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Sainsbury's Basics Muesli
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Sainsbury's Basics Muesli
Date: 04/08/09, updated on 04/08/09 (268 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, reasonable healthy and very filling
Disadvantages: Rather bland and goes soggy quick and is quite chewy
Since I have joined the gym I have come to understand the real importance of having breakfast. The first time I went to the gym was on an empty stomach and I came out starving and ended up feeling so crappy I went into a corner shop and bought my own body weight in snack foods!
So nowadays I'm much more sensible and before heading out of the front door I fill up on as healthy a cereals I can find and this one is that!
White plastic squarish bag (you can sort of see-through) and on the front I'm told is is Sainsbury's 'Basics' Muesli which is a 'Simple blend of cereals, fruit & nut' and is high in fibre, no added salt and contains wholegrain and is suitable for vegetarians, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on the front and a scribble of the cereal on there. Other information on the bag includes a full nutritional chart, ingredients and allergy advice and the size is stated (1kg).
It is a cheap looking bag and the only issue I have with this is that whilst it is informative enough (it even tells me a little bit about fibre, salt and wholegrain on the back of the bag) it doesn't have a way of resealing it so if you do rush out to purchase this after reading my review do also buy some sort of container to store it in and keep it fresh or grab a peg off your washing line (as I did lol).
The Cereal Itself:
Well upon opening the packet (and some flying everywhere in the process) I was met by what I can only describe as a light milk smell. The cereal itself is really flaked and sort of two tone light brown colours but all of it reminds me of the texture of wood chips. They are dry and again all of it is covered in like a white flour (which is of course simply is the cereal dust).
Taste wise it is ok. It is made up 89% of oat flakes and whole wheat flakes. As I said these are dried and really small and thin and then as a sort of after thought 5% sultanas and 2.5% raisins are added. Again these are small and dried and really very few and far between. Now I put about a 50g portion in a bowl and my milk went instantly a light beige colour and I counted 2 sultanas or raisins or whatever.
Taste wise it was ok. It all went a bit stodgy and sort of drank the milk and by the time I got to finish my bowl it was a bit like the consistency of porridge really and rather gloopy and sad looking. It wasn't too sweet or salty or anything and was a bit bland and really could do with the cereal being more chunky with more fruit in it....and where were the 1% nibbed hazelnuts hmmm? The fruit within it gave a nice natural sweet taste to it all but really, there wasn't enough in there by a long shot.
It isn't the worst ever cereal I have ever tasted to be fair to it but it isn't one that makes you feel joyful as you eat it! It does a job and that's fill your tummy up and quickly at that but it couldn't be raved about in my opinion! lol.
An economy cereal in every way that is a bit bland but oh so sensible!
Contains nuts, milk, wheat gluten & oat gluten.
Not suitable for sesame allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of this product.
Nutritional Advice Per 50g Serving (with 100ml semi-skimmed milk):
Saturated Fat: 1.7g
Total Sugars: 7.2g
Only available in Sainsbury's stores in this size and costing 58p a bag.
Summary: Not for me!
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