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UPDATE: Are There Really People Out Here Pouring The Milk Before The Cereal?

February 18th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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So, I poured the milk first today, and I will say that it definitely helps you save on the liquid left over after you eat your cereal. It was just the right amount of milk for my Honey Nut Cheerios, which is good because I need to start doing smaller portions, and it’s not good to be wasteful (a.k.a., pouring out excessive bowls of milk).


Still, pouring the cereal first is still my jam. But that doesn’t mean I won’t occasionally try to think outside of the box. No warming up my milk, though…



You’ve probably heard this debate at some point in your life and just brushed it off as #shenanigans. Or, in the case of my co-worker, labeled possible #teammilk folks as “sickos.” But I couldn’t help but to think about it after encountering such a discussion while actually scarfing down a bowl of cereal this morning. Honey Nut Cheerios to be precise. (I’m actually a Kix and Rice Krispies lover, but I’m trying to eat better and all that crap…)

According to a post from last May on the site Viral Ted, titled “17 Ways You’re Eating Breakfast,” we’ve all been going about this cereal consumption thing the wrong way:

Viral Ted

Viral Ted

“You pour cereal before milk. This makes it hard to see how much milk you’re pouring, so you almost always end up with a pool of it at the bottom of the bowl. For a better cereal-to-milk ratio, pour the milk first (start with half a cup) and top with a scoop of cereal (see above).”

Now, if you’re concerned about the size of your daily intake of cereal, then the idea of focusing on a “cereal-to-milk ratio” doesn’t seem that crazy. But if you’re trying to go HAM on a giant bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch like the rest of us (or, like a brave few, go as far as to eat cereal out of a mixing bowl), then this all sounds preposterous. And in a post on Reddit about the matter, a majority of people felt that way:

“If you put milk in first your sh-t floats on top of it and the proportion of cereal to milk is ruined for the whole meal.”

And some people were even a little faux offended at the idea of pouring milk first:

“What are you, some kind of serial killer? The fact that this question might legitimately exist in someone’s mind makes me sick, and you should feel bad for it. OF COURSE the cereal goes first.”

But, some people admit to pouring the milk first, including one individual who said, “I like to see ‘Cereal Island’ disappear into the ocean of milk.” Plus, another co-worker shared with me that her mother and aunts (from Guyana, if it matters), like to pour the milk first–because they like to warm it up in the microwave before adding the cereal…

The more you know.

Who ever thought a small breakfast meal could be eaten in so many ways? I personally go the cereal first, then milk route because I usually want to pour just enough milk in the bowl to ensure that my cereal of choice has been moisturized–and to retain the crunch. But considering that 41 percent of people out of 321 who voted in this Quibblo poll said they do milk first, who knows? It might be time to try something different. You know, just to see what all the hype is about.

But, in all lighthearted fun, how do you eat your cereal and why?  And better yet, are you one of those people who bypasses the milk altogether?


Sunday Brunch: Hot Rice Cereal with Dried Mango and Toasted Coconut

January 4th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Cold winter mornings demand a warming breakfast. End the weekend with this rice cereal that’s almost like pudding. The recipe even sneaks in a little fruit. From Epicurious.

2 cups water
1 cup long- or short-grain brown rice
2 cups nonfat milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup dried mango or dried apricots
2 tablespoons sweetened flaked coconut, lightly toasted

Bring 2 cups water to boil in heavy medium saucepan. Add rice. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until rice is tender and water is absorbed, about 50 minutes. (Rice can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
Mix milk into rice in heavy medium saucepan. Boil until mixture is thick, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add sugar and orange peel and cook until flavors blend, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes longer. Remove saucepan from heat. Mix in vanilla extract. Spoon cereal into bowls. Top with dried mango and toasted coconut and serve.


Breakfast Cereal Remix: 11 Desserts Made With Cereal

October 1st, 2014 - By Rich
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Experts recommend you should never skip the most important meal of the day which we all know is breakfast. We say: why not turn that cold cereal into something really tasty – like a sweet dessert? Check out these easy desserts made with cereal that will change the way you look at breakfast foods.

