I accompany Eric on the road for most of his teaching workshops. Lucky for him that I love road trips! And, I am a freelance art director so I am able to work in the back seat of the odyssey (a.k.a. the basket buggy). We call it my ‘mobile office’ and my clients never know that I’m not sitting at my desk (while I’m talking to them and working on their projects in the back seat of an automobile).
I enjoy these trips because I get to meet so many people from different parts of the country. On a trip to New Jersey, our host, Connie, invited us to stay at her home. Every morning, she would put out several boxes of cereal on the table with fresh fruit. She showed us her and her husband’s favorite mix of cereals and informed us on why her doctor recommended the mix for them (I’ll save you the details).
For the record, Eric has been mixing different brands of cereal for some time now in the hopes of getting me off my beloved Lucky Charms. You see, I am a cereal nut. Not just a cereal nut but a crazed, sugary cereal nut. Eric can tell you that I had to have my bowl of Lucky Charms in the morning and many times at night as a before-bed-snack. I knew all this sugar was bad, but I was addicted.
I occasionally would switch it up with another sugary cereal, but it was still the same bad sugary habit. He eventually got me to switch it up occasionally, and eat Cheerios – BLEHH… (are we still talking about an Adult here???). But it did not satisfy me. Until, we met Connie and her super healthy cereal mix that is yummy! I was hesitant at first when I initially sat down at Connie’s table (especially since a gastrointestinal specialist suggested these… I thought “great… we’re about to eat cardboard”), but now, I eat this stuff every day. And I always add blackberries. I looooove blackberries.
So I told my over-achiever husband to take a picture of all the cereals involved for this post. I say ‘over achiever’ because, as a lazy, procrastinating artist like moi, I requested a photo that is not professionally styled! (I mean… I don’t want to look bad when you start comparing my photo skills against his!)
He came back a little later and handed me the camera. He said, “I took two photos: one with the flash on, one without.” I downloaded the only two images. (I usually have to take at least 15 pics to get one good one!) I asked for a casual grouping of boxes with a bowl. However, that is not the photo I got! He made it too perfect! At least he let some of the boxes stay open. But I should be grateful. If I took the shot, there would probably be several dirty dishes in the background and lots of crumbs in the forefront. So it’s good that we’re not embarrassing ourselves with a closeup of our dirty kitchen counters!
Our Heathy Mix:
1 box Uncle Sam Original with Whole Wheat Berry Flakes and Flaxseed
1 box Kashi Go Lean Crunch
1 box Kelloggs All-Bran Original
Then we add Almond Breeze instead of milk and fresh Fruit (I’m partial to blackberries but any fruit will do!)
The Uncle Sam’s can be hard to find since not all grocery chains carry it. We did find it at one of our stores but it was almost $5 for the box, and the boxes, unfortunately are on the small side (they are tiny)! But we found it on Amazon in bulk (6 boxes) which came out much cheaper (about $3.29/box) than buying it at the local store and it ships right to your door. And if you save up items in your Amazon cart to a total of $25, items can qualify for FREE super saving shipping! I love when that happens. I supplied a link below to the one we purchase (or click here).
If you do find Uncle Sam’s at your local grocery store, here is a link to receive a coupon! CLICK HERE for Uncle Sam’s Cereal Coupon Fill in your email address and they will send you a printable coupon for $1.00 Off!