Oats and more
Breakfast on a working day is essential to the start of my day. I don't have a particular loyalty to any brand of cereal and I tend to change what I eat every week or fortnight.
Whats in it
The cereal is made up of thinly sliced almonds, bran flake type flakes and clusters. The bran flakes are like normal bran flakes but they are glazed with sugar. They also have a much smoother texture than the Kellogg's brand. They also taste very different as normal bran flakes are bland whereas these have a hint of sugar that isn't overly sweet. I hate food that has too much sugar and this cereal has the perfect balance so it tastes moorish but not bland or sickly. The bran flakes will soak up the milk quite quickly and as I prefer to not eat soggy cereal I make sure I don't leave it aside too long before eating. The clusters are small and account for about 20% of the cereal which is the right balance. The clusters add a different texture to the cereal and they are, like the bran flakes sweet but not sickly. Almonds are a good source of vitamin e and monosaturated fat that helps to keep cholesterol levels low.
I eat my cereal with full fat milk generally in the morning (when I am lazy it's my dinner). The cereal is definitely moorish and sweet but one bowl fills me up until lunch time. This is good when I'm at work because I don't always have a defined time for lunch and I don't normally get time to eat anything before lunch.
As much as I would love to say that this is 100% healthy, it isn't really. 40g of cereal with 125ml of semi-skimmed milk is one serving. This gives 219 calories (10% recommended daily allowance RDA), 5.6g of fat, 1.6g of saturated fat, a massive 16.7g of sugar and 0.4g of salt. The saturated fat content (bad fat) is very low but the sugar content is too high even though it doesn't taste very sweet. For this reason and also the price I don't eat this cereal regularly. It is high in sugar however they do contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. 30% of eight vitamins including iron and 30% of calcium makes up 1 serving of cereal. Most cereals do have these nutrients so I wouldn't say that there is a lot of more nutrients in this cereal than others.
Price and availability
This cereal is quite popular and can be found at major supermarkets. I first noticed them when shopping at my local Tesco's. I only buy them when on offer as 425g of the cereal costs £2.10. They are currently on offer, 2 for 1 at Tesco's.
Overall this is a tasty cereal, nutritious but expensive and high in sugar so this isn't one of my regular cereals.
Oats and More Cereal Bar
I have got myself into a routine of having a chocolate biscuit every morning at tea break. Today I decided to opt for something different and went for an Oats and more Cereal Bar.
A bit about Oats and More
Oats and More is a brand of cereal bars that are sold by Nestle. They are mainly made up of chewy oats but other ingredients include rice, oat bran, wheat flour, maize flour, glucose syrup and almonds.
They are available in a variety of flavours including strawberries, chocolate, cherry and almond.
The nutritional qualities are written on the side of the bar. The bar comes in a 30g format and each bar represents 109 calories, 1.8g of protein, and 21g of carbohydrate and 2 g of fat.
I usually like cereal bars and I have been very impressed by some of them in the past. I was looking forward to trying this variety until I opened it. It looked like it has been clued together and the overall look of the bar was not very appealing. I decided not to be put off by this and took a bite. The bar is very dry and chewy. It initially felt very sticky and I kind of expected it to stick to me teeth a lot but for some reason it didn't really do that.
The taste of the bar is just ok. It was almond flavour but it wasn't overloaded with almonds. In fact the bar as a whole was just mediocre and I wouldn't buy it again unless I got it on a really good deal.
