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LotusRapper Jan 18, 2014 02:51 PM

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. fldhkybnva Jan 18, 2014 03:33 PM

    Nope

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      pedalfaster Jan 18, 2014 03:42 PM

      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
        EWSflash Jan 19, 2014 05:46 PM

        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.

      2. sal_acid Jan 18, 2014 03:42 PM

        only when I want to get fatter

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          ttoommyy Jan 19, 2014 07:01 AM

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

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            nothingswrong Jan 19, 2014 02:15 PM

            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
              fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2014 02:26 PM

              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
              fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2014 02:27 PM

              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
                LotusRapper Jan 19, 2014 02:36 PM

                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 !):

                http://www.fooducate.com/app#page=pro...

                1. re: LotusRapper
                  ipsedixit Jan 19, 2014 02:39 PM

                  You use a bowl???

                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    LotusRapper Jan 19, 2014 02:43 PM

                    Sure, I'm no animal !

                    http://ipcblog.org/wp-content/uploads...

                    1. re: LotusRapper
                      ipsedixit Jan 19, 2014 02:45 PM

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

                      But I'm also more efficient.

                2. re: fldhkybnva
                  EWSflash Jan 19, 2014 05:48 PM

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

            3. iluvcookies Jan 18, 2014 03:48 PM

              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
                Ttrockwood Jan 18, 2014 06:40 PM

                Those quaker oatmeal squares are the best!

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                wadejay26 Jan 18, 2014 05:54 PM

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

                1. Monica Jan 18, 2014 05:57 PM

                  Cinnamon toast crunch!!!

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                    cheesecake17 Jan 18, 2014 06:14 PM

                    Best snack!!!

                  2. Ttrockwood Jan 18, 2014 06:43 PM

                    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. ipsedixit Jan 18, 2014 06:45 PM

                      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.

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                        SilverMoth Jan 18, 2014 08:55 PM

                        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.

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                          nothingswrong Jan 18, 2014 10:59 PM

                          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
                            LotusRapper Jan 19, 2014 12:15 AM

                            Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids !

                            Sorry, just wanted to say that :-)

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                              EWSflash Jan 19, 2014 05:55 PM

                              Ooooohh, Honeycomb- loved them.

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                                Cherylptw Jan 23, 2014 06:15 PM

                                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...

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                                  nothingswrong Jan 23, 2014 11:49 PM

                                  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
                                    Cherylptw Jan 24, 2014 03:26 PM

                                    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. Cheese Boy Jan 18, 2014 11:05 PM

                                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
                                  fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2014 05:39 AM

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

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                                    cheesecake17 Jan 20, 2014 06:05 PM

                                    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
                                    Ttrockwood Jan 19, 2014 07:19 PM

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

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                                      LotusRapper Jan 19, 2014 08:12 PM

                                      High fat, 'tho.

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                                        ttoommyy Jan 20, 2014 03:43 AM

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

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                                          cheesecake17 Jan 20, 2014 06:06 PM

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

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                                            Ttrockwood Jan 24, 2014 05:41 PM

                                            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. Chemicalkinetics Jan 19, 2014 01:05 AM

                                        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.

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                                          vttp926 Jan 19, 2014 05:59 AM

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

                                          1. Tripeler Jan 19, 2014 06:15 AM

                                            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
                                              LotusRapper Jan 19, 2014 07:56 AM

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

                                              There is !! Here:
                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/960314

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

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                                                Tripeler Jan 19, 2014 04:48 PM

                                                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.

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                                                  LotusRapper Jan 19, 2014 05:21 PM

                                                  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.

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                                                    Tripeler Jan 21, 2014 06:38 AM

                                                    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.

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                                                      LotusRapper Jan 21, 2014 06:45 AM

                                                      I can only dream ....... :-)

                                            2. LotusRapper Jan 19, 2014 07:54 AM

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

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                                                WishyFish Jan 19, 2014 08:50 AM

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

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                                                  kagemusha49 Jan 19, 2014 09:07 AM

                                                  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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                                                    LotusRapper Jan 19, 2014 09:47 AM

                                                    Raw porridge oats .... dry ??

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                                                      kagemusha49 Jan 19, 2014 10:01 AM

                                                      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

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                                                    rasputina Jan 19, 2014 01:22 PM

                                                    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. re: rasputina
                                                      Cheese Boy Jan 19, 2014 10:02 PM

                                                      Grape-Nut Custard Pudding
                                                      Snack on this !! ... http://www.mygourmetconnection.com/re...

                                                    2. greygarious Jan 19, 2014 03:00 PM

                                                      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. eclecticsynergy Jan 19, 2014 05:26 PM

                                                        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. EWSflash Jan 19, 2014 05:40 PM

                                                          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.

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                                                            jjw Jan 19, 2014 07:06 PM

                                                            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.

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                                                              GH1618 Jan 19, 2014 07:51 PM

                                                              Only Cheerios, which are relatively low in sugar.

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                                                                Soyabean Jan 20, 2014 04:19 AM

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

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                                                                  nothingswrong Jan 20, 2014 01:24 PM

                                                                  Rice krispies are good covered in chocolate :/

                                                                2. bagelman01 Jan 20, 2014 05:53 AM

                                                                  only in Chex mix

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                                                                    pumpkinspice Jan 20, 2014 10:07 AM

                                                                    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.

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                                                                      BuildingMyBento Jan 22, 2014 10:27 AM

                                                                      Frosted maple and brown sugar isn't sugary?

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                                                                        jbsiegel Jan 22, 2014 01:26 PM

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

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                                                                          truman Jan 23, 2014 09:46 AM

                                                                          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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                                                                            Ttrockwood Jan 24, 2014 05:46 PM

                                                                            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....

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                                                                            andieb Jan 23, 2014 10:12 AM

                                                                            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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                                                                              LotusRapper Jan 23, 2014 05:32 PM

                                                                              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
                                                                                Ttrockwood Jan 24, 2014 05:51 PM

                                                                                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.

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                                                                                BobbieSue Jan 26, 2014 09:02 AM

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

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