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Help me choose a cold cereal!

howboy May 8, 2007 08:50 AM

Getting too hot for my much beloved steel cut oats. I don't much care for many granolas, Kashi isn't filling enough. I live near a Trader Joes, a Whole Foods, a good health food store and several food chain markets, so finding something shouldn't be a problem. The question is: What? Anyone have a great cold cereal they care to recommend?

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    fauchon RE: howboy May 8, 2007 08:57 AM

    Do you like muesli? The original Swiss one is very good and I've just discovered an English one from Dorset Cereals. It got a Gold food Award at Taste of the West(whatever that is) in 2003. They h ave several different variations and all the ones I've tried are excellent...I get it at my local high end gourmet food shop...

    Here's their website...


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      vvvindaloo RE: fauchon Apr 22, 2008 08:13 AM

      I just recently discovered Dorset Cereals, and I cannot stop eating it. It may be the best muesli I have ever had.

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      harrison RE: howboy May 8, 2007 10:14 AM

      Puffins - i like the cinnamon

      Natures Path - I like the Heritage Bites, Soy Granola, Optimum rebound

      As far as mainstream, I always enjoy Smart Start (original) or Quaker Oatmeal Squares

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        Divamac RE: harrison May 8, 2007 05:11 PM

        Oh, how I love Puffins!

        I lean towards raisin bran-ish types when I choose cereal, and try to keep it healthy. In the old days, I could polish off a box of Crispy Wheats 'n' Raisins in one sitting. Yum! If I want straight-up raisin bran today, I go for Post.

        For an extra kick, I go for Nature's Path Organic Flax Plus Cereal (which I lovingly refer to as "Flixy Flaxy Flakes"). I swear this stuff makes me smarter, or at least helps me to stay focused in work.

        For a super-extra kick, Uncle Sam cereal served plain with some banana added on top.

        For a cereal that stands in as a snack, Frosted Mini-Wheats straight out of the box.

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          Ruth Lafler RE: Divamac Jul 25, 2007 03:42 PM

          My nutritionist recommended the cinnamon Puffins because they're high in fibre, so they count as healthy.

      2. bolivianita RE: howboy May 8, 2007 10:16 AM

        I like to make oatmeal and cook it til its just a bit too thick, then add brown sugar and plenty of cold milk to it. It cools it off considerably and makes it more suited to warm whether. What do you eat in your oat meal? There are so many choices out there in the cereal aisle. Maybe a frosted shredded wheat? Or plain with honey/brown sugar?

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          sondrac RE: bolivianita May 13, 2007 07:24 PM

          I love to do this too. I also add raisins and butter along with brown sugar. Cream is the sinful additive, but milk does just fine.

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          piccola RE: howboy May 8, 2007 10:22 AM

          I like to mix a couple for the greatest texture.

          The TJ's shredded wheat squares are even better than the original, IMO.
          I also love the Nature's Path Heritage O's and Mesa Corn Flakes.
          Quaker Corn Bran is about as sweet as I go, and it packs some good fiber. (Barbara's Puffins are similar, but not quite as good.)
          Fiber One - the plain, not the "yogurt" - is super healthy and still tasty.

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            harrison RE: piccola May 8, 2007 10:33 AM

            I'm also a mixer. Then only problem with the TJ's squares is they get very soggy very quickly!

            I like the Heritage O's as well - they're like more intense Cheerios.

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              piccola RE: harrison May 8, 2007 04:54 PM

              That's why I like' em. Also why I top them off with a crunchier cereal, like said Heritage O's (which, by the way, make the best trail mix and/or croutons).

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                kinipela RE: piccola May 8, 2007 07:07 PM

                i like Oh's as well.... although if this is what i'm thinking, then i have to let it sit a bit or else it's too crunchy.. BUT it's really good... and i actually enjoy eating it as a late night snack too =)

                funny how someone posted about frosted flakes... my fav kid cereals growing up were pops, fruit loops, and golden grahams... yeah so it's not healthy... but it was good =)

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                  jfood RE: kinipela May 8, 2007 07:31 PM

                  Frosted Flakes reporting for duty. [:-))

                  Let's remember that Corn Pop were Sugar Pops, Smacks were Sugar Smacks and we all grew up and survived these cereals. Let's not forget that incredible invention of the 60's called freeze dried fruit and Corn Flakes all of sudden showed up with dehydrated strawberries and bananas. :-))

                  So granted that some may not want sugar in their children's diets, (jfood included) but after 40+ years of eating FF's, jfood will take the risk.

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                    bombaybeauty RE: jfood Aug 8, 2007 05:28 AM

                    Why did it take me my entire life (so far) to discover the joys of mixing cereals?

                    In the end, I think it's very personal, like picking a flavor of ice cream. No way to predict what someone else will like. Weetabix, which I love, I believe is very much a taste acquired when young. After all, who would like a cereal that is naturally soggy and bland, albeit pleasantly malty?

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                      piccola RE: bombaybeauty Aug 9, 2007 02:59 PM

                      The trick is to mix soggy cereals with crunchy ones. Then you get the best of both worlds.

