Not only is a bowl with milk super easy, it can also provide whole grains, calcium and other important nutrients. Photo: My Cup of Tea

As a kid at the mercy of my parents’ menus, I envied that Jerry Seinfeld could eat cereal with reckless abandon—any time of day and (gasp!) even order it from a restaurant. These days I’ve come to appreciate cereal’s versatility even more.

  • Not only is a bowl with milk super easy, it can also provide whole grains, calcium and other important nutrients.
  • Change up the ingredients and try another whole-grain, like quinoa or bulgur, as a base.
  • Peanuts or peanut butter add even more satisfying fiber and protein to give you 24/7 energy.
  • Top off your cereal with fruit for an afternoon snack or a quick late-night dinner.

Here are a few other ways to take your cereal enjoyment out of the box and celebrate National Cereal Day:

1. Peanut Butter Cacao Quinoa Cereal

Photo: Clean Eating Chelsea

2. Peanut Butter Cereal Cups

Photo: Cheeky Kitchen

3. Sweet Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

Photo: Jamie Geller