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Top 10 Favorite Cereals
Growing up, my mom only bought one brand of cereal and it was the bland and somewhat versatile Kellogg's Corn Flakes. You can use this stuff to coat chicken, that's how tasteless it is. In my opinion that's all it should be used for.
I remember when my brother mistakenly sprinkled washing powder in his bowl of Corn Flakes instead of sugar. That was the last time Mama used the same kind of storage containers for sugar and laundry detergent. Fun times though. Don't get me started on the plain oatmeal she gave us to switch things up for breakfast. She just went from bad to gross. I can literally count on one hand how many times we had a sweet, sugary, confectioner's delight kind of cereal growing up. Even though I love and crave the sweet and sugary cereals, my body craves some healthier options as well. That's what's so awesome about cereal, you can switch them up whenever you want. It's nothing wrong with buying 5 boxes of cereal at one time. I promise you no one will look at you sideways. If they do, it's envy not loathing.
Now that I'm older and can buy my own cereal, I've tried just about every brand cereal on the store shelves. You can eat cereal whenever you want. I never have cereal for just breakfast. I have cereal for lunch, a snack, an after dinner dessert and even a late night indulgence. I love cereal! There are so many options. You have your healthy cereal, your sugary can't get enough of them cereal and your hot, and hearty comforting cereal. I've created a list of some of my most favorite cereals.
1. Nature's Path Pumpkin Flax Granola
This granola is at the top of my list for good reason. It taste really good, it's really good for you and it's organic. I'm not a health food junkie by any stretch of the imagination, but it's always nice to add something healthy to your diet.
Nature's Path was founded in 1985 and is a family owned company that produces over 150 deliciously organic breakfast items like cold and hot cereals, granolas, waffles and other healthy snacks.
This Nature's Path Granola is loaded with whole grain oats, enriched pumpkin and flax seeds that provides 700 mg of omega 3 fatty acids and 1500 mg of omega 6 fatty acids per serving.
After consuming this cereal, you can't help but be proud of your life choices.
2. General Mills Basic 4
I have loved Basic 4 cereal for a long time. If you're looking for a cereal with a lot of bite and worth every penny that you spend on it, then this is the cereal for you. This is not a sharing cereal. It's seriously too good to share.
One cup of Basic 4 is 200 calories and 44 grams of carbohydrates. The carbohydrates in this well balanced cereal comes from the fruit, nuts and grains that this cereal contains. It's also packed with 3.7 grams of dietary fiber and protein per serving. A high fiber and high protein diet can reduce your risk for heart disease and aide in weight management.
Eating healthy has never tasted so good and having an extra bowl of this good stuff will only make your day brighter.
3. Quaker Oatmeal Squares
Oatmeal Squares can be a eaten straight from the box or drowned in a big bowl of ice cold milk. Either way, it's love at first bite. The way these Oatmeal Squares soak up milk makes them extremely satisfying when bitten into.
This healthy cereal is packed with 10 grams of protein once it's paired with milk. It's also an excellent source of fiber and calcium.
4. Post Honeycombs
These things are seriously addictive and delicious. The fun Honeycomb shapes and the subtle sweet honey flavor is so tasty. Once cold milk hits Honeycombs it just intensifies the flavor. I love to scoop up the thicker Honeycombs soaked with milk and eat them first. It's kind of euphoric.
5. Kellogg's Raisin Bran Crunch
I never liked Raisin Bran as a child. I just felt it was old people's cereal. So when I tried this Raisin Bran Crunch, it was an ingenious change that made a huge difference in the flavor and texture of this cereal. Talk about stepping your game up. I still don't like the original Raisin Bran, but I'll chow down on these anytime.
6. Kellogg's Corn Pops
Pops has truly been that old faithful cereal for me. When I get tired of all other sweet cereals, I usually revert back to these. Pops cereal taste like a super sweet bucket of buttery popcorn without the kernels sticking between your teeth. The sweet, light, airy texture of this cereal will keep you wanting more. You definitely can't eat just one bowl of Pops.
7. Post Honey Bunches Of Oats Granola
I like Honey Bunches of Oats, but I've always found the crunchy flakes would turn into mush as soon as they touch the milk. Imagine my glee when they came out with just the granola bunches. I was ecstatic and I'm a true fan of this granola. It can also be used in yogurts and parfaits. I've even sprinkled this on top of chocolate ice cream. Hey, don't knock it until you've tried it.
8. Quaker Apple Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal
I keep this instant oatmeal stocked in my pantry year round. It's especially good on a cold winter's day, curled up on the couch watching Lifetime movies. I always add a pat of salted butter and a bit of honey. So good!
9. Post Cocoa Pebbles
These may not be all that nutritious but they certainly are delicious! Although they don't hold up well in milk, you'll gobble them up so fast you won't even notice. The colder the milk the better your Cocoa Pebbles and the leftover chocolate milk will be. The Fruity Pebbles are delicious as well if you like a fruity flavored cereal over a chocolate flavored one. Heck, what's stopping you from trying both. YOLO!
10. General Mills Honey Nut Clusters (Discontinued)
Honey Nut Clusters also known as just Clusters had to make my list and if they weren't discontinued, they would definitely be in the number one spot. Oh how I miss these cereal ever so much. I have no idea why General Mills discontinued this delightfully tasty cereal, but my cereal world is not complete without those deliciously sweet wheat flakes and little wonderfully crunchy nut clusters.
Rumor has it that General Mills halted production of this cereal due to the expansion of nut allergies. In 2007 they tried changing the recipe by swapping the beloved nutty clusters for almond flavoring. The reason for the substitution could very well be due to the rising product prices in 2007. They later did away with this cereal altogether and claimed that lack of sales cancelled the production of the best cereal ever!
There are some Honey Nut Clusters sightings in different areas across the U.S. I'm hoping that one day, that theiving little squirrel will make it's way back on our store shelves really soon. In the mean time, if you too are a Honey Nut Clusters fan, give General Mills a call and request that this sorely missed cereal return to store shelves everywhere.