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      22.01.2013 13:48
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      A good time to try a great tasting breakfast which will help you lose weight.

      I have been not only been trying to take off the usual post-Christmas extra couple of pounds but also dealing with the extra quarter of a stone that two courses of steroids in three weeks put on me. The steroids did keep me going despite chest infections from hell on top of the already existing asthma but I could have done without the blowing me up. As I am still not well despite all medical science and Boots could provide, I still have almost no appetitite - which at least did lesson the steroid weight damage - and have almost no working sense of smell due to the bugs moving into my sinuses. As a result, I have had to look for a breakfast which actually made me want to eat it so I could keep myself going as I recover, would not knock the stuffing out of a throat raw from coughing hard for weeks, and which would help take the added weight back off. Thanks to a very generous promotion before Christmas, I had a box of Special K Red Berries in the kitchen stock cupboard. I had finally and mercifully finished the worst museli in the world - reviewed earlier - and as I had absolutely no energy to do a big shop for my preferred brand of museli. It turned out to be a good call and a very tasty one. I do like the occasional bowl of cornflakes but do find them just a bit too sweet and bland. Special K flakes are made of both rice and wheat, which seems to give them a slightly toasted flavour which tastes good when drenched in cold milk and which helps them keep their crunch nicely. They also seem to stick less to the teeth than the usual brand of cornflakes, though they still do to a significant extent. But what really makes this cereal stand out from the competition is the Red Berries. These are large chunks of raspeberry, strawberry and cherries. The tartness of the raspberries really make the breakfast 'pop' tastewise as they balance out the sweetness of the flakes and the strawberries. The cherries help balance out the tartness of the raspberries and the sweetness of the strawberries. The large chunks of fruit really come back to life in a bowl of cold milk and not only taste great but even my disfunctional sense of smell can enjoy them, which adds to the enjoyment of breakfast. This would be and is an enjoyable bowl of breakfast on its own flavour merits. But the bonus feature is the low amount of calories that all this great taste costs. A 30g serving will cost 114kcal and is only 0.5g of fat. Obviously if you have full fat milk with it, these numbers will go up. I enjoy mine with my trusty semi-skimmed for the cost of 173kcal and feel no lack - other than the increasing loosenss of my jeans. I am sure that the fevers and lack of appetitite I have had over recent weeks have helped in the losing of that weight, but I am also sure that eating this cereal for breakfast has also helped and for getting that steroid and Christmas weight gain back off, I am grateful. My original pack 0f 320g was a freebie. The usual price is rather pricey but Sainsbury's have them on offer at the moment for £1.00, which is such good value that I have stocked up in the knowledge that I will have great tasting breakfast and the prospect of getting into my lower sized jeans for months to come..

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        07.12.2012 17:24

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        Tastes lovely, & has lots of juicy berries, but isn't very filling & the box doesn't go a long way.

        Having tried no Special K products for years, because I don't diet, I wasn't sure whether this would be for me. I picked it as I enjoy berries on my cereal, and though it would be a nice change. The first thing I noticed was that there were LOTS of berries in my bowl. They looked very appealing - whole big and juicy looking, not at all bitty / dried out like some fruity cereals. The taste was great too - the raspberry in particular gave a great contrast and depth with its sweet yet tart flavour. I sometimes sweeten cereal but this one didn't need anything adding. My husband and kids all loved the taste too - it really is gorgeous. The flakes are crunchy and tasted wheaty (apparently they are rice and wheat flakes) and light. They have a lovely texture to them too. Very enjoyable. For me, there were two slight problems with this cereal. Firstly, I used so much of it that the box only did about 8 bowls full. I am not an overeater by any means, but the box was gone before I knew it. Secondly, I kept wondering why I was ravenously hungry later on in the day, and then I realised that this cereal just wasn't filling enough for me. Tastes great, berries are plentiful and gorgeous, but it didn't fill me up and the box didn't last very long so value was poor.

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        23.05.2010 00:20
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        Loads Better Than Sugary Cereal.... And Loads Better For Me!!!

