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Do you snack on dry cereals ?

I've only begun doing this on a regular basis. Instead of crackers, chips (tortilla chips my Achilles Heel) and other un-mentionable guilty pleasures, I've turned to "healthier" cereals (not that I liked sugary crap anyway). Current munch of choice: Trader Joe's Frosted Maple & Brown Sugar Shredded Bite Sized Wheats


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    1. Popcorn was forbidden by my MDs.

      I found Cheerios to be a nice substitute both at home and in theaters. I don't know if it;s a detriment or a bonus, but it makes me feel 2 again.

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      1. re: pedalfaster

        Ha! I just had a picture in my mind of my son when he was a little shaver, eating Cheerios on his high chair tray one by one. And I just photoshopped that into a movie theater chair with a tray and Cheerios on it. Thanks for that image, and of course I mean no offense, it's just my imagination running overtime.

        1. re: sal_acid

          Why fatter? In moderation, many cereals are fine for snacking.

          1. re: ttoommyy

            Agreed. Even the sugary cereals I eat are around only 100 calories per serving (1 cup) with negligible fat.

            Just high in sugar.

            1. re: nothingswrong

              I don't worry about fat, I worry about sugar. High in sugar = a no no in my book, but that's just me. To each his/her own. I agree moderation is fine but that's true for all foods. If cereal was 100% fat I'd also say it's OK in moderation :)

            2. re: ttoommyy

              It's a quick digesting empty calorie food - insulin spikes stimulate fat production. In moderation, yes, but in large portions it's a sugar bomb that spikes insulin and results in a crash that leaves you just as hungry.

              1. re: fldhkybnva

                As I read this this very moment I'm munching on a small-ish bowl of my aforementioned shredded wheat. Pretty good stats on all counts, esp. NO sodium (yay !):


                    1. re: LotusRapper

                      I may be a primate that evolution dropped off for adoption.

                      But I'm also more efficient.

                1. re: fldhkybnva

                  Which is why I don't buy the cereals of my youth.

            3. Another fan of the TJ's Shredded Wheat! Quaker Oatmeal Squares are also easy to snack on. They make good mid-morning snacks... I keep a baggie of them in my desk at work and munch as needed.

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              1. re: iluvcookies

                Those quaker oatmeal squares are the best!

              2. Yep, that as you say, sugary crap. Capt'n Crunch with Crunchberries. That way I get my fruit in for the day.

                  1. I actually never eat cereal in milk- always either on yogurt or dry. My hands down favorite is puffins- either the original or multigrain. Quaker oatmeal squares (original) and life are a tie for second.

                    1. Yes.

                      Especially in-between meals when I have cereal as an appetizer, main, and dessert.

                      I love cereal.

                      I can polish off a box of Honey Bunches of Oats re-reading "Old Man and the Sea".

                      Oh, and it's always dry. Never really understood milk + cereal.

                      Seems like such a good waste of cereal.

                      1. It's been years since I had cereal. Then the other day, I saw Honey Nut Chex cereal on sale, and bought a box. I'm on my third box now. It's great with almond milk or just by itself.

                        1. I'll only snack on the sugary crap.

                          Apple Jacks as of late. An abomination of the word "apple."

                          Cocoa puffs. Honey Nut Cheerios. Cinnamon Toast Crunch! Cap'n Crunch.

                          I had a brief affair with Quaker Honey O's, but they are hard to find.

                          And then there was a month of Honeycomb, which has a surprisingly satisfying mouthfeel when eaten dry.

                          I eat all of them dry.

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                          1. re: nothingswrong

                            Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids !

                            Sorry, just wanted to say that :-)

                              1. re: nothingswrong

                                I used to love Apple Jacks as a child...that and Captain Crunch. These days, I mostly eat Cherrios, Corn Flakes, or Raisin Bran. Once in a while, granola...My fiancé will only eat Frosted Flakes so there is usually a box in the house. I don't like my cereal dry and he only adds enough milk to wet the flakes...

                                1. re: Cherylptw

                                  I actually hadn't eaten Apple Jacks in YEARS until several months ago. I don't think they're offensively sweet and I eat them dry for breakfast many mornings. The crunch is so satisfying.

