If Americans love one thing (other than ketchup), it’s cereal. It’s one that is an integral part of growing up for many kids.
Well, not my childhood.
Cereal was a true treat in my house, and even then it was puffed rice or a natural brand. Only when I went to public school and got breakfast there did I ever sample the infamous “Cocoa Puffs” and I tried lucky charms once in third grade (even my junk food loving then-self wasn’t so sure about those little rainbow nuggets).
Our lack of cereal in the house in clear in trips, especially upon arriving at grandma’s house for a visit when, right after the hugs of hello, she tells my little sister that she bought her a box of cheerios.
When I started getting allowance as a kid and a pre-teen, I would buy cereal (and chocolate bars ;)) to eat. Come to think of it, food was (and is) what I spend a lot of my personal money on! Fast forwarding to my present-self, however, and you will find a girl who has a goal to eat treading lightly on the earth– with means a general “no plastic” rule.
Cereal, you just got killed.
I am still figuring out how to make homemade puffed rice (the popcorn maker incident isn’t one I care to remember), and air-popped popcorn makes a poor substitute. Hot cereal is great, but drowning a fluffy bowl of air in non-dairy milk has no comparison!
But you know what? I do not feel deprived. Yes, sometimes I get a cereal “craving” and feel frustrated looking at bloggers gorgeous photos of cereal and yogurt bowls, and wish I didn’t have the environmental ethics I do, but on the other hand, I love feeling like I am doing something to help the world.And sometimes, I break down and buy a box. No one is perfect.
I may not be out fishing garbage from the ocean, but by filling my garbage can a bit less, I contribute in a very real way.
"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." --Mohammad Ali
Besides, who need boxed cereal when you can make Angela’s cookie dough cereal to make your own? I used my puffed rice attempt as my cereal base, but you could also use dry oats!