“ Type: Cereal „
There are hundreds of types of cereal available to us these days, some healthy, some not, some tasty and some not. Crispy, chewy, gloopy any taste and texture is represented somewhere.
My grandad is Scottish (I am very much English though), his favourite cereal (I think this qualifies as cereal) is the scottish staple, porridge. Porridge is suprisingly adaptable and as such must be worth a mention (even though personally I'm not too keen on the stuff. Porridge can be made with wate or with milk, it can be covered in sugar for the sweet toothers out there and salt for more savoury snackers. It goes with any topping you care to mention really, strawberries, maple/golden syrup, Chocolate chips, Sausages (well maybe not, but the list goes on and on and on). Even though I'm not the biggest fan I can definately see the draw as I'm sure it's a perfect winter warmer.
My Brother is generally a bit healthier than I am, his favourite cereal is Alpen, a pleasant concoction of wheaty and oaty bits, dried fruits and a selection of nuts (almonds and hazelnuts). I do like this cereal made by Weetabix but wouldn't consider them a favourite.
My step mum Eve is constantly on one diet or another, so she swears by Special K, which is mainly bran fibre, with loads of vitamins and less than 3% fat, a good cereal for anyone watching their figure. I don't think this is her favourite necessarily but it's definately the one she has most often.
And now we come to lil old me, I'm usually a fried breakfast kinda guy but when I do have cereals I'm afraid they're usually the sugary chocolate varieties, such as Choco shreddies (oh god yeah!!!) weetos and coco pops (these were quite literally all I used to eat when I was about 3, a very fussy baby, hehe).
My favourite cereals of all time though (and I hate to admit this) come from our transatlantic cousins (although the kind of cousin you don't like being seen out with very much). America is the land of obscenely sugary cereals and I must admit I do love them, the likes of 'fruity pebbles' (thats a laugh), Cap'n crunch, fruit loops (ooh they sure love their fruit in America) and Oreo O's.
For me sugar wins where cereal is concerned, which is odd as I'm a savoury character for the most part ; )
I must admit though, all cereals come a distant second to the full english, Mmmmmmm Coronary!!!!
I've noticed since becoming pregnant there is an unwritten rule where people do not bat an eyelid or question pregnant ladies eating slightly strange combinations or certain foods at less traditional times of the day (actually that's a lie my work colleagues did look at me quite oddly when I decided to eat a bowl of chicken soup at 7.30am last week). The "traditional breakfast cereal" has become part of my staple pregnancy diet and I have been eating cereal like it is going out of fashion just at random times of the day and with other food combinations. Therefore I thought now was as goods as a time as ever to post my five favourite cereals.
5) - Shredded Wheat
Yes that is correct Shredded Wheat- pieces of wheat (which remind me of pieces of straw) which are squished together into rectangular blocks. Very wheaty and plain tasting but very satisfying. Many people think of Shredded Wheat as boring because it is so plain tasting and not very sweet but I fid that it is extremely versatile as a snack and can be accompanied by a variety of other foods
I like to eat Shredded Wheat in a bowl dry with a small squirt of honey and raisins over or with a large spoonful of natural yoghurt as I like the crunchiness of the Shredded Wheat biscuit and the more savoury wholesome wheat taste.
I don't really think of Shredded Wheat as a cereal, but more as a snack because I very rarely eat with milk as I hate the soggy mush that it turns into.
4) Crunchy Nut Cornflakes
A seriously addictive cereal. I love this cereal with ice cold milk as it is so crunchy and so morish. The sweet honey and nutty taste is gorgeous and I really like eating this cereal as it fills me up. A great sweet treat to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings.
Basically these are Rice Krispies but with a frosted sugar coating. As a breakfast cereal these are extremely sweet and I probably would not eat for breakfast unless you want to spend your day hyper from the large amount of sugar this cereal contains. The cereal is very very sweet and sugary which is why I think I like it so much but is undoubtedly too sickly for some.
As an afternoon snack Ricicles are a sweet treat which is better for you nutritionally that a bar of chocolate or a bag of sweets but will still satisfy a sweet tooth. With ice cold milk poured over these are a very satisfying treat and leave me nice and full.
2) Coco Pops
Another variation of Rice Krispies feature in my list. This time there are chocolate flavoured. I like Coco Pops as they are very sweet but have a sweet chocolate taste which is made to taste quite creamy when cold milk is added.
My inner child also loves how Coco Pops turn the milk chocolately. So in addition to the bowl of chocolate flavoured sweet cereal, you get chocolate flavoured milk in the bowl as a bonus.
1) Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Clusters
I can't really classify this as a cereal because in my opinion it is more like a box full of broken up bits of crunchy flapjacks and I have been known to eat a full 300g box of this dry (not in one go before you get alarmed!). Crunchy Nut Clusters are very similar to Crunchy Nut Cornflakes however are broken up pieces of golden multigrain cereal with flaked peanuts and honey made into cluster sized pieces. As they are a cluster as opposed to a corn flake they have added crunch.
Even though I more regularly eat dry this is still extremely tasty eaten "normally" with ice cold milk poured over which adds to the nutty taste.
