“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Flakes „
Tesco light choices bran flakes are certainly lighter on the purse than their branded alternatives, coming in at about half the price. The packaging has changed now to the picture shown above, the box is now mainly white, with one bowl of cereal on it. The cereal shows it with strawberries but there are none in the box. The box is a standard 500g.
Upon opening the packet the bran flakes smell exactly the same as other branded ones i have tried, which bodes well.
The recommended serving of 30g with 125ml of milk gives the following:
11.4g of sugar
1.5g of saturates
The above stats are given on the front of the box, something I find useful to make a quick comparison between different brands. Unfortunately I can't remember the exact amount differences, but I tend to buy non branded versions of food, if the above things are either equal or less than the branded ones.
Taste-wise I haven't noticed a different at all. they are crunchy and flavoursome. They look good, there doesn't appear to be any difference in appearance against branded versions, again a good sign and obviously passing the taste-test is the biggest factor.
These are suitable for vegetarians and carry are made from British Wheat. The box carries a label saying the card used is 'widely recycled'.
These do contain gluten and wheat, but no nuts, although the box carries the usual warning that they cannot guarantee they are nut free due to being made at a factory which previously made products containing nuts.
Overall I would say give these a whirl, if you can tell the difference then you must have more refined taste buds than me lol! They're kind to your pocket as well as your health.
To be honest I'm not a great cereal-lover (apart from All-Bran!) but wanted something quick & easy to eat this lunchtime & was pleased to see my eldest daughter had bought these on her last visit.
The box isn't like Dooyoo's picture - I think Tesco have re-vamped the packaging & it looks quite stylish with it's predominantly white box & picture of a bowl of bran flakes with strawberries added. The box we have is 500g & I think it cost around 85p which I reckon is pretty good value for what you get.
On the front of the box I'm told the flakes contain 30% less fat than standard fruit & fibre, it's a good source of fibre plus a source of folic acid. Each 30g serving is only 160 calories, 2.7g fat,0.6g salt but I was a bit taken aback by the 11.8g of sugar (seems a lot for a light choice?!)
Inside the box there's a good quality greaseproof-type bag with you just tear open & I was pleased to see that there was a substantial amount which hadn't settled halfway down the box as some cereals do.
The bran flakes are slightly lighter than All-Bran but darker than Cornflakes & seemed fairly uniform in size. I tried eating a couple on their own & I think these might be inorder in the evenings instead of crisps when I also want to munch on something. I've just had a bowlful with skimmed milk & I feel nice & full now so no need to go to the biscuit tin!
They are nice & crispy & although I had to answer the phone & left them sitting there for 20 minutes or so they didn't seem to go soggy or mushy & kept their texture quite well.
However, saying all this, I'm not sure I'd buy them again as they were rather on the sweet side for me but I'd definitely recommend trying them & adding fresh fruit as they are a good cereal & somewhat healthier than others I've seen around.
I'd been buying Fruit n Fibre for quite a while but was getting a bit disappointed in the fact I was paying more for fruit that I thought wasn't really there. I still felt I had to add my own sultanas and banana to it, so thought it was getting silly and I should just buy plain bran flakes.
I'm also always trying to stay on the healthy side of things, so picked up a box of these Tesco Light Choices Bran Flakes on the last shop. Note, Tesco have changed their packaging since the photo above. The flakes now come in a plain white box with a bowl of flakes in milk with chopped strawberries on the cover.
The box came in a 500g size and I've been really pleasantly surprised by these flakes. They are advertised as being 30% less fat than their own brand Fruit and Fibre which is what I had been buying which is a bonus and quite a saving. Each flake is crunchy, very wheaty and retains it's crispness well. My packet has been open about a fortnight and I've just nibbled a flake and it's not gone soft at all.
The flakes are tasty enough; bran flakes will never be the tastiest things on the planet but it's often the case that 'healthy' options often lack in the taste stakes. But this pass muster quite well.
At 75% wholewheat, a bowl of these certainly keep me full til dinner time (or lunch if you will, I'm a northerner!) and with a handful of sultanas and sometimes a chopped banana, it really perks the flakes up and makes it a tasty breakfast.
Healthwise, a 30g bowl with semi skimmed will give you 160 calories and 2.7 g of fat but I only use skimmed milk and that saves me even more with just 144 calories and 1.1 g of fat.
I will certainly keep buying these now. To me, they are a good buy, cheaper than Kelloggs certainly and I'm pleased I'm saving in the money dept with not buying Fruit and Fibre and helping my waistline too.
I'm on a mission to lose a few pounds for Xmas and have started making myself eat a low fat breakfast to give me a good start to the day. I like Bran Flakes so when I saw my mum had brought a box of the Tesco Light Choices Bran Flakes I thought I'd try a bowl and see if they were as good as the Kelloggs ones.