        I've got bored of sugary cereal, I've spent most of my life eating most of my daily recommended sugar half an hour after getting up and now I'm sick of chocolate flavoured cereal and am looking for a more healthy breakfast. When I went into Tesco I was shocked out of my head by how many different varieties of Special K there was, last time I looked there was just one so that kind of shows how long it's been since I picked a low fat cereal! I went for this one with red berries because I love strawberries and thought the mix of berries would make the cereal a bit more interesting than plain Special K. The flakes are big time crispy, they've got a lovely sweet flavour and stay crunchy even when you've put the milk on them. There isn't all that much fruit in the box but they've all got a nice flavour, I recommend that you leave the fruit in the milk for a bit while you eat some flakes because that will help plump the fruit out and stop it tasting too much like dried berries. The berries have all got good flavours, the cherries are cut a bit too small and you can't taste them much. That's a shame because I love the taste of cherries and I wish they had put more of them in. The strawberries are nice, the taste is quite faint but they have got a nice sweet flavour that I think tastes fresher than you think it's going to. I think the raspberries are a bit sour and after I ate the first I didn't look forward to eating another one, I don't know if that's a good thing or not because in a way the sourness is nice after the sweet cereal. Even though this cereal has got a light feel it's still very filling and I can see why people who are on a diet buy it. After having a bowl at about 7am this morning I didn't even feel a bit hungry until dinner time.... that's good as well because usually by about 10am I'm grabbing a bag of crisps or a biscuit because the chocolate cereals deffo don't fill you up as good. Another thing I love about this cereal is that when you've eaten it all the milk goes lovely and sweet, I drink what's left out of the bowl..... but only when I'm in on my own because that's the sort of thing I'd tell my sister off for doing! lol Recommended!!!

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        16.04.2010 19:44
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        Recomended to everyone, great tasting cereal.

        I decided to lose weight a while ago but have been unable to shift those pounds. I decided last week to try the special k diet, and have now registered on line for my own personnel weekly food plan. The cereal that i am chosing to do my plan with is special k red berry, this is because i like it alot. I tried it once around my sisters house and fell in love with it. I usually do not like cereal and find it hard to eat in the morning which is why i am following the plan. I found out about the plan when i bought a box of the red berry cereal last week. The Packaging The box is made of card and weights 375g. Inside is a plastic bag that holds the cereal. It has the kellogs logo on the front, the big red K, and what flavour the cereal is. It also has pictures of various red berrys. Looking very scrumpshus. On the front is also the adults daily guideline amount, these are as follows per 30g serving *calories - 112 - 6% *sugars - 7g - 8% *Fat - 0.5g - <1% *saturates - 0.2g - <1% *salt - 0.3g - 5% On the side of the box there is a section explaing this and telling you what the guideline daily amounts are. The allergery information states that it contains milk, wheat and barley. According to the ingredients list there are plenty of vitamins in this cereal including vitamins C, B6, B2, B1, D, iron, and Folic Acid. This shows me that i m getting not only a great tasting cereal but one that holds many of the essential vitamins i need for the day. According to the box a 30g serving provides at least 45% of the recomended daily allowance. The box itself can be recycled and it also states that over 90% of all kelloggs packaging is made from recycled materials. This is great not only is the cereal giving you your vitamins and is low in fat it is also helping the enviroment. The taste I think these taste fantastic. I love eating them on there own without milk, they are crunchy and the fruit has full flavour. When the fruit is dry and you put it in your mouth you get a wash of flavour but it does not taste dry and artificial like i thought it might instead it feels like you are eating a fresh strawberry. With milk the cereal stays crunchy but the fruit can go a bit sloppy which is ok but i do prefer it when it is dry. The red fruits include Rasberry, strawberrys and cherrys, although you get alot of the flakes which are made from wheat and barley you do not get alot of the fruit. There is a decent amount of fruit, but i think i would prefer more. I think that overall this is a great tasting cereal with benefits for everyone wether you are trying to lose weight or not. I find that they are great to snack on as the cereal is sweet and can deter you from snacking on chocolate. and also they taste great if you eat them with millk or not.

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          16.02.2010 22:06
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          A good snack

          There are many varieties of Kellog's Special K snack bar; I will be reviewing the Red Berry variety. ~~~PACKAGING~~~ The snack bar comes in a box, and each box has six individually plastic foil wrapped snack bars. It is a really simple but effective design, and upon ripping the top open, it acts like a small case, with the snack bars inside. Also, it is great to take out and put into lunch boxes or part of a daily meal. The design of the packaging is attractive and colourful, which makes you want to look at it, which eventually becomes you buying it! ~~~APPEARANCE, TASTE, TEXTURE~~~ Each snack bar is long, hard and thick. It has a nice shiny sheen to it with lots of red berries within. The red colour gives it a great highlight, and even better, that fresh fruity flavour! It is slightly hard to bite through, but once you have, it is extremely crunchy and textured. The chewiness of the fruit and the crunchiness makes the textures great together and really compliments the whole bar. It is quite an indulgent snack bar but really tasty! There is a lot of fruit in these bars which gives a nice tangy flavour. At times this can be slightly too sweet in my opinion, but it is great to rejuvenate energy, or for a break in a busy day. ~~~PRICE~~~ You can get them quite often in 2 for £3 offers at supermarkets. However, they can be bought from most convenience stores as well. ~~~OVERALL~~~ I would recommend this snack bar as it is tasty and fruity, and makes a good SNACK! You can have this during a break and it is great to chew on. There are many varieties for you to choose from, so you won't get bored of it! However, it is slightly pricey compared to other brands that exist on the market, so it is really up to you!

