How Do You Eat Your Cereal?

The other day Megan found a funny video of a “cereal expert” explaining in great length the correct way to eat cereal. It prompted a discussion about how each of us eat cereal (something we rarely do–I eat oatmeal for breakfast every day), so I thought I’d share how I eat cereal, and I’m interested to hear your method.

My cereal-eating method is largely defined by rules imposed by my parents when I was growing up. We were allowed to eat sweet cereal, but only a small amount on top of healthy cereal (like Cheerios). My father often combined peanut butter with his cereal, and I eventually grew to like this.

So when I picture an ideal bowl of cereal, it’s typically Cheerios with chunks of peanut butter, topped with a thin layer of sweet cereal (Reese’s Puffs). I also love homemade granola–my mom makes a really delicious version of it.

As for milk, I drank skim milk for most of my life, though I’ve recently converted to oat milk. I like to put just enough milk in the bowl so each bite isn’t too dry, but not so much that I have more than a spoonful remaining at the bottom of the bowl.

That’s pretty much it! What’s your perfect bowl of cereal?

6 thoughts on “How Do You Eat Your Cereal?”

  1. I never ate two different combined cereals in my life until last week when we tried some Fiber One with Cinnamon Toast Crunch on top. I thought it was 90% as good as Cinnamon Toast Crunch alone, and has to be way better for you. So I think that will be our new cereal thing. I also want no milk left over. I can’t handle the waste so if I miscalculate I am compelled to eat more cereal to finish it off.

  2. Very interesting to hear!

    Cheerios have always been my favorite, and when I was a kid I would eat a ton of it (with milk).

    When we were out of milk, my sister and I would eat it with peanut butter instead. I don’t know where we got that idea, we just did it.

    Decades later, after college, I had some Cheerios but no milk, and I returned to my childhood days- this time microwaving a bowl with a little PB in it, then adding Cheerios, and it made a great snack for a cold night.

    Now I regularly eat Cheerios much like you described. I skip the microwave, but I eat Cheerios and peanut butter, and now I use a little almond milk as well.

    I didn’t think anybody else did that, so I was amused to hear that, aside from the sweet cereal (which I never cared much for) on top, you and I eat cereal the same exact way!

  3. For me, it’s Life Cereal every morning with just enough almond milk to fill the cereal about halfway. (Half of the serving standing above the milk line).

  4. Mom wouldn’t let us eat anything sweet like Apple Jacks, Froot Loops, etc. Since her father was a General Mills executive, we were allowed to eat Cheerios. She also let us eat King Vitamin even though it wasn’t by GM. I have never liked milk and have always preferred my cereal dry. I can stand just enough milk to moisten it, but would never have cereal floating in milk.

    Today if I really want to have boxed cereal, which isn’t often, I will swipe a handful or two of my husband’s cereal. Normally I’ll make myself some steel cut oats (toasted first – YUM) or regular oatmeal if I’m short on time. I put a handful of dried cranberries, chopped toasted walnuts, cinnamon, and a little brown sugar or honey. I love it, and it’s made my fasting glucose level go down a few points.

  5. As a fellow-daily oatmeal eater, I enjoy my breakfast kind of dry…just enough milk in either oatmeal or cereal, plus slivered cashews and some real maple syrup for sweetness.

  6. I eat oatmeal daily with a scoop of protein powder, some Justin’s hazlenut spread, a banana, blueberries and raspberries. I am totally addicted and very nearly could eat it for every meal.

    I still find a way to eat cereal for a snack every few days and have been mixing cheerios, Kashi Kids Cinnamon, and golden grahams. I vary between protein drinks and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I had not stumbled upon the mixing cereals until I needed to better control sugar or salt to get the right balance.


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