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              ibstatguy RE: piccola May 8, 2007 11:22 AM

              Fiber One and throw in a handful of dried blueberries

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                Chowpatty RE: ibstatguy May 8, 2007 06:38 PM

                I do a mix of Fiber One (for fiber), Kashi Go Lean (for protein) and Trader Joe's Anti-Oxidant Granola (for taste). Unfortunately I can eat way too much of the granola if I don't police myself.

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                  vermontpoet RE: ibstatguy Jul 25, 2007 03:37 PM

                  Fiber One with vanilla soymilk

                2. re: piccola
                  ExercisetoEat RE: piccola May 8, 2007 11:48 AM

                  I heartily second the suggestion of TJ's shredded wheat squares (especially the Brown Sugar variety). They are high fiber, very low sugar, and taste as good as you remember frosted wheat squares as a kid but without all the nasty additives and sugars. They are even great to munch on without milk!

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                    bolivianita RE: piccola May 8, 2007 05:52 PM

                    how I hate the mix! mom used to mix all the little bits left in the bottom of the bag and we'd have that for breakfast til the next market day. I really hated that. She also used to buy generic and put it in the box of name brand whatevers thinking she could fool us.

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                    Seldomsated RE: howboy May 8, 2007 10:25 AM

                    How about Grapenuts? You'd have to go to a regular grocery store for them. Have tried one store brand that mimicked them (Safeway), but it was not the real thing. They are super crunchy, which may or may not appeal to you. Filling though!

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                      lconnor RE: Seldomsated May 8, 2007 01:54 PM

                      I go for Grapenuts Flakes, which have similar flavor, but way, way less crunchiness. I also a like Kashi GoLean w/flax and honey.

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                        foodseek RE: Seldomsated May 8, 2007 07:07 PM

                        I love this thread since I am a cereal junkie. I vote for Grape Nuts and agree not the generic type. Sometimes I like adding dried cranberries into the cereal for a little change. Puffins are my next favorite with bananas.

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                          sondrac RE: Seldomsated May 13, 2007 07:25 PM

                          Yes, yes, yes! I prefer it crunchy, so I eat it dry and add raisins for some sticky sweet texture.

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                            revsharkie RE: Seldomsated Jun 7, 2007 08:35 PM

                            i am still distressed because my dentist told me not to eat grape-nuts. I LOVE grape-nuts! Now and then when I was eating at my desk I used to would mix a carton of yogurt into a bowl of grape-nuts.

                            Lately I've been eating a lot of frosted mini-wheats. (when I'm feeling naughty I switch to lucky charms.) "Clusters," which are wholegrain flakes with little balls of chopped almonds mixed in, are also quite nice, and with the protein from the nuts, filling.

                            I know you said you're not fond of granola, but perhaps if you found a recipe you like and made your own...I have a nice recipe that involves peanut butter.

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                              spabettie RE: revsharkie Jun 8, 2007 09:34 AM

                              OKAY! you must share that recipe? 8)

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                                revsharkie RE: spabettie Jun 10, 2007 06:07 PM

                                Ok I think this is it--it's from the More-with-Less Cookbook. If you have any desire to make your own cereal, this is a good cookbook to have. There are lots of good recipes.

                                Peanut Granola

                                1 1/4 c. honey
                                2/3 c. oil
                                1 c. peanut butter
                                1 T. salt
                                1 T. cinnamon
                                1/2 c. water
                                10 c. rolled oats
                                1 c. chopped raw peanuts or other nuts (I think I used pecans)
                                1 c. wheat germ
                                1 c. cornmeal
                                1 c. coconut
                                2 c. raisins

                                Preheat oven to 325. Combine honey, oil, peanut butter, salt, cinnamon, and water in saucepan. Stir over low heat until peanut butter melts.

                                Combine remaining ingredients (except raisins) in large bowl. Add liquids and mix well. Place in 2 large shallow greased pans and bake about 30 minutes, or until crunchy and brown. Stir often to prevent overbrowning. When cool, add raisins. Store in airtight container.

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                                swissgirl RE: revsharkie Jun 8, 2007 07:33 PM

                                Micorwave the Grape Nuts and milk for 20-30 seconds to soften them up. Your dentist should approve of that!

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                                  vvvindaloo RE: revsharkie Aug 8, 2007 05:10 PM

                                  I feel your pain, rev. i have been avoiding the grape nuts bc of a dental problem- and its been a little upsetting! there is no substitute, a far as i am concerned. I like them mixed into anything, actually.

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                                  lisaf RE: Seldomsated Jul 25, 2007 04:09 PM

                                  I like to mix Grapenuts into my yogurt with some fresh berries. Sort of like a parfait. yum.

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                                    othervoice RE: lisaf Jul 26, 2007 06:53 PM

                                    I agree, I used to mix Grapenuts into yogurt and they would soften up just fine. They will do the same in milk if you give them a few minutes. Vanilla yogurt and grapenuts is wonderful.
                                    I do agree with your dentist though they kill my teeth if I don't soften them up someway.