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            11.02.2010 09:21
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            A damp, soggy mess of a product

            There are some things in life that I just don't get. Vernon Kay's popularity. Bruce Forsyth's hair. Hull. But most of all, I just don't get cereal. I mean, c'mon... who in their right mind would pass up a plate of delicious toast, dripping with butter and sticky with marmalade for something so... soggy, so... bland, so ...blah. With an introduction such as this, you may well ask why someone should review the very foodstuff that causes in them such a bilious reaction. In answer, I should probably make clear something about myself; something that those around me know only too well. Faced with even the merest rumble of hunger, I transform from mild mannered female to woman possessed... a very scary process indeed. In desperation, I have thus become the type of person who will eat anything, so in fear am I of the consequences of an empty belly. And by anything, I do mean anything. It doesn't even have to be a recognised food item for me to gobble it down. (Yes.. . I'm one of those strange creatures that "accidentally" ate cat food as a child. And liked it. In fact, show me a bowl of Whiskas and I'll show you a happy girl ("unfit for human consumption", my a**e: if it's fit for Kitty, it's fit for me, that's what I say!)). So, when I recently found myself alone and peckish, with a rather empty kitchen and a choice of either:- 1) Waiting an hour before I could pop to the shops and buy myself a tasty little morsel of fatty goodness, Or, 2) Resorting to the solitary box of Kellogg's Special K Red Berries lurking at the back of an otherwise empty larder the result was depressing, but inevitable. It was with something of a sinking heart then, and for the first time in a very long while, that I found myself reaching for a spoon, a bowl, and that wretched little box of Kellogg's. Special K: A Brief Introduction... First introduced in 1956, Special K is a breakfast cereal consisting primarily of rice and wheat. After the success of the original, Kellogg's capitalised on the potential of this supposedly "healthy " cereal by bringing to the market a variety of new formulations, among them Special K Red Berries (the product under review), Special K Purple Berries, Special K Peaches & Apricots, Special K Bliss Creamy Berry Crunch... and so on, and on, and on.... In recent years, the brand has expanded to include bars and snacks, all of which trade on the same "low calorie/ low fat" advertising gimmick that has seen the cereal become the breakfast of choice among the nation's slimmer's. Packaging... Like all Kellogg cereals, Special K Red Berries comes packed in standard size boxes of 500 grams. The box is white and glossy, the writing big and red... there's really nothing very subtle going on here (which, in a way, works to it's favour:- given the brashness of it's packaging, there's very little chance of confusing it with any other brand). Nutritional profile... Rice, Sugar, Wheat (Wholewheat, Wheat Flour), Wheat Gluten, Freeze Dried Fruits (5%) {Raspberry, Strawberry, Cherry}, Defatted Wheatgerm, Dried Skimmed Milk, Salt, Barley Malt Flavouring, Vitamin C, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12. (Yum... "defatted wheat germ"... sounds lovely, doesn't it? And call me crazy, but I fail to understand how something that list's sugar as it's second highest ingredient can get away with calling itself "slimming" and "nutritious"... unless, that is, those clever people at Kellogg's have access to the kind of nutritional information to which we mere mortals are denied. Demerara...the new superfood on the block, perhaps?) Appearance and "Taste".... To me, a bowl of Special K resembles nothing more than a bowl of rather jazzed-up, rather overpriced cornflakes. Consisting as it does of small, flaky slivers of processed wheat, there seems very little, in visual terms at least, to distinguish it from any other cereal of it's kind- apart, that is, from a negligible amount of small, wizened chunks of desiccated berry. The latter do at least lend a little colour to proceedings, but given their rather frugal application, add very little in terms of flavour. And talking of flavour.... Isn't food meant to have some? If it does, Kellogg's seem to have missed the memo. The predominant flavour here is of milk- nice enough, but something that has absolutely nothing to do with the cereal, and which I am loathe in any way to credit to Kellogg's. As for the flavour of the cereal.. .Well, Special K appears to be rather more a sensation (and a damp, soggy one at that) than a taste. I could feel it, I could chew it, but however much of it I put in my mouth, and however long I kept it there, I just could not taste it. And, correct me if I'm wrong, but shouldn't food have some kind of taste, even if it's not a particularly pleasurable one? Occasionally, I sensed a little extra sweetness... if I wanted to be kind, I could say that this was down to the dried fruit. But I'd rather be honest than kind, at least in this instance, and must therefore attribute any hint of flavour to the rather liberal, and very necessary, application of sugar I added to "help the medicine go down". Price and Availability... I am loathe to give name to the places where a price is placed on something so worthless. However, given that the stuff is pretty damned ubiquitous these days, I doubt that doing so would have any effect (besides depleting the length of this review). So, if you're determined to partake, and if there's really nothing I can say to deter you, you'll be happy to know that Special K can be found in pretty much every grocer, supermarket and stall in the land, be it big or small; good or bad. And all for the princely sum of £3-4. What a bargain, eh? Last thoughts... I should admit that I did manage seconds, but my failure to even consider a third bowl represents something of a unique moment in my culinary history, and is very much indicative of my feelings towards this product. To me, the success of Special K as a market leader owes to some good marketing, a lot of hype and remarkably little else: this is not "food":- it is empty, both in terms of nutrition and flavour. My advice? Save your money and buy something real... because this little emperor has no clothes on.

