I’ve always loved cereal, but hate the way it fails to fill me up unless I eat a big bowl of it – usually at least twice the recommended serving size.
Because of that, I pretty much gave up cereal for breakfast several years ago, eating it only as a treat or sometimes as a simple dinner.
But lately I’ve come up with a breakfast cereal combination that works so well I’ve been eating it almost every day: I combine half a cup of Cheerios with ½ cup uncooked oatmeal to provide extra fiber and bulk, then dunk my spoon in the peanut butter jar (aiming for around a tablespoon but usually not bothering to measure). Top with a generous amount of milk.
I love the way the Cheerio rings and oat flakes stick to the milky peanut butter on my spoon. The first few bites I just nibble at the cereal-encrusted peanut butter, which I kind of think of as a nutritious lollipop — though now that I think about it I guess it’s actually a lot more like the tootsie roll center, given the gooey-chewy factor.
At around 400 calories — or even 500, if I’m overly generous with the peanut butter — this is obviously not a low calorie bowl of cereal. But the peanut butter and oats really fill me up, way more than Cheerios ever do.
Besides, I don’t mind eating 500 calories at breakfast because that’s usually when I’m most hungry. Most days I would much rather eat a light dinner than a light breakfast.