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                                  cimui RE: howboy May 8, 2007 10:26 AM

                                  I'm a fan of Nature Valley's amaranth flakes. It's high protein, low fat and filling.

                                  BTW, cold oatmeal is also fantastic. I eat it all the time.

                                  1. amyzan RE: howboy May 8, 2007 10:52 AM

                                    I like Cascadian Farms Purely O's, and find it filling as long as I eat 1 1/2 servings plus at least 6 oz. 1% milk, with a piece of fruit or a scrambled egg on the side. I never find cold cereal as filling and long lasting as hot cereal, so it's hard to make it to lunchtime, or heck, even 11 am snack, without feeling rumbly.

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                                      bibi rose RE: howboy May 8, 2007 10:55 AM

                                      Whatever cereal you use, I suggest having it with yogurt and maybe some fruit. I use Fage 0% or 2% yogurt, both of which have a lot of protein. Yogurt, cereal and berries or peaches tastes summery and the cereal does not get soggy.

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                                        mojoeater RE: howboy May 8, 2007 11:16 AM

                                        Have you tried Kashi Go Lean Crunch? While the puffed stuff doesn't fill you up, the crunchy cereal does it for me. It's healthy and tasty.

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                                          mojoeater RE: mojoeater May 8, 2007 11:26 AM

                                          Oh - and I throw some dried cranberries on top. Yummy.

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                                            slowfoodgrrl RE: mojoeater May 8, 2007 11:30 AM

                                            I like the regular Kashi GoLean (not sure if this was the Kashi you refered to in your prompt). The Crunch is good but a little sweet for my taste. I have the Kashi GoLean with soy milk or muesli with lowfat yogurt most mornings since I need the protein to last till lunch.

                                            Every once in a while I get Barbara's puffins and I like the plain ones a lot. They remind me of Crunchy Corn Bran, which I also like.

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                                              ciaoeater RE: slowfoodgrrl May 8, 2007 02:24 PM

                                              I second Kashi GoLean Crunch and Barbara's Puffins! MMMmm...the best.

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                                            amyzan RE: mojoeater May 8, 2007 11:52 AM

                                            KGLC tastes great, but it has so much sugar per serving that I get hungry a couple hours after eating it. Cereals that are lower in sugar per serving don't do that with me. I suppose we're all individual in how we metabolize food, though, so maybe it works for some.

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                                            Panini Guy RE: howboy May 8, 2007 11:25 AM

                                            There's a new organic version of Honey Bunches O'Oats, which has always been a favorite of mine. The organic seems even a bit more crunchier. It's a about 30 cents more than the regular version at our local supermarket.

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                                              lisaf RE: Panini Guy Jul 25, 2007 04:10 PM

                                              I haven't seen the organic version. I like the regular one with the freeze dried strawberries. Sort of like the Special K with Red Berries but with more texture.

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                                              RGR RE: howboy May 8, 2007 11:44 AM

                                              My current favorite is Kellogg's Smart Start, the Original version, which is composed of oat bran flakes -- very crisp and stand up well to milk -- and crunchy oat clusters. Topped with fresh strawberries -- Yum!

                                              Acc. to the package, it's "Heart Healthy," i.e. ingredients that can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. I buy it because it tastes good, but if that claim is true, so much the better. Note: There are other varieties.

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                                                harrison RE: RGR May 8, 2007 04:00 PM

                                                Funny, I posted earlier about Smart Start. I recently entered a Smart Start phase I just got back from supermarket to replenish and realized that there are 2 "originals" - one is oat bran flakes touting "Heart Healthy", and one is multigrain flakes touting "Antioxidants"

                                                Either way, agree w/ RGR that it is one robust flake. I can't wait until I can buy blueberries again without taking out a mortgage!

                                              2. manraysky RE: howboy May 8, 2007 12:30 PM

                                                I'm a big fan of Kellogg's All Bran.

                                                In a semi-related note, a couple of nights ago I made the muffins from the recipe on the box, and they are really good. Very light, for muffin with a whole lot of bran cereal in it.

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                                                  Emme RE: manraysky May 8, 2007 10:00 PM

                                                  I love All Bran Extra Fiber, but not with milk. I prefer it dry; or, sometimes I'll wet it with a little water and mix w/ splenda and cinnamon, like a mush, but cold.

                                                  Fiber One is grand, and their new one w/ clusters ain't bad either.

                                                  Puffins are great dry too.

                                                  Raisin Bran Crunch is another dry fave, esp when you can pick out and hoard the clusters and raisins...

                                                  Personally, I like protein at breakfast, so I'll do the TJ's Hi-Lo mixed into some splenda and cinammon mixed 0% Total.

                                                  And for just good ol' bran flakes, I do love Complete.

                                                2. Midlife RE: howboy May 8, 2007 02:25 PM

                                                  A vote here for Post's Great Grains with raisins, dates and pecans. It's similar to granola but lighter and has proportionally large amounts of fruit and nuts.

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                                                    beelzebozo RE: Midlife Apr 22, 2008 10:55 AM

                                                    this is a favorite of mine. the straight up "pecan crunch" is also awesome.

