Day’s Verse:
And he stayed two full years in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.
Acts 28:30-31 (context)

What Am I?At Price Chopper the other day I passed by the organic cereal aisle and a bag caught my eye: Vermont Morning, it proclaimed in big red lettering. Intrigued, I picked it up, and the rest is history. I brought it with me to work, seeing that it took but a few moments nuked in the microwave, and because the prospect of eating one more bowl of Grape Nuts in yogurt was about to send me screaming into the night. I tried it for the first time this morning combined with (oddly enough) lemon-flavored yogurt, and a few phrases leapt to mind:

Wicked intense
Puts hair on your chest
Grainy, as in heads of grain
NOT Quaker Oats, but better

Being used to slurping oatmeal, I found this new chewy hot breakfast cereal thing rather…interesting. At first I floundered, trying to decide if I liked it; but as I finished, I decided that I not only liked it, but I think it’s great. This conviction grew as my stomach sat silently, happy and full for the entire rest of the morning and into the afternoon. Only at 1:00 did I even start trying to decide whether to dig out my sandwich or not. So the short point of the long story: Wow. Tasty. I think this Vermont Morning stuff has made it onto my permament food repertoire, along with toasted English muffin PB&Js.;

Note: This extremely grainy, intense hot cereal caught my eye because it shouted about whole grains on the front, and I had just come from MyPyramid, which is a very cool customizable food pyramid put out by the government. I scowl at its good suggestion that I get 6 oz of protein every day (meat! Bah!) and eat only 290 sugar/fat calories (must have cookies! How many cookies would that even be? –Too few, I say), but even so I find the eating suggestions there eminently sensible and apt to truly improve health.

In other news, the temperature has hovered around 40° lately, chilling my ears and fingers when I ride. I did not, however, brave the elements yesterday as I had left my bike in the shop for gear adjustments. This morning I woke up feeling sick to my stomach, so Ian drove me (and my bike) to the train station, and by the time I got to work I felt fine. So this afternoon I got to try out the tuned-up bike for the first time, and let me say: Well worth the $28.38 we paid, although the shifting just is not smooth, period. But when I pedal the bike makes virtually no noise; I feel like I have entered stealth mode, with only hum of my tires and the huff of my breath to mark my movement. Thus I say yay for much-needed tune-ups as well.

3 thoughts on “A Very Vermont Morning

  1. Don’t forget about beans, legumes and some grains for protein. (Hey! I just noticed that protein violates the “i before e except after c” rule.) Also, quinoa is the grain with the highest protein per. . . er, something. And it’s cute too! Cook some and see what I mean.

  2. Hmmm… Vermont Morning seems to be mostly sold in… Vermont. And Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Go figure…

  3. True, but you can order it online and they’ll ship it to you! I’m not sure if it’s really worth it for a 1.5-lb bag of hot cereal, but it IS an option.

    Then again, I’d guess that there’s something similar sold in Washington just under a different name.

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