                                  Aside from bagels with cream cheese, I don't like anything remotely savory for breakfast. It's gotta be sweet. I used to love Raisin Bran, and Raisin Bran Crunch was one of my all-time favorites (Raisin Bran + sweet granola-like oat clusters), but I couldn't do plain Cheerios or Corn Flakes. It's got to be Honey Nut Cheerios (yum!), Cheerios with sliced fresh ripe strawberries and milk (double yum!), or Frosted Flakes.

                                  1. re: nothingswrong

                                    It's funny but growing up, I didn't like unsweetened cereal but my mom would only buy it rarely; I considered that a treat. It was always corn flakes, cherrios, rice krispies, etc. She said it was healthier, but how could it be when I loaded it with sugar cause it was the only way I could eat it?

                                    Once my kids grew up and left home (I bought them sugar cereal), I occasionally bought a box here and there of sugar sweetened cereal for myself but in the last couple years I have found it satisfying to eat those cereals I couldn't stand when I was a kid...crazy, huh?

                                    One thing I love now is oatmeal for a snack...

                              2. I like granola dry.
                                Only recently have I tried Cheerios dry, and they ain't half bad.

                                BTW, I remember when sugar cereals were cheap (.99c - 1.99 a box). Then sometime in the late 80's or so, prices shot up to 4 dollars plus a box. Not sure why.

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                                1. re: Cheese Boy

                                  Cereal prices are insane another why I don't eat them. Why? Because people pay and the corn industry.

                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                    Recently cereal was on sale 4 boxes for $6.50. With coupons and all, the total was something like 4 boxes for $3.50. Not one reasonably breakfast-y cereal in the bunch.

                                  2. re: Cheese Boy

                                    Yes! Granola! I often make my own with lots of clusters so its extra snackable.....

                                      1. re: LotusRapper

                                        Which is fine, again, in moderation. Fat is not the enemy; overeating is.

                                        1. re: LotusRapper

                                          I make my own also. 2tb oil in the whole batch. (And there's 4 c oats)

                                          1. re: LotusRapper

                                            Since i make it myself i know the fat is from coconut oil and nuts (not hydrogenated oils and palm oil from store bought), also keeps me satisfied with a small portion instead of inhaling a much bigger portion of something lower cal/fat and much less satisfying.

                                      2. At one point in my life I did, I would eat my cereal with milk in the morning, and sometime snack on the dry cereal after school/work. Not much, just a little bit. I haven't done this for a long time.

                                        1. Only whenever I have cereal at home which is very rare.

                                          1. I have thought about doing this for years, but after the first handful of cereal, my hand never seems to return to the box.
                                            Maybe if someone made a good cereal that goes well with beer...

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                                            1. re: Tripeler

                                              "Maybe if someone made a good cereal that goes well with beer..."

                                              There is !! Here:

                                              But kinda weird to dunk 'em in a bowl of milk [grin]

                                              1. re: LotusRapper

                                                LR: Don't quite get it, but we may not be far from having Chicken Wings brand cereal, with little spoon-sized shapes of chicken flavoured crunch.

                                                1. re: Tripeler

                                                  I meant chicken wings go well with beer. And with the plethora of cereal flavors out there, maybe one day there'll be a chicken wing-flavored (or shaped) cereal, like you said.

                                                  1. re: LotusRapper

                                                    LR, In that vein, we may not be far from cereal like little tiny pot stickers or XLBs. Just thinking about all the possibilities is really full of chuckles.

                                            2. I should have noted that I snack on my cereal(s) dry, not eating in in milk breakfast-style.

                                              1. *cringe* I don't understand eating cereal without milk.

                                                1. All the time. With just about any (mostly healthy) cereal. Even raw porridge oats. Probably my favorite is Weetabix but preferably adulterated by spreading with butter and (optional) Marmite.

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                                                    1. re: LotusRapper

                                                      I've eaten them that way. But they are nicer if you add just a touch of cold milk and maybe some sugar to make a very thick paste

                                                  1. Do you mean dry and eaten out of hand? No. Do I sometimes have a bowl of cereal with milk as a snack, yes. Lately it's been honey nut chex but I like plain cheerios, grape nuts and shredded wheat too.