A list of my favourite cereals... at the moment anyway, I'm sure this will change as my pregnancy progresses.
When it comes to breakfast there are a huge amount of different cereals on the market there's also porridge and oatmeal but I hate them so only stick to Cereals. Like any other food, people obviously have their favourite cereals as well as their favourite sandwich fillings or favourite thing to have for dinner. I am not a regular eater of Cereal in the normal form though and tend to buy those fruity cereal bars you can buy. Having said that, there are a number of different cereals that I like and here are some of my favourite Breakfast cereals.
When I used to eat Cereal regularly this is what I usually had,
Cheerios were first produced on June 19, 1941 by General Mills cereal company of Golden Valley, Minnesota. I really like the taste of these Oat cereal o's are one of the most popular cereals worldwide and have had a number of other varieties released including Honey Nut Cheerios, Frosted and also Yoghurt burst Cheerios.
Another one of my favourites, This time made of Corn, These were first released in 1951 and are still around now. These are yellow balls of corn that also contain wheat. Some cereals dissolve to quickly with Milk but these are fine for ages with milk and have a really nice taste which is great for grown ups and kids. So you can buy them for the whole family. They don't need much added sugar as they are sweet enough.
These are one of the worlds biggest known cereals and have many derivatives from the supermarket's own brands. Known as Cocoa Krispies in the United States, this cereal is basically rice krispies with Chocolate and when you add Milk to this cereal you will see it gradually lose the chocolate colour into the normal rice krispie and then you can drink the leftover Milk which basically makes a Chocolate Milkshake.
These are a little different to your normal cereal as they are a mix of oat-based pieces and multi-colored marshmallow bits which come in various shapes. I have not had these for ages but I remember how good they were when I had them. From the box these are clearly more of a children's cereal but they can be enjoyed by adults too and I am tempted to have a look out for them next time I am in the supermarket.
These are the same kind of idea as Coco Pops but are Wheat instead, These round wheat cereal pieces are covered in cocoa powder and have a stronger taste than coco pops. These are made by the same people who make Weetabix and I am a little surprised that I like these as I hate weetabix. Finally you can do the same with these as you can with Coco Pops and make yourself a Chocolate Milkshake with the milk that's leftover.
So There we have five of my favourite Breakfast cereals, I may actually try a cereal for something different as although I like the cereal bars It won't hurt to try something different for a change. I think they also go great as a late night snack as they are not very high calorie and are very easy and quick to make. So why not do your own review on your favourite cereals and see how they compare with others.
Breakfast - breaking your fast! I always made a joke of this saying, saying that if you didn't eat all day, and you had your first bite to eat of the day at 8'oclock in the evening, this would still be your breakfast!
I'm sure everybody has heard, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Perhaps it is!
Eating breakfast is one of the best descisions you could make all day, a good nutritious breakfast sets you up for the day and gives you the energy to go on!
Some dieters think that skipping breakfast, will help to lost weight. This is not always the case, as eating first thing speeds up your metabolism, thus allowing the weight to be shifted easier!
Skipping breakfast, is one of the _worst_ desicions you can make, skipping the meal can leave you feeling tired, and with little or no energy. Missing breakfast commonly leads to snacking mid-morning, usually consuming more calories than would have been in your breakfast.
I never used to be a real breakfast person, and the thought of food in the morning made me feel very sick! However in the past few months, I have been getting forced to eat a large breakfast, and I now realise I do infact have a lot more energy, and although I also snack mid-morning, the first part of my morning is full of energy and I have a lot more concentration!
When I was little and I did enjoy breakfast, part of breakfast in our house along with our toast was a big bowl of cereal! When I was little however, these cereals were usually sugar-laden and chocolate! I also used to quite enjoy eating cereal dry, without milk, espescially if it was something sweet and sugary like _Frosties_ or _Golden Nuggetts_.
Now however I much prefer something more plain, such as Weetabix, Branflakes and such like!
Cereal is still part of my breakfast, and normally part of my supper too and I find it sets you up for the day, or calms you down at night, espescially with hot milk!!
Cereals come in various types. Wheat-based, bran-based, sugar-based, chocolate-based and so on! Personally I prefer the more wheat and bran ones, however I know for sure my two little brothers would disagree and almost without fail always opt for the ones covered to thier tips in sugar! I have to agree, sometimes they do just appeal and I often find myself grabbing a couple out the packet and gobbling them down when I feel light something sweet!
Wheat cereals are in my opinion delicious. What makes them _even_ better is that they feel healthy! One of the most popular wheat cereals is the very famous _Weetabix_. What is Weetabix? Well basically a "biscuit" packed full of fibre and wheat! I do find Weetabix to be a little bloating, but the petruding tum goes down after a short while! I espescially like my weetabix mashed to a pulp with lots and lots of milk! Some people think it looks horrible, and reminds them of baby food, and although I agree with the latter, it is definitly not horrible, and tastes fantastic, sometimes sprinkled with some sugar!! Weetabix is very versatile too and can be eaten in many different ways. Wheather its with yogurt, fruit, both yogurt and fruit, flavoured milk, hot water (not sure about this one!?), and many more combinations its also sure to be delicious!
