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      08.07.2010 17:06
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      A good way to reduce calorie consumption and get extra nutrients.

      I am trying to lose a few pounds following a recent operation. I have not eaten Special K for quite some time but decided to go back to it to aid with my weight loss.

      There are up to 10 different varieties to choose from so depending on your preference, you can choose from various fruit, nut and chocolate options.

      The one I am reviewing here is one of their Bliss range with stawberry and chocolate as I like both of those foods in everyday life but am trying to consume less of the latter. In this respect, this cereal is ideal as it contains some flakes that are coated with chocolate so you get a taste of chocolate but not the calories that go with scoffing a whole bar. Although of course, the cereal could do with more of these chocolatey flakes but then that would rather defeat the main objective which is to keep the cereal as low in fat and calories as possible whilst making the consumer feel like they are having a bit of a treat and in this Special K is somewhat successful.

      The strawberries are of course freeze dried for freshness and as such bear only a slight resemblance to their non freeze dried colleagues and if eaten on their own are actually quite tart but within the cereal this is not so noticeable.

      What I particularly like about this cereal is the added benefit of at least 9 essential nutrients including iron, vitimans C & B (including folic acid). I do not take multivitamins daily so it is nice to know that I am getting a dose of them from my breakfast cereal as well as thoughout my daily diet.

      This is a multigrain cereal in that it contains rice and wheat. Each 30g serving (the recommended amount) contains116 cals; 7g of sugar, 0.9 of fat (0.3 of saturates) and 0.3g of salt.

      The packaging is quite distinctive and recyclable and on the back you are invited to create your free personal plan by going to www.myspecialk.co.uk. You can also follow their 2 week plan and there is another website address given: www.myspecialk.ie. You can get special k cereals in 375g, 425g, 500g and 750g boxes depending on which variety you buy and cost in the range of £2-4 pounds.

      On the whole, I think for a low fat opton this cereal is quite tasty and the variety on ofer should suit most who are looking to shed a few pounds by limiting their calorie intake, especially at breakfast. I do find this quite filling and do sometimes also have a bowl at lunchtime and then a normal dinner as suggested but you should not follow a plan of this nature for longer than 2 weeks at a time.

      Thanks for reading. x

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      02.07.2010 18:36
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      A decent offering but not quite to my liking. A good way to add variety to a 2-week Special K plan

      I've recently been following the Special K Diet plan, which allows you to create a personal plan based around eating two bowls of Special K cereal a day, in combination with a healthy balanced meal for lunch or tea. I was on the lookout for variations to the normal Special K flakes as I figured it would get boring eating the exact same thing twice a day for two weeks. I discovered Special K Bliss on the cereal shelves at Sainsbury's where they had a special offer of two boxes for £4.

      Special K Bliss is described as "A refreshing combination of strawberries with just the right balance of dark chocolate flakes that's only 3% fat. Special K Bliss Strawberry & Chocolate is a delicious tasting breakfast cereal you can still enjoy whilst watching your shape."

      I was tempted by the chocolate flakes and I love strawberries as well, so this seemed like a pleasant combination for a breakfast cereal. The Special K flakes are made of rice rather than corn, and are light and crispy. They're nice and crunchy and don't go soggy too quickly unless you pour on lots of milk. It's best to eat Special K cereal with semi-skimmed milk to get the best result as part of the diet plan.

      The strawberries were of the dehydrated variety and were extremely sharp and sour, unlike regular fresh strawberries. The only way I found to combat this was to allow the strawberries to soak in the milk for a while and this made them a bit sweeter whilst diluting the flavour. The chocolate flakes were not as I imagined, chocolate chips, but were actually Special K flakes coated in a dark chocolate covering. These were tasty and provided a nice hit for the sweet tooth.

      The fat content for this cereal is extremely low, only 3g per 100g of cereal. However, the sugar content is only just under 25%, with 24g of the 100g being sugar. This does not seem like a particularly healthy amount and I was surprised, especially seeing as this cereal is aimed at those trying to watch their shape and lose weight while maintaining a healthy diet.

      The mixture of strawberries and chocolate seemed too good to be true, and to be honest I don't think Special K have entirely pulled it off here. I really enjoy the plain flakes themselves as they have a lovely texture and are light and sweet. I prefer them over bran flakes and other health option breakfast cereals. If you can stand the sour strawberries you will probably enjoy this but I think I will stick to the normal plain Special K flakes and save a few pennies while I'm at it.