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              07.02.2010 09:12
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              Cereal for weight watchers

              Normally my breakfast cereal of choice will be something that is quite sweet and completely covered in sugar and / or honey. Of course, this isn't very healthy, so I try to occasionally opt for something like Nestle's Honey Shreddies which, due to the Wheat content, are apparently good for the heart. I normally avoid the designated 'slim-line' cereals e.g Kellogg's 'Special K', and other cardboard tasting breakfasts - although finding some Special K Red Berries in the cupboard this morning, I decided to give them a try. The cereal contains less than 2% fat, and as such, it is seen and marketed as being a 'diet cereal'. With its familiar white packet design, Special K was first introduced to the world in 1965, with the Red Berries variety a more recent phenomena. In fact Special K seems to have a whole host of varieties at the moment ranging from 'Purple Berries', to 'Strawberry and Chocolate' - now that sounds a bit more like it! Price & Availability - - - - - - - - - - - - You can currently purchase the 500g packet of Special K Red Berries for around £2.60 from the majority of UK supermarkets. Ingredients - - - - - - - - The cereal contains; Rice, Sugar, Wheat (Wholewheat, Wheat Flour), Wheat Gluten, Freeze Dried Fruits (5%) (Raspberry, Strawberry, Cherry), Dried Skimmed Milk, Defatted Wheatgerm, Salt, Barley Malt Flavouring, Vitamin C, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin(b2), Thiamin(b1), Folic Acid, Vitamin D, and Vitamin B12. Flavour & Appearance - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The flakes (which are the main component of Special K) contain both rice and wheat, and are crunchy in a similar manner to Cornflakes. I found the taste to be quite bland - but the product is supposed to be just sweet enough to eat without adding sugar. However, if I ever eat Special K, I will always add at least half a spoonful to make things more interesting! The berries, which come in dried form, certainly add a bit of colour to proceedings, and make the cereal much more enjoyeable. These strawberries, Raspberries, and Cherries are very dry when straight from the packet - However, add a splash of milk, and they really transform. They seem to hydrate themselves quite quickly, and actually become tasty, tangy, and soft once they have been in the milk for a minute or so. In fact, the addition of these berries makes the cereal as a whole *just about* edible enough so that I don't have to add any extra sugar. The 500g packet contains approximately 16 servings, which (for me) would generally last a long time as I couldn't possibly eat this cereal every day! Final Word - - - - - - - To be honest I wouldn't really consider buying Special K Red Berries unless I saw them mega cheap, or perhaps buy-one-get-one-free - I just don't enjoy the taste enough to eat them on a regular basis. That said, i'm sure a lot of people eat them for their perceived healthy properties rather than the taste. The red berries certainly add an extra dimension to the flavour however, and go some way in breaking the monotony. Overall, the cereal is great for those watching their weight, and for that purpose alone should be recommended. Nutritional Info Per 100g (roughly three servings) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Calories: 373 Fat: 1.0g Saturated Fat: 0.3g Sugar: 23.0g Salt: 1.9g

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                30.01.2010 16:01

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                Buy it, try it, love it!

                Finally!!! That was my reaction when I tasted my first spoon of special k red berries. I was so pleased that I had finally found a low fat cereal which I actually enjoyed. Well, more than enjoyed, it was gorgeous. From reading the box though you learn that there is more to this new ceral than just the low fat label. Kellogs claim that it contains nine essential nutrients such as iron, vitamin C and B vitamins which contain folic acid. I assume that most cereals will contain some, if not all of these but it is nice to know that there is a little boost of goodness in your morning cereal bowl. A 30 gram serving with semi skimmed milk is stated to contain as little as 374 calories which leaves you 1626 to play with for the rest of the day. Another great thing that I also found was that a bowl at 7am will keep me going through the morning untill one pm. I have a fairly physical job which keeps me on my feet throughout the day so its not often that I have come accross a cereal which can sustain me into, through and past the morning coffee break! So gone are the days of a cardboard breakfast, nows the time for special K red berries!