Another wheat-based cereal is Shredded wheat, commonly known as Shreddies! Shreddies are little squares of delicous wheat! These taste a little sweeter than regular weetabix, however not fake tasting! These are best eaten normally with ice cold milk, and sadly they do not mash very well! Shreddies come in different varietes too!
Bran cereals. Hmmm makes me crave them just saying the words! I do enjoy my bran cereals and I think my favourite has to be Branflakes! Who hasn't heard of, if not _tried_ Branflakes? No? Well I am shocked! Branflakes, are basically flakes of bran! Brown in colour, and jaggy in shape, thats the easiest way to put it. These are best eaten with ice cold milk, and even more scrumptious with raisins mixed in! Although they are not loaded with sugar, they have a slight sweetness to them, and the milk that is left once the branflakes are finished is normally sweet and very moreish!! Another bran cereal I enjoy on the occasion, is Fruit and Fibre! I always used to think this was a "granny" cereal, due to the fact my grandma used to devour them on a daily basis! However when I did try it for the first time, I was converted and every day for a month I had at least one bowl!! What is fruit and fibre? Basically what it says on the "tin". Flakes and chunks of bran mixed with sultanas and raisins. I always thought that fruit and fibre had a slight banana-like taste to it, however it wasnt unpleasent and really did add to my enjoyment!! More recently cereals like "Oat bakes" and "Just right" have been produced, these are basically all the same but vary in flavours and shapes!
One of my favourite cerals used to be of the cluser variety. These particular ones were _pecan and maple!_ Clusters of honey coated Oat and wheat clusters, with caramelised pecans and maple syrup! I used to be obsessed with these and used to eat them plain, with out any milk! I used to think they would be healthier than crisps, but looking back I can see the sugar content is sky high compared to the savoury snack! Another cluster type is, Crunchy nut clusters! Basically the same idea minus the pecans! But the clusters are alot nuttier in taste! Crunchy nut clusters also come in chocolate and honey variety, although Im not keen on the chocolate ones, the honey ones were delish!!
Cheerios are the cereal I assosciate most with hoops! Ive never been a huge fan, although my brothers used to dig into these almost every morning, and some nights too! Cheerio's are made from 4 different grains- whole grain maize, whole grain oats, whole grain barley, whole grain wheat and infact the back of the packet states a fifth one, whole grain rice. These are probably one of the healthiest yet most appealing for youngsters and they definitly go down well in my house!! There are various other types of loop cereals, often supermarkets own brands! Another one we have tried and quite enjoyed in the past year or two, were _Honey Loops_. The same idea as Cheerios yet these are alot sweeter and higher in sugar, due to the fact that there covered in delicious honey! They are really sticky and not too friendly if eaten without milk! Loop cereals are normally very crunchy and from past experience, very moreish!!
My brothers favourite, my least favourite. I've never been a fan of chocolate cereals, although I have a very sweet tooth! I have always found them to be "fake chocolate flavour" and I disliked this very much!! Chocolate cereals include; coco pops, chocolate shreddies, cookie crisp and lots more!! Coco pops are the chocolate version of rice kirspies, which I am sure _everybody_ has heard of. Small rice snaps coated in chocolate. I find them very sickly and I find it really hard to finish a full bowl! As with most, these take very fake! Chocolate shreddies, in my opinion are no way as good as the original shreddies. I only tried these once, and never returned for more! I cant really remember the taste, but I do know I didnt enjoy them _at all_ and warned my brothers off. Cookie crisp is probably the only chocolate cereal I enjoy. Cookie crisp however isn't totally chocolate, only really chocolate chips! They are the same idea as a cookie, but taste nowhere need as scrumtious. This cereal is really sweet and I prefer to munch away without milk, just like a bag of crisps! Overall, I cant reccomend chocolate cereal, unless you like coco powder as I think the taste is similar!
Porridge, porridge, porridge. Whenever I think of dull, dark mornings, where the sleet is tumbling down outside and the wind is sweeping little old ladies off there feet, I think of porridge. A large bowl of steaming oats sitting on the table, with a sprinkle of sugar. Porridge can be made in three ways, either with milk, or with water, or with half and half. Personally I like it with mostly milk and just a splosh of water to loosen it up. One thing I cannot stand however, is stodgy, paste-like porridge, gone stone cold and when your spoon could stand up straight in it.
I remember my delight when I came across the different types of porridge that comes in the sachets. Porridge now comes in a variety of flavours, including honey, chocolate, golden syrup, and different fruit varietys. When I used to enjoy porridge as part of my breakfast, I used to eat the golden syrup variety. Not only this though, I added my own dollop of golden syrup into the bowl before popping into the microwave. Occasionally this went very wrong, and I ended up with burnt, black golden syrup, however when it went to plan, it was absolutely delicious!
Cereal is extremely versatile. It can be eaten at any time of the day, as part of any meal, (although not the most nutritional for lunch and tea). Not only can it be eaten at any _time_, it can also be eaten in various different ways..
