Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Exploding Cereal, Rice Cakes and Dinosaur Kale
Breakfast - Or How I Was Traumatized By a Box of Exploding Cereal
I really like cereal, but cereal often does not like me. Hidden soy can often turn this treat into a sneeze fest. But, after careful perusal of ingredient labels, I decided to try Nature's Path Flax Plus Multibran Flakes. This cereal has a lot going for it - it's got 5g of fiber and 4g of protein per serving. And, since a "serving" is 3/4 of a cup, and 3/4 of a cup would barely feed a squirrel, I figure I'm getting a lot more than that! The flax in the cereal also is a source of Omega-3. It's not vitamin fortified, but since I get my vitamins from a variety of plant sources and a vegan friendly supplement, that's not a big deal.
Milk and I also don't get along, but I've enjoyed experimenting with milk substitutes. Having tried rice milk and almond milk, I thought I'd try coconut milk, specifically So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk. This product is fortified with a number of vitamins and minerals, Vitamin B12 (50% DV) and Vitamin D (30%).
So, where does exploding cereal come in? Well, this morning, when I went to open the cereal, I found the plastic bag a bit challenging to open. I got a tiny hole in it, so small that basically a flake at a time was coming out. So, I decided to try and open the bag a little more. The next thing I knew, cereal was flying everywhere - the counter, the stove, the floor, my hair, my husband's hair and pretty much everywhere but in my bowl. It was an avalanche of cereal.
Five minutes of sweeping later, I sat down to enjoy my cereal with coconut milk and blueberries. I would definitely make sure you add fruit to this cereal or use a vanilla flavored milk substitute, especially if you're used to eating things that are very sweetened.
Snack - Or Rice Cakes Don't Need To Stay in the 80's
The brand I tried was Lundberg's Wild Rice Cakes. I like Lundberg's rice products, so I felt confident that these would be worth buying, I was pleasantly surprised with how good these are - nutty and just the right amount of salt. It was yummy with my giant fuji apple, and the combination made a good pre-yoga snack.
Dinner - When Dinosaur Kale Walked in My Kitchen
Dinosaur kale goes by many names - laccinato kale, Tuscan kale, cavolo nero, etc. It's flatter and darker than curly kale, and the texture does look scaly, so the dinosaur name is appropriate.
leftover rice and seasoned the mixture with sea salt and some generous turns of ground black pepper. Then, I tossed in the kale, gave it a stir and turned off the heat the second it began to wilt, which was pretty fast. A few shakes of red pepper flakes and it was done. Fresh, filling and I have leftovers tomorrow.