Discussing your illness with millions of people is something i would not normally do, but what i eat affects my illness 'Colitis'. High fibre foods are a no no, so since being diagnosed, i cannot eat my lovely Malted Wheaties or even Weetabix so thought i would give Nestle Oats & More a good old try. Because it has 3 different flavours, almonds, honey and raisin, i was instantly pleased that variety was on offer. I opted firstly for the Almonds, because nuts are an issue too so i needed to check that my system could handle them. This cereal is one of the most delicious i have had. It offers a profusion of tastes and a good mixture of crunchy, sweet, crispy and chewy all at the same time. Not only does it satisfy my need for a good breakfast that is filling and keeps me filled until lunch, but i have had no side effects with my illness from Oats & More. If you suffer with stomach or bowel problmes (sorry i know it isnt nice but it is a very common disorder), then try this cereal out because it certainly beats a cold piece of toast! My only complaint is that it is too pricey compared to cerals of a similar ilk.
Nestle cereals are made by cerealpartners in the UK.
This is one of the two best cereals there are. The crunchyness is just that, crunchy not teeth breaking. The sweetness is also just that, sweet but not sickly.
There are a number of varieties but my definite favourite is the almond one. (Quite frankly anything with almond is ok with me).
A good source of fibre as well as wholegrain but without the extended chewing time required by some other cereals that have these characteristics!
Nestle's big thing is the green banner along the top of the box denoting 'whole grain'.
Their own description of the Almond variety really can't be bettered:
Delicious flakes coated in baby oats and topped with crunchy clusters and sliced Almonds. There is a time and a place for sharing, but this isn't it...
Cereal Grains (66.5%) (Whole Grain Oats (58.8%), Whole Grain Wheat (5.5%), Wheat Flour (1.2%), Oat Bran (0.6%), Rice Flour), Sugar, Almonds (8%), Barley Malt Extract, Partially Inverted Brown Sugar Syrup, Salt, Flavouring: Brown Sugar Flavour, Vegetable Oil, Trisodium Phosphate, Colour: Annatto
Vitamins and Minerals: Vitamin C, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid (Folacin), Vitamin B12, Calcium Carbonate and Iron.
So a pretty comprehensive range of goodness by any account.
Nutritional values quoted on the pack are with semi skim milk so those like me who only use skim are doing well, calorie wise!
They even tell you about how green they are:
Environmental Sustainability Position
Cereal Partners UK recognises our responsibilities to protect the environment and move towards sustainable development. We are committed to minimising our environmental impact and to conserve valuable resources.
I would just say that I feel it is misleading to show that 85% of your RDA is met in pretty well ALL the vitamins and minerals as that is per 100g and most people would have about a third of that amount as a serving.
Still an excellent tasty nutritious product that's hard to beat. Go eat.
When it comes to cereals I could seriously simply live on them! My favourite usually is fruit & fibre (even if it's just shops own), if I'm freezing and Mums making it I love porridge covered in golden syrup and occasionally I really crave some weetabix covered in cold milk and sugar (usually at night for some strange reason lol). If I don't eat that then I eat either muffins, croissants or crumpets with butter and jam on them or toast again covered in butter and thick cut orange marmalade. I'm quite a creature of habit I guess and I know what cereals I like due to the fact that I have an eating disorder and I always plan to have a good breakfast which sets me up for the rest of the day.
A couple of weeks ago my step-dad brought this home for me and said he'd had some at work the other day and he'd got me it to try cos he thought it was so nice that I'd enjoy it for a change. It worried me slightly, changing my breakfast cereal but I psyched myself up for all it all week long lol. In one week the box was empty.... and only I ate it lol
Square white and green box with little drawings on it of the cereal being splashed with milk, and pictures of sliced almonds and wheat and things and on the front of the box in light and dark green and white writing I'm told the product is Nestle Almond Oats & More which are 'Crispy, yummy wheat & oat flakes covered in baby oats with oat clusters, sprinkled with tasty almonds'. I'm then told at the bottom of the box that Nestle guarantees whole grain in every single box and there is a nutritional at a glance chart displayed. On one side of the box I'm told other varieties of Nestle products available, on the other side of the box nutritional information is given in full and nutritional information is given, ingredients are listed along with vitamins and minerals being listed, and contact details for Cereal Partners UK (the manufacturer of Nestle products) are clearly stated and finally I'm told that my box contains at least 14, 30g servings. On the back of of the box the size is stated (in my case 425g) and the recycle symbol is displayed, there are photographs of people of all ages opening boxes of Nestle cereals and finally I'm told a a bit about the product. Nice enough, informative, quality packaging... this is!