_MILK_- The most common way to enjoy cereal is splashed with ice cold milk. I have to say this is probably my favourite way to eat it too. Using milk is extremely simple. Basically, tip in your cereal to your bowl and pour the milk over till you have the perfect amount. Semi-Skimmed milk is best I found, as skimmed milk doesn't have much of a taste, and full fat milk is a bit heavy, and has quite a sticky taste when mixed with cereal.
Ice cold is the way I like to serve my milk up, however it can also be heated up. Personally I don't like hot milk on cereal, but if you do, its best served with a cereal like Weetabix!
_HOT WATER_- A more unusual way to eat cereal, and personally I wouldn't. However eating cereal with hot water is an option. I can't comment, but I think doing it this way would make the cereal go very soggy however wouldn't take any of the taste away from the cereal.
_YOGURT_- Another fairly common way to eat cereal is with yogurt. Yoghurt can be slopped over cereal on its own, or along with milk. Personally i'd do it with milk as I think i'd find yoghurt on its own wouldnt moisten the cereal up to much. I think non-bitty yogurts would be best for this, however I don't see why "bitty" yoghurts couldn't be used. Muller lights are ideal for slopping over a bowl of cereal, and are very healthy too! Fruit flavours are best for this kind of thing, or a nice vanilla, however I wouldn't recommend a sweet flavour such as toffee.
_FRUIT_- Fruit is a very common thing to add to your cereal. If I ever add any, its normally something like raisins. However I do have a friend who likes to chop up apple and pop it into her branflakes, and another who likes to throw in some kiwi. Personally none of these appeal to me, but I wont knock it till i've tried it. Banana is another common fruit to pop into your cereal, and surprisngly doesn't "melt" or disolve in the milk! I used to enjoy weetabix with chopped banana, banana fromage frais and milk slopped ontop on a daily basis, however I soon grew out of that phase!
_FRUIT, YOG AND CEREAL COMBO_- This one is mainly based around fruit, however I often enjoy it as part of a snack midafternoon. Into a bowl, I pop strawberrys, raspberrys, blueberrys and chopped banana. I then pour over a yogurt (normally a muller light), then I crush up some branflakes and sprinkle them over the top. This creates a delicious, filling and fairly healthy snack.
_CAKES_- The one you've all been waiting for. Who hasn't made, or eaten Rice Krispie Cakes? I definitly have. I used to love making these with my grandma when I was little. Our secret was to melt three different types of chocolate- dark, milk and white, and the occasional mars bar was thrown into the pan two. Then we mixed it together with either rice krispies or cornflakes, and added our other secret ingredient, golden syrup! These were always hugely popular at family parties, and the children loved them!
These are only a couple of ways to enjoy cereal. Dont get me wrong, there are loads more too, however that would take forever to write!
Personally my favourite cereal is branflakes. I love the taste, and I also love how they leave the milk with a very sweet taste, extremely addictive! Branflakes, thankfully are a fairly healthy cereal and so can be consumed daily without any worries!!
Before I had my little boy, I was never into cereal. I preferred to have an extra ten minutes in bed waking myself up with a strong cup of coffee, and then grab a cereal bar on the way out the door to work. An Alpen Bar was definitely my breakfast of choice - it was quick, convenient and I could convince myself that it was healthy even though it contained chocolate! On the days where I felt like treating myself, breakfast would be a chocolate muffin from Pret a Manger or Costa Coffee, or a croissant, or occasionally a baguette filled with egg and bacon. I don't want to think about what my habit of grabbing breakfast on the way into work was costing me, either in diet or financial terms, but those days are firmly in the past now.
These days, I always have breakfast before I leave the house and my breakfast food of choice is virtually always cereal. These are my favourites;
**Kellogg's Special K**
For the days when I'm being 'good' and sticking to my diet. I like the traditional Special K best, especially when served with a handful of berries to make it a bit more exciting. Blueberries and raspberries are my breakfast fruits of choice, although at the moment I am loving it with fresh strawberries as well. I only have a small amount of milk on my cereal so that I can enjoy the crunchiness of the cornflakes - I hate it when they go really soggy.
**Oats So Simple Golden Syrup**
This is my favourite breakfast on days where it's cold and grey outside, and I feel that I need a little bit sustenance in the mornings. I've reviewed this product individually, but suffice to say I find it warm, comforting and delicious. Sometimes I eat it on it's own, sometimes I slice in a banana which I think really complements the flavour.
**Tesco Maple and Pecan Crisp**
My current favourite - this is not diet friendly at all, but I'm choosing to believe that nuts are good for me so I'm eating it anyway. This contains oat clusters with maple syrup and pecan nuts and is very similar to the more expensive Jordan's cereals. The crunchy, sweet, nutty texture of this cereal is simply delicious and I love it. I'm currently enjoying it mostly with a couple of tablespoons of fat-free natural probiotic yogurt instead of milk, and a handful of strawberries or blueberries. If you haven't tried this one, I really do recommend it.