Cereal Remix: 11 Desserts Made With Breakfast Cereals

Breakfast With A Bang: Grown Up Cream Of Wheat

September 22nd, 2014 - By Kweli Wright
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Just because you want to eat healthier these days doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite hot cereal from childhood. The simple addition of an egg makes this a healthy Cream of Wheat recipe a winner. For this grown-up version of the breakfast cereal, there’s added spice and flavors, too! From The Kitchn.


1 cup milk
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup Cream of Wheat (2 1/2 minute variety)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 egg yolk*
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Grated nutmeg
Milk and butter, to serve (if you’re feeling indulgent)

1. Bring the milk, water, and salt to a boil, then immediately reduce to a simmer. Whisk in the Cream of Wheat, whisking as you add it bit by bit. Turn the heat very low and let it simmer for about two minutes or until thickened.

2.While it’s simmering, whisk the sugar and egg yolk together in a small bowl, along with about a tablespoon of water to thin it. When the Cream of Wheat has thickened, put a couple big spoonfuls in the bowl with the egg yolk and whisk to temper the egg. Whisk the egg back into the pot of Cream of Wheat.

3. Continue cooking on low heat for another couple minutes. Do not let it boil.

4. Stir in the vanilla and a little grated nutmeg and serve promptly.

* Note on the egg yolk: You can use the whole egg in this. However, I find that it’s difficult to keep the egg white from curdling at least a little bit when added into the hot cereal, so you may find soft little nubs of egg white throughout. If this won’t bother you, add the whole egg.


The 18 Best Breakfast Cereals For Your Family

June 11th, 2014 - By Rich
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Sure, we’d all love to fix our families a piping hot breakfast every morning. The reality? Who has time for that?! For many of us, cereal is the next best thing, and there’s nothing wrong with that…if you’re choosing the right ones. From corn flakes to crispy rice, find out how your favorite breakfast cereals stacked up against the competition, and which brands you can feel good about pouring into your child’s bowl.

The 18 Best Breakfast Cereals For Your Family

Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

November 14th, 2013 - By Rich
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Oatmeal is healthy, hearty and sometimes a little boring. Breakfast quinoa is a great hot cereal when your standby isn’t doing the trick. This simple recipe is done in minutes, perfect for busy mornings. Courtesy of Epicurious.

1 cup quinoa (all red or a mix of red, white, or black)
1 1/2 cups water
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 teaspoon salt

Broken or chopped walnuts, pure maple syrup or honey, milk, and flaky sea salt such as Maldon

1. Wash quinoa in several changes of water in a bowl, rubbing grains and letting them settle before pouring off water (if quinoa does not settle, drain in a large fine-mesh sieve after each rinse), until water is clear.
2. Drain washed quinoa well in a large fine-mesh sieve.
3. Combine all ingredients in a heavy medium saucepan and bring to a boil, covered. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 20 minutes.
4. Remove pan from heat and let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and keep covered to keep warm. Remove cinnamon sticks.
6. Divide quinoa among bowls and top with walnuts, maple syrup or honey, milk, and sea salt.

Salt In Food: 8 Eats Saltier Than Potato Chips

April 4th, 2012 - By MN Editor
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You probably already know that a diet too high in salt can increase a person’s risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and dying from other heart-related causes.

But Americans continue to consume close to 3,300 mg of sodium daily —
about 1,000 mg more salt than recommended.

Most adults shouldn’t consume more than 2,300 mg of sodium a day. People who are 51 or older, African American or who have high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease should limit sodium intake to less than 1,500 mg daily.

But that can be easier said than done, when you consider some of the sneaky places excess salt is lurking. Sure, you probably already know not to eat the whole bag of potato chips, and that processed meats are full of the stuff, but are you taking your breakfast into consideration?

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Is America Raising Junk Food Junkies?

July 10th, 2010 - By madamenoire
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Is your child addicted to cereal and junk food…commercials? They’re peppered throughout children’s programming these days. According to statistics from Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, childhood breakfast favorites like Cocoa Puffs, Fruity Pebbles and Cinnamon Toast Crunch have some of the most aggressive marketing tactics to lure kids from their eye-catching, crispy, crunchy commercials right into their tummies.

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