Well the cereal itself comes in a large white bag you can sort of see through. I serve mine freely into a bowl and cover with my favourite skimmed milk. When they are dry they're crunchy and quite nice to nibble on actually and a nice snack! The main of the cereal is made with light brown wheat flakes that are lightly dusted with oat sort of dusty flakes. The flakes taste of wheat and actually just sog up with milk quite quickly but they are tasty and perfectly fine with a hint of sweet oaky flavour to them and then you have a generous amount of oat clusters which are cream in colour, naturally sweet and give a slightly chewy texture to the proceedings. Then you have almond flakes in it too, which to me although they do look like thinly sliced almonds, to me have no taste just a waxy kind of feel to them but I can't really taste nuts as such and there isn't alot of almonds in this cereal anyway.
I sound like I'm on a downer about this cereal but I'm actually not. I like it. It sounds rather grand and no doubt alot of thought has gone into the making up of this product but really I tend to like it because of the sweet, oak clusters that make the cereal a bit chewy, I enjoy my flakes being there as that's what I normally have in my fruit and fibre and all round I simply like it. I like it dry and I like for me tea, it's up to me. Filling it is, economical too if you stick to a 30g bowl per day lol Would I buy it? Yes if it was on special offer cos although it's pleasant enough it just isn't amazing and/or mind blowing!
Nutritional Information per 30g Serving With 125ml Semi-Skimmed Milk:
Energy: 180 Kcal
of which is saturates: 1.5g
Can be found in all good supermarkets and mine came from a Nisa shop kind courtesy of my step-dad priced at £1.85 but I have seen it in Asda, Tesco, Morrison's and Sainsbury's for about that price too!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
This was the first in the Oats and More series which now also has a honey and raisin version. I have tried the honey but am yet to try the raisin although it does sound nice. The cereal contains wheat flakes, oat clusters and almond pieces.
The cereal comes in a white box with lots of words describing the cereal on the front which always reminds me of a brainstorming session as they have obviously just put down any words associated with the cereal like 'crispy / yummy / oat' and so on. With the other two in the range they colour co-ordinate the writing to the contents of the cereal so the honey box has brown writing and the raisin one has purple writing but the green used in this cereal doesn't seem to stand for anything. There is also a a huge banner on the front of the box reminding us that this cereal helps you get 3 a day wholegrain but it doesn't say to what extent so it's a bit vague. One protion contains 119 calories.
I advise giving the box a good shake to evenly re-distribute the nut clusters otherwise one day you'll have loads and by the end of the week none. The flakes themselves are quite small and crunchy and rather sweet actually though in this one there is no mention of honey so I don't know why it is but if you smell them it really does smell like they have used honey. The flakes also have tiny tiny oat pices on which increases the crunch. There are also little clusters of oats which are about the size of the pea but threre could do with being a few more in there I would say. I also feel there aren't enough flakes of almond considering the name of the cereal. These are small irregular slivers of almond which taste a bit bland at first but releases the nutty taste once you chew. However in three big handfuls of these I only found two almond slivers so I'm a bit unimpressed.
This is a nice cereal and it is quite filling too. I also feel that the mixture of nuts, wheat and oat is one of the healthier options for breakfast. However, I still feel the cereal lets itself down a little with the lack of almond and the fact that it tastes rather sweet considering this is meant to be the one without honey. This is definitely less sickly than Honey Oats and More but I think overall I prefer the Nestlé Clusters cereal which is very similar but tastes less sweet.
My ideal breakfast would always be a cooked one and preferably with someone else cooking it but let's get real for a minute, the chances are slim to none so I tend to eat a lot of cereals.