A childhood favourite - I've always eaten Weetabix. It was the cereal of choice in our house when I was growing up and I still eat it in the same way as I did as a child. I like to crumble the biscuits into my bowl, soak them in semi-skimmed milk, sprinkle liberally with sugar and them mash it all together... one of these days I'll grow up and eat it properly.
Cornflakes only make it into my list of favourite cereals because I love to cook with them. I'll eat them quite happily if there's nothing else around, but basically I use them for cooking. My favourite thing to make with them is the classic chocolate cornflake cake - something that I find extremely addictive, but I also crush them up to coat thin strips of chicken as a children's party snack, mix them with fish in a surprisingly tasty baby food recipe and use them instead of breadcrumbs to coat homemade fishcakes.
Honorarable mentions go to...
Sainsbury's Triple Chocolate Crunch cereal (which I can't find on their website so might have been discontinued) - this was basically a Jordan's style clyster cereal with white, dark and milk chocolate shavings.
Cocoa Pops - just because 'they're so chocolatey they even turn the milk brown', and for being the cereal that I desired most as a child.
Jordan's Country Crisp Honey Cluster - because it's simply delicious.
So, these are my favourite cereals. To be honest, I'll eat virtually any cereal apart from Shredded Wheat which I hated as a child and still hate now (it doesn't even do it for me coated in chocolate as an Easter nest), and Sugar Puffs which I find too sticky. I am a big fan of adding fruit to my cereal to create variation in the texture of my meal and ensure that I have a couple of my five portions of fruit and vegetables a day early on, but I'll happily eat it plain as well. I do appear to have a tendency to prefer sweetened cereals, although the need for chocolate first thing in the morning is reducing as I get older. Cereal is just one of those foods that is quick, convenient and tasty. We all love it in our house - you can tell by the way the kitchen shelf resembles the cereal aisle of our local Tesco!
A cup of espresso was my normal breakfast while living in Italy - having returned to the UK and a much healthier lifestyle my breakfast consists now of cereals with milk and fresh fruit.
My everyday choice
My favourite supermarket muesli is Nestle fruitful shredded wheat. Well balanced with shredded wheat, dried fruit and nuts. With milk and some fresh berries this makes a healthy and delicious breakfast - something I cannot start the day without.
The Nestle muesli is available at all major supermarkets, one 500g pack is around 1.50 pound. It lasts for roughly two weeks and contains a lot more fruit than I imagined.
When I'm feeling rich
Ok, this is really decadent and only a treat for special occasions - but god, it's so good!
I stumbled open this website by chance and couldn't believe that anyone was spending so much money on custom made cereals. Well, I couldn't believe it till I saw the huge choice and combination possibility they give you.
Check out http://uk.mymuesli.com/ and see for yourself!
The website is based in Germany but there's also an English version available and they deliver of course also to the UK. All ingredients are organic and from sustainable farming areas.
You can chose the ingredients of your dream muesli starting with wheat flakes over cranberries to almonds and Gummie Bears!
Creating your own cereals mix is easy and a lot of fun, just be creative and you'll be rewarded with an amazing breakfast experience!
- Chose a base for your muesli
- add dried fruits
- add nuts & seeds
- add extras
And that's it, pay for it and wait for your own muesli box to arrive.
Here's my favourite combination:
- Base: Poppy Sees power (3.90 Pound)
- Dried fruit: Candid Lemon Peel (30 pence) & Raspberries (75 pence) & Strawberries (85 pence)
- Nuts & Seeds: Macadamia (75 pence)
- Extras: Organic Gummie Bears (60 pence)
That means my personal can of organic muesli (575g) would cost me 7 pound and 15 pence. Plus the delivery cost of 3.90 that makes 11.05 pound for my dream muesli!
I know that it's incredibly expensive and by no way justified but I won a voucher and tried it - it tasted so good! Maybe I'm lucky and someone buys me a new box for my birthday.
You can pay by card or PayPal and shipping should take no longer than one week.
I'm a real cereal fan; It's so handy to make, filling, sweet, refreshing and depending on what cereal you are eating, reasonably healthy. I have a real sweet tooth and often when I get home from work, I can't stomach something savoury, so I have a big bowl of cereal and it's great. Some people will just think I have lazy, but I really enjoy it.
I always have loads of cereals in the house, because theres nothing worse than taking a real notion for a certain type of cereal and then going to the cupboard and its not there! Below are some of my favourites, not in any particular order:-
Weetos- ok, I know these aren't the most health of cereals to be eating, but they taste so good and let me embrace my inner child for a while! They're chocolate flavours hoops which make the milk taste chocolatey after a while (I love this!). I tend to heat mine in the microwave for 30 seconds so that the weetos aren't too hard (I don't like cereal to be too crunchy).These are also great to just eat straight out of the box if you have the munchies!
Crunchy Nut Cornflakes- these are so delicious. They are just like Cornflakes expect they have little bits of nuts among them and are coated in honey. I find them really refreshing when covered with cold milk and they are sweet enough to be really tasty, but not so sweet that it gets sickening or makes you feel like you are being really unhealthy.