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                                                    1. No, but it's an idea. I don't normally have dry cereal on hand. I buy TJ Just the Clusters for ease in making single portions of fruit crisp. A few years ago I bought Kashi GoLean Crunch to test my GI tract. No problems, since I already eat high-fiber. I liked KGLC - might get some again as a switch from the TJ 12-Grain crackers that are my default munch.

                                                      1. Absolutely yes. But only certain ones. I find cornflakes seem to want milk. But Cheerios are great dry. I generally don't buy sweetened cereals; the plain old standards tend to have a surprising amount of sugar in them already. I switch between raisin bran (ok dry), grape nuts (not so good dry- too small & waaay crunchy), and the aforementioned O's & flakes.

                                                        A friend gave me a box of some sweetened oat/nut/cinnamon stuff and I munched that one as is.

                                                        1. Take out the maple and brown sugar, and that's my favorite dessert. One of them, anyway.

                                                          I don't eat cereal any other way!

                                                          I love the special K with dried-up berries in them, Life cereal, rice or corn Chex cereals, and if I had the bad fortune to be in the grocery store when the feeling seized upon me like a tidal wave, I might buy Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms, Corn pops, Froot Loops especially, several other of the old school sweet cereals, but I leave it to my guys to buy cereal, because they eat it in the way most folks do, and they're more restrained than I would be. If it was just me, I'd never buy cereal. It's a whole lot easier not to buy than not to eat.

                                                          1. Sure do! A handful of Cheerios straight from the box is my go-to snack if I'm hungry an hour before dinner...or if I need a bedtime snack. And the only way I got through my pregnancy (years ago) was by keeping a box of unsweetened spoon-sized shredded wheat at my side.

                                                            1. Only Cheerios, which are relatively low in sugar.

                                                              1. Rice crispies are a great snack, mixed with a couple raisins

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                                                                1. re: Soyabean

                                                                  Rice krispies are good covered in chocolate :/

                                                                  1. I only eat cereal plain out of my hand (with the exception of kasha go lean in greek yogurt). I do try to buy the “healthier” high fibre cereals though.
                                                                    I’m actually afraid to bring cinnamon toast crunch into the house before I devour the entire box in one sitting.

                                                                    1. Frosted maple and brown sugar isn't sugary?

                                                                      1. Oh gosh...used to eat Reese's Puffs (don't judge me!) all day long. Finally had to go cold turkey!

                                                                        1. Heck yeah! Life, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and the fun flavors of Cheerios (eg chocolate mixed with multigrain peanut butter) - with milk, as a bedtime snack. I've also gotten my 3yo on a 'cereal as snack' kick, so he's having Puffins on the way home from daycare this afternoon.

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                                                                          1. re: truman

                                                                            Puffins are my favorite cereal EVER!! I'll only eat it dry and stick to the original or multigrain flavors. It has the best texture....

                                                                          2. Yes, I am in the club of no milk with cereal. It's a mushy texture thing. I wonder if the people who only like cereal dry also are anti dunking cookies in milk? Not a fan of that either..

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                                                                            1. re: andieb

                                                                              Me too. Never dunk my cookies in milk. I don't see the point.

                                                                              I *do* very rarely eat cereal in milk for brekkie. But that's would be only if:

                                                                              a) NO other desirable breakfast items around (cake, good ripe fruits, eggs, yummy leftovers)
                                                                              b) I'm in a huge rush
                                                                              c) there's actually a dry cereal in the cupboard I like (now I do, the aforementioned TJ's)
                                                                              d) there's enough of *my* milk (skim)

                                                                              1. re: andieb

                                                                                Dry cereal. Rarely i'll add a handful to yogurt, but only puffins since those stay crunchy.
                                                                                No cookie dunking- ever. Bite cookie, sip milk immediately after bite. And no, i'm not a fan of biscotti.

                                                                              2. When I'm not on a low-sugar kick, I love alpha-bits or frosted mini-wheats, with and without milk.