Between the commercials and the marketing hooks on the front of cereal boxes, cereals have come to appear healthier than they really are. These companies are smart and know what they’re doing and with more and more education coming to light about the foods we eat, the more these companies strategize to cover up what’s really in their junk products.
They know that the consumer will fall for a product if it appears to be healthy in any way. So, what do they do? They prey on your vulnerability and commercialize their products as if they were true health foods and focus on convincing you, they’re essential to your health.
Don’t be fooled by commercialized marketing tactics and ploys you see at grocery stores. Keep in mind the next time you’re at the grocery store:
- Tip #1: A true health food does not have to be commercialized, it speaks for itself.
- Tip #2: Read the label in the fine print on the side or back of the box. If you don’t understand the terminology, put it back!
- Tip #3: And, most importantly, don’t be mis-guided by the large print on the front of the box – It’s intended to deceive you. Remember that.
A true healthy and delicious version of cereal will look like this…
RAW CEREAL BREAKFAST BOWL W/CASHEW MYLK
– 2 apples, cut into chunks
– 2 pears, cut into chunks
– 1/4 cup raisins (topping)
– 1/4 cup coconut shreds (topping)
– 1-2 bananas, sliced (topping)
– 1/4 cup goji berries (optional topping)
– 1/4 cup mulberries (optional topping)
– 2 tbsp chia seeds
– 1/4 tsp cinnamon
– 1 cup raw cashews
– 2 medjool dates, pitted
– 1 vanilla bean (optional)
– 3-4 cups of distilled water (give or take to reach desired consistency)
(You will need a medium sized strainer for the mylk)
- Soak cashews for about 20 minutes in warm water until soft; then, rinse and drain
- Add cashews, dates, and water to your Vitamix or high speed blender. Blend until smooth.
- Use strainer to drain mylk into bowl. When done, transfer it back to blender.
- Add vanilla bean and blend. Your cashew mylk is now done!
- Add all ingredients to bowl, pour mylk in as desired, and mix in with cinnamon.
- If you would like to make it look pretty, first add the apples, pears and cinnamon. Then, arrange toppings over top in rows going across.
Mylk can be stored in fridge for about a week. Be sure to store it in an air-tight glass jug for optimal freshness and so that it doesn’t spoil so quick.
Your Turn: Have a favorite raw, plant-based cereal recipe you just love? Share it with us in the comments below!
Love and healthy eating,