Cereal and I have a long and sordid history. I don't really like cereal for breakfast but as a snack it's my favorite. Problem is, my definition of a "snack" was a bit skewed. Back in the days of binge eating I could easily polish off an entire box of Lucky Charms in, oh, a day. And of course I was never over indulging on healthy cereal, it was always the super sugary stuff that's more appropriate for dessert than anything else.
When I made the switch to Simply Filling a little over a month ago, I saw that certain kinds of ready-to-eat cereal were included in the plan. Specifically cereal that was whole grain without added sugar, dried fruits or nuts and has at least 4g of fiber per serving.
And not very easy to find. It's the 4g of fiber that throws it off because plenty of cereals meet the other requirements but only offer 2 or 3g of fiber per serving. Plus there is the added sugar bit because it isn't always going to be listed as "sugar" on the ingredients list.
When I was a kid and my grandparents would visit my mom would buy Shredded Wheat for them to have for breakfast. I'm talking about the big ol' original biscuit that I clearly remember thinking was the weirdest thing ever. It just seemed so bland and then as I got older and figured out the whole fiber thing and staying regular I chalked Shredded Wheat to being an older person's food that I would stay far away from until retirement. (Of course, frosted Shredded Wheat was totally allowed.)
Turns out, Shredded Wheat is one of a handful of cereals that fit all of the requirements to be a Simply Filling food and when I decided to give it a try a few weeks ago I opted for the Wheat and Bran variety, probably because it sounded fancier (ie: younger) than the big biscuit option.
I have since become obsessed.
Seriously. I have three boxes of it sitting on top of my fridge as we speak. Or, well, as I type. (Whatever, it was on sale this week.)
Again, I don't eat it for breakfast but it has become my absolute favorite evening snack. Some skim milk, handful of berries and delish! I think the thing that surprises me the most is that I find it naturally sweet. Every once in awhile I'll sprinkle just a bit of sugar on top but most of the time it's not needed to satisfy a late night sweet tooth.
But what I really love is that because it's cereal and has that hint of sweetness and I eat it for a snack at night it feels like an indulgence without actually being an indulgence. And, really, aren't those the best kind?
Love from the ashes,