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                26.01.2010 15:40

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                loose weight fast but expect it to come back on faster

                I have tried many varieties of special K and have to say I wasn't too keen on this particular one. When you add the milk the fruits become soft and they a sour. I really don't think the flavours blend very well. The general idea is good as the original special k is very bland. But in this particular one the berries are very powering. I have been on the special k diet many times. It's a good way to lose some quick weight if you need to look good for an event. It does take 2 weeks of hell to achieve this. The cereal is bland and doesn't really fill you up. I always feel light headed and tired when I am on this diet. And as soon as you get back to your normal diet the pound pile back on very quickly. You don't actually lose much fat its more water and muscle. The reason it works is because you just eat a low calorie diet. It's better to eat a Varity of food but healthy and watch your portions.

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                27.10.2009 23:37
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                A healthy cereal that isn't that tasty to be honest!

                To be perfectly honest I'm not really a cereal person in the mornings and if I do happen to have cereal it's usually as a dessert after my tea. I really fancied cereal the other day though and wanted to try something different, so trying to keep with my calorie counting diet I picked up a box of Special K. Special K Red Berries is a 500g box containing crunchy rice and wheat flakes with freeze dried red fruits. The box clearly informs us that these are Kelloggs Special K Red Berries with a picture of some flakes and red berries falling down the one side. Less than 2% fat it boasts on the front as well as informing us about the free personal plan you can obtain on their website that is tailored to help get you slimmer. A 30g serving of Special K Red Berries contains; 112 calories 7g sugars 0.5g fat 0.2g saturates 0.3g saturates The side of the box tells that there are many added benefits to eating Kellogg's Special K as each special K cereal is guaranteed to contain at least 9 essential nutrients such as Iron, Vitamin C and B Vitamins including folic acid. The flakes are a pale creamy colour and are quite a generous size, adding milk to them they soften slightly underneath and remain a little crunchy up the top. To be honest they are tasteless so I was looking forward to the generously sized red pieces of fruit to enter my gob! Although there wasn't an awful lot of red berries within the box they were rather large pieces, perfect for me to break up a little and really mix into my bowl of boring flakes. To eat a red berry, which I'm certain were pieces of strawberry and raspberry, they were a bit too large, fake and wayyy to sour. Breaking them down into smaller pieces however excited my bowl a bit. It turned my milk into a pale pinky colour and sweetened my flakes up slightly rather than making me squint thanks to their bitterness. Not the best cereal in my opinion, but could definitely feel the benefit after eating it for a whole week I felt better after eating it rather than when I munch on a bowl of sweetened coco pops, or frosties for that matter. It tasted alot healthier than other cereals I'd usually opt for but if you are looking for something sweeter, alot tastier and a bit more exciting in the mornings this isn't one you should be trying.

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                  27.10.2009 17:57
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                  A quick and easy breakfast

                  Special K red berries is my undisputed favourite Special K variety but certainly one of the reasons I think the brand has been so successful is that it has now diversified with 11 cereal types. This must be bliss for people who are dieting, an actual selection rather than being compelled to buy boring, rabbit food products. Special K Red Berries is manufactured by cereal giant Kelloggs and contains the standard Special K cereal flakes - multigrain flakes made with rice and wheat - and then freeze dried cherries, strawberries and raspberries. I was bemused by this concept when the cereal first came out, freeze dried fruit? Surely not? But I was interested enough to buy a packet and it is now a regular in my shopping basket (I have tried other supermarket brands but they are just not the same!). When you look in the box there is normally a pleasing number of red fruit bits, normally the raspberries are whole unless its been a particularly traumatic car journey from the supermarket. I would say the ratio of fruit to flake is about right but the big bits do seem to creep to the top of the pack so towards the end your eating the scraps! I like the fruits on their own and the second they hit the salvia in your mouth they soften and taste amazing! I normally like to add fruit to my cereal anyway so this product just makes my morning a little easier. I add milk and give it a few seconds for the milk to moisten the fruit then gobble it down whilst the flakes are still crunchy. The addition of the red berries creates a tartness in the cereal and livens it up which is really pleasant. The colour also enhances quite a bland bowl of brown flakes and certainly looks appetising. My one complaint about Special K is that it tastes very sweet, for example if I have been having cornflakes with fresh strawberries for a few days I can really taste the sugar on this cereal. Maybe a lower sugar alternative will be cereal variety number 12? The Special K flakes are a source of 6 essential B vitamins, vitamin C, D and iron. The Red Berries variety also contains folic acid and account. A 30g serving contains 112 calories with semi-skimmed milk (6% of a ladies recommended allowance) and has 7g sugar (8%) which is a lot for what is allegedly a good for you cereal. As with all cereals who eats just 30g? I've never actually weighed my consumption but I suspect its slightly more. You regularly see this cereal on offer and I bought mine for £2. I am under no illusions that eating this is going to make me look like a supermodel but if it works for some then that's great. For me it's a quick, tasty cereal to start my day but I am ravenous come 11am so I might have to give the 'Sustain' version a go. A little less sugar and this would be near perfect! The Special K website is currently offering assistance with people who are wanting to lose weight and is worth checking out for some helpful and practical advice. The cereal is suitable for vegetarians.