I think they're wicked, nearly the same as Kelloggs and the only difference to me is that these go soggier in the milk a bit quicker but that don't matter because I don't have loads of milk on my cereal.
They have got a lovely bran taste and I can taste that there's loads of fibre in them. They have got a nice sweetness but it tastes proper natural and not like the Bran Flakes have got shedloads of sugar in them.
The flakes are crunchy and chew up nice into a nice soggy mess in my mouth, I love how filling they are because when I had these for breakfast this morning I didn't even feel peckish until hours after. If I have sugary or chocolate cereal I feel hungry a lot quicker than that, and because there is loads of fibre in them if you drink a glass of water after you've eaten your Bran Flakes it will help them fill you up for even longer.
Like I said if you let them stand in the milk for ages they will go a lot soggier than Kelloggs Bran Flakes and that happens a lot quicker, but if you get into the habit of eating them from the bottom of the bowl up then you won't have to stress about that.
All Bran Flakes are a bit boring but you can add fruit or nuts to them to given them a bit of extra flavour and freshness.
***Tesco Light Choices Bran Flakes***
In keeping with trying to eat a few more healthy products in my diet, I thought I would give these Bran Flakes a go.
***What are they like?***
The packet is 500g and is predominantly white, with a rather attractive picture of some Bran Flakes with strawberries added.
It stresses that they are part of the 'light choices' range and gives us the following information.
~They contain 30% less fat than standard Tesco fruit and fibre.
~A good source of fibre.
~A source of folic acid.
They contain 160 calories per portion, only 2.7g of fat (1.5g of which are saturates), which is worked out on the basis that it is served with 125ml of semi-skimmed milk.
They are fortified with vitamins and minerals, and a serving contains 30% of the RDA for iron, which is why I was initially interested in them.
I wasn't actually looking forward to eating these much, as I had tried something like this years ago and I remembered them tasting like cardboard!
They were nicely packaged inside in a white greaseproof paper bag and I sampled the recommended 30 gram portion with milk. Less healthy was the small sprinkle of sugar I felt I needed to liven the whole thing up.
The taste of the bran flakes was actually quite nice, they were not too crunchy or hard and were quite crispy and fresh. They didn't have an overpowering taste of bran and were pleasant enough (much improved by the sugar). Without that I would have found them a little bland.
Another thing that was useful is that for anyone following a diet, they have a little Weightwatchers information on the front, telling the consumer that a portion is worth 2 and a half points.
They are predominantly made from bran, (75%) and apart from the vitamins there isn't a long list of intimidating ingredients, which I felt quite reassured by.
Overall, I think that this cereal offers great value for money; after all it works out at around 5p a portion (not including milk). The packet stayed fresh for more than a month, the only criticism is that you end up with loads of crumbly bits at the bottom, which aren't nice at all and are a bit of a waste.
I have it for breakfast and then have a handful of brazil nuts and raisins, this then sees me through until dinner time comfortably.
Being honest I would probably prefer a bit juicy jam doughnut, but hey as far as healthy cereal goes this was ok and I will be buying it again.
These are available from Tesco for only 79p - (although this does include a discount of ...wait for it....6p until the 2nd November.
The first thing to note about Tesco Bran flakes is that the packaging has changed from the packet illustrated. It is now a white packet with the 'Tesco Light Choiced in a contrastin grey font and only the words 'bran flakes' in a brown, bran-like colour.
I think that the packaging has now been squarely targeted at women. The background is white with a white out of focus cup and saucer . In the foreground is a white bowl containing the bran flakes with a few strawberries sliced on the top. How do I know this is targeted at women? - well, this is just how I like to have my breakfast - white crockery in a pure, unstressed environment. I think the image is well chosen.
What makes the bran flakes a 'light choice'? The packaging claims to have 30% less fat than a similar Tesco product, is a good source of fibre and folic acid. In fact, the flakes are well fortified with essential vitamins and minerals. The wholewheat content is 75% with bran making up a significant proportion of the rest. A 30g portion of the bran flakes with 125ml semi skimmed milk gives 160 calories. Served with soya milk (as I have them) will mean even less calories. A portion contains 11.4g of sugar (quite high), 2.7g of fat and 0.6g of salt. It is suitable for vegetarians (and vegans).
Taste and Texture
The bran flakes were very pleasing to eat. They are quite large flakes compared to the value bran flakes I usually eat. They are flavoursome and taste quite sweet; it is easy to eat these bran flakes without the addition of extra sugar. They did not taste too much of bran and there are no strawberries in the packet as the illustration shows (it is just a serving suggestion). Texturewise, the flakes did not go soggy when milk was added, for the duration of their life in my (white) bowl.
These are a bargain at the moment. For a 500g box of flakes, the cost is 79p (down from 85p). This price drop is until the 2nd of November. I think that this is a fair price for a decent tasting product .
I enjoyed eating these bran flakes - in fact, I went back for some more which rather negates the 'light choice' element of this cereal!