“ Brand: Asda / Type: Muesli „
As I am on a healthy eating kick ready for summer, I have swapped my usual coco pops type breakfast for something a bit more healthy. Top end brands of muesli tend to be a bit on the pricey side, so when in Asda, I picked up a bag of Asda smart price muesli, costing 67pence for a 1kg bag.
The packaging is slightly different from the one shown by Dooyoo, it is now green and white, it only comes in a bag, there is no box at all. The first thing you realise when you open the packaging and pouted the cereal, is that there is no way of re sealing the bag, it's also very messy and easy to spill everywhere. Its worth having a plastic container to store this in.
When poured, the cereal looks as good as any other brand I have tried, plenty of oats, raisins & nuts. The taste is again, as good as any other brand. The oats seem to stay firm even after being soaked in milk for a while. the raisins are nice and plump and they have been generous with the amount of nut pieces. It tastes fairly sweet without any sugar on it, I usually put a teaspoon of brown sugar over it just to sweeten it a little.
If you pour hot milk onto it, it makes quite a nice porridge type breakfast, my girlfriend also made some flapjacks using this, and they tasted pretty good too.
Muesli is a good healthy breakfast and usually keeps hunger away til around 12 o clock, with other cereals, I would be starving by 10am!
All in all., for the small price tag, the cereal on offer is worth every penny, it gives any more expensive brand a run for its money, I won't be buying more expensive varieties again.
Asda smart price muesli costs 57p for 1kg bag. This is a big difference to the cost of muesli by other brands like Alpen.
Instead of coming in a box Asda have put their smart price muesli in a plastic bag. The bag itself is easy to open but not easy to re-seal and does have the habit of when you open it of splitting so I would recommend another container to put the muesli in once you have opened it. The plastic bag cannot be recycled currently unlike the cardboard boxes that most cereals come in but I'm sure this will change sortly.
The muesli itself is really tasty and even though it is the smart price version Asda haven't compromised on the contents and you do seem to get a good amount of raisins in the cereal. This muesli is unsweetned and there isn't a sweetned version in the smart price line so if you like a sweetned version then you will need to have some sugar or sweetner to hand, though personally I don't think that it is needed.
Overall this is a very tasty cereal obviously it is different to Alpen and other brands but with a £1.50 plus price difference this is definately a good alternative.
Of late I've come to totally understand the meaning of the importance of breakfast. I've always in the past missed it or had a piece of toast splattered with butter and stuff and not given it a lot of thought! Until recently....
I've well documented on here my food issues. I've been seriously overweight and was actually deemed to be obese when I was younger. Then I developed Bulimia and my weight crashed and actually threatened to kill me. I love food. I hate food! I'm indecisive about it but it hasn't half given me issues over the years lol.
So I had choices to make! I've had to totally revamp my lifestyle and I'm seriously getting there on the health front! I've joined a gym, I'm eating incredibly sensibly and the only thing I could be accused of now is training to hard but hey never mind lol.
The one thing that was hard for me to work out (after being so bad with food for so long) is what to eat and when. I had no idea of portion sizes and when to eat and simple stuff like that as I was used to binging and gorging through my days!
However going to the gym means I need to put fuel into my body and on the one occasion I didn't I wasn't able to train properly which taught me a huge lesson!
So now I eat cereal in the morning and a slice of wholemeal toast or fruit if I'm still hungry! One thing I thought would be worth a go was muesli and it's for one simple reason in my case lol! I used to gorge on sugary cereals so I equate them with my eating problems so really I just wanted a sensible, run of the mill somewhat boring cereal really! So I purchased this!
White and green plastic bag with green, white and black writing on the front of it telling me it is Asda Smart Price Muesli which is a 'Blend of oats, wheat flakes with sultanas, raisins and almonds' and is an Asda brand and contains no artificial colours or flavours and is high in fibre and suitable for Vegetarians and is 1Kg in size and finally there is a bowl of the cereal on the front. On the back of the bag (this time all in green writing) I'm given a list of ingredients and allergy advice, nutritional information and storage advice is given, contact details for Asda is also stated, the best before date is stamped on and finally there is a bar-code on there. It's rather cheap looking packaging but hey the whole bag only costs 58p for a really big size! I do like the way though I can see through the bag a little though hate the way once you've opened it there is no way of securing it back up so if purchasing this do make sure you have some sort of container to put this into so it stores safely and stays fresh!