                                                    and you mean ALL kashi cereals aren't filling enough for you? i find kashi go lean crunch to be extremely filling. it's an amazing cereal.

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                                                    brendastarlet RE: howboy May 8, 2007 02:29 PM

                                                    All Bran Bran Buds. They are lighter and crunchier than Grape Nuts, which are my second recommendation. You'll find them next to the regular All Bran, but unlike All-Bran, these actually taste good where All Bran tastes like sawdust.

                                                    I also buy the plain shredded wheat from Trader Joe's. I never buy sweetened cereals, I just buy whole-grain ones and add fruit and honey.

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                                                      taylor_blair RE: brendastarlet May 8, 2007 05:01 PM

                                                      Does anyone else get their mouth torn up into shreds after eating a bowl of grape nuts?

                                                    2. jfood RE: howboy May 8, 2007 04:59 PM

                                                      Can jfood offer up a suggestion like none other on this thread so far.

                                                      A good old fashioned bowl of Frosted Flakes is one of life's great pleasure. Add some slices of fresh banana and some milk and it's a little piece of heaven at the beginning of the day.

                                                      Or if you are like Jfood, a nice ramekin of FF's at 1015PM or so puts a nice ending to a long day.

                                                      Real Greeeeaaaat comfort food.

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                                                        spabettie RE: jfood May 8, 2007 05:24 PM

                                                        Mmm, the Original Puffins is just like Quaker Corn Bran (yellow box, could not find for years, Just Recently came back!!)

                                                        ...those two are my favorites, and go well with blueberries, bananas...

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                                                          Pollo RE: spabettie May 8, 2007 06:00 PM

                                                          So far the best one I was able to find (based on quality of ingredients and price) is "Swiss Muesli" by "familia".....you can get it at Whole Foods...$6.99 for 32 oz.....two different varieties are available....no added sugars and no added oils....does not get soggy quickly....

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                                                            slowfoodgrrl RE: Pollo May 8, 2007 08:19 PM

                                                            The Familia muesli is great, esp mixed up with the yogurt and left to sit for a few minutes, like birchermuesli. In fact, I think there is a recipe on the box for birchermuesli on the box, which calls for the cereal, yogurt, shredded apple, and maybe one more ingredient, mixed up, and then put in the fridge overnight. This might satisfy the same jones that leads you to the steel cut oats, it being all homespun, hearty, and steeped in tradition.

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                                                              spabettie RE: slowfoodgrrl May 8, 2007 08:52 PM

                                                              and also cool and refreshing for HOT summer ! 8)

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                                                              Morticia RE: Pollo May 3, 2008 05:32 PM

                                                              I agree - the Familia Muesli is by far my favorite cereal...and I don't normally even eat cereal at all. I like the green box - no sugar added and with fruit. It's good with yogurt, too. I can't always find it in the stores, so whenever I happen upon it, I have to get a box.

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                                                              piccola RE: spabettie May 9, 2007 08:57 PM

                                                              Corn Bran never disappeared in Canada, and it's only when I moved here two years ago that I started to go into withdrawal. Where do you buy them??

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                                                                spabettie RE: piccola May 10, 2007 07:16 AM

                                                                I know, it is difficult... our local chain Fred Meyer (that I only go to for this cereal) carries them... just keep looking, I hope you find them!

                                                                Have you had Puffins? (Barbara's is the brand, I think?) They really do taste similar.

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                                                                  piccola RE: spabettie May 10, 2007 05:38 PM

                                                                  Yeah, I can settle for Barbara's in a pinch. But it's really not the same.

                                                            4. re: jfood
                                                              vvvindaloo RE: jfood Aug 8, 2007 05:12 PM

                                                              You bet, jfood. I have always felt that nighttime is the righttime for cold cereal! The sweeter the better....

                                                            5. orangewasabi RE: howboy May 8, 2007 06:10 PM

                                                              I eat Kellog's Bran Buds every day, with two blobs of yogurt, and two blobs of summer frozen/thawed raspberries. Yummmmmers. And ya gotta love the fibre.

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                                                                CrazyOne RE: howboy May 8, 2007 06:59 PM

                                                                A current fave is Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Oat which is like, say, Honey Nut Cheerios but with a bit more fiber and less sugar. It's higher in sugar than some so I tend to mix it with others or alternate, but it's a real standout IMO.

                                                                Nature's Path has a lot of good varieties. I really liked the Optimum varieties but have stayed away because my favorite at least, Optimum Power (mmm...blueberry), has quite a lot of sugar, even more than the Honey Oat Heart to Heart above. The Heritage varieties are great, some unusual grains in there.

                                                                Another interesting choice for me sometimes is Kashi Good Friends, which has a crazy amount of fiber but still manages to taste decent. I have noticed, though, that the really high fiber cereals, including this one, have more sugar than some typical really low sugar cereals (like plain Cheerios) in addition to the significant amount of fiber. That must be a large part of why they taste decent. ;-)

                                                                BTW, the best place recently to buy Kashi Heart to Heart is Target, where it's selling locally for $2.49/box. Although Whole Foods, surprisingly, runs a number of apparent "loss leaders" in the cereal aisle as well, along with occasional specials. Various Kashi and Nature's Path varieties are often around $2.50 or less. TJ's carries some of these too, but they're not always they cheapest. Regular prices in the major supermarket chain are around $4 and up.

