How do you start your morning? If you are like almost half of the people in the United States of America, you are enjoying a bowl of cereal to fuel your morning! Cereal Day was created to shine a light on this favorite breakfast food. Do you know the history of cereal or do you suppose that it was always the sweet creation that we find in the supermarket aisles?
History of Cereal Day
Cereal got its start in the 1800’s as an unappetizing and difficult to digest health food. Made of nuggets of bran it was thought to regulate what was a meat heavy diet. Most American’s at this time ate mostly pork and beef. The diet of the time was very unhealthy and those who wanted to improve society thought that they could make changes in diet that would bring spiritual and social change as well.
Dr. James Caleb invented the bran nuggets to help the patrons of his sanitarium. A sanitarium was a place where people would go to recover from illness or injury or to partake of restorative spa treatments. There was a spiritual side to being at the sanitarium as well and Dr. Caleb hosted several prominent people including the woman who created the Seventh Day Adventist religion.
Dr. John Kellogg took an interest in health foods for his patients. He created granola and with his brothers help created many other meatless breakfast foods. They even came across the method that let wheat flake instead of being a nugget and corn flakes were born!
It wasn’t until 1939 that cereal would take on the sweetness that we are familiar with today. The sweet creation was called Ranger Joe Popped Wheat Honnie and was marketed towards children. You could say that the rest is history! From that moment forward cereal has used the marketing tactic of appealing to children through radio and TV ads.
How to celebrate Cereal Day
So, how best to celebrate Cereal Day you ask? The answer is simple – enjoy your cereal! Perhaps you have been skipping breakfast in the rush to start the day. Take a few extra minutes and get back into the good habit of starting your day off with a bowl of cereal. You can find healthy ones of granola or give your inner child a treat with a favorite from your youth. If you travel down the breakfast aisle in the supermarket you will see that there are so many choices that there is sure to be something to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
Another way to celebrate the day is to find something new to do with your cereal. Have you tried it warm instead of cold? What about making a cereal treat? Everyone has heard of the puffed rice treats, but you can make a treat with any type of cereal and marshmallow! If you take a few minutes to play with your favorite search engine, you will be surprised with pages of recipes that let you get creative with breakfast cereal! Have fun trying something new to celebrate Cereal Day!