Simple Summer Berry Puffed Cereal Bowl. Crave Breakfast

My simple Summer Berry Puffed Cereal bowl is the perfect healthy quickie breakfast to leave you feeling light and energized. Summer blueberry and blackberry antioxidants, protein from the vanilla soy/hemp milk, fiber from the grains and nuts and cinnamon/maple essences will soak into your body, feeding your body, mind and spirit. And FYI, this easy AM bowl may turn into an addicting (yet super healthy) ritual for you. It did for me. Get my recipe and start craving breakfast again...

Summer Berries. Fresh summer berries are healthy and delicious - and perfect for any breakfast feast. Blueberries and blackberries boast a famously high number of healthy fruit antioxidants - with sweet strawberries and raspberries not far behind. Remember to wash your store-bought berries well and choose local and organic varieties when possible. I was in heaven with my $6 box of local organic Greenmarket strawberries - twitpic. More of my berry pics, memories and recipe below...

Food Memories. This sweet cereal recipe is buried deep in my food-meets-life memory. It used to be one of my everyday go-to breakfasts back in college. And recently I rediscovered this cereal bowl combo of puffed grains and berries - with great delight. I literally used to eat this every morning with a black tea latte on the side...

I craved each big fluffy bite! The light puffy cereal texture reminded me of innocent memories of eating Lucky Charms or Pops cereal as a Garfield cartoon-watching Saturday morning kid. But this recipe is obviously way healthier - and vegan. But somehow I had completely forgotten about it - until I found an old photo I took of it (shown right).

The connection between food and memories is an amazing thing. Upon munching on this bowl of puffed kamut, berries, vanilla soy milk and nuts, the memories of cramming for tests, finishing labs and toiling over my creative writing assignments and nutrition research papers all started flooding back.

But now I'm creating a new memory when I eat this bowl. And I'm passing the flavors onto you. I like that. Here's my vegan recipe...

Easy AM Puffed Berry Bowl
vegan, serves 1

1 1/2 cups puffed grain cereal, unsweetened
*My faves are Kamut or a blend of grains like unsweetened Kashi
1 cup mixed summer berries
1/4 cup chopped nuts
*almonds/walnuts/cashews/Brazil nuts
1 1/2 cup vanilla non-dairy milk
1-2 tsp maple syrup, drizzled on top
*Grade B pref'd
dash of cinnamon
pinch of sea salt

optional: dollop of almond or peanut butter
optional: dash of cayenne for heat
optional: squeeze of fresh lime or lemon over the berries after you toss them on top.

Pour into a big bowl. Enjoy!

*Side hot beverage (Chai latte, Green or Black Tea, Coffee) goes perfectly with this cereal.

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