Don’t fancy coconut water? Swap it out for almond milk. For extra sweetness? Add slices of jackfruit. Here’s how to customise your own “nature’s cereal.” By SAMANTHA FRANCIS.
I was scrolling through my Instagram feed on a particularly scorching day in Singapore when an image jumped out to me—a colourful bowl of fresh cut fruits floating in ice cubes and coconut water. If the word refreshing could be described with a single photo, that would be it. For days after, different versions of this fruity treat kept popping up on my social media platform with localised spins, depending on where the poster was based in.
Turns out, the snack originated from a TikTok video posted by Sherwayne Mears back in February this year on @natures_food, where he regularly posts about his plants and harvested fruits. While adding blueberries, blackberries, and pomegranate seeds into a wooden bowl, he says: “This, my friends, is what breakfast cereal looks like for me. I call it nature’s cereal.”
After topping the berries with coconut water, he slurps it all up before declaring: “My number one thing when I eat this that I notice is the energy level. I literally felt like I could run a marathon.” While this sounds like exaggeration, it certainly didn’t stop social media users around the globe from being inspired enough to make their own “Nature’s Cereal”, especially after American singer Lizzo posted her own take on it.
While it’s basically a bowl of fruits in coconut water, the treat makes a great option for those find eating fruits on its own bland and boring. Often labelled as a superfruit, blueberries are proven to offer a slew of health benefits. It’s low in calories and high in nutrients, boasting one of the highest antioxidant levels among common fruits and vegetables. Aside from adding crunch, pomegranate is also packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C, and acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Meanwhile, coconut water is a good source of hydration that’s fairly low in calories and carbohydrates. Those who exercise regularly will find that coconut water can help to restore hydration and replenish electrolytes lost during an intense workout. For the uninitiated, electrolytes are minerals that are crucial to the body, including maintaining proper fluid balance.
If you’re based in the Lion City, where tropical fruits can be easily found, considering incorporating them into your own “Nature’s Cereal.” Aside from blueberries and blackberries, try adding cut stripes of jackfruit for extra sweetness, cubes of papaya to boost digestion, and dragon fruit for fibre. While coconut water and ice cubes create a refreshing base for the “cereal”, those who prefer a more substantial snack can try almond milk or soy milk.
The “cereal” can also be easily swapped for a salad if you replace the liquid portion with slices of avocado or kale leaves, along with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. For extra crunch, consider adding nuts, seeds, and croutons.