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                                                                  phneale RE: howboy May 8, 2007 07:12 PM

                                                                  I like the Kashi, I think it is called Heart Smart, flakes with the dried wild blueberries. It is really tasty and hearty enough to get you to the double cheeseburger at lunch ;-)

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                                                                    Cinnamon RE: howboy May 8, 2007 09:02 PM

                                                                    Hmm... almost whatever you decide, I would advocate throwing in a couple handfuls of toasted walnuts or pecans. In smallish pieces.

                                                                    I started pan-toasting them for salads and just as they're browning, take them off the burner, dust with Chinese 5-spice powder (it's cinnamon and yummy things, not hot spicy things), shake the pan, and add to whatever. Sooooo good. Way easier to eat than raw.

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                                                                      PBnBanana RE: howboy May 9, 2007 09:57 AM

                                                                      Try Smart Start...I find it to be much more filling than Kashi and it's quite tasty

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                                                                        LAWoman RE: howboy May 9, 2007 03:54 PM

                                                                        Trader Joe's Organic Golden Flax cereal.

                                                                        1. Mister Big RE: howboy May 9, 2007 04:59 PM

                                                                          Barbara's Shredded Oats.

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                                                                            GrillNextDoor RE: howboy May 9, 2007 05:04 PM

                                                                            I, also, am not a big granola fan, but Trader Joe's sweet and salty granola and their antioxidant berry mix granola are both very good, with milk and with yogurt. Also, another vote for Puffins, though I like the peanut butter flavor.

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                                                                              gyp7318 RE: howboy May 9, 2007 05:06 PM

                                                                              I am so not a cereal for a meal kind of a girl-a meal is savory to me not sweet-but I have been eating FiberOne Honey Clusters for breakfast almost every morning. I like it because it's not too sweet, doesn't have the awful sawdust taste of healthy, good for you food, and packs a punch in the fiber department (14 g in 1 cup!!!!). I have that w/some organic skim milk and I am good. I'm actually having that for dinner tonight after a tough workout and it is filling me up.

                                                                              BTW, I haven't had any of the other FiberOne flavors. Has anyone else? How does it compare to the Honey Clusters?

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                                                                                emilief RE: howboy May 10, 2007 08:18 AM

                                                                                Have you tried Kashi 7 whole grain nuggets- alot like grapenuts but more healthy.

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                                                                                  howboy RE: howboy May 10, 2007 11:26 AM

                                                                                  Lot's of great suggestions...thanks! So far, I tried Puffins....I bought a box P.B. and a box of cinnamon, and this morning I had the P.B. They were delicious.

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                                                                                    norjah RE: howboy Jun 8, 2007 09:54 AM

                                                                                    While we can all pretend that the peanut butter Puffins are better for you - they have pretty much exactly the same nutritional information as peanut butter captain crunch. Captain crunch is actually a little lower in sodium and sugar for the same weight.

                                                                                    Not that it isn't a tasty cereal, but let's not kid ourselves here.

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                                                                                      Lucia RE: norjah Jun 8, 2007 10:07 AM

                                                                                      But the ingredients are a lot better than Cap'n Crunch:
                                                                                      Puffins: http://www.worldpantry.com/cgi-bin/nc...

                                                                                      Cap'n Crunch: http://www.buythecase.net/product/453...

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                                                                                    Oh Robin RE: howboy May 10, 2007 01:19 PM

                                                                                    Oatmeal Crisp w/ Almonds is really good. Probably not at all healthy but worth it.

                                                                                    1. Bob W RE: howboy May 10, 2007 01:33 PM

                                                                                      Trader Joes has spelt flakes and some other kind of flakes that hold up really well in milk and taste great.

                                                                                      Love the Puffins too!

                                                                                      From the regular markets, Special K (and Special K with Red Berries), Life, Wheat Chex, Grape-Nuts, and good ole Cheerios are in my regular rotation.

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                                                                                        momof3 RE: Bob W May 10, 2007 05:39 PM

                                                                                        Puffins are a staple in our house, along with Barbara's Shredded Spoonful's (sim to Life cereal). My fave is the Special K with the Red Berries too. I add a sliced banana and some sliced toasted almonds for extra crunch and protein. Top it off with some Silk Light Vanilla Soy milk, YUM!

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                                                                                          Bob W RE: momof3 May 11, 2007 01:20 PM

                                                                                          I forgot about the Barbara's Shredded Spoonfuls; those are good too.

                                                                                          We're making a Trader Joe's run tomorrow and I'll be hitting the cereal aisle hard; I'm now craving these boxes of crunchy goodness!

                                                                                      2. chef chicklet RE: howboy May 10, 2007 06:59 PM

                                                                                        Mini shredded wheat, Rice Crispies and Raisin Bran. Only late at night, not in the morning!

