“ Type: Cereal „
When I saw Kellogg's Special K Purple Berries in my local Co-Operative for £2 (375g box) I decided to pick a box up as I have recently tried the original Special K and I was pretty pleased with it and because I'm trying to be a little healthier I thought I should try and add some variety to prevent myself getting bored.
This Special K Purple Berries comes provided in a cardboard box adorned with the Kellogg's Logo, a picture of a bowl of cereal & berries, health tips, nutritional information & ingredients and inside the box is a clear plastic bag containing the cereal itself.
The flakes of Special K are a fairly reasonable size and they are accompanied by a fair amount of freeze dried purple berries (blackberries, blackcurrants & blueberries) and I poured out a generous portion and covered with semi-skimmed milk. After a couple of minutes of soaking in the milk I tried the flakes and was surprised that they were still relatively crunchy yet soft at the same time without being soggy and the berries were a fantastic addition. They tasted very nice once the milk was added and I have enjoyed the additional variety. They have a very nice taste to them that's quite hard to describe, they are just scrumptious and I am enjoying working my way through the different flavours. I can tell that the flakes have been toasted as they just have this delicious crunch to them that seems to be missed by some other cereals.
I find that Special K Purple Berries tastes best with semi-skimmed milk and is a great alternative to the usual sugary rubbish I enjoy. A bowl of this cereal is also great as a snack at any time of the day as it's fairly low in calories & very low in fat. There are 171 calories & 2.5g of fat per 30g serving and this includes 125ml of semi-skimmed milk to cover your cereal with.
I have also tried this with yoghurt and although it's a little plain with plain yoghurt it's still better than eating it dry!
I will purchase this again but only if I can find it on special offer as I think that the full price of around £3.00 for such a small box (around one weeks supply) is very experience and not something I will indulge in very often.
I am going to rate this 5/5 as I like the special K alone but the purple berries add something extra to this cereal and considering how low in calories it is I do actually find this quite filling and really do enjoy my bowl full!
Following a recent health scare, I decided that I had to examine my general lifestyle - after all with the dreaded three-oh knocking on the door, there is no time like the present to try to lose some weight and in so doing perhaps to help my blood pressure by losing weight. I used to always be a cereal for breakfast person, but since moving to Austria had moved over to a continental breakfast with ham and cheese.
Not any more I now have a bowl of Special K before I go into work, and instead of the previous post-work snack (which was certainly more calorific than a bowl of Special K - say some Pringles (the average 50g of Pringles (about a quarter of a tube) are 280kcal, whereas 30g of Special K has only 171kcal if enjoyed with semi-skimmed milk as I do!), I tend to enjoy another bowl of Special K with Black Berries.
In Vienna Special K is available in original, Red berries and Black berries - sold as purple berries in Britain - flavours I usually go for the Black Berries variety. The plain variety is of course cheaper - usually it retails for EUR 2.99 (ca. GBP 2.10) and the Berries varieties for EUR 3.29 (GBP 2.35), however, there are sometime reductions EUR 2.49 (GBP 1.80) and EUR 2.79 (GBP 2.00) respectively. Their current promotion here is for slimming in summer, and there is a promotion on for the "Special K BodyManager" - available for 2 coupons (1 per 300g pack) and EUR 5.70 (GBP 4.00) - which was enticing as I wanted a pedometer to see how much I walk each day...
I do sometimes feel that for a cereal that promotes healthy eating it seems too sugary sweet. Maybe the sweetness is a clear ploy to get you not to put sugar on the stuff not part of a healthy diet, and it surprises me that they suggest adding fresh fruit when there is fruit in it - although as the ingredients say, the fruit content is only around 5% - and unless you give the packet a good shake before you open it most of the fruit settles to the bottom.
As with all cereals, there is a certain amount of settling of the ingredients - although it does disturb me that the sealed bags are usually only about half full probably a crafty ploy to think you are buying more than you really are. A 300g pack should give you 10 servings - unless you measure them accurately I find I get about 7-8 bowls of Special K out of a packet - so possibly I ought to be more disciplined about the size of my servings.
The flakes, which are a mixture of rice and wheat base and also contain dried skimmed milk in them, are crunchy like cornflakes and also go soggy like cornflakes, if left to stand for too long. Of course, the fact that they contain wheat and skimmed milk make them unsuitable for anyone with lactose intolerance or problems with wheat allergy. The dried blackberries, blackcurrants and blueberries are tasty enough having been dried they are somewhat crunchy, but the flavours still are there to taste, although there seem to be too few for my liking, and as mentioned before they sink to the bottom of the pack if you are not careful.
It is probably too early to say if the cereal is doing me any good or not although I do feel healthier for having given up the continental breakfast with meat and cheese and white bread, but still think that ultimately I'll have to do considerably more than just change breakfast cereal. I am sure it is making a difference in terms of my vitamin consumption two bowls provide the RDA for a lot of essential vitamins and minerals. Thanks to the pedometer on the BodyManager, I am upping my daily exercise levels that cant be a bad thing sad that it takes a digital display to make me realise I have been far too sedentary!
All in all, I find them a pleasant enough cereal, although the relatively small packet for the price compared with the price of cornflakes loses them a star.
Special K have come up trumps here, although Special K on it's own is very nice the addition of the berries gives it a bit of a bite. The Special K itself probably doesn't need much of an introduction but for those who are not acquainted with them they are crunchy rice and wheat flakes. They are by no means the prettiest cereal being that they resemble cardboard after it has been soaked and allowed to dry. Their look however is deceptive since they do taste quite nice with a bit of freezing cold milk and perhaps a very light sprinkle of low cal sugar. They do taste quite different from most other cereal in that there does not seem to be any natural sweetness, this is why I suggested the low cal sugar. I have a sweet tooth but like my breakfast to have as little as possible. I think this is a subconscious decision so that later on in the day I can indulge in a little treat, with hardly any guilty feelings.
The berries which accompany the cereal are blackcurrants, blueberries, and blackberries. They are freeze dried but after only a few seconds in the milk they become quite soft and in fact quite juicy. They are in reasonable sized pieces and there was far more in the 375gm box than I expected.
On sampling a few pieces of fruit on their own it is easy to distinguish between each variety which I thought might be difficult given they'd been dried. The fruit tastes quite natural and gives a little zesty bite to your breakfast. It also adds a burst of colour which might be quite nice now the summer is on the wane.
I enjoy these so much I have taken to having a bowl at supper-time on the odd occasion for a change. The whole product is 99% fat free so if you are watching the cals this stuff is both nutritional and tasty with the added benefit of helping to reduce fat intake and being good for you. They are readily available in most supermarkets and you can expect to cough up something in the region of £1.89 for them. The 375gm box provides a fair few days feeding and I think that you might enjoy them should my review have given you the inclination to give them a try.
So if you are bored with your current breakfast cereal you could do far worse than try this zesty alternative.
Have a colourful and zesty day
Ingredients: Rice, Sugar, Wheat (Wholewheat, Wheat Flour), Wheat Gluten, Sweetened Freeze Dried Fruit (5%)(Blackcurrant, Blackberry, Blueberry, Sugar, Flavouring), Dried Skimmed Milk, Defatted Wheatgerm, Salt, Barley Malt Flavouring, Vitamin C, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12.