What's Your Favorite Breakfast Cereal? (And I Don't Mean Oatmeal.)

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We're halfway through Breakfast Week and we've given you plenty of virtuous and make-ahead breakfast ideas, so now let's talk about cereal. And I don't mean oatmeal, steel-cut or otherwise. I mean that delicious crunchy stuff that comes in a box. What's your favorite kind? And has it stayed the same since childhood or have your tastes changed? Personally, I've been having a serious renewal in my love for cold cereal.

I grew up in a cereal-loving family. My dad munched cereal (or popcorn) every night as a snack, and we usually bought our raisin bran and wheat puffs in food service-sized bags. Between me and my seven brothers and sisters, the rare box of good stuff, like Golden Grahams, didn't last long.

I quit eating cereal for a long time after I got married, flexing my cooking skills instead with egg casseroles, steel-cut oats, and other hot breakfasts. Sometimes I dipped into granola, but reading calorie counts on granola always makes me blanch a bit.

But lately, I've returned to cereal. Well, specifically one cereal: Frosted Mini-Wheats. You guys, I can't get enough of them. My favorite is the maple shredded wheat from Trader Joe's but plain mini-wheats do fine too. Despite the very reasonable calorie count, I find that the fiber in the cereal keeps me filled me up all morning — much more so than my previous frequent breakfast of yogurt and granola. It also gives me an excuse to keep really great milk around.

I don't see myself really returning to the sugary cereals I loved when I was a kid (although, man, Golden Grahams — so good!). Cap'n Crunch has probably exited my life forever, but I think that cold cereal still has a place at my breakfast table.

Does cold cereal still figure into your morning routine? What's your favorite?

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