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October 21, 2010
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Uncle Sam's cereal with peanut butter

Clearly I’m on some kind of a breakfast kick lately. Which is odd because I’m really picky about breakfasts. For awhile, all I ate was porridge made from quinoa or millet or teff – all of which make a fantastic meal – but we need variety, right? Read on for one of my cereal picks and a chance to win your own box.

Heck yeah, free breakfast doesn’t have to mean doughnuts!

I often mention Uncle Sam’s cereal as one of the few brands of boxed cereal I ever buy. Have you tried it? I like it because whole wheat kernels are the first ingredient, followed by flaxseed, salt, barley malt, and a handful of B vitamins.

Barley malt? Yeah, that’s a form of sugar, which surprised me. I would have sworn to you there was no form of sugar in this cereal so I’m wondering if they’ve changed the recipe from when I first bought it. Note to self: read labels even on stuff you buy all the time!

But it’s ok. Barley malt is not like white sugar or corn syrup. It’s made from slow cooked grains and has very complex sugars. That means they get broken down slowly in your body and won’t cause a sugar high or crash. Plus, it’s the 4th ingredient in a list of 7 things. This cereal is definitely not sweet (that’s a good thing.)

One of my favorite ways to dress up whole grains for breakfast is with peanut butter. It gives a gorgeous flavor and boost of protein, and tastes yummy with apples or bananas. Fruit is pretty key when you’re not dumping white sugar all over your breakfast! But I also eat Uncle Sam’s plain. That’s just me.

Uncle Sam's cereal with plums

Now, the question is: What do you pour over your cereal?

If you asked me that a couple of years ago, I’d have said “soymilk” without hesitation. But then I realized that soymilk is often made from genetically modified soybeans and is full of sugar. Yes, it’s true. Read the label and always choose organic and unsweetened to avoid these things. The other odd thingy about soy is the high levels of plant hormones that can interfere with your body’s delicate balance. This is important to consider if you have any hormonal related issues like PCOS or if you are thinking of getting pregnant sometime in the next few years.

So, ok, how about regular milk? I advocate trying a dairy-free diet if you have digestive trouble or excess mucus problems like I used to. Milk can aggravate both. But, whole milk is a good source of vitamins and calcium and healthy fats. (Naturally occurring fats – you get my drift? Fat from cow’s milk is about as natural as it gets.) It’s also worth buying organic here, as conventionally produced milk can pass on the excess antibiotics and growth hormones given to the milking cows. I gotta tell you, although I’ve avoided milk for years, I’ve craved it like crazy throughout my pregnancy.

Uncle Sam's cereal

Of course there’s also almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, banana milk – but heck, this post is about cereal, not milk.

So let’s get on with the giveaway!

One winner (US only, sorry!) will receive a free box of Uncle Sam’s Cereal. By leaving a comment on this post you will automatically be entered to win. You can also earn 1 extra entry for doing each of the following and leaving a separate comment letting me know that you did:

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Contest ends November 21, 2010 and I will announce the winner soon after!

  • Tara Sweeney

    Wow does this contest have my name written all over it! Considering I practically live off cereal–still working on some changes ;-) it would probably be a good idea to eat good quality cereal. Sign me up!

    p.s, I’ll be checking into this brand whether or not I win the contest…and peanut butter with cereal? Intriguing…

  • Erica

    I’ve heard fantastic things about this cereal but haven’t tried it. I love my cereal with fruit and almond milk. I hope I win!

  • Sydney

    My husband and I have been on a healthy food journey for a few months now. We usually cook things like oatmeal or millet for breakfast. However, he still buys cinnamon life every once in a while for when we are short on time. If this cereal is as good as you say it is, I would love to try having it be our on-the-go option. Choose me!

  • Monet

    I adore cereal…and I am a milk-girl. But I do buy almond milk occasionally. I follow you, and I want to thank you for your kind words on my blog. Your thoughts are so appreciated.

  • vered

    I’m in!


  • Lauren

    Sounds yummy! I think nut butter goes on anything. I’d dump some of my home made almond milk on top with berries. I would probably throw some on top of yogurt also. I love breakfast!

  • Kat

    I know that when I was diagnosed with mild lactose intolerance in Elementary School, they banished straight-milk from my diet and so I really don’t “know” what it’s like to eat cereal with milk of any sort – I’m looking forward to testing out soy/almond/coconut and finding something that works for me because I feel like I’m kind of missing out on the party, you know?

  • Rebecca

    I find myself eating a lot of fruit for breakfast and not much else. I always buy whole grains with good intentions and never get there. I am about to move to the other side of the world, and before I go, I need some better morning eating habits. I would love some cereal options I can trust. For the record, I just discovered unsweetened chocolate almond milk. It’s yummy, but I try not to drink too much. The vanilla is great, too. :)

  • Stephanie F

    thanks for the chance to win!

  • Stephanie F

    I’m a subscriber.

  • Jessica M

    Yum! I am always looking for ways to add variety to my breakfast routine. I also have a weak spot for peanut butter….mmmm! On the milk front I recently discovered a very easy way to make my own almond milk. I find it to be so much better than the store bought stuff! Thanks for this delicious breakfast recommendation!