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                    29.09.2009 22:54
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                    Will definitely buy again! May have to try the other versions too...

                    Special K - - - - - - - Browsing the cereal isle after work, I was planning something scrummy for my tummy as a treat at breakfast tomorrow... I was... mmmm.... *oh sorry... munch munch munch, crunch crunch crunch on my second bowl... :/* ... intredibly tempted by the hugely fatty cereals, and was concerned for my waist, as i could feel my trousers tightening second by second as I even looked at the chocolatey goodness.... BUT... SPECIAL K TO THE RESCUE! A huge grin came to my face when I saw the world renowned cereal for those skinny minnies smiling right back at me and saying.... 'Oh, Cassia, Cassia. Treat yourself, without it actually counting as a treat... have me, have me. TAKE ME NOW!' What's a girl to do? Buy them. That's the answer. So, tottering home with my tesco carrier bag swinging around my knees, and the pleasant knowledge of a morning treat, I was satisfied.... well, until 'Attack of the Munchies!'.... ohhhh noooo. So, getting home, a tear the box from the bag, while throwing the bag into the air in a very flambuoyantly glamourous fashion, scuttled into the kitchen, already tearing open the box and rumaging clumsily to open the plastic! This all brings me to the first point. Packaging - - - - - - - - The front of the box has the 'Kellogs' logo, with 'Special K' written underneath. The 'K' is large, red and curvy writing. This is particularly inviting and striking. It stands out as a leading cereal from the shelf. The writing is on a white background, but there are two sections... white plain bachground, and a contrasting picture of the cereal pouring out. This is with a red background. The line seperating the two sections is a lovely curved line, depicting a gorgeous ladies figure! This helps to promote the cereals main target audience: slimmers. I think the packaging is classy and appealing to all audiences, especially women due to it's healthy appeal. - - - - - - - - - - - So, in a cave-girl like fashion, I deperately pulled apart the packet and fumbling around with a bowl, stabled myself enough to create my ever so tempting dinner of cereal. Watching the cereal pour into the bowl, I find, it does resemble the adverts. There are large, small and medium sized flakes of the wheat cereal, which tinkle as they hit the bowl. But, overpowering the cereal are the huge, dominating..well...red berries! Chunks of strawberry, raspberry and cherry. Which make the cereal a whole lot more dramatic! As I wander to the fridge to get out the soya milk to finish off my cereal, I can't resist shovelling a few flakes in my gob, and with one crunch, discover the gorgeous taste of special K goodness. It is indeed what it says on the box! Taste - - - - - I am slightly biased, as I eat this cereal with soya milk, as I don't like cows milk. But the flakes are absolutely divine. Made with wheat, they are very crunchy, and you can even eat them without milk as a sweet snack, as they have a light coating of sugar encasing them. There are also the red berries, which when eaten with milk, become nice and soft... oozing sweet fruity goodness. When eaten dry, they are crunchy and tangy, which instantly brightens up your mouth... I've eaten about 3 bowls while writing this review, it's so dang good! Nutritional Information - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Each 30g serving contains: Calories 112 6%, Sugars 7g 8%, Fat 0.5g 1%, Saturates 0.2g 1%, Salt 0.6g 10% of an adult's guideline daily amount. Ingredients: Rice, Sugar, Wheat (Wholewheat, Wheat Flour), Wheat Gluten, Freeze Dried Fruits (5%) {Raspberry, Strawberry, Cherry}, 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 As well as the healthy low-fat content of the cereal, 30g serving of Kellogg's Special K Red Berries provides at least 45% of the recommended daily allowance of the vitamins thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, riboflavin, vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin C and vitamin D; and 22% RDA of the mineral iron. Value - - - - Currently, Tesco have the general Special K brand on offer at the moment. Cereal boxes have been reduced to £2 a box, from £2.89 - an 89p reduction. I think this is a great price for such a tasty and diverse cereal. You can have it as a late night snack (as I am now!), eat it as a healthy breakfast in the morning, or throw it at your mother when she's interrupting you in your review writing. You can also buy the Special K Cereal Bars at two for £3, and the same offer applies for the Special K Mini Breaks... I thoroughly reccomend this product, and think anyone wanting to have guilt free fun, should have this in their cupboard! (just not with the mates boyfriend...) Enjoy!