I like to try new cereals as it can get very boring sticking to the same old things all the time (I am the same with men)!
My latest venture into the world of new cereals saw me trying Nestle Almond Oats and More and loving it, well liking it a lot anyway.
This cereal is a very crunchy tasty cereal and even after the milk has been on a while it stays crunchy rather than going soggy in seconds. The flakes are dark brown and dotted with tiny pieces of oats.
There is a sort of sugar glazing over the flakes which I guess is what keeps them crunchy and also gives the cereal its nice sweet taste. Throughout the cereal there are clusters which are made up from mainly almonds but these also have their fair share of oats in them too.
The almonds are just enough to make the cereal different rather than it becoming a bowl of almonds which would not be good. The overall taste of every spoonful is mainly oaty but with a nice sweet almond taste too, they are actually delicious and very moreish.
The box tells you that a 30g serving with semi skimmed milk contains 180 calories and 4.7g of fat so if you are strict on calorie counting you can use this guide.
For me however I am not likely to start measuring out my cereal and I always use full fat milk so this guide goes out the window but it is safe to say there are much more diet friendly cereals out there.
A 425g box of this cost me £1.89 from Asda but it was on offer and I guess therefore will probably cost a lot more once the offer ends but I will be buying it again whether it is on offer or not because it is a very tasty way to start the day, unless there is a man out there offering me a cooked breakfast of a morning??
I eat cereal everyday and have tried just about every brand on the superarket shelves - from Supermarket's own cheap brand to the super-dooper organic muesli mixes which cost a bomb! This 'Almond Oats and More' from Nestle is one of the highest quality and nicest tasting cereals I have consumed.
I do like cereals which provide a combination of flavours and textures and this is the prefect example of that. The main part of the cereal is flakes made of wheat and oats. These are surprisingly large and stay crispy in milk even at the end of the meal. The flakes are dark toasted brown in colour and the surface is dotted with tiny shreds of white oat. They seem to be coated in a shiny, sugary substance which is what keeps them crunchy. I would say the taste of the flakes alone is very like brown sugar - a sort of richer, molasses flavour than white sugar or honey. The texture of the flakes when chewing is rugged and gives you something to get your teeth into. Nevertheless, they are not too difficult to chew but provide an interesting, challenging texture.
In addition to the flakes there are also 'clusters' which are balls of oat. These are various sized and a few tend to have crumbled to pieces inside the packet. The are a creamy fawn colour and look like a dozen shrunken rice crispie pieces stuck together. They actually taste very sweet like honey and white sugar. The texture is crunchy and I think they taste like little chunks of biscuit. They provide a sharper sweet taste than the flakes do and this is very noticable when eatsing the two together. I always love to find a cluster in the mix as it is such a tasty little bomb!
The final ingredient are the almonds. I was very surprised that the almonds were neatly sliced, formed slabs and were of an abundance through the cereal mix. They provide a more earthy, bitter taste and a tougher chewier texture than the other ingredients.
This is a whole grain cereal and the packaging information tells me that it is recommended that we eat at least three servings of whole grain every day. A bowl of this cereal provides one serving of whole grain. More information about this topic can be accessed at the website:
A 30g serving with semi-skimmed milk provides 180 calories and 4.7g of fat of which saturates is 1.5g. The cereal is fortified with vitamins. The cereal is suitable for vegetarians and is branded as such.
The 425g cereal box also has 'Free Books For Schools' tokens attached to its opening flap. The token value is 10p and therse can be collected by participating schools who can then exchange them for books.
Overall, definately one of the tastiest cereals on the market and one that provides an excting mix of tastes and texture.
Almond oats and more is a breakfast cereal made by the well known company Nestle.
The cereal consists of crispy toasted oat and wheat flakes covered in tasty baby oat pieces, with crunchy oat almond clusters.