Special K-this is my choice whenever I am feeling healthy. They are little toasted flakes, and taste really delicious. I only like the plain ones though as I think the varietys with chococolate, fruit etc are really not nice. I do however, sprinkle some Holland and Barrett Cranberry Sprinkle over the tip of mine (dried cranberries with a variety of cashews, peanuts and seeds). Special K is so delicious, and very filling indeed-I really enjoy it on a really sunny day when I'm feeling motivated to eat slightly healthier. the cereal bars are pretty tasty too, but not as filling as a bowl of cereal obviously.
Shreddies-this is my option whenever its really miserable outside and I'm feeling cold and rotten. I get some shreddies and heat them up and mush them all around-delicious! I'm not really into porridge that much, so shreddies is my own little alternative and it really sets me up for the day when the weathers bad.
Granola-I eat granola as a nice treat from time to time with plain yoghurt over the top of it. I find it really tasty and refreshing, although its incredibly filling for me so I can never eat too much of it. It's still nice to enjoy from time to time.
Ceral is just so handy and versatile and with so many different varieties out there, I find it so weird that some people just don't enjoy it!
I have to say I am not much of a breakfast person, though I do snack on breakfast cereal during lunch or some times at night time or just basically when I cant be bothered cooking yet in the day. I do seem to have my favourites though they are:
I love Kellogs Frosties, they are so sugary flakes of corn that taste great, they are lovely and sweet and even turn the milk sweet when you are eating them, they do my sweet tooth good and are a lovely snack when I am looking some thing sweet but the chocolate is too glutenous to eat. They arent the most healthy cereal but they are so tastey and great for when you need that well craved sugar boost.
An old favourite and a really healthy versitile snack, I like mine best with honey and banana, but they are also nice with strawberrys, mixed berrys, infact just most fruits, or if your feeling really glutenous just sugar alone. They are made out of wheat, as the name kind of sugests and are a great source of dietry fibre.
Who remembers these! I recently had them again during my trip to America, they are lovely cereal with some 'irish shaped' i.e. your clover, horse shoe etc. marshmellow pieces in them. I really wish these sugar filled treats would come back to the UK, though in saying that I may turn obese if they do as I really cant resist them.
Little popped corn pieces that are chocolate coated, think chocolate coated rice krispies (though I am sure you have came across coco pops before), these taste great, they even turn the milk lovely and chocolatey. Basically they are a chocolate lovers heaven.
These are another great cereal that are frosted sugar coated and are made with whole grain. They have a generous amount of sugar on them so they brighten up the bland taste of the whole grain they are made out of. They are worth a try for those with a sweet tooth but want to get a bit of whole grain into their diet.
Im sure you have tried or at least heard of these cereals before, these are the first cereals that I go for when I am doing my weekly shop.
As a person who is currently trying to loose weight, as is hubbie, I think cereal has a lot to offer.
Of course some are packed fiull of sugar, but if you hunt around, some of them are low in cals/fat.
I never used to eat breakfast, but as part of my diet I have started. I find special k with peaches and apricots reallygood. I have an incredibly sweet tooth- prob why I'm on a diet, but find with this I don't need to add any sugar/sweetner.
Later in the evening I will often find myself turning back to cereal, instead of a sweet/chocolate etc.
Now this is where the seasons impact- if its a cold evening, I'm after weetabix, with warm milk, or shredded wheat with warm milk.
On a warm summers evening its shreddies, or conrnflakes, with ice cold milk.
I guess thats the winning formula with cereal. There is just so much choice- if I'm feeling really decadent I may go for a bowl of sugars puffs- wild creature that i am. I hark back to being a child and having golden nuggets with Klondike pete- anyone remember them?
I have a dedicated cereal cupboard in my kitchen, and its always topped up. If all else fails there is something to eat.
Plus I have lost 1 stone 6 pounds in 2 months.
So thanks to you cereal
I am not sure why this category would exist on here nor why it would matter to the members which cereals I like or dislike but as the category is here and I do have a few favourite cereals I thought why not announce them to the world or at least to the Dooyoo members.
My all time favourite cereal is the simple, humble Corn flake, it has to be Kellogg's corn flakes and they have to be drowned in freezing cold milk but as long as they are then they are number 1.
After good old corn flakes would come another simple but very tasty cereal, rice crispies, again no imitations please it has to be the real Kellogg`s rice crispies with just a sprinkling of sugar.
Bran flakes next for me but I add greatly to these as they are a bit boring on their own. I have my bran flakes with strawberries, banana and a drizzle of honey.
After bran flakes would come Honey shreddies, these are just lovely with lots of freezing cold milk and a light sprinkling of brown sugar.
I have a few other cereals that I quite enjoy but as far as favourites go those above are the winners, writing this has made me hungry now and I am going to have a bowl of cereal right now but which will I choose??
I don't like to eat unhealthily and I feel Breakfast to be the most important meal of the day. When I wake up in the mornings I look forward to a big bowl of cereal, especially when I've got my favourites in the cupboard.
If you opt for unrefined, wholegrain cereals with no 'rubbish' added to them, a bowl of cereal is the perfect breakfast. A big bowl can easily keep you going until lunch time and I like to opt for cereals which feel substantial and fill me up.