                                                                                        1. chica RE: howboy May 11, 2007 01:00 AM

                                                                                          Another vote for Kashi Heart to Heart or Wheat flakes - added blueberries, and I find it quite filling.

                                                                                          I also like Barbara's Grainshop - the mix of different flakes and grains makes a good medley when I'm too lazy to mix cereals like I usually do.

                                                                                          TJ's Muesli is good, too, though I noticed that they recently upped the sugar content.

                                                                                          TJ's also has its version of honey bunches of oats (it goes by another name), but it's less expensive than the other brand and doesn't have the high fructose.

                                                                                          I used to eat all-bran..until I found it too filling. It also gets soggy fast.

                                                                                          1. NewSushiFiend RE: howboy May 11, 2007 08:33 AM

                                                                                            Not one of those super healthy cereals, but once I tried Kellog's Special K Chocolaty Delight, I haven't been able to eat anything else! Add bananas, and it is almost like having a chocolate sundae for breakfast!

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                                                                                              laylag RE: howboy May 11, 2007 07:00 PM

                                                                                              I know you said Kashi isn't filling enough but have you tried the GoLean? It's extremely high in fiber and, to me, rather filling. I also like the TJ frosted high fiber multigrain clusters. Even more filling than GoLean imo and the light frosting makes it tastier than the plain version.

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                                                                                                howboy RE: laylag May 12, 2007 01:50 PM

                                                                                                Yep, I've tried it. I like the taste, but just doesn't fill me up until lunch--even if I have a big bowl of it.

                                                                                              2. jword2001 RE: howboy May 11, 2007 07:12 PM

                                                                                                Apple jacks!, healthy? ,LOL,you're kidding right?,tasty? YOU BETCHA!,'specially the milk left after the cereal is gone!

                                                                                                1. Emme RE: howboy May 11, 2007 07:13 PM

                                                                                                  Do also really like the Granny's Apple Granola at TJ's... That and the cinnamony/nuttier one is good too...

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                                                                                                    howboy RE: Emme May 12, 2007 01:49 PM

                                                                                                    I just tried the TJ ginger/cashew granola. Hated it. Looking for the sweet/salty granola that was recommended, they've been out of it---a good sign!

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                                                                                                      smartie RE: howboy May 12, 2007 07:25 PM

                                                                                                      grape nuts a big favourite, Weetabix (cold or hot), wish I could get Shreddies in the USA they are just the best, malty and crunchy then they go really soggy.

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                                                                                                        jword2001 RE: smartie May 12, 2007 07:42 PM

                                                                                                        i see you have some Florida post's,if you are near Orlando you may try British food imports 1-407-648-6801 good chance they will have it or be able to get it for you,good luck.

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                                                                                                          smartie RE: jword2001 May 13, 2007 08:03 PM

                                                                                                          thanks jword, I am in Palm Beach County though.

                                                                                                          there was a Brit store in Deerfield but now closed. I have some visitors coming this summer so I get things brought to me.

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                                                                                                            spabettie RE: smartie May 14, 2007 07:26 AM

                                                                                                            I order online all the way from Oregon! This place is The Best!


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                                                                                                    Humbucker RE: howboy May 12, 2007 10:40 PM

                                                                                                    Howboy, if you're looking for a filling, tasty cereal, I suggest you check out Trader Joe's Organic Raisin Bran Clusters. It's really satisfying to eat because it is really crunchy, but also really chewy. Also, it really fills you up, even though it isn't particularly high in fiber. The sweetness level is also perfect (as in sweet, but not overly so).

                                                                                                    1. cafecreme RE: howboy May 12, 2007 10:46 PM

                                                                                                      Have to admit I love the Special K with dried strawberries

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                                                                                                        sondrac RE: cafecreme May 13, 2007 07:27 PM

                                                                                                        Me too. I like to add raisins (can you tell I like them?).

                                                                                                      2. victoriafoodie RE: howboy May 13, 2007 06:55 PM

                                                                                                        Fibre One, with yogourt and dried cranberries on top.

                                                                                                        1. sondrac RE: howboy May 13, 2007 07:29 PM

                                                                                                          For breakfast in the summer, I enjoy honey flavored Yogurt of the Gods (a thick Greek style yogurt) with fruit and nuts. Almonds and raisins are delicious additions, as are cranberries and walnuts.

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                                                                                                            tracyj RE: howboy May 13, 2007 08:17 PM

                                                                                                            Puffins and Kashi are way overrated. Kashi will also pack on the pounds.

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                                                                                                              GVDub RE: howboy May 13, 2007 08:28 PM

                                                                                                              Here's my favorite hot weather cereal. I make the following mix up in advance (and since you're near a TJ's, you can do the same):
                                                                                                              2 cans TJ's Multi Grain cereal
                                                                                                              1 bag TJ's All Fruit Trail Mix
                                                                                                              1 bag TJ's Dried Strawberries or Dried Bing Cherries (your choice)
                                                                                                              Mix it all together in a big Rubbermaid container then, the night before mix 1 part of the cereal mix with 1 part yogurt (I'll use the TJ's Goat Milk Yogurt or some great stuff I get from a local Armenian market), and 1 part milk in a small container and let it sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, the cereal and fruit have rehydrated and it's ready to eat. You can add a llittle sweetener if you want, but for me the amount of fruit in there adds enough sweetness. It's filling and cooling.