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                      17.04.2009 18:03
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                      All right but didn't blow me away

                      Apparently Special K has been around for fifty years. I had always thought they were a new product borne in the early 2000s out of the new interest in healthy eating but apparently they've been around for a long long time. In fact there are now ten different varieties of this cereal which shows how successful it is as a brand. It's certainly one of the first names that would come to my mind were someone to ask me to name a healthy cereal. The idea with this cereal is that people can use it as an aide to weight loss by eating a bowl of this cereal for breakfast and lunch and then having a normal meal at dinner time for two weeks. This is supposed to make you slimmer but by how much is unclear so it is a bit of a vague promise. The one I have now is the Red Berries version. The box is white with that huge red K symbol on the front so it's very recognisable even from afar. On the bottom of the box is a picture of someone in a red bikini which is what they think they'll persuade us we will look like having eaten this for a few weeks. Yeah right. A 30g serving of this contains 112 calories and 0.5g fat. Considering this is meant to be a particularly healthy cereal I can't see any big difference between this and many of the others I eat. On the back of the pack there is a lot of information on their two week challenge including details of the website where you can set up a meal plan and find out about healthy eating. The cereal itself is a mix of rice and wheat flakes with dried fruit in it. The flakes themselves are pale brown, very crunchy and though they are a bit bland on their own they taste lovely with cold milk. There are three types of berry in here which are strawberry, cherry and raspberry. They are quite generous with the fruit pieces and there are quite a few scattered throughout the box. The berries always look a bit funny to me as if they were made of polystyrene or something. As with dried fruit generally, though there is some resemblance towards the fruit they used to be, the taste of the fruit is generally overwhelmed by the tangy sharpness of it and sometimes the cherries can even taste a bit bitter. I think this box was £2 at Sainsburys but you can get Special K in pretty much any supermarket thought they don't always stock all the varieties. If this was reduced I may buy this again but otherwise perhaps not. There is one variety that I do like but is very hard to find and all the rest just have not seemed that special to me. I think you pay a bit extra for all the weight loss hype that goes with it. That aside it's just a very everyday cereal and though this berry one was okay I just found the berries too zingy for my personal liking.

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                        18.10.2007 14:22
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                        Use real fruit instead!

