“ Brand: Aldi / Type: Cereal „
I always make sure that I eat breakfast every day, and it pretty much always tends to be cereal that I decide to consume. I have always enjoyed eating sugary and sweet cereals, but I always try to eat these just a few days of the week, and on the other days I eat a more healthy cereal. A while ago, I started purchasing Tesco's own brand of no added sugar muesli, as it is a lot cheaper than Alpen's version. My husband and I have been using Aldi for our weekly shop for a long time now, but we have always tended to visit Tesco for a few things every now and again, such as their museli and some branded cleaning products. However, recently we have been a bit braver and have started purchasing these last few items from Aldi, rather than using tried and tested Tesco products and brand names. Therefore, I decided that I would give Aldi's Harvest Morn muesli a go instead of purchasing Tesco's version.
I would like to point out that the name of this muesli, according to my cereal box, is Harvest Morn Swiss Style Muesli, and not Harvest Moon as dooyoo are calling it, and so I'm not too sure what's gone on there. As well as their usual muesli, they also have a no added sugar version of the same cereal, and it is this version that I will be reviewing today. For the 750g box, it currently costs £1.09 in Aldi stores. In contrast, Alpen no added sugar is currently priced at £2.79 for 560g at Tesco, and 1kg of Tesco no added sugar muesli currently costs £2.89. If you do the maths, it shows that Aldi's product is cheaper than the others that I used to buy.
The no added sugar muesli comes in a light blue box, with a big image of a bowl of muesli with some grapes next to it, and some mountains faintly in the background. We are advised that this product contains 100% natural ingredients and no artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives. There is of course no added sugar, it just contains naturally occurring sugars, and it is also high in fibre. Per 40g serving, the muesli provides 147 calories (7% GDA), 5.8g sugar (6% GDA), 2.4g fat (3% GDA), 0.3g sats (2% GDA), and 0.03g salt (1% GDA). Ingredients: rolled oats (40%), wheat flakes (38%) (wheat, barley malt extract, salt), raisins (15%) (raisins, sunflower oil), whey powder, chopped nuts (3%) (hazelnuts, almonds).
It is advised that the muesli should be stored in a cool dry place. Once the box and plastic bag inside have been opened, we are advised to roll down the bag and close the box. The top of the box does contain a tab and a slot for the tab to be pushed inside, in order to help to keep the contents fresher for longer. The best before date is located on the lid of the box, and after purchasing my latest box a few days ago, the best before date is June 2014, and so it doesn't need to be eaten particularly quickly after purchase. We are advised that the box is made from card and so is widely recycled, but you need to check with your local recycling facility if the plastic bag can be recycled.
The muesli can be eaten either with milk or yoghurt, but I eat mine with milk. I found the Tesco no added sugar muesli to be a little different to the Alpen version, but I still find it tastes fine. However, I've found this Aldi muesli to look and taste exactly the same as the Tesco version, and I'm not sure I would be able to tell the difference between the two. It isn't the tastiest of cereals, which I would expect, considering it contains no added sugar and is meant to be a natural and healthy breakfast. I know my Mum has tried no added sugar Alpen and she thinks it tastes like cardboard. However, I am now used to the taste and I think that if you get used to no added sugar muesli, then you will find that this Aldi product will taste absolutely fine. I enjoy eating this muesli in the morning, because I feel that I am eating something that is much better for me than sugary cereals, and the raisins it contains provide a little bit of natural sweetness, which is a nice contrast to the oats, wheat flakes and nuts. The nuts provide a little bit of crunch and the raisins provide a bit of chewiness, which also helps to make it a bit more interesting to eat.
I enjoy eating this muesli in the mornings, and I feel good that I am providing my body with a healthy start to the day. Aldi's muesli is much cheaper than the other brands that I used to eat, and I haven't looked back since.
One of my favourite types of cereal is muesli. Cos I get through such a lot of it my Mum tends to buy me a couple of boxes of stores own offerings or stuff on offer to get me through the week. She's also been doing a little shopping of late in Aldi, still using Asda or, Sainsbury's for the main of shopping but getting top up stuff from there, and so far so good it hasn't been half bad!
A few weeks ago she got me this and it cost about 99p. She was pleased with that price I was a little concerned!
Burgundy oblong cardboard box with the cereal inside stored in a white but semi see-through bag. On the front of the box I'm told it is Harvest Moon Swiss Style Muesli 'Mixed cereals, sultanas, roasted hazelnuts and almonds' there is a nice picture of the cereal and I'm told it is high in fibre, suitable for Vegetarians, there is an at a glance nutritional chat on there and the weight of the product is stated. Other information on the box tells me a bit about the brand, I'm given a list of ingredients and allergy advice, there is a full nutritional run-down given and contact details for Aldi are listed (this is made for them). It's a nice enough box though the bag the cereal comes in isn't resealable.
A Bit About The Company (As printed on the box):
At Harvest Moon we know how difficult it is to eat a healthier diet and take regular exercise. Swiss Style Muesli is a combination of rolled oats and wheat, then crammed with dried fruits and nuts including sultanas, roasted hazelnuts and almonds. They are not only healthy but delicious too, with a great taste the whole family will enjoy. So why not make Swiss Style Muesli part of a new healthier lifestyle.
The Cereal Itself
Well upon opening the packet you are met with beigey coloured cereal with some visible pieces of dried up sultanas in it and of course it is dry and flaky looking. Add milk and it holds it's own maintaining it's form and not going to mush.
Taste wise, well it's ok really. It may be low in fat but it tastes high in sugars and this for me is a little on the sweet side. The cereal is of course a mix of wheat and rolled oats but on the whole the main flavour comes from oats. There are a few sultanas in this though not many and they do absorb the milk well becoming quite juicy and tasty. There's barely any nuts in this, you occasionally come across a tiny lump or flake thinking about it but I only know this from looking on the ingredient list that there is any in there and in the vast amount of cereal purchased there is only 2% nuts added.
A nice enough cereal if you like sugary ones. I find the oats and wheat a little hard work first thing in the morning due to them not absorbing liquid too well. All in all this is a chewy cereal and a bit gritty but I don't mind it really. It feels quality rather than cheap however do make sure you store this well or it goes terribly limp!
Contains: Hazelnuts, Almonds, Wheat, Barley, Oats, Gluten And Milk.
Nutritional Information Per 30g serving:
Saturated Fat: 0.2g
Only available in Aldi stores.