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                                                                                                                adamgoodjunk RE: howboy May 13, 2007 08:30 PM

                                                                                                                Rice Krispies!! They now come in organic!! Delicious with fresh fruit like strawberries or blueberries or green apple. My favorite.

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                                                                                                                  xena RE: howboy Jun 7, 2007 03:32 AM

                                                                                                                  Have been eating my first box of peanut butter Puffins (after reading about them here) and trying to figure out why they taste so familiar. It came to me last night, during my bedtime snack, that they taste like Bugles! What a blast from the past! A bowl full of Bugles, rather than one one each fingertip.

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                                                                                                                    CinnamonKitten RE: howboy Jun 7, 2007 03:47 AM

                                                                                                                    Lucky Charms. You know you love them.

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                                                                                                                      vvvindaloo RE: CinnamonKitten Aug 8, 2007 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                      I would never ever deny loving those pink hearts... orange stars... yellow moons... green clover... blue diamonds... purple horseshoes... red balloons...

                                                                                                                    2. ajs228 RE: howboy Jun 8, 2007 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                      I'm a big fan of Cracklin' Oat Bran. It's got a nice, graham-crackery taste.

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                                                                                                                        chucktowneater RE: howboy Jun 8, 2007 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                        I love Kashi strawberry fields. I'm trying to cut the carbs a bit, but it's damn tasty.

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                                                                                                                          Jambalaya RE: howboy Jun 9, 2007 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                          I'm not sure if this one is covered or not and I'm not about to scroll through all 86 replies to find out so sorry if this is a repeat. I have a good suggestion for warm weather oatmeal. You can mix up some cider or apple juice, cinnamon and honey in a bowl then add enough oats so almost all the liquid is soaked up. Let sit in the reefer overnight to absorb all the liquid. In the morning mix up a batch of equal parts lowfat cottage cheese and nonfat yogurt. Add some more honey and almond extract for flavouring. Mix this into the oatmeal, finish up with either real cream or non fat half and half then mix in some fresh and/or dried fruit. This is really a nice dish. Good Luck

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                                                                                                                            howboy RE: Jambalaya Jun 10, 2007 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                            what kind of oats are we talking about here?

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                                                                                                                              Jambalaya RE: howboy Jun 12, 2007 06:01 AM

                                                                                                                              Nothing special, just the standard generic supermarket brand called "Old Fashioned Oats". They're probably actually made by Quaker oats. I guess the only advice I would add is don't use the instant oats and that only comes from the fact I've never tried this with the instant ones. Who knows, it might even work with them or be better.

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                                                                                                                              xena RE: Jambalaya Jun 10, 2007 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                              This sounds good. We make something similar by softening uncooked oatmeal in milk, then adding plain yogurt, honey, slivered almonds and lots of chopped fresh fruit. It's one of those things that tastes much better than you think it might. We even eat it during summer for supper when it's too hot to cook, adding a piece of toasted bread with honey.

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                                                                                                                                CucumberBoy RE: xena Jul 25, 2007 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                My Dad, Allah love him, used to take slices of Wonder(tm) white bread, tear 'em into chunks, put 'em into a bowl, and pour milk over 'em; sprinkle with sugar and BAM! Breakfast.

                                                                                                                                Did I mention my Dad is weird?

                                                                                                                            3. ArikaDawn RE: howboy Jul 25, 2007 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                              Quaker Corn Bran. Stays crunchy with just the right amount of sweetness.

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                                                                                                                                piccola RE: ArikaDawn Jul 26, 2007 04:57 AM

                                                                                                                                Exactly. Not to be confused with the Oat Bran, which has twice as many calories and half the flavour.

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                                                                                                                                cookingislife RE: howboy Jul 26, 2007 05:30 AM

                                                                                                                                I like Kellog's Special K, Vanilla Almond

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                                                                                                                                  foodwich RE: howboy Jul 26, 2007 05:41 AM

                                                                                                                                  i recommend alpen muesli. its my cold weather cereal, also wheeties with maple and brown sugar and at present eating corn flakes. however want to pass on my version of oatmeal when the weather is cooler. i make slow cooking oats with milk and water and some berries. trader joes have bing cherries dried. then when cooked and creamy add brown sugar and a sprinkling of toasted almonds. yummm ! cant wait for fall.

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                                                                                                                                    revsharkie RE: foodwich Jul 26, 2007 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                    Wow...I first ate Alpen when I was in Ireland 21 years ago. The family I was staying with had a three-year-old, and Alpen was her very favorite breakfast. I didn't know you could get it in the U.S.

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                                                                                                                                      foodwich RE: revsharkie Jul 27, 2007 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                                      kroger carries alpen and also whole foods from time to time. its much much superior to other muesli's i have tried. i like the regular one instead of the sugar free but that seems difficult to find.

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                                                                                                                                        smartie RE: revsharkie Jul 30, 2007 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                        I see it in Publix in Florida.