My preferred choice is a good bowl of muesli. I often make up my own with plenty of nuts, seeds and dried fruit, but there are lots of good, healthy ones you can buy in the shops. At the moment I've been buying Sainsbury's own high fibre muesli which I highly recommend. It tastes great and is packed with nutritious fruit. It is slightly lacking in nuts but you can buy these separately and add as many as you like. I've tried lots of different brands but so far none compare to this one.
Mmmmmm cereal is something I think is too good for breakfast. It for me makes an ideal dessert or just a snack when I fancy something sweet yet not as sinful as a doughnut or huge bar of chocolate. I like cereal best of all though, just at bedtime. For some reason I seem to sleep better if I have a bowl about twenty minutes or so, before creeping under the duvet to read a couple of chapters of a good book. It's interesting to note that if I don't have cereal before going to bed, I can spend a restless night waking up from vivid dreams, yet if I do have my regulation night-time snack, I will sleep very soundly, and wake up alert and refreshed the next day.
Cereal is something which for me I think is a bit of a hangback from childhood, in that it was one of the very few things I'd eat. I think it is possibly a feeling of security I get when munching on something poured into a bowl from a big cardboard pack, and even now in middle-age and I know it won't be there, I still find myself looking for the little plastic spaceman at the bottom of the inner greaseproof bag.
There are so many wonderful noises associated with cereal. I love the gloopy, plopping sound that porridge makes when it's bubbling gently away in a saucepan on top of the cooker, and I love that sort of crackly, tinkly noise that a lot of cereals make as your pour them from the packet, and they hit the china of the cereal bowl. Some of them make an additional noise when the milk is poured over...not always "snap, crackle & pop", but variations on a theme.
I can wander around a well-stocked cereal section of any supermarket for ages, trying to decide which one to buy - and usually end up buying them all, which subsequently crowds my kitchen, and I run out of storage space.
Here are my favourite breakfast cereals....in no particular order of preference:-
Very basic, tasty and filling. What I love about Shredded Wheat is that it has absolutely no additives, and is a 100% natural food. I love to break the big Shredded Wheat biscuits down so they look like straw in the bowl, then pour a liberal amount of skimmed milk on top (sometimes with a bit of chilled evaporated milk to add a touch of class and richness), then leave the cereal to stand, allowing it to soften. I then tuck in. I'm not quite so fond of the smaller Shredded Wheat biscuits as for some reason they don't seem to taste the same, and I do find the honey-nut version a little too sweet, but all the same even Shredded Wheat at its worst is significantly better than quite a few other cereals are at their best.
Mmmmm delicious! I like my porridge made quite thick, and though all oats are pretty much of a muchness in reality, I like either Scott's or Quaker Oats. I think it's the boxes (red and dark blue with a drawing of a Quaker on the front for Quaker oats, and a kilted Scotsman throwing a caber on the Scott's box) which appeal to me and somehow make the contents feel different. My porridge must be served on a china dinner plate, sprinkled lightly with sugar, then have a little cold milk poured over the top. I love the way the porridge cools around the edges of the plate, and forms a ridge which you can slice your spoon into. I also find that porridge made with half ordinary milk and half evaporated milk is one of the most divine epicurean luxuries life can offer, but in the ordinary way I make it with half skimmed milk and half water, pouring a little skimmed milk over the cooked result on the plate.
These little rings actually look rather uninteresting when poured into a cereal bowl, but they do make that lovely tinkling sound as they hit the china. I like the honey nut version best, as I find it's sweet enough, without being overpowering. I didn't actually try Cheerios for many years, as quite frankly the packaging and the appearance of the cereal didn't attract me - I had this idea they would taste totally boring, but I did buy one of those variety packs of cereal a while ago, and Cheerios was one of the selections. Because I thought the Cheerios wouldn't be all that palatable, I ate them first to get rid of them - saving what I thought was the best for last - and I was very pleasantly surprised. They taste absolutely heavenly, with ice cold skimmed milk, and sometimes a little trickle of evaporated milk to enrich the flavour. Cheerios also keep their crispness and shape better in milk than some other cereals, so it's rarely a case of wading through a couple of spoonfuls of pap at the bottom of the bowl.
Wow these are something else! I love the beautiful cinnamon smell which almost bursts out of the packet when it's opened, and I love the little white oblong shapes generously coated with cinnamon powder. Cinnamon Grahams are delightfully crispy, without breaking your teeth on them - they are very delicate and almost airy. The only problem I have with these is that they aren't overly filling, and I need a bowl double the recommended size in order to satisfy my appetite. Extraordinarily lovely flavour though.
GOOD OLD KELLOGG'S CORNFLAKES
I doubt if there is anyone anywhere who hasn't at some time in their life eaten Kellogg's Cornflakes. For me they are superior to other brands of cornflake, and they are at the top of the "tinkly noise" list when pouring into a china bowl. Whereas lots of people like to sweeten their cornflakes with dried fruit, strawberries, banana etc., I am not keen on them sweetened in such a way, and I prefer to sprinkle a little sugar on them before eating. The only problem with Kellogg's Cornflakes is that they do lose their crispness when seeped in milk, and there is often a sludgy mess at the bottom of the bowl.
