I decided to go on a low fat low calorie diet and was shopping around for a suitable breakfast cereal to start the day with. Most cereals are high in sugar and calories but after having stumbled across this beauty my problems are solved.
It's not that hard to find when you actually come across a supermarket that actually stocks it. So far I have only seen it in Morrisons and Asda but i'm sure as it's popularity rises it will become readily available throughout all major stores. But it comes in a bright yellow box with blue writing.
I have a bowl of these a day with skimmed milk and it keeps me full until lunch time. A bowl gives me 34% of my RDA of vitamins and minerals. The cost is about £2.19 which although steep is well worth it in terms of having a healthy, well balanced start to the day. The cereal itself are small curl shapes about 1cm long and several mm wide and are a kind of weetabix brown colour.
Unlike other bran cereals they are not dry to eat. In fact I like them when after a few minutes they become all soggy. You can seriously taste the bran when eating them which at first I didn't like but after a few days I became accustomed to the taste and now I'm totally hooked on them and so is my girlfriend.
I would recommend anyone to try it as they do taste good and they stay crunchy for quite a while longer than other similar products. Also they're very high in fibre which can't be a bad thing really can it?
I am always on the lookout for tasty yet healthy breakfast cereals. This certainly hits the spot.
I first saw this at Sainsbury's. It didn't used to be stocked at Tesco's but I am pleased to say it is now. It is a little more expensive than some other cereals, and has a slightly smaller box. It's mid range price wise. Not down there with the rice crispies but not up there with Jordan's country crisp.
Anyway. There isn't really much smell. I suppose a bit oaty, if anything. A 40 gram serving is a nice big serving, but not too big. You get a hearty bowl for just 122 calories.
The cereal resemble little brown curls. They look very uniform.
I always add a good helping of milk to my cereal, so on goes the milk and let's proceed to the review.
The taste is hard to describe, it's a bit like weetabix or all bran, but in a good way. I really like it. It's not an overpoweringly strong taste though. It's smooth, so you won't find any lumps of bran or anything in it.
It's nice and crunchy, and remains that way for a good while. But when it does eventually go soggy, the taste isn't altered at all.
Nutrition wise, these are excellent. I cannot say a bad word, except perhaps the salt. but it's not that bad really, at 0.36g per serving.
For a 40g serving you're looking at:
Energy (Calories) 122kcal
(of which sugars) 5.5g
(of which saturates) 0.3g
Salt Equivalent 0.36g
Thiamin (B1) 0.5mg
Folic Acid 100µg
Riboflavin (B2) 0.5mg
Pantothenic Acid (B5) 2.0mg
Vitamin B6 0.7mg
Vitamin B12 0.3µg
Vitamin D 1.7µg
As you can see, you get a whopping 8 grams of fibre from one bowl. that's a great amount, 1/3 of the RDA. It is also fortified with other vitamins and minerals, so this really is a healthy cereal.
I recently discovered Weetabix Crunchy Bran cereal in my local Asda priced at £1.77. I am generally a fan of everything weetabix do, as all their cereals are comparatively low in sugar, fat and contain loads of added vitamins. In the past I have found bran flakes boring and once milk is added they usually turn soggy really quickly. Nutritionally, Crunchy bran is a blend wheat bran, wholewheat and oat bran fortified with B vitamins, vitamin D, calcium and iron. Per 40g serving it contains only 122cals and 1.4g of fat and it is of course high in fibre. I was really surprised at how tasty and crunchy it is..and it doesn't turn soggy! It definitely tastes wholesome and I enjoy it most with dried fruit sprinkled on top. I can't say it's the best tasting cereal but then it is healthy and is a lot better than other cardboard tasting bran cereals such as All Bran! My only criticism is that I haven't seen it in many other supermarkets apart from Waitrose, where I think it is more expensive; about 10p I believe!
A few months back I embarked on a diet. The diet I am following allows me to eat what I like as long as I count it and do not go over my limit each day.
I am one of those people that will almost always find time for breakfast and really see the benefits from doing so. When I started the diet I went out and bought all the healthy cereals and starting measuring out. But what I found was that they were not as healthy as they claimed. For example I found less Saturated fat in some chocolate cereals than muesli. This meant that in order to stay in my limit my bowl of cereal would end up being minute, and not even worth bothering about.
Then on a shopping trip to Asda I noticed the Crunchy Bran. I do like bran cereals and find they fill well so thought I would give this a shot.
At the moment a 375g box is selling for £1.49. This may be an introductory offer, but I hope it stays as I find this a reasonable price.
This cereal is a high fibre cereal containing wholegrain wheat and oat bran. Because of this it is low in saturated fats (The bad ones) and also low in calories. It has added vitamins (B1, B2, B5, B6, D), as well as iron and calcium.
Although it would be obvious it is worth pointing out that it contains Oats, Wheat and Barley which some people may be allergic to. It may also contain traces of milk.
It is suitable for vegetarians.
~~~LOOK, TASTE AND SMELL~~~
On opening the box there is no strong smell and even with my nose deep in the box there is not much to write home about. The smell reminds me of the older style weetaflakes, and possibly the new but I have not as yet tried them. I like my bowl nice and full with a helping of skimmed milk just coming up to the top of the cereal. Now its time to eat. As you would expect the first experience is a crunch. The curls do go a little soggy if left in the milk for too long but that does not affect the taste. The cereal tastes much better than all Bran, though I like that anyway, but it is a smoother version and also has touches of the weetabix flavour about it. Each curl is around 1cm in size across and around .5 wide with a depth of approximately 1mm. This means that you will get several in each spoonful and often a mixture of textures since some may have become slightly softer than others.
Despite the fact that this cereal at first appears very plain and boring I have become addicted. I normally have a bowlful each morning and it will keep me full until lunch. This is due to the fact that the bran takes longer for the body to digest. The high fibre helps to keep me healthy and the extra vitamins are a bonus. I bought the cereal for myself and as there is no fancy cartoons on the packet with no flashy gimmicks I assumed my children would leave it well alone. But no, they insisted on trying it. I expected them to refuse to eat anymore than the first mouthful but surprisingly they not only finished every curl but have requested it again on other days. So sadly I must share the healthy breakfast I love so much, so much so that we always have two boxes in the cupboard.
Apart from that small gripe I think the only other would be availability. I have only found this product in Asda, which is not where I normally shop. Although it is not far for me to go I would like to see it in the aisle of my regular store.
But overall, a great cereal, at a good price and one that I will certainly be buying again.
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Breakfast Cereals. A delicious blend of wheat bran, wholewheat and oat bran, lovingly transformed into crunchy, crispy curls of fibre-full goodness. As well as being high in fibre, Crunchy Bran is also fortified with vitamins, calcium and iron, so it's a great way to start the day. Simply pour on a little cold milk and tuck in, or for a fruity twist, add a little chopped fresh or dried fruit.