I can eat cereal almost any time of day; it’s my ultimate comfort food. I use a medium-sized plastic cup to eat cereal mixed with frozen fruit, nuts, yogurt, squash puree, and milk. Yes, sometimes all of that is in just one cup!
There are times when I just don’t feel like dumping something from a box for my cereal cravings, so I opt for a non-traditional “cereal” approach. Think of whole foods that are crunchy and tasty; then chop them into bite-sized pieces to use as a “cereal” component.
Here are a few of my favorite options:
Known as the Mexican potato, jicama does not have an intense flavor on its own, but it is very refreshing and another great choice for a refreshing crunch. Peel the jicama (instructions on this link) and chop into cubes accordingly. I use half light coconut milk in a can with half water and some yogurt as the coconut flavor is great with this veggie. Add in some unsweetened shredded coconut for more flavor and try mixing with some banana or apple and almonds too.
past post, is a great addition to any of these mixes for its digestive enzyme content and excellent tropical taste.
I have tried and continue to use all of these cereal alternatives just to keep things varied in my diet, but my favorite choice are the chopped and frozen apples. Think of other produce you like that could be used as a non-grain cereal and give it a try; the freezer will help make softer things crunchy and double as a way for long term storage and use. I use plain, non-fat Greek yogurt with a little milk to keep from being too thick in most of these applications, and roasted peanuts, almonds, or pistachios really help with extra crunch and nutrition.
Try one, all, or your own versions and let me know how you liked it compared to the traditional stuff in a box. One more thing, I don’t have any of my own yet, but this might be a great (sneaky) way to treat your kids and have them eat their fruits and veggies too!