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                                                                                                                                      cmkdvs RE: howboy Jul 26, 2007 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                      I guess it's because we mostly cool down at night, but I never find it too warm at breakfast time for oatmeal. I don't think anyone's mentioned toasted wheat germ--good with yogurt. I add some ground flax seed to either, usually frozen blueberries in the oatmeal.

                                                                                                                                      1. monalisawoman RE: howboy Jul 29, 2007 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                        mmmm Peanut Butter Bumpers. With OR without milk.
                                                                                                                                        And as an aside... i wish Pop-Tarts would jump on the "whole grain" wagon.

                                                                                                                                        1. sailormouth RE: howboy Jul 30, 2007 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                          I can't believe no one has mentioned Lucky Charms, (they're always after me Lucky Charms!).

                                                                                                                                          Actually, when not in my annual sugar cereal binge, I really like Kellog's Product 19 and Quaker Crunch Corn Bran. Product 19 has this great malty flavor and maintains a good crunch.

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                                                                                                                                            howboy RE: howboy Jul 31, 2007 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                                            so far, I like Alpen, and Barbara's Honey Rice Puffins

                                                                                                                                            1. pikawicca RE: howboy Aug 8, 2007 06:23 AM

                                                                                                                                              When it gets too hot for oatmeal, I switch to Quaker Oatmeal Squares. Very crisp and yummy.

                                                                                                                                              1. vvvindaloo RE: howboy Aug 8, 2007 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                Howboy, if you are looking for a cold cereal with a similar consistency to oatmeal, as well as a similar fiber content, I recommend Weetabix. The wheat cakes soften in milk (or yogurt) to a soft, grainy texture with a mild flavor much like oatmeal.

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                                                                                                                                                  johnecampbell RE: howboy May 3, 2008 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I ahve a long commute and have recently found myself eating frosted mini wheats in the car, along with organic yogurt in-the-tube.

                                                                                                                                                  If you live near an Ikea, theye have a few excellent, inexpensive and low-fat granola's available in their food section.

                                                                                                                                                  1. beelzebozo RE: howboy May 3, 2008 06:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                    has anyone tried "nature's path peanut butter granola?"

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                                                                                                                                                      micatee RE: beelzebozo May 4, 2008 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I like Uncle Sam's....love the flax seed taste!

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                                                                                                                                                      lgss RE: howboy May 4, 2008 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                      We like Nature's Path Mesa Sunrise which contains corn, flax, and amaranth so is gluten-free. We're vegan so we use Pacific lowfat vanilla almond mylk on it.

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                                                                                                                                                        Jacey RE: howboy May 4, 2008 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                        special k protein plus

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                                                                                                                                                          Feed_me RE: Jacey May 7, 2008 09:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I just finished off a box of Kirkland (Costco) cold cereal that had flakes, clusters, pecans and dried blueberries. I'm not sure how healthy it is, but it tasted darn good. I believe it's sourced from Quaker Oats. Costco used to have a cranberry and macadamia nut cereal, but I haven't seen it there recently. Another one I like is Barbara's Shredded Spoonfuls that is available at lots of stores, but I normally get it at Trader Joes because their cereal prices are pretty good.

                                                                                                                                                        2. FoodieKat RE: howboy May 8, 2008 03:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Actually, some of Kashi's cereals are pretty good (I don't care for the basic puffed wheat either, kind of reminiscent of packing material). GoLean crunch in Honey Almond Flax, or Heart to Heart O's are both tasty, and filling.
                                                                                                                                                          I also liked Nature's Path Heritage flakes (not the O's), but haven't seen those around in awhile. Nature's Path's Organic Optimum Power cereal is my favorite right now though; it's the ultimate brain food, and it's got a yummy cinnamon flavor. That was a great healthy find at Costco.

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                                                                                                                                                            beelzebozo RE: FoodieKat May 8, 2008 06:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                            i'm convinced go lean crunch is the ultimate cereal. after years of testing, we finally got the master recipe, and this is as good as it can get.

                                                                                                                                                          2. Kholvaitar RE: howboy Feb 2, 2013 07:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I like Nature's Path's 50% Fruits, Nuts, and Seed Organic Muesli.

                                                                                                                                                            Also shredded wheat biscuits.

                                                                                                                                                            1. BlueMagic RE: howboy Feb 2, 2013 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Sorry...I am boring. My favorite cereal has always been Cheerios.

                                                                                                                                                              1. DonShirer RE: howboy Feb 2, 2013 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Never been a big fan of granola. In my cupboard right now are "multigrain cheerios", "special-k" (with fake strawberries), and a store brand knockoff imitation of "honey bunches of oats" (with less sugar).

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                                                                                                                                                                  noodlepoodle RE: howboy Feb 4, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Wheaties are popular at my house. Once in a while I get Rice Crispies. I get tired of Go Lean products after a while and they get stale on the shelf.

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                                                                                                                                                                    pedalfaster RE: howboy Feb 4, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    another vote for Cheerios.

                                                                                                                                                                    yeah, I know this is an old thread.

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