  • Sage

    I pour some 1% milk and sprinkle cinnamon on my cereal; not easy to find cereal WITHOUT sugar; shredded wheat and oatmeal.
    I’ve never heard of uncle sam’s. I do love quinoa but ever thought of having it for breakfast.
    Happy weekend

  • phyllis

    I look forward to trying this cereal

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    I signed up for your awesome news

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    I liked your facebook page too:)

  • Joanne

    I used to eat cereal all the time until I discovered that cheerios and corn flakes had HFCS in them. That was the end of that.

    These sound seriously wholesome though! Good stuff.

    I’m an almond milk girl myself. Unsweetened all the way.

  • theUngourmet

    I’ve had Uncle Sam’s but not in a while. Good stuff! Great giveaway!

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  • becky and the beanstock

    Breakfast is my favorite meal. Favorite for eating out, favorite for eating in. Lately I’ve been on an Irish oats kick – throw a bunch in the crockpot at night, add some dried fruit and vanilla, and overnight the tooth fairy brings a yummy, hot breakfast! But this sounds great too — I have a soft spot for cold cereal. Okay, fine — I have a soft spot for breakfast. Even donuts….

  • Sydney

    Ok, I won’t lie. I immediately went and bought six boxes of Uncle Sam’s, so don’t choose me for the giveaway. I love your blog though!

  • sophia

    Aw, what’s wrong with donuts? My prof brings us donuts every morning, and it’s the highlight of my day. Hee hee. But Uncle Sam sounds real nice too, and it come “guilt-free”! Woo hoo!

  • Indi

    My sister got us all eating our usual breakfast – something that she tries to use as though she actually prepares it for everyone every morning, silly girl! But it is the best breakfast – lots of fresh and/or dried fruit, a variety if possible, topped with a handful of oats, sprinklings of nuts and seeds and maybe some wheatflakes with a serving of yoghurt (fruit or plain) and possibly a small splash of milk to make it all a bit wetter and easier to mix about. It is brilliant and can be varied by using different fruit/ nut/ seed combos. And my partner and I have it every morning, and this is a man who has been known (only for reunions with friends when they are staying at ours) to indulge in a huge fry-up (British style, look it up if you want a scare) with steak!! Luckily he only indulges in a fry-up 3-4 times a year. (Oh and i’m from the UK so don’t include me in the giveaway!)

  • Lisa Chin, HHC

    Hi, fellow Boston IIN grad/health counselor here :) I love the site and all the great information on it.

    I’ve been trying to avoid cereal since Andrea Beaman visited IIN and talked about the high temperatures that cereals undergo in the “baking” or processing of them. Is this cereal better because it doesn’t? I’d be willing to give it a try because I do miss cereals. I will still get a box of Kashi or Puffins from time to time. Served with almond milk :)

    Also, going to sign up for your newsletter!

  • Kelly

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Kelly

    I am a facebook fan.

  • Kelly

    I subscribe.

  • Kelly

    I get the newsletter.

  • Cailin @ Stir Crazy

    I’ve never had Uncle Sam’s but I’d love to give it a try! I’m a huge cereal fan though, and I usually eat Kashi. I also top mine with bananas or other fruit, and often eat nut butter in my oatmeal but I’ve never tried it with regular cereal. I love nut butter on almost everything, so I need to try that! I either use almond milk or whole milk (used to use skim). I also used to use soy milk, but then someone sent me this article

    I learned so much in this one post! Keep the good info coming :)

  • Cailin @ Stir Crazy

    Also, I signed up for the newsletter, the RSS feed and tweeted! Thanks!

  • Tessa

    More cereal please!! I top my smoothie with a little crunch every morning! Mm mm mmm

  • Cathy

    Love win and try the cereal!

  • Bethany

    I’m in! I love cereal and soymilk or cereal and yogurt or cereal alone! Oh, and I like you on facebook and retweeted the contest!

  • Andreea

    I am a fan all over :)

  • Michele

    Breakfast foods are my favorite! I make a big batch of steel cut oats (or quinoa, spelt berries or gluten free hot cereal mix) on Sunday night. I add bananas, frozen blueberries (from summer harvest), and sometimes nuts/raisins and cinnamon. I put in individual glass containers. Wha la! Breakfast is ready for the work week. I add a little almond milk and eat it hot or cold. That said, I love cold cereal too – for breakfast or a snack. I’ve never tried Uncle Sam’s but would love to!

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    I signed up for your newsletter.

  • Patti Vance

    I have never tried Uncle Sam’s but I am always open to new ideas. I almost always put 1 or 2 tablespoons of ground flax on cereal or oatmeal in the morning along with blueberries. Good stuff……….I’m studying to become a certified youth fitness trainer and this is another thing (Uncle Sam’s) about breakfast that I can pass along. I signed up for the newsletter and became a facebook fan. I love this website!

  • Christine

    I’m always looking for alternatives to O’s for my kids!
    This sounds great!

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