From Seed to Spoon: Serving My Small People the Same Cereals I had as a Child

I had this funny little moment a few weeks ago.  I consider myself a fairly smart girl, but sometimes, things just have a way of sneaking up on me.  As a child, Rice Krispies were a staple in my home.  My mom served them before we went to school most days – it was one of the few cereals she allowed since it fell into the healthier category.

But even more exciting than that, every time my grandmother would visit, she would bring this remarkable batch of Rice Krispie treats with her.  Now, my Grammy came to visit twice a year – once at Christmas (she stayed for a month) and once over the Summer (and she would stay for three months).  The very second she arrived, she would pull out the treats and hand me one. No one has ever been able to make them as well as my sweet Grammy.

No one.

(Side note: Grammy turns 100 – YES – 100 in February, but has Alzheimers, so she doesn’t remember how to make them anymore, so I may never have any quite so delicious – but the memory is divine!)

Full confession: as a young child, I told my little brother Rice Krispie treats were made with used chewing gum so he wouldn’t eat them.  I wanted them all for myself.  He believed me at first, and still, to this day, holds the lie against me.  I will live.  For a few weeks, there were more magical Rice Krispie treats for me.

Now, are you ready to be amazed?  Try not to laugh (because MAYBE it was just me – and my husband, because he didn’t know either) as I JUST learned this while on a call with Kellogg’s and seeing this Simple Grains Rice video:

Rice Krispies are really just PUFFED GRAINS OF RICE.

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What?  Ok… admittedly, you could be a) laughing at me or b) rolling your eyes at my complete *innocence*.  More than anything, as I watched the video about how the rice goes from being farmed to ending up in the bowl on our kitchen tables, I loved knowing that this cereal, the one I ate as a child, is still being made now as it was then.  The same simple process – from ‘seed to spoon’ is used for wheat and corn.

Kellogg’s new Simple Grains campaign explains how the company has made it a priority to keep so many of their cereals ‘simple’ – starting with a farm and a single grain: wheat, corn and rice.  And they’ve been doing it for more than 100 years.  Raisin Bran, Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies are three of the cereals that start like this and they are three that my mom used to buy for us when we were little.

They are now three I have been serving to my small people before they head out the door for school. Simple.

I do have a working relationship with Kellogg’s.  As always, all opinions and writing on this site are my own. 



  • Flour Sack Mama

    How do you feel as a mom about the lack of labeling to let moms know whether or not cereals are genetically modified?

  • Yes on Prop 37!

    ^A really good point, Flour Sack Mama!

    I was hoping that Danielle could bring up the issue of Prop 37: GMO Right to Know, being voted on next week in California…

    Companies that use a lot of corn/soy in their products are most likely using Monsanto’s genetically engineered corn, which a recent study has shown to cause tumors in rats, whereas rats who were fed non-GMO feed did not develop tumors.

    To me, this is strong evidence that consumers, especially moms trying to make the right purchasing decisions for their little kids– should be able to know exactly what is in their food! Monsanto and other big food manufacturers have been spending upwards of a million dollars a day on attack ads against Prop 37, trying to cover the truth about the health risks of GMOs, and falsely stating that Prop 37 will increase food prices. It will not! Food manufacturers change their packaging every few months– adding a label on their box, just as is done with allergy and nutritional information, will not increase the cost of the products.

    Help more moms become aware of this tremendously important issue. It may be voted on in California, it will change the food landscape across the country!

  • Danielle Smith

    Let me begin by thanking you for asking this question in a respectful way. I recognize that this is a very important issue and one that has been very polarizing for a lot of people. I have received some messages that have not been quite so kind. I have done quite a bit of research on this topic, not only because I am a mom and what I feed my children is extremely important to me, but because, as you can read in this post and others throughout my site, I have a working relationship with Kellogg’s – one that existed before GMO’s became a mainstream topic, but also a relationship I do appreciate.

    I am also very familiar with Prop 37 that will be voted on in CA tomorrow.
    Clearly, it is crucial that I understand both GMO’s and labeling.

    That being said, I do know that Kellogg’s, as a company, has several non-GMO certified products (Kashi Autumn Wheat, Strawberry Fields, 7 Whole Grain Flakes, and Kashi 7 Whole Grain Pilaf to name a few).

    I guess in my mind, I am assuming that ANYTHING that doesn’t say ‘GMO-Free’, can’t be guaranteed to be so. Families have a choice. If they want 100% GMO-free, they can (and are, I suspect) shopping exclusively at Trader Joe’s and the like where the foods are, and have been labeled as such.

    I feel as though, as a Mom, I DO know what’s in the products I choose to buy (based on doing the research) – regardless of the actual labels. I know which crops are GMO. I know what a large percentage of those crops in the U.S. are GMO based and I can see which products I purchase use corn/soybeans and the like. If it isn’t labeled ‘GMO-free’, then I would have no choice but to believe it isn’t.

    For any major brand, having a ‘GMO-Free’ product could only be seen as a bonus right now, yes? So… I have to believe if our foods don’t tout this, then it is something they can’t claim. That should help many consumers to make decisions.