A good and great breakfast, serially

Cereal prices are on the move up, up, up.

Have you sold any stock yet so you can keep eating your top-shelf Wheaties, Raisin Bran, Lucky Charms and the like?

I’ve given up the name brands long ago. My usual cereal purchase is made by Wegmans, flakes and squares that ably fill in for the pricier stuff you see on TV.

But the last two food shopping trips I took with my good wife Karen landed us at a Super WalMart and a Price Chopper, for expediency and convenience and, well, just because we don’t mind changing it up for excitement. Yeah, I did just say that.

I was out of the flakes first and then the squares.

Good choice and great value, yes.

Good choice and great value, yes.

My cereal blend.

My cereal blend.

The names on these store brands are too good not to share. The price was right, too.

My cereal blend.

My cereal concoction.

So I continue to mix and match my Bialczak Blend with 2 percent in my Jethro Bowl. Yum. And you Eagle Eyes may spy that I threw in just a smattering of Karen’s Kashi Heart to Heart circles for a warm cinnamon touch. And I’m not afraid to eat it for lunch.

Do you eat cereal, and why or why not? Do you go for store brands on any particular products, and why? What’s your go-to cereal, and why?

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70 thoughts on “A good and great breakfast, serially

  1. Good morning, Mark! When the girls were at home, we bought lots of cereal–and went through it quickly. Then it went to just Cheerios. Now, I stick to oatmeal. I buy the old fashioned kind (store brand) that I cook in a pot. I’m eating it now with brown sugar and raisins. Yum!

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  2. I don’t often eat cereal Mark because I don’t process fiber well – part of my medical issues left over from the cancer. That said, I usually keep a box around for occasional munching – love raisin bran but can only eat it about once a month. I usually buy the store brand or wait until it is on special. Yum! That looks like a fun and tasty mix you are using.

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  3. I do like cereal. I like to overeat cereal, so I don’t often eat it, lol!
    Cheerios, big bales of shredded wheat, Great Grains — these are my faves. Now and again we’ll have some junk food cereal like Cap’n Crunch or Golden Grahams, and I’ll eat them for a snack, but not for breakfast. I prefer poached eggs and toast, warm, buttery grits, or oatmeal.
    I cannot cope with mixed cereals. ๐Ÿ˜›

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    • I’ve been on a for-lunch run with it, Joey. Not overeating, just eating. A big bale of shredded wheat does sound good this a.m., but not as good as a poached egg, buttery grits or oatmeal. But I already ate my breakfast banana. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. GMO’s, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Cottonseed oil, big boxes/small quantities, and of course price….as we used to say on the farm “The ole gal is off her feed.” Course my Aunt was referencing her favorite sow…
    But I digress.
    Making my own granola again. Had forgotten just how good it was. And inexpensive to make.
    Great post Mark.
    Thinking I might scramble up a few of those $5.00 a dozen eggs for breakfast this morning.

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  5. I like Honey Nut Cheerios and Grapenuts. My boys are making me eat oatmeal, which I am not a huge fan of, but I eat it dry mixed in with yogurt and topped with fruit, so it is pretty palatable. I love Captain Crunch, but I am not allowed to eat that anymore (no gains in eating Captain Crunch).

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  6. This is a great post… it feels like a sunny morning ๐Ÿ™‚ ….cereal…. i dont eat cereal often bc I have a dairy and soy allergy :((( but I love oatmeal and an egg white omlet is my usual breakfast — unless of course I’m in the mood to make some french toast ~ which will forever be my favorite!!

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  7. Yes, I eat cereal every morning and it seems that they have been coming out with a lot of exotic flavors recently. I like to try different ones but mostly stay away from the generic brands…although if they’re cheap and tasty…why not? Couldn’t even tell you my reasoning. I discovered Cinnamon Toast Crunch (oh yeah, CTC) but now my kids eat it so I try to leave it for them.

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  8. No cold cereal. Oatmeal in the cold months at times. Mostly eggs, bagels, cheese…lots of protein here in the a.m. I miss my seasonal fruits with cottage cheese in the summer months.

    โ˜บ But…I did gift my son with a box of Count Chocula..his favorite from years ago, that only shows up at this time of year.

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  9. funny, mg has a jethro bowl too. ) i’m not a huge cereal person, because i would go for alphabits or trix, and that is not a good thing. love the flowers too and i like your cereal casserole.

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    • We men seem to like a big bowl to avoid unnecessary waste by spillage and spashing, Beth. ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s my excuse, anyway. And I’ll pass along your flower compliment to the family arranger, my dear wife Karen. โค

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  10. I pretty much avoid the highly processed cereals, for all the health reasons noted by other commenters, especially sugar. I do keep Trader Joe’s Pecan Praline Granola around, which is sweetened only with maple syrup and is YUMMY. And I have my dry cereal with unsweetened vanilla almond milk or yogurt sweetened only with honey. And I fix oatmeal sometimes; found if I put a tiny amount of maple syrup and cinnamon in the water and stir up before I put the oatmeal in and cook, it sweetens and flavors it enough all through without having to add more sweetener. I will admit, though, it’s pumpkin month at Trader Joe’s and I had to have a box of their pumpkin granola– I’m not used to that much sweetness in my cereal any more so one box is enough, but gotta have that one!

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  11. How pretty you arranged this photo with those flowers. And as for your breakfast, darn if that doesn’t look good and my mouth is watering! I guessed on most of the cereals …. at least 3 you got in that bowl. Maybe you could go so far as to patent your idea to come up with a brand new cereal. Just a thought …. Love, cuz from the west or am I east? Tee hee …. Can you tell me tired? Building that bookcase did me in! LOL โค

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  12. I love cereal, Mark! ๐Ÿ™‚ I tend yo want ones that are not nutritional. Special K has a malt flavor to my taste buds. No one I have met says they agree with my flavor thoughts. Anyway, I like Great Grains pecan and maple cereal, Special K with dehydrated strawberries and I like Honey Nut Cheerios. When I am able to get oatmeal that is tasty like at a school or nursing home cafeteria, I will aggressive butter, brown sugar and raisins. I perspire all year at work and it must take toxins out, because I don’t have sugar or cholesterol problems like I did in my 40’s. Thank God for small blessings. (Meaning I would happily quit the warehouse if I had the money and go back to my no sugar or fat diet. Veggies all the way to freedom. . . ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. I stopped buying “Name” cereals after my kids grew up. Now I eat store brand bran flakes, and hardly ever in the AM. For some reason cold cereal tastes so much better as a midnight snack. Do you ever find that an anonymous hunger can only be quelled by a bowl of cold cereal?

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  14. I don’t eat much cereal because I don’t like milk. I’ll have it dry sometimes. I like to eat plenty of nuts and dried berries, etc so I go that way if I’m on the go. My son eats honey bunches of oats or old fashioned granola mixed with yogurt. Hubby has Cheerios, and he has Golden Grahams when he gets them past me.

    I don’t want to even be in the room with cooked oatmeal but I put oats in certain recipes.

    They all deal with my buying store brands. Then when the name brands are on sale I’m a hero.

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