      Ingredients:
      Rice, Sugar, Wheat (Whole wheat, Wheat Flour), Wheat Gluten, Chocolate(Cocoa Mass, Dextrose, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier {Soy Lecithin}, Flavouring), Defatted Wheatgerm, Dried Skimmed Milk, Freeze Dried Strawberry(3%), Salt, Barley Malt Flavouring, Glazing Agent (Gum Arabic), Vitamin C, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.

      Nutritional values per 100g:
      kJ 1624 -kcal 383
      Protein (g) 13
      Carbohydrates (g) 76 - sugars (g) 24 - starch (g) 52
      Fat (g) 3 - saturates (g) 1
      Fibre (g) 2.5
      Sodium (g) 0.35

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        12.05.2010 03:21
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        Great snack, great bar, a little pricey

        I believe that you need to start your day with a good breakfast, but sometimes I have those days where I wake up a little bit late and need to get out the house as quick as I can and there's just no time to wait for the bread to toast or to have a bowl of cereal but there is plenty of time to open the cupboard reach in and grab a Special K Bliss and run out the door.
        I don't eat these bars for a healthy reason, I'm not on any diet or plan, I just like them and I'm a little bit addicted to these bars, but the only thing is that I can't have just 1 or 2 most of the time its 3...bad huh.

        Packaging

        Well its very identifiable, the front is half white with the Kellogg's logo The Name in the middle "special K Bliss" and top right is what each bar contains
        Which is:

        Calories 88
        Sugars 8g
        Fat 2g
        Saturated 1g
        Salt 0.1g

        The other half is a pinky red with a picture of the bar that's in the box and a picture of the fruit that it is. With a chocolate colour divider splitting the white from the pinky red.

        The taste

        I am a big lover of the Special K Bliss Raspberry & Chocolate which I buy from the tesco's mainly.
        Opening the wrapper and getting a smell of the raspberry & Chocolate together makes my mouth water, taking that first bite with the flavours instantaneously exploding in your mouth, as you bite through tearing it off you realise there's a slight chewy ness to it and the chocolate starts to melt.
        Mmmmmmm it's good.

        Nutrition Information:
        88 Calories Per Bar

        PER BAR

        Protein 0.9g
        Carbohydrates 16g
        Of which sugars 8g
        Starch 7g
        Fat 2g
        Of which saturates 1g
        Fibre 0.9
        Sodium 0.05g
        Salt 0.1g

        So the figures look good if you want to work towards looking to lose weight or have a nice treat because this proves to do it.
        But I'm not going to lie it does hit your wallet a little with 6 tiny bars in the box and each box being sold at just over £2.50 each is pretty high but I guess most health products are.

        So to round off, great bar if you miss breakfast or are in a rush, they taste great, need about 2-3 bars to feel anything, but is a great treat if you are slightly peckish

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          15.10.2009 11:02
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          I am trying to eat a healthier diet at the minute and if there's one thing I'm fussy about, it is finding the right breakfast cereal. I go through different moods where I like chocolate ones then I want something a bit more filling and so I really scanned the aisles to see what there was, as usually price affects my choice. I noticed the Special K were on offer so decided to see what flavours there were as usually I avoid these as they are very pricey. I purchased the Peach and Apricot one which was ok previously but at £2.82 a time it seems a bit much. I just want a cereal that will keep me full for longer as now I'm back to early morning lectures I want a cereal with the right fibres in it that will keep me healthy, alert and is not too fattening.

          The Special K Bliss combines a healthy choice for breakfast with some really nice flavours and are something a bit different. The Special K cereals are made by Kellogg's and officially launched in 1959 and their main message has been to help women keep in shape. There is now a range of 10 Special K cereals but Bliss range are Creamy Berry Crunch, Strawberry & Chocolate. The one I will review today which is my favourite is Creamy Berry Crunch I haven't yet tried the Strawberry & Chocolate one yet but for now this is what I have in my kitchen.

          The Special K boxes always stand out on the shelves at the supermarket because they look rich and luxurious. This box is white on one half and pink on the other each have different colours to fit their flavours. There is a creamy swirl separating the sides and on one side is the Kellogg's logo and K then the Bliss font. It has pictures of berries and cream clusters which look very appetising and also shows some of the flakes of the cereal. It states on the box that the cereal is tailored to get you slimmer but I am not buying it to lose weight, I buy it to keep in shape.

          Based on a 30g serving, Special K Bliss has 115 calories, 7g in sugars, 0.9g of fat, 0.5g of saturates and 0.3g of salt. The cereal also contains at least 9 essential nutrients such as Iron, Vitamin C, B and folic acid. It has allergy guidelines which states that it contains milk, soy, wheat, oats and barley. All included ingredients are listed on the side of the box.