The cereal is packaged in a cardboard outer box. The cereal is packaged in a keep fresh inner sealed bag. The box is mainly green in colour and has 'Oats and more' written in large writing with a description of the product. The box contains nutritional info and is recyclable.
The cereal is very tasty. The flakes are delicious. They are very crunchy and have a lovely malty oaty taste. The crunchy almond part of the flake is delicious. It is crunchy, sweet and has a lovely almond taste. The flavours work very nicely together. I find that a bowl of this cereal really keeps me full up throughout the morning. It also good to know that you are getting the added nutritional value that the oats provide. The breakfast is also made from wholegrains so is very good for you. A bowl of the cereal has 180 calories which is good especially as it fills you up for many hours.
If you do not like nutty cereals, Nestle also do a honey version of this cereal.
A 425g box of the cereal costs £2.41 and is available from supermarkets.
A 30g serving contains Calories 119 (6% GDA), Sugars 8.0g (9% GDA), Fat 2.7g (4% GDA), Saturates 0.3g (2% GDA), Salt 0.2g (4% GDA), Fibre 1.7g (7% GDA) of an adults Guideline Daily Amount.
Ingredients info taken from the box:
Cereal Grains (66.1%) (Whole Grain Flaked Oats (58.5%), Whole Grain Wheat (5.3%), Wheat Flour (1.2%), Cereal Grains (66.1%) (Whole Grain Flaked Oats (58.5%), Whole Grain Wheat (5.3%), Wheat Flour (1.2%), Whole Grain Oat Flour (0.7%), Oat Bran (0.6%), Rice Flour), Whole Grain Oat Flour (0.7%), Oat Bran (0.6%), Rice Flour), Sugar, Sugar, Almonds (8%), Almonds (8%), Barley Malt Extract, Barley Malt Extract, Partially Inverted Brown Sugar Syrup, Partially Inverted Brown Sugar Syrup, Salt, Salt, Flavouring: Brown Sugar Flavour, Flavouring: Brown Sugar Flavour, Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Oil, Trisodium Phosphate, Trisodium Phosphate, Colour: Annatto, Colour: Annatto
I tried these Almonds Oats and More cereal at a supermarket when they were giving samples to push the product. I thought they were quite nice so bought a box. They became very boring very quickly and I would not buy a packet again.
The cereal consists of clusters of very crunchy oats and almonds. They keep their shape and texture well once milk has been added. There are also flakes of wholegrain and oats. As well as this you will find shavings of almond. To me it was a bit too much like a jumble of all the cereals that you have left over, put into one bowl. The tastes worked well together but for me there were just too many components. I like my cereal to be a little more straight forward.
I found I didn't like the sweetness of the flakes - they seemed to be coated in something slightly shiny but there is no mention of what on the packet! Too many flavours competing with each other make this cereal a bit too over the top for me.
They cost about £1.60 a packet so not too expensive, but not the cheapest either.
In terms of calories, they have 114 calories per 30g, although to be honest, a 30g serving in no way filled me up or kept me satisfied. I needed twice that! But having twice that, I was full until lunchtime.
Finding a really good breakfast cereal is something that is very important, especially as it is the first and most important meal of the day! and i certainly think i found one here! i bought a box after them being recommened to me by a friend and so now i will do the same for you!
they are crispy, crunchy, super yummy and utterly delicous flakes of oats and whole grain (especially good at keeping you satisfied till lunch time) along with clusters of oats and almonds as well as almond flakes with this particular kind (but there is also a honey oats and more in which the flakes have been drizzled in golden honey and are if possible even more delicous!)
i have seen them sold in most supermarkets with prices ranging from about £1.40 to £1.60.
as well as being utterly scrummy, one 30gram serving contains just 114 calories, so there is nothing to feel the slightest bit guilty about- and they also keep you very much staisfied till lunch time.
one thing you must make sure you do is close the box lid properly otherwise (same with other cereales) the flakes go dry and lose their delicous crunchyness!
well worth a try!