                        There are some products made by Weight Watchers which are well worth attending class for these days but then again there are also cereals you can buy in the supermarket that allows you to eat healthily without worrying about too much fat content or having to pay that extra charge for ever attending or contemplate joining. Special K has always been developed for the dieter in mind, and I remember a time when all that they resembled were another version of “Kelloggs Rice Krispies,” with less salt! º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤ Why Choose Special K? º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤ Let's forget about the nutritional content here because you can read that in all the other reviews on here and at the end of the review you can take a look at Kellogg's own website dictating and showing the actual content so you can make up your own mind. The cereal does claim to be 99% fat free however though I was confused that there is 3g of fat listed whenever 70g of the cereal is weighed out and eaten! I'm sure someone will explain it to me, but my diet leader assured me that the Special K Red Berries cereal is a good cereal to consider because of general low fat. Another reason to consider was the simple fact I was fed up of eating Weetabix (my favourite) and on alternative days Corn Flakes and on cold days, Porridge. I wanted to try something that all my diet colleagues were trying; namely this type of cereal, Special K with Red Berries. The flakes looks like actual Corn Flakes, but a greyish white and much lighter according to statistic. The original brand without the berries never floated my boat in terms of taste. I preferred the original Corn Flakes at the end of the day. Kellogg's have since confessed that most of their cereals are 99% fat free anyway so it can be confusing for the consumer who is on a strict diet as to what the lightest cereal there is. Special K with Red Berries however offers up a taste experience no matter how you look at it given that Special K on its own offers nothing but lighter than light flakes and milk for you to feed on. º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤ The Taste, the Feel & the Look º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤ Using semi or skimmed milk (I can't tell much of a difference on my tongue these days) fresh and cold poured into a bowl of this cereal reveals a few things. The flakes look like greyish white corn flakes but with the same rice krispie piece of rice which has been pushed on top of the flakes. At first they reminded me of warts just like the originals have done in the past which was also another bad selling point for me. Kellogg's must work harder on the appearance here on the flakes themselves. Fair enough if you can multi task at the time of breakfast and look away each time you delve your spoon into a bowl, but I can't! Firstly there are supposed to be berries which are red in this cereal and it doesn't take a genius to work out which ones stem from which family. Here I've found red looking cherries; slices of strawberry and bits of raspberry - sadly without the hairs. What a pity then that they are freeze dried to the point the moment you bite into any one of the berries, you can feel the slicing and grating from your teeth make audible "squeaks" when you bite into the berries. That's the science behind the produce of freeze drying fruit for you. I suppose in some way Kellogg's wouldn't have been able to make this product in any other way - but it does take some time getting used to. Secondly, the flakes taste of the normal wheaty taste you would get from original Special K flakes but that's about all. In this respect a tablespoon of Corn Flakes compared to Special K flakes reveals a nice malty taste accompanied by a salty and sometimes sweet ménage. If these Special K flakes have any sugar on them, forgive me but I've missed them. It's the berries here which allow some taste to come through which lifts the otherwise foreign wheat taste of the flakes alone. º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤ What do the berries taste of? º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤ Well they don't taste of the fruit that I'm used to!! The fruit in general - strawberries and raspberries are sour to the point that it makes me think, is there any actual fruit in this at all? Kellogg's quote that 5% of fruit have been added to the cereal which makes me think where the 95% of something else is. No sugar has been added to the fruit either - that after all would be pointless in a low fat dieter's cereal - but not only that, I found that the cherries too were nasty in taste. And how shall I define that word nasty for you? Well think of it this way; if you were to freeze dry every fruit you could think of, you're depriving fruit of water and that water includes the juice from the natural juice, and being a diet food doesn't make the case for these berries any better; they are bitter upon contact on my tongue, they taste a little of an actual red berry but by the time the taste has registered I've gone onto the next mouthful of flakes, either with another tiny berry in it or nothing at all. As for appearance; all of the berries look as if they fought to get into the box rather than trying to imagine Kellogg's staff delicately dropping a few into each cereal bag before final assembly sealing. Some berries are not actually red as shown on the front of the box but rather a weak red, a kind of unyielding look as if an injection has sucked all the natural colouring out of it. Oh yes, there is that freeze dried aspect yet again. Come to think of it, the majority of the berries shown on the front of the box are far from what you'll actually see when they tumble into your breakfast bowl! What I did find pleasing is that the flakes cracked when milk was floating in and around the rest of the flakes. The crunch factor also proved satisfying. But after eating my recommended 35g bowl of cereal I found myself wanting more afterwards. Certainly before leaving for school when I had this in the mornings at 800am, I felt I could have had something more substantial against my normal bowl of Weetabix or porridge which filled me up until 1130am. º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤ The Scent º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤ There is no scent other from the usual cereal smell of rice Krispies (despite the new look) and barely a scent of red berry type fruit. º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤ Price º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤ This is one of the downsides of any diet and yes, the price is expensive for what you are paying for. For a medium 375g box I had to pay between £3-00 and £3-15 and that was either with a free book advertising a low cal diet (pointless when you're on one already but interesting reading at the time of eating the cereal) or nothing free included. Larger 500g boxes are priced between £4.10 and upwards. This was all taken at the time from Somerfields who aren't the most budget priced supermarkets around in my opinion. Our local Co Op doesn't have any boxes of the Berry laced cereal so there's no point in going in there! At least you will find the box easily as it's the only type of red box with the Special K labelling on it; their Peach and Apricot is in a golden yellow whereas red berries is in red! Simple when you know what you're looking for before buying - if you really wanted to know! º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤ Conclusion º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤ This cereal has one hidden trick up its sleeve if you leave your bowl unattended for a couple of moments or may be considering to bin the bowl's contents; not only do the flakes become soggy, the freeze dried fruit does too which either gives you the advantage of considering to eat if you find crunching too difficult or binning the bowl and starting again. Forget to wash your bowl up before you leave for work and by 4pm the contents will stick to the bowl and a scourer pad will be needed. That sogginess is just part of the morning experience however; Given that Kellogg's have a knack of stating that no preservatives or colourings have been added to their cereal I find it surprising that when returning to my bowl of red berry Special K, the milk turns a horrible shade of lilac. Maybe you would like the colour of this looking up at you, but I certainly don't! No more Special K for me then; back to Weetabix, Corn Flakes or Porridge; something which guarantees will fill me up instead of reaching for something else at breakfast times. Importantly anything would be appreciated which doesn't discolour milk or has fruit which distinctly makes you feel sorry for all those astronauts who work for NASA. If you really like this brand consider your 5 a day fruit portions and add real fruit. Then you will get a taste sensation! Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2007 www.specialk.com º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø For nutritional content you can find the valid information from: http://www.kelloggs.co.uk/products/Special_K/Cereal/Special_K_Red_Berries.aspx#

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                          29.09.2007 15:21
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                          This cereal is a great one for someone trying to watch their figure, wanting something tastey

                          It is obvious after taking a bite of Kellogg's Special K Red Berry Cereal that it is great for you. Its sweet and wholesome taste exudes from every spoonful. The tiny berries mixed in taste as if they have been just freshly picked. Its mix of sweet and crunchy can satisfy anyone. This is most definetly a great way to lose weight and still eat something that tastes wonderful and stops any hunger cravings you may have.

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                          They have all the goodness of original Special K plus the zest of 3 red berries! Bursting with fruitiness from rasberries, strawberries and cherries and still only less than 3% fat!