Thursday, August 25, 2011

Exercising, Cereal, and A Giveaway!

Isn't that title a real audience grabber?  I thought so too.  What can I say, it's rainy and gray outside and I'm trying to make sure I haven't left anything off my grocery list.  Exciting times. 

So the grocery list got me thinking about a recent cereal I was sent to try from Fiber One.  I never, I repeat, NEVER ate cereal growing up.  My mom got up every morning and cooked us a hot breakfast (I didn't learn until recently that was because my dad told her to!).  So while my friends at school talked about their favorite flavor of Crunch Berries, I mulled over whether I preferred biscuits and gravy or pancakes and bacon - both equally lovely in their own right. 

I'm not sure when I had my first encounter with the crunchy bags of goodness but I think it was probably in the sorority house where cereal was a common commodity.  Thank goodness we had a cook who prepared 2 meals a day or I think we all may have sustained on cereal alone.  I can't remember what my first taste was but I'm sure it was something loaded with sugar and void of all nutritional value.  And I'm sure I ate it with gusto and probably even went back for more, wondering why my mom had deprived us of this for so long.

I've come to love cereal.  I'm not one who likes to eat the same thing for breakfast everyday, much less the same cereal.  I like to spice it up a bit and sometimes I'll have hot oatmeal, sometimes overnight oats, sometimes a smoothie, and then sometimes cereal (weekdays at least, weekends are when the cast-iron skillets and griddles come out!). 

I've become more of the healthy type.  Surprising, huh?  I prefer the kind that tastes wholesome.  I like to taste the grains, feel the crunch of the wholesome nuts in my teeth, and savor the lasting effects tastes of fiber.  So I was eager to try Fiber One's 80 Calorie cereal. 

While it's quite good, it was a little sweet for my tastebuds.  However, when mixed with a bland-tastic bran flake, it gives the bowl of cereal just the extra umph to sweeten it up a bit.  With 40% of your daily fiber intake being met with 1 serving, I'll gladly pop these honey-laded puffs all day!  It's actually kind of amazing that something that tastes so good could actually have some health benefits.  And the best part is that the added fiber helps it to stick to your ribs and keep you satiated longer to help squelch the Dunkin' Donut voice that sounds each morning as I pass by their store. 

For bonus points, to really get me enticed, MyBlogSpark and Fiber One sent me a lovely care package to make sure I wasn't just eating my fiber but also doing my part in the fight against obesity.  Okay, so that last part was all me, they didn't make me do anything else.  They just strongly encouraged it by providing me a pedometer and an arm strappy thing to hold a musical device.  Doesn't that equal get-your-lazy-butt-off-the-couch-and-exercise to you?  No?  Maybe you're deaf. 

So crank up the tunes, get your walk/run on and reward yourself with a sweet bowl of cereal, all courtesy of Fiber One 80 Calorie cereal (and MyBlogSpark).  I'll even help ignite the flame under your tush and offer up one prize pack just like the one I received and described above.  This could be yours, if the price is right.

Not really.  I won't be awarding this to the highest bidder.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment answering the following question:

"What is your favorite cereal?"

All entries must be received by Tuesday, August 30th at 5pm EST.  The winner will be announced (hopefully) on Wednesday.  Happy crunching!


  1. I love cereal!! There are usually at least 4 boxes in my pantry because I like variety. And I have to have at least one to satisfy each of my cereal needs. I love fruity pebbles as my sweet cereal and raisin bran crunch as my grown up cereal. However, cheerios with fresh bananas is my all time favorite. I love that you posted about cereal because I could discuss cereals all day!!!!!

  2. I was never a cereal eater until Mike and I were married and it's his staple, but thankfully he doesn't like sweetened cereals. We generally have no fewer than 4-5 options, like Slynn, I need variety. Also like Slynn, Cheerios with banana are my all-time fave. I really love their multi-grain version as well, but Mike hates even the slight sweetness they have. I also love Fiber One cereals and usually mix it with fruit and yogurt for a "mixed up parfait."

  3. I never really eat cereal for breakfast, but for snack food. Ha, and also I really don't want to win this giveaway. One time I bought the fiber one bars and let's just say I'm already 'regular', hahaha adding even more is no bueno!

  4. I don't eat a lot of cereal as a grown up, but I truly do like the flavor of fiber one (original). i do like to munch on plain cheerios with my daughter.

  5. My favorite cereal is Honey Nut Cheerios...yummy and healthy too!

  6. I was never a cereal eater as a kid either... not really a breakfast person. But every now and then, you'll find me munching on a bowl of Golden Grahams - love em!

  7. Honey nut cheerios are my favorite. I wish I was better at eating breakfast at all. My guilty pleasure cereal is Captain Crunch or Reeces!

  8. Kashi Honey Heart to Heart
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  9. ooo... cocoa krispies (i know, i might be 12) or raisin bran if i'm feeling healthy. btw... i meant to tell you that i got my fiber one package from last time, and it was AWESOME. a box full of fun surprises!

  10. Okay, I LOVE CEREAL! The one that is my fav to eat regularly is Special K Red Berries. However, if I could eat it and not pack on the pounds, my favs would be Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Apple Jacks, or Golden Crisp. At any given time we have multiple boxes of cereal in the house. Lord help us when we have kids someday...we'll keep General Mills in business :)

  11. I love cereal, my favorite is Strawberry mini wheats