The history of the creation of cereal as told by Ian Lender
Published online at Mental_Floss:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/20320/how-cereal-transformed-american-culture Retrieved October 3, 2014
“More than a century ago, Christian fundamentalists invented cereal to promote a healthy lifestyle free of sin. Little did they know, their creation would eventually be used to promote everything from radio and cartoons to Mr. T and tooth decay”- Ian Lender
This is article is very entertaining to read. Click the link and you will be surprised to learn how Walt Disney made his first million to start the Disney Empire. It’s all because of cereal.
My friend Anna sent me this article, after we ran into each other at the co-op yesterday. Anna told me she came in for water, but she had a little cart full of what looked like cereal. It was on sale; some cereal flakes that Anna loved. I prefer oatmeal or granola, I told her.
My mother fed me Cream of Wheat, oatmeal, and I have a distinct memory of Shredded Wheat, which I tried once and rejected. I loved Sugar Pops…yeah, really. (“Sugar Pops are tops” Oh gosh, do I really remember that?) And yes, as the writer of this wonderfully informative and funny article says, cereal makers discovered that “children are suckers”. I would add that children are highly suggestible or hypnotizable.
When I went away to school, there was the morning breakfast ritual of standing behind our chairs at table and eyeing which mini-box of cereal to grab for, after grace, before someone else grabbed the sugary ones. Loser would have to eat plain Corn Flakes – no obvious sugar. We couldn’t touch the food until we sat down. Who says little girls aren’t competitive? Sugar and spice had to come from somewhere.
Many years later, I eat oatmeal and love it. Better yet, I like granola. Once in a while I make it.
Here’s a good quick recipe for granola given to me by a former colleague, Brenda Zellmer. Brenda brought it to work one day and had me try it as a dry snack. I really liked it! I begged her for the recipe. It’s heart healthy and brown sugar is good for energy.
Quick Omega 3 Granola
4 Tbsp Walnut Oil (Bought this especially for the granola)
¾ Cup packed Dark Brown Sugar
¼ Cup Egg Whites (2 eggs)
3 Cups Old Fashioned oats
1 Cup Walnuts or Pecans broken
½ Cup Flaxseed Meal
1 Cup Dates, Raisins, Craisins etc
¼ Cup Honey
Preheat Oven to 350F
♥ Whisk 2 tablespoons of oil, sugar, 2 egg whites in a bowl; add oats, nuts, and flaxseed: toss well!
♥ Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and rub 2 Tbsp of oil and 2 Tbsp of brown sugar onto the surface.
♥ Spread Mix on cookie sheet evenly. Bake 15 minutes, then stir granola. Bake another 15 minutes.
♥ Then sprinkle dried fruit and honey and bake another 10 minutes.
I am joining the Fiesta Friday party over at the Novice Gardner’s food blog, who hosts a world wide coterie of foodies and fun.
P.S. Not to complain, but there is a dusting of snow forecast for parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Friday night. “Oh darn.”