Thursday, January 26, 2012

Quick and Easy Healthy Cereal Recipe

My mom used to make this cereal melange when I was a kid and it is nutritious and yummy.

The Recipe
1 10-oz box Uncle Sam's Original Cereal
1 cup whole rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried apple bits or other dried fruit of your choice
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

Why It's Good For You
Uncle Sam's Cereal is unique in several regards:
*It uses the entire wheat berry and simply steams, rolls, and toasts them, so you're getting the maximum, least adulterated nutrition from the whole wheat 
*It contains flaxseed, which is an excellent source of Omega-3s, which are good for a lot of things, including reducing joint pain (FYI, you know how they make those "High Omega 3" eggs? They feed the hens flax. One can eliminate the middleman (well, middle-chicken) and eat flax one's self.)
*It only has two other ingredients besides wheat and flax: barley malt and salt. No chemicals, preservatives, artificial flavors, or other additives
 *It specifically states on the box that it is non-GMO verified, which unfortunately is now yet ANOTHER thing we health-conscious folks have to now monitor-- since a law has not been passed yet requiring companies to label foods which contain GMOs, our next best bet is to try to primarily purchase foods which explicitly declare they do NOT contain GMOs, until hopefully this lunacy ends.

The oats and dried fruits are good sources of vitamins and fiber (as are most raw, whole, plant-based foods), and the sunflower seeds are a good source of Vitamin E, a host of minerals, and also combine with the grains in the cereal to create a complementary complete protein. 

The cereal is not terribly sweet, so if you find it too bland I recommend adding fresh fruit such as a nice ripe banana or a drizzle of blackstrap molasses for an extra boost of iron and potassium.

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