I love these little tasty nuggest of wheat injected with air. As with Cinnamon Grahams, I do find them a little insubstantial, so I have to have double the recommended amount before my stomach even realises it has anything going into it. All the same though I find Puffed Wheat does keep its texture well once it's been in milk for a while, towards the bottom of the bowl. One packet of Puffed Wheat doesn't last me long at all, as I can't stop eating it.
Well that's about it for now - and apologies to anybody who feels I should do more actual reviewing of individual products, but I am waiting for some suggestions to be approved by DooYoo before I can continue down that road.
Long live breakfast cereals as a brilliant any time, particularly late nights, snack!
Well, I don't eat breakfast, and I actually quite enjoy cereal as a dinner time meal, or a snack on a lazy weekend when you don't fancy cooking.
I think, that my favourite cereal is Fruit and Fibre. I usually buy the Tesco one, it is just as good as the other brands. I like this cereal, as it is full of flavour, this is because it contains sultanas, banana, apple, hazlenut and coconut. It is a proper cereal that can fill you up, is relatively healthy, and isn't boring.
I do like dried fruit quite alot, so I sometimes add extra sultanas, and sometimes other fruit, chopped up, ie apricots.
On the same stance, i find weetabix or cornflakes with sultanas sprinkled over, is a very nice substitute.
Most cereals, unless you get the ones covered in sugar, or chocolate, have very little flavour, which means you end up eating something else afterwards.
I would definately recommend Fruit and Fibre.
Can't believe there is a topic to review your favourite cereals but as a huge cereal fan I just had to have a go. I eat cereal every day without fail and often more than once a day. I find it great for breakfast obviously but I also love it before bed.
I won't try to put them in order of which is my favourite because a lot depends on my mood, so I will simply tell you the ones that I love.
Starting with a very simple cereal, Weetabix, this stuff is lovely and it is the only cereal I can eat soggy. Two sometimes three Weetabix in the bowl, lashings of freezing cold milk and plenty sugar, DELICIOUS!
Crunch nut corn flakes which I reviewed a little while ago are a huge favourite for me at any time of the day. Nice and sweet and much better than original corn flakes because they don't go soggy too quickly.
Rice crispies, everyone loves that snap crackle and pop don't they? Well I certainly do and this is one cereal that just gets a splash of milk, definitely no sugar on these.
Shredded wheat, now this is one I have to be in the mood for and I like this with loads of milk and plenty and I mean plenty brown sugar. They are horrible without the sugar!!
I do eat other cereals too but only on occasions, for instance I have a taste for bringing out the kid in me from time to time and I reach for the coco pops but not often, I also from time to time have a bowl or two of my wife's special K but again not often.
The ones listed above are really the main ones for me and although it is not too a wide selection I do eat loads and loads of them!
I try my best to eat the healthy cereals: Bran flakes, weetabix, shredded wheat... but they are just a bit boring and i'd have to add sugar anyway so that just defeats the whole healthy eating plan!
I think the cereals I eat aren't the MOST unhealthy though cos they're all wheat or oat based!
Anyway, I believe its best to eat any cereal in the morning rather than have nothing at all though as if I don't eat breakfast I'm starving by 10am!!
So my favourite cereals:
#1, my favourite ever!
MORNFLAKE CHOCOLATELY SQUARES.
~What are they? I think these used to be called chocolate hazelnut squares or something when I first had them...
Oaty squares filled with chocolate hazelnut gooey stuff! Gorgeous! and not terribly bad for you compared to other chocolatey cereals.
~Why I love them: Really crunchy and don't go soggy when milks poured on them (one of my pet hates is soggy cereal yuk!)
Gorgeous flavour, so moreish I eat a big bowl of these with milk! (warming the milk in winter is so lovely and heats you up from the inside!)
Per 100g: Energy: 444 calories, Protein 10.0g, Fibre 5.5g.
#2. WEETABIX MINI, CHOC CHIPS
~What are they? tiny weetabix about 2cm long with chocolate chips in the mix. They have some kind of glaze on the outside that makes them crunchier and less absorbent than normal weetabix (yay not soggy again).
~Why I love them: crunchy and just a bit of chocolate, whats not to love?
Per 100g, Energy:371 calories, Protein 9g, Fat 5.3g.
#3. SUGAR PUFFS
~What are they? Little puffs of wheat glazed in a delicious mix of honey and brown sugar. The only one of my 3 favourites with no chocolate!
~Why I love them:
Nice and sweet! again they don't go too soggy with milk, I think thats the most important thing to me! I only like the proper quaker sugar puffs though, supermarket versions aren't as good but if I had to I'd choose Sainsburys 'Golden Puffs' as the best imitation.
Per 100g, Energy:379 calories, Protein 5.3g, Fat 1.6g.
They're my favourites then!
Sugar Puffs are surprisingly low in fat which is a nice surprise though I suppose they are lighter than the others.
What snaps your crackle or pops your oats?