“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cereal „
My 3 year old can be a complete pain recently about breakfast. He has a horrible habit of changing his mind about what he wants to eat once it has been made when it hits the table, and he has also reverted back to being quite baby like and wanting me to feed him. I think some of this is related to him starting nursery a few months back.
Just when we need to be out the door quick, he decides to be really awkward about it and wanting to sit there for about an hour.
One thing that has sped him up, is finding a food that he actually wants to eat. Sometimes he will eat porridge with blueberries so I make that when I have time, but this is a good option for the other days, and it has been a bit of a surprise hit with all of us as it is a bit different from other cereals.
While I am not convinced it is overly healthy as it seems so sweet, it is not quite as bad as some of the sugar laden chocolate feasts on the market, so I don't feel too bad about getting these for them.
They are the Tesco version of small bitesize shredded wheat, but instead of being hollow, they are filled with a blueberry filling. This is a blueberry puree with some added sugar, so it is basically jam in the middle, but the blueberry version is a bit less sweet than the apricot version, and it is also not much different in my eyes to giving your child some jam on toast at breakfast time.
They are a little odd when you add milk, as they do go quite soft and don't have the same satisfying crunch as when dry. They also make my son dislike the milk in the bowl as he says it tastes funny. I don't notice this, but as he also has a glass of milk at breakfast time, this might be why he notices it. I normally hate shreddies myself as I find them so bland with no taste whatsoever. However, here, I can taste the bland outer layer, but the main flavour in my mouth is the blueberry.
Cost wise, these are £1.85 for a 500g box. I am not sure if you can buy a bigger box, but it would be good if oyu could as the box disappears very quickly if we all eat them. I find them to be quite filling and don't need to eat a lot to feel I have had a good breakfast. A recommended serving of 50g contains 4.3g of fibre, which is the most likely reason for the full factor. It is a low fat breakfast option, but it is quite high in sugar, at about 10g of sugar in a portion.
It is not something I am going to buy every week as I think when you eat sugar, it encourages you to keep eating sugar because of the effect on your blood sugar, so if you eat this at breakfast you will eat more sugar throughout the day. I notice this a lot if I eat some types of cereal like special K. However, because this is mixed with such a high fibre option with the wheat casing, the effect is only minimal. I can eat this, and not be hungry again at 10am looking for a snack. This is good, as my son unfortunately does take after me and share a very sweet tooth, and he doesn't need this encouraging in a bad way.
I think to be honest, I would rather add real blueberries to my son's porridge, but if I can get him to eat these by himself, they will slip in the trolley now and again as a quick breakfast for rushed mornings. I can always chop up a banana on top of it, if I want him to have a more healthy start to the day.
We bought these Tesco Blueberry Wheats for the first time this week and I have to say the whole box is gone two days a later.
Really nice shredded wheat type small biscuits with a blueberry filling, they hold their shape when milk is added and don't go to mush like a lot of other brands.
These were an instant hit with my usually very fussy 5 year old who normally will only have cheerios, so they must be good,
These taste as good as any branded breakfast cereal and when Ibought them they were on the 3 for 2 deal so they worked out even cheaper than normal.
I would say if you have kids who are pestering you for the sugar coated cereals try these as my kids think the chewy blueberry filling is sweet enough without any added sugar.
Only thing I would say is that the box could do with being a larger size.
I am forever changing my breakfast cereal as I get easily bored and don't like sticking to the same one for too long. I do love the Special K range but the price for them is just too much and I decided to look for a cheaper alternative. When I was younger, I always loved Kellogg's Raisin Wheats but I haven't seen them in ages and so when I came across Tesco's Blueberry Wheats I picked them up right away as they looked like a similar idea.
The packaging, being a Tesco own brand product is not the most exciting but it does the job. It comes in a deep purple rectangular shaped box which matches the blueberry colour. It then has a photo of a bowl of the cereal on the front, with a milk jug in the background. It has the usual Tesco logo on the top boldly displayed with the product title. On the flap of the box is a photo showing the inside of the wheats so that you get the idea that they have a blueberry filling. The box has the exact same image on both the back and the front, so not a lot to say on that front.
Now, judging this product on an average 50g bowl with 125ml of semi-skimmed milk which is how the box has judged it; is how I will display this information. There are 225 calories in a bowl which is 11% of our GDA, 15.9g of sugar which is quite high being 18%, 2.7g of fat which is 4%, 1.6g of saturates (8%) and 0.2g of salt being 3% and lastly 4.3g of fibre. The cereal is low in fat and contains whole grains; it is also a good source of fibre.
It does contain wheat and gluten for allergy advice and it has no nuts in the recipe as well but they cannot guarantee that the product is nut free. The factory they were made in is a nut free area but nuts are used elsewhere.
Now, for the actual taste of the cereal, well they are described as being whole grain wheat biscuits with a blueberry filling. When serving myself a bowl, I normally take about a handful of them out of the bag as I find them quite heavy and feel that you don't need too many of these. Once you have poured enough in you just need to grab your milk and add to the bowl. I always put in enough milk to completely cover these as I feel they do absorb milk being wheat cereal. They are quite dry at first but as soon as the milk has been in there for a good few minutes to let the cereal take it in, they become a bit softer to chew and taste a lot better.
The wheat is not too overpowering and when chewing the blueberry taste is really sweet and is a great combination. They are a great cereal in the morning and always satisfy my craving for a slight sweet fix. The worst part about this cereal is getting to the end of the packet as you are left with all of the remains of wheat and you don't want this tipping into the bowl or it is not the nicest wake up. They do taste just like Raisin Wheats did to me but I am happy because they are a lot cheaper and for the moment I find them great for breakfast.
Wholewheat, Blueberry Filling (34%)
Blueberry Filling contains: Reconstituted Blueberry Purée, Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Humectant (Glycerol), Dextrose, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Malic Acid, Natural Flavouring, Acidity Regulator (Trisodium Citrate)
I definitely think this cereal is great for anyone who likes a mix of fibre but a sweetness to their cereal in the morning. A normal box could last a good week and a half if you only have about a handful but they are good value for money. I do find it being a heavy cereal and it does keep me going all day until late into lunchtime but if I am not in the mood for something heavy I avoid this cereal as it will not taste good otherwise.
The cereal costs £1.75 for a box which is 500g which isn't too bad really. They are available at all bigger Tesco stores and some smaller ones; they also have Apricot Wheats which may be worth a try as well for a bit of a change. For more information go to http://www.tesco.com .