just been served this “new” cereal, and they were skeptical. They passed a bowl to Mikey, but Mikey surprises them by digging in:
It’s a pretty good cereal, but I can understand kids preferring something a little more “exciting.”
7. Kellogg’s Corn Flakes
No, it’s not all that imaginative, but with some fresh blueberries, it’s a bit tastier and healthier, too.
8. Kellogg’s Frostedn Flakes
I know it’s not healthy, but I haven’t touched the stuff in years. It just had a nice flavor.
9. Froot Loops
I haven’t had a bowl of this in at least 30 years, but it was still a good-tasting cereal. Of course, you have to be able to get past the sugar content, which these days is more of a challenge. But if you’re not afraid of the sugar, just follow Toucan Sam’s nose!
I haven’t tried the “Honey Nut” variety, but regular Cheerios, while they’re supposed to be heart healthy, can be a bit dull for my tastes. Maybe the Honey Nut Cheerios might be a future purchase.
As a general rule, I rarely cut up fruit into my cereal. Maybe I should get more into the habit of that.