Well it's very dry, golden in colour and all the cereal is in tiny pieces. The only thing that sort of looks whole is the dried fruit but there isn't very much of that in the bag at all and the whole thing looks a little powdery.
Best served with milk of course, you need rather alot of milk on this in my opinion because it absorbs it and then once milk is added it thickens up alot and looks rather gloopy.
Taste wise it's simply ok. It is as promised a blend rolled oats and wheat flakes though in the main there are alot more oats than anything else in this and that's what you really get the flavour from. They go slightly creamy in the milk however there is a sweetness lacking in my opinion and cos of the lack of fruit your tongue sort of roots for that sweetness within this cereal!
It's quite a hard cereal on the teeth no matter how much milk you add to it and since eating this my teeth do feel a bit sore to be totally honest with you cos it's a chewy cereal. However this really is a filling breakfast and a rather healthy one not just cos it's low in fat but it is high in fibre and believe me I have noticed my bowels to be more regular since consuming this! lol
A cheap cereal, it's nothing special but it isn't foul tasting either. I'd just prefer it to be a little sweeter, less thick and more fruity pieces to be in it but for the price of it it's excellent value if nothing else! Worth a go in my opinion!
Contains gluten, nuts, wheat and oat.
May contain traces of other nuts and/or seeds.
Nutritional Information Per 50g With 100ml Semi-Skimmed Milk:
Energy: 214 Kcal
of which is sugars: 10.1g
of which is saturates: 1.5g
equivalent as salt: 0.2g
only available in Asda stores.
Asda's smart price muesli only costs 58p per kilo.
I bought this on the grounds that if I don't like it, the birds can have it. It's actually cheaper than buying bird food at the local garden centre!
I was expecting it to have approximately 1 raisin and a sliver of nut in every bowlful because it was so cheap. I was pleasantly suprised at the amount of fruit and nutty bits in there.
The bag is very plain and a pain in the bum for someone like me who has to read something over breakfast. There is nothing to read on this particular cereal box/bag! (I wonder if anyone has ever thought of printing a serial on a cereal packet?)
I digress! The muesli is okay! It's not brilliant, it's not bursting with fruit and nuts but at least you don't have to send a search party around your breakfast bowl to find some.
It isn't sweetened, you can do that yourself if you want to. I prefer it without sugar.
I can't tell you about the calorific and fat content of the muesli because I decanted it into a more easily handled container and recycled the bag.
The oat and wheat flakes that it mainly consists of are a decent size and have not degenerated into a dusty mess at the bottom of the packet. I think they have got the ratio of oats to wheat about right, it tastes good and is chewy enough even when the milk has been on for a while.
The thing to remember about muesli is that most of us eat it to be good! We don't generally eat it because we expect to have an orgasmic taste experience, it's muesli! Once you remember that, the question is not "How good does it taste?" it's more like "I know this is doing me good so can I tolerate the oats and stuff until I get to some of the bits I like?" Working on that basis this is quite a passable muesli.
It is a good cheap base for you to make into a super dooper muesli by adding more of your favourite fruits and chopped nuts to it. Which is what I do when I get bored with plain muesli. I had some dried apricots left over from something, so I chopped those up very finely and added them in to the mix. Instant lift to the taste and texture!
It's a good cheap muesli to start the day with. It's healthy and the cereals provide a slow release of energy into your system to keep you going until lunchtime. They are good for a supper snack as well.
The birds can share this with me but they are not getting all of it!
I'm a firm believer in the old cliche that 'you get what you pay for' so I'm always quite reluctant to buy any of the supermarket 'value' or 'smart price' ranges. But I also like a bargain, so I decided to try the Asda Smart Price Swiss Style Muesli on the grounds that 'its only muesli, how wrong can they get it?'.
The muesli itself comes in a white and green packet (as do all of the Asda Smart Price products) and it contains 1KG of muesli for around 55 pence (the price has changed lately but only by a few pence). If you were to buy other branded muesli you could expect to pay around three or four pounds for that amount. So, price-wise it is very very cheap.
You would expect something that cheap to be very poor quality but personally, I really like this muesli. The label on the pack reads: 'Oat and Wheat Flakes with Dried Fruit and Hazelnuts' and unlike some other muesli brands, this has enough dried fruit and hazelnuts to keep you satisfied. Generous amoounts, some would say.