          I buy the 375g box which is meant to give you roughly 12 servings depending on how much you take but I would agree this is about right. I do have to regularly buy more but I actually like eating this in the morning and I was at a point before where I was starting to skip breakfast. Special K Bliss looks colourful in the bowl with the pink dried berry and the creamy clusters. Add some milk and then grab a spoon to really taste this, the sweetness of the raspberry and cranberries are what is dominant in the flavour as there is sometimes not enough vanilla clusters but when there is the combination of these with the berry really does create a creamy berry crunch.

          It is a cereal which has a lot to it making it really filling and I find when I go to university for a long morning lecture I have no embarrassing stomach making a noise moment from hunger. I feel alert, awake and am always attentive whereas before I used to be more tired and have less energy. I definitely feel my awakeness is due to having a proper meal plan throughout the day and making sure that I'm not skipping the main meal of the day, breakfast. I buy my Special K Bliss at Asda or Tesco normally where it usually costs me £2, it seems a lot but it's definitely worth it, normally they cost £2.88. For more information on Special K, their products and their diet plans go to http://www.specialk.co.uk. The website also states more in-depth nutritional information.

          I have not had a chance to look at their personal plans yet but they seem to be quite into helping women lose weight. I noticed Special K Bliss also now do cereal bars which I have also yet to try. If you are looking for something with a bit more to it than your usual breakfast choice then definitely give Special K a go.

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            08.10.2009 00:28
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            What it says on the bx

            I tried the Strawberry and chocolate variety. Priced at £2.86p in Asda for a 375g box, this is not the cheapest of cereals, though I enjoy it. I noticed the yogurty variety is a little dearer.

            Generally, I like the taste of Special K. Its nice and crisp, and I don't feel its too sweet.. The sliced pieces of freeze dried strawberry give breakfast an extra zing, the chocolate coated flakes are, well, delicious, but there aren't many of them. Try to avoid the temptation of picking them out , otherwise you'll be left with a dish of boring Special K on its own.

            A banner on the front of the box proclaims that its only 3% fat. If you've been watching tv recently you will have seen the ads which proclaim that those who eat a healthy low fat breakfast tend to be slimmer than people who skip breakfast. This kind of advertising is persuasive, you could even try to reduce a jeans size by having it for breakfast and dinner. Because of taste alone, I would rate it quite highly, but if I buy a pack its at least partly because I believe I may end up a bit slimmer, and healthier.

            If you follow the instructions on the box, and go onto te special website you can receive a free personal plan to help you get slimmer. I t sounds a good idea to do it.

            I have carefully resealed the box, as I know ingredients ,can go soft, ending in the pack being thrown away.

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            07.07.2009 18:26
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            Healthy, happy, quick breakfast!

            Acting like a complete sucker to advertising - and despite the fact that I don't often eat breakfast - I trooped off to the supermarket and returned armed with several Special K's, fully convinced in the belief that I too, could drop a jean size/look slimmer for summer/wear a red dress....

            Sadly I cannot yet confirm that...

            However Special K Creamy Berry Crunch is well worth writing about!!!

            This is one of the varieties derived from the original Special K which is per Kelloggs 'crunchy multi-grain flakes made with rice and wheat'. The healthy aspect of these cereals seem to come from the fact that in the flake concoction there is '3 % fat,... 6 essential B vitamins, vitamin C, D, and iron.' This all sounds very positive (if a little dull....)

            Hence my delight at this particular mix. Obviously the staple content is the flakes, although some are coated in yoghurt (giving the cream factor). This is quite sweet, and thick, although softens with the milk. There isn't a large amount of these in there so although you can test the yoghurt with each bite it isn't overwhelming.

            Then there is the fruit. Obviously it is freeze dried - there wouldn't be much lasting quality on fresh fruit in a cereal box. There are a mix of berries - I recognise sum but I think some look slightly disfigured and they don't taste like 'normal' berries but they do still give a great fresh red fruit taste (provided they are hydrated enough)!!! As a person who relishes sleep over preparing a healthy nutritious breakfast ths is a good cheat!

            I tend to get about 80% normal flakes, 12% fruit and 8% yoghurt flakes - at a rough estimate (I haven't counted my breakfast - promise). My only issue is that I need plenty of milk on it!!!

            I can only find a 375g box (currently on offer in Tesco for £2.00) . This seems to be the standard size for all the Special K varieties... It runs out far too fast in my house! It is usually about 2.70-2.80 a box, but given so many Kelloggs cereals there are often combination offers.

