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Come On Cereal Boxes

Updated: Jul 2, 2020

I have to switch up my breakfast every couple weeks or it gets very mundane. Too much consistency makes me not want to eat in the morning, a bad thing when it's the most important meal of the day, according to some science. This year I've already been through toast, oatmeal, and yogurt. The oatmeal phase did last quite a while because it was easy to prepare the night before by soaking the oats in milk and it was easy to change up the flavour by adding things like shaved coconut, orange cranberries from Trader Joe's (highly recommend), chia seeds, and the occasional chocolate chips or bourbon maple syrup. It wasn't the most healthiest breakfast in the world but it was satisfying and kept me full till at least noon. Moving on the next breakfast item was cereal. Cereal brings back many memories of being a child, so many sugar options, I was a coco crispies fan, I know Lucky Charms and Cinnamon Toast Crunch were the popular ones but not for me. Now being kind of adult I wanted a slightly healthier cereal, maybe just slightly less sugar. So many choices I didn't know what to pick so eventually Katie settled on Chex. I appreciate the pattern of Chex as it provides a strong structure that helps keep the crunch longer than Cheerios when drenched in milk. The honey/sugar coating is crispy and delicious. Overall Chex is great and my issue with the cereal isn't the brand itself or any brand in particular.

My issue, and I'm not bringing up a new idea here, is how small the boxes of cereal are for the price. This particular box of cereal was 12.5 ounces and cost about $4.50. 12.5 ounces of cereal lasted precisely three and a half bowls. Unacceptable. Maybe I am delusional about food prices but breakfast is usually my smallest meal but in terms of quantity for dollar breakfast might be te most expensive. Using roughly guessed numbers, a home cooked lunch will cost $4-6 dollars but it usually consists of way more food and variety of ingredients compared to breakfast. Dinner is the same. 4 or 5 ingredients and twice as much food as breakfast but overall cheaper as it provides more food and sometimes leftovers. Why does one meal of one ingredient (okay 2 with milk) cost so much. Cereal is usually just some kind of processed wheat or corn, two crops that dominate the monoculture farming in this country (not cited but I think accurate). Come on cereal, you can be better. In stewsworld, more cereal would come in each box. Stewsworld hypothetical cereal boxes 10/10 would recommend

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