Mr. CPQ came home with a box of Corn Chex from the grocery store and put it in the corner cabinet where other cardboard enclosed carbohydrates go to become hopelessly stale. I asked what had possessed him to bring home something quasi-healthy and he told me he wanted to recreate for the boys the same happy taste memory he had as a child of eating Corn Chex with sliced bananas.
I checked the label and there was no sugar in the first two ingredients nor was there a prize in the box. I don’t think happy memories are going to come from this little nostalgic experiment.
I don’t remember eating a lot of cold cereal growing up. Mom was a hot breakfast kind of person so we ate scrambled eggs and black beans a lot. When we did have cereal it was usually soupy oatmeal served in a tall glass and sipped while warm (very typical for a Guatemalan breakfast and delicious even though it sounds gross) . I also liked cream of wheat and the sweet rice porridge they served us a boarding school, a recipe I’ve tried to replicate on multiple occasions but still can’t get it right.
My own kids aren’t big fans of hot cereal. They turn their noses up at grits (I have failed as a Southern mother) and choke down the occasional bowl of instant oatmeal, instead preferring Cap’n Crunch or Cocoa Pebbles. I’ve decided that healthy cereal is not a hill upon which I’ll die because truth be told, mornings are a little rough for me all of us and I’d rather have everyone happy at the breakfast table rather than cranky.
I’m sure when they’re older they’ll choose shredded wheat or Kashi Go Lean, right?
Have a nice day.