Finding Alternatives to Genetically Modified Food: These Are Not Your Grandma’s Corn Flakes

Corn-Flakes 300.jpgA logical place to begin your efforts to purge GM food from your diet is with the first meal of the day. Whether your usual breakfast consists of chocolate Pop Tarts or Quaker Oats Granola, if it’s ready to eat you can bet it contains GMOs. Gone are the days of pouring out a bowl of corn flakes or listening to the snap, crackle, pop of Rice Krispies. Sadly, we must also bid farewell to Rice Krispie Treats. If your breakfast consists of cooked cereals, look at the ingredients. You are probably safe unless flavored cereals or grits is your favorite way to start the day.

We need easy alternatives to ready-to-eat cereals for busy mornings when getting everybody fed and out the door is the priority. Weekends when there is more time to cook, opens up our choices considerably. You probably have your favorite recipes and they just need to be scanned for GM ingredients.

What are some easy non GMO breakfast ideas for a healthy start? Here are some that don’t require a lot of cooking.

  • Yogurt – You will have to do a little work here. Start with plain yogurt & add your own sweetener (cane sugar, raw honey, stevia etc.). I like to make vanilla yogurt as a base and add frozen fruit that has been thawed first, of course. Making your own yogurt is also an option to cut down on cost if your family eats a lot of this.
  • Oatmeal – plain
  • Cream of Wheat – plain
  • Homemade granola – not something to try on a busy morning, but definitely a good breakfast cereal to fix the night before.
  • Baked oatmeal
  • Easiest Steel Cut Oats – easy to fix the night before

Recipes

Vanilla Yogurt
1 C plain yogurt
1-2 tbsp. cane sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Use as is or add pureed fruit.

Granola
There are lots of recipes online for this. Pick one that appeals to you & don’t forget to check the recommended oil and substitute with your non GMO type. I think coconut oil would be a good choice. Here is Alton Brown’s 5 star recipe I haven’t tried this, but it looks good.

Baked Oatmeal
1/2 C oil (no vegetable, canola, corn or cottonseed oil)
1 C milk
1/2 C cane sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla, maple flavoring, etc. (more or less to taste)
3 C old-fashioned, rolled oats
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon (more or less to taste)
1/2 C chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a casserole or baking dish. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk sugar and wet ingredients until blended. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix well. Let stand for 5 minutes, then spread mixture into greased casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Easiest Steel Cut Oats
2/3 C steel cut oats
1 C yogurt
1/2 C milk
1-2 tsp flax seed
Mix together and refrigerate overnight. Eat as is or stir in some goodies such as chopped nuts, dates, raisins, sunflower seeds. Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg or both. Makes 3 servings.

Feel free to share your favorite recipes.

Resources
How to Make Yogurt

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