Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Cereal Swap

We have been working hard around here to get rid of all things processed. It has not been a breeze, as it is an entire lifestyle change. Perhaps, if we had a working farm the change would be more inviting, more natural, a bit less fighting against the tide like. That is how I feel, which is a post I hope to write up soon and share. I do not live on a farm. I have to organize my dairy, produce, meat very well in order to obtain in locally without weekly driving to kingdom come to pick up a carton of eggs. I live far from a farm. I live right down the road from a Wal-Mart actually, so living a sustainable lifestyle of whole foods on a one income family budget has been trying to say the least and I am feeling like I need to share the up's and down's of this experience.

But, not yet. This morning I just wanted to share something encouraging I came across. A little discovery that brought me a lot of joy this morning.

Prior to our whole foods adventure my family ate a lot of cereal, both for breakfast and as a snack. It is one element of our food choices now that I believe my husband misses. The guy misses cereal. And, despite not watching much TV or having really ever been introduced to much cereal my four year old son knows that a bowl of puffed millet is not the same thing as fruity-o's.We do purchase cereal. Once a month I spend ten dollars on pre-made cereal such as Panda Puffs as a treat for my family. But, a bag of panda puffs go fast around here! My husband used to enjoy Honey Smacks. This is no longer a cereal we have in our home. This morning I made a discovery.

If you take a bowl of Arrowhead Mills Puffed Rice Cereal, which runs about $1.50 a bag, and put a bit of raw unrefined sugar on top, and add a few diced bananas you have created a bowl of cereal that resembles Honey Smacks but is tastier and significantly better for you (or the little tummy you are serving).
It is Honey Smacks without any corn syrup, preservatives, or fillers. And, its frugal.

This is so simple. And, that is exactly what I needed today. Last night I stayed up until midnight trying to make my own yogurt. Well, darn thing looks as though it did not turn out.  I needed a little victory this morning in the shape of a bowl, spoon, and sweet cereal filled smile saying, "Ohh, Momma this is delicious!"

Arrowhead Mills puffed cereal can be found at natural food stores, the organic section of many groceries, and online.


MommaHughes said...

In the time it took me to read this post, my four year old asked ten questions. I only noticed becuase I had just read the sign in your picture. Just thought I would mention that. "Is this a timer, or isn't it?" "Is it a toy?" "Can I play with it?" and on it went. Your picture is right on. No wonder I am going batty. :)

Ethiopianmomma said...

Well, it a timer or not!?

MommaHughes said...

Yes, it was a stupid timer. :) That's just the thing though. He KNEW the thing was a why does he waste his breath, and frustrate me in the process, as I am trying to read...

... :) anyway, I wanted to tell you that you're super cute in that picture...

and I also wanted to tell you that the last of his round of questions was the most exasperating of them all... "can I go get a donut?" after me telling him over and over again that he could not have a donut. :)Ei ei ei.