Product Type: Sainsbury's Breakfast
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Sainsbury's Basics Muesli
Member Name: Tolteca
Sainsbury's Basics Muesli
Date: 16/11/12, updated on 20/12/13 (125 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap. Really Cheap.
Disadvantages: It tastes like it.
I had been a muesli breakfaster for many years but switched to toast due to experiencing some degree of lactose intolerance. I was recently given a small packet of the big name brand though and both really enjoyed it and my tummy behaved itself.
Full of hope, I went to Sainsbury's where my Alpen craving warred with my absolute value for money requirement and a massive differential in price and previous good experience of Sainsbury's Basic range led me to choose Basic.
My bank balance was happy with the choice but otherwise, I chose... badly.
I do have somewhat fragile and accident weakened teeth. This muesli does admit to containing hazelnut and indeed, it does. However, these hazelnuts are so hard and tough that there are some which do not respond to chewing and I fear the inevitable bill from the dentist too much to risk using my teeth as nutcrackers. The nuts only make up one percent of the ingredients but as they are so unyielding, they feel far more and unpleasantly so.
The fruit content comes from sultanas and raisins but suffer from the sunflower oil they are coated in not working especially well with my trusty semi-skimmed milk, even though they only form five percent of the ingredients.
The bulk of the muesli is made up of oat and wheat flakes, which each form thirty-seven percent of the ingredients. Barley flakes add an additional eleven percent with the addition of some toasted wheat flakes.
This as a whole makes for a very fibre rich breakfast, which is great for regularity, at 4.6g of fibre per 50g serving. Without milk, this will cost only 178kcal and even with whole milk 50g of this muesli will cost only 244kcal and indeed I have lost weight while eating this for breakfast.
Unfortuntely, I have not enjoyed the breakfasts at all.
The padding out of the mix with grain and oat flakes makes for a very dull and bland experience insufficiently balanced out by tasty edible nuts or enough fruit of decent quality and variety. The sunflower oil on what fruit you do get worsens the taste of the whole and not only does each bite make me worried for my fangs but the mouthfeel is stodgy and the flakes somehow manage to become both bland and stodgy but also to leave my mouth feeling dry.
Because I chose badly, I have a sack of 1kg of muesli cluttering up my kitchen cupboard. I hate waste enough that I am continuing to work my way through it as even though I only spent £1.18 for the 1kg plastic sack I do try not to waste food - even if it tastes blegh. Though I am eating each breakfast very carefully.
To its credit, the plastic sack it comes in is tough and resilient and needs a good pair of sissors to break into. I just wish I did not suspect that the plastic sack might taste better than the contents.
So, choose wisely. Chose differently than I did. Go for the good stuff.
This is most definitely not the good stuff.
Summary: Cheap and fibre filled but tastes awful.