Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. So much so that I get up at 4.30am to ensure I have enough time to work out, shower and whip up a feed worthy of a Surry Hills diner, all before heading out the door at 7.15am.
Every day I wake up looking forward to a culinary delight, typically consisting of avocado on toast with poached eggs, sautéed mushrooms, wilted baby spinach and tomato salsa. Yes, my dedication to breakfast is unshakeable.
We’ve spent the past few weeks in the Mamamia office celebrating all that is good about cereal. Not me though. I’ve remained unmoved. I’m literally the anti-Christ of cereal lovers. So when I was asked to do the five-day Uncle Toby’s cereal challenge, I was not at all impressed.
‘But guys, why me?’ I lamented to the team, ‘This is going to be torture.’
"I was not at all impressed." Image: supplied.
Most of the girls shot me sly, knowing smiles, ‘Just give it a try, see what happens. You might actually like it.’
Fine, one bowl of cereal a day for a couple of days. It’ll be fine. I’ll be fine.
Day 1: Uncle Tobys Plus Fibre.
The first day. A new start, some might say. I wouldn’t. I was reeling.
I figured I’d start with something healthy, to ease my way into the challenge. I took a deep breath, and quickly shoved the first spoonful into my mouth. I was planning on employing a similar technique to make my way through the bowl – blindly shovelling and swallowing what I perceived to be tasteless mesh until it was all over.
But surprisingly, I didn’t need to. A few spoonfuls in and I realised it didn’t actually taste all that bad.
In fact, it was kind of – shock horror – good.
I also had to slow down how quickly I was eating because I was actually becoming quite full. Can someone please tell me how ¾ cup of cereal and ½ skim milk fills you up? What is this black magic?
Day Two: Uncle Tobys Plus Antioxidants.
Yesterday went much better than expected, but I still wasn’t brave enough to venture further into this new world of wet breakfasts. I decided to try a variation of what I ate yesterday, which both kept me full and tasted great. Surprisingly, I liked the Antioxidants version even better than the Fibre one: my bowl was dotted with delicious cranberries and blueberries pieces, which naturally flavoured the wholegrain flakes.
It was only 6:15am by the time I finished eating. I had so much extra time on my hands. Then it hit me: I could literally be sleeping another whole hour in the morning instead of getting up to make an extravagant breakfast.
This is a lot to grapple with.