            At 112 calories per serving it is a very reduced option (especially if compared to a piece of toast slathered in butter!!), however the most noticeable nutrient aspect I found was the iron. As someone who is severely anaemic, eating Special K on a somewhat regular basis seemed to help very quickly. 11.6mg per 100g (just over 3 servings) this works out as 3.8mg per dish. Almost half of the GDA of iron for a woman - my blood tests showed this pretty fast!!!

            This is a good wake up breakfast, with enough, but not overly strong flavours and a healthy kick! It is a sweet cereal, with not additional sugar required!!

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              05.02.2009 14:28
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              A yummy start to the day

              Ok I admit I've been seduced by the recent TV adverts claiming you can lose a dress size in two weeks on the Special K diet, sad I know! I'm struggling to lose the excess pounds still from Xmas so anything is worth a try.

              I picked up a box of the Special K Bliss Creamy Berry Crunch variety this morning not expecting to enjoy it much but I'm pleasantly surprised, a bowlful kept me going almost until lunch and I havent had the usual hunger pangs I get if I just have toast in the mornings.

              The cereal flakes are light and crispy and mixed in with freeze dried pieces of berries and yoghurty bits. The combination of sweet soft yoghurt and crispy cereal is a winner with me plus the cereal doesnt go too soggy when milk is added.

              Each bowful (of 30g as they recommend) contains 174 calories when served with semi skimmed milk, I know I cant follow that as I'm pretty sure I had a bigger serving size this morning and plenty of milk as I love the stuff. I think the serving sizes they recommend are a little unrealistic, claiming that each box contains 12 servings, yeah right, more like 5 for someone like me!

              Anyway I dont think the serving size is anything to worry about as the fat content is so low, less than 3% plus the cereal contains plenty of vitamins and minerals such as iron for a balanced diet.

              The only thing that would put me off eating this regularly is the price, I paid almost £3 this morning in Co-op and I dont think it's much cheaper in the likes of Tesco and Asda though I stand to be corrected.

              It remains to be seen if eating this stuff for a couple of weeks (or until the box runs out!) will help me lose weight, but even if it doesnt I'm a happy bunny due to the rather lush taste.

              If you're a cereal fan like me and want to lose a few pounds/watch your weight then you can do a lot worse than give Special K a try!

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                02.12.2008 21:32
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                Diet or no diet, definitely worth a try!

                When I first bought this breakfast cereal, I have to say I was buying it for necessity rather than actually for taste (weight loss!), but I was surprised by how tasty it is!

                The packaging is really attractive, but I do think it caters more towards a female audience than a male one. The cereal itself is only 3% fat, and on weight watchers is only 1.5 points. Some of the wheat flakes are covered in chocolate and there are also freeze dried strawberries in it.

                There are only 115 calories in each bowl so it is great for people trying to lose weight, but it really doesn't taste like diet food. The wheat flakes are really yummy, and you get just enough chocolate covered flakes and strawberry bits to sweeten it up, without affecting the sugar levels too much. It really fills me up every morning as well, and certainly keeps me going till lunchtime.

                I would say that at around £1.99 per box, this cereal is well worth it! It is delicious and low fat, and I have to say, I often have a bowl for dessert in the evening, its so yummy!

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                10.10.2008 14:13
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                If you like Special K, you'll love this!

                Previously, even into my late teens I'd held on to those child-directed cereals such as Coco Pops and Nesquik (the chocolaty goodness!). However, when I finally moved out my boyfriend suggested I try something a little healthier. He ate the regular Special K himself, but still being attracted by the likes of chocolate I decided to go for Special K Bliss, with chocolate and strawberries.

                As the first bowl was poured, I didn't like the look of the hard, flat chunks of chocolate and the rather dry strawberries. But after the milk is added everything softens up a bit! The cereal is crunchy as you'd expect, but the sweetness (or perhaps bitterness?) of the fruit and texture of the chocolate make for a rather 'interesting' flavour. I'd describe it as pleasure and pain rolled into one. I've tried the regular Special K and found it bland and tasteless - the tasteless elements of the clusters still remain in Bliss, but then there are those irresistibly nice accompaniments to look forward to.

                Despite the slightly higher price, there's no doubt I prefer this cereal to the other Kellogg's breakfasts. And though I'm not one to be constantly watching my weight, apparently these cereals are good for you too!

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              A delicious tasting breakfast cereal you can enjoy whilst still watching your shape.