Cereal used to be considered a breakfast of convenience. But recent research shows that Millennials are too busy (or lazy?) to even pour cereal into a bowl and clean it afterwards. That must be why there are so many boxes of breakfast bars on grocery store shelves these days. Thus, it’s appropriate that today we celebrate the nostalgic pleasure of cereal. 🙂
Cereal isn’t just for breakfast… it makes a great afternoon snack or midnight snack. It’s a crunchy topping for yogurt or ice cream. It’s also a quick and easy food for taking on field trips and hikes. Just fill a small plastic bag with your favorite cereal mix and throw it in your backpack! Whether you eat it plain or with milk, cereal is a good source of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin D and Calcium.
Food Network Chef Justin Warner takes cereal creativity to the extreme with recipes for “Fruity Cheerios Coladas,” “Cocoa Puffs Beets,” and “Trix Sunrise Chill Pie.” Find these recipes and other ideas on the General Mills blog.
In early childhood education, cereal can even be used as math manipulatives!
Battle Creek, Michigan (aka “Cereal City”), is the world headquarters of Kellogg Company as well as the place where the Seventh-Day Adventist Church was officially established in 1863. Living a clean and healthy lifestyle – including advocating vegetarianism – has always been an emphasis of the Adventist Church, and it was the Adventist Church that had much to do with the common acceptance of breakfast cereals into the Western diet. (Before then, many people ate bacon and eggs and coffee for breakfast, which Adventists considered unhealthy.) The Kellogg brothers were local Adventists who pioneered the process of making flaked breakfast cereal in 1906.
Did You Know…? As of January 2016, 75% of General Mills cereals no longer contain artificial flavors or colors! A measure that was long overdue, but a healthy step in the right direction for cereal lovers.
Learn more about National Cereal Day at http://www.nationalcerealday.com
What kinds of cereal do you like? Can you think of any other uses for cereal? Leave a note below!