You've Been Eating Cereal Wrong

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You've Been Eating Cereal Wrong

You’ve been eating your cereal wrong. I’m guessing that you eat your cereal brand (Cinnamon Toast Crunch? Special K? Cracklin’ Oat Bran? Or one of these ’90s-’00s brands?) by pouring the cereal into a bowl, drenching the cereal in milk and then quickly devouring the cereal and milk with a spoon. I’m sure that this is what you have done with breakfast cereal and milk for years; all because it’s what you have seen from your parents, friends, siblings, TV shows and movies.

You've Been Eating Cereal Wrong

However, have you ever thought about how crazy it is that you pour a drink onto your food? What other meal do you drench with a common drink right before eating it? Do you pour soda onto your dinner? Mix in wine with your appetizer? Slurp tea amongst your floating lunch? Stir together some OJ or coffee with pancakes and bacon? No. So why is it normal to dowse your perfectly crunchy cereal with milk until it’s a soggy mess?

You've Been Eating Cereal Wrong

Background:

Before I tell you how I eat my cereal, here is a brief history of breakfast cereal. In the end of the 1800’s, the first manufactured breakfast cereal was made by a religious, conservative, vegetarian named James Caleb Jackson, who wanted to promote healthier eating with a vegetarian option. Back then, Americans ate a lot of meat for breakfast and had little fiber or health-benefiting foods in their diets. He created, “Granula” which was made up of bran and graham flour dough nuggets that were so hard that the cereal had to soak in milk over night to be edible. Afterwards, John Kellogg created Granola and in 1895 launched his famous cornflakes brand. Now, there are hundreds of different cereal brands. However, our cereal is no longer as hard as a brick. We no longer have to soak our cereal overnight in milk for it to be edible. The only reason James Caleb Jackson added milk to his cereal was because it literally needed to be soaked to eat it. Today, people just add milk because they enjoy the cereal and the milk flavor combination, not the drenching.

You've Been Eating Cereal Wrong

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You've Been Eating Cereal Wrong

Now don’t get me wrong. The taste of milk and cereal together is delicious. I love cookies and milk. I love having a piece of cake with a big glass of milk. While I may know that pouring my milk all over a warm apple pie probably would taste delicious, I never think to do that because that would be ridiculous. Instead, I enjoy both my pie and my milk together, but separately. With cereal, my problem is mixing the milk up and letting the crisp cereal turn into sludge.

You've Been Eating Cereal Wrong

How I Eat My Cereal with Milk: 

Maybe I didn’t convince you that eating cereal with milk mixed in with it is strange, but I hope that you’re at least curious. To eat cereal, my method is pretty obvious and incredibly easy. I pour myself a bowl of my favorite cereal (at the moment, it’s Honey Bunches of Oats with Cinnamon), pour myself a glass of cold milk, and sit down to enjoy my breakfast. This is what I do with every meal, and what you do with most of yours. I like the taste of cereal with milk combined, which is why I take a bit of cereal and then gulp some milk down with it. That way, I get the perfect cereal crunch with a nice swig of milk, without having to deal with sogginess

You've Been Eating Cereal Wrong

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You've Been Eating Cereal Wrong

Maybe you think I’m crazy, but I encourage you to mix up your uber-traditional cereal eating habits. If for some reason you enjoy eating soggy cereal, maybe you could try using different milk options. However, I promise you will not regret having a nice bowl of cereal with a tall glass of milk and taking all the time in the world to eat it. 

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