My son needed a cereal box a month or so ago for a school project. I offered him his pick of six different boxes from the pantry but he didn’t want to use any of them.
He wanted to go to the store to buy a “normal” cereal so that he could have a “normal” box to bring to school.
Clearly the Love Grown Foods boxes which display cereals made from beans and anything Trader Joe’s, even if the box reads Fruity-O’s, is embarrassing and not acceptable at the middle school level.
I get it.
It shouldn’t be this way but all of the marketing targeted towards kids by the big brands make it this way and in that moment of cereal embarrassment, I realized that this was symbolic of something bigger than his technology project and needing a cereal box.
Of course I don’t want him ingesting artificial colors, preservatives, BHT and other ingredients I can’t pronounce.
I certainly don’t want to serve my baby a meal with sugar listed as the first or second ingredient and definitely try to avoid him eating high fructose corn syrup or anything not filling that may provide a sugar crash.
But come on, right? Life is about finding balance and enjoying yourself too.
Cereal is a big deal. It’s a memory maker.
We all have childhood cereal memories and the last thing I want for my son is to associate cereal with the technology project that he didn’t have a proud sugar-loaded box for because his mom was an uncool vegetarian running freak who banned normal food from the house.
A little while ago, you guys left the sweetest of cereal memory comments on a post and I couldn’t help but think about my cereal memories too.
Cocoa Pebbles -> Multiple bowls consumed at a time while watching Pee Wee’s Playhouse on weekends. I loved the chocolately milk at the bottom!
Fruity Pebbles -> Alternated sometimes with Cocoa Pebbles, one time I poured my orange juice in the bowl instead of the milk. My mom told me it was okay, it just made it extra fruity 🙂
Waffle Crisp – > Eaten dry and on the go, straight from a Ziploc bag, as my breakfast during senior year of high school.
Cookie Crisp – > Enjoyed while watching Nickelodeon in the morning, most likely with my friends who slept over.
Life Cereal – > Lived on this cereal (with raisins and a drop of milk) for YEARS, spanning through college and even when my son was a newborn.
Rice Krispy Treats Cereal – > My best friend Heather and I would pick out the chunks of Rice Krispy treats and then leave over the rest of the box.
I made the decision to make cereal special in our house. It’s not like I deny a good dessert so who am I to deny cereal?
I told my son that we were going to go to Target for him to pick out a special cereal of his choice that he could eat whenever he wanted (hoping it would be a snack and not breakfast).
Once that box was empty, we would go back to pick another. Of his choice. Without me reading ingredients.
I don’t know that I would have selected the Sprinkled Donut Crunch but it kind of reminds me of Sprinkle Spangles which was another cereal I adored as a kid.
Ohhh remember Ice Cream Cones cereal? It was short lived but so so good!
I knew that this cereal would be the go-to food for a few days when he was hungry, but slowly, it was forgotten about.
The box is still rather full but at least we have the box should we encounter another school project, right?
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Tell me again — favorite cereal as a kid?
Which cereal would you pick from the cereal aisle now? Would it be the same one from your childhood?
Do you eat cereal for breakfast?