Being the youngest of two, much cooler, older brothers, I tried to be like them. That included taking the “boring” cereals (i.e., Rice Krispies and Cheerios ) and absolutely smothering them in sugar. I mean, we’re talking termite mounds of sugar in the midst of beige cereal and white milk. I could chew on the sugar we put so much in it.
But I also remember Red River Cereal . And I remember always loving it. I can’t recall how many times we had it growing up but I remember it was enough for me to have it stored in my memory banks for extraction purposes. I remember it being very similar to oatmeal but with a slight chew to it.
I remember only once in the two years I lived in residence at University that they served Red River Cereal in the cafeteria and how I freaked out over it and had myself a humungous bowl of it (some people get the Freshman 15, I got the Freshman 40).
Well. My good friends, I’m happy to say that I’m bringin Red River Cereal back!
I learned this past year that this cereal is unique to Canada! I’m quite proud of this fact!
Why? You ask?
Because it’s got to be the healthiest darned breakfast you could possible have! Red River Cereal contains three, just THREE ingredients: cracked wheat, cracked rye and flax (whole and cracked). That’s it, no added sugar or preservatives at all. And it’s stayed this way since it was created way back in 1924.
Nutrition Facts are amazing: 150 calories for 1/4c dry (which makes one heck of a serving once cooked), 2.5g of fat (only .1g saturated fat), no cholesterol, 4mg of sodium, 28g of carbs, 6g of fibre and 6g of protein! You can’t go wrong with that!
Red River Cereal is cooked the exact same way you cook oatmeal. A 3:1 ratio of liquid to cereal and cooked until desired. You can also bake with it, making breads, muffins and other goodies.
I tell you, when the memory of this stuff came flooding back last week out of the blue I was obsessed with getting my first box as an adult. I kid you not, I even dreamt about this morning (Alan had unpacked it and I couldn’t find it anywhere)! I was pretty excited for my first bowl since Uni!
Basically, I treat it like I would any other bowl of oatmeal. This one contained:
- 1/4c Red River Cereal
- 3/4c low fat vanilla soy milk
- 1/4c water
- 1tbsp chia seeds (no need for flax, it’s already in there!)
- 1tbsp coconut butter
Toppings included: 1tbsp almond butter, 1tbsp cacao nibs for crunch, half a large banana and small handful of Girlnola .
It’s a great addition to your regular, hot cereal! My standard toppings as a kid were milk and brown sugar!
I sort of feel guilty for telling you about this healthy cereal knowing that only Canadians have access to it so if you want to try some, I’m giving 5 bags of Red River Cereal to 5 lucky readers to try (and no, Canadians are NOT excluded from this)!
Just leave me a comment with what your favourite childhood cereal was and I’ll pick a winnner Friday, September 24th at 9pm.