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      17.10.2011 13:57
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      A perfect family breakfast full of the "good stuff"

      As the nights start to draw in and the mornings have a decided chill in the air, my thoughts always turn to what foods I can start to reintroduce for the autumn and winter months. Breakfast during summer time can be a more changeable affair - cereals with cold milk, toast, fruit and yogurt, the list goes on. But as a rule when the mornings get cooler my girls seem to enjoy warm cereals at breakfast more and more. Readybrek is a particular favourite in our house.

      With 2 fussy girls it is always difficult to find a cereal they will both enjoy at the same time in the mornings, but Readybrek is one of the few that hits the spot. They both enjoy it heated in the microwave with a few berries defrosted form the freezer, or even a little pure fruit jam.

      Readybrek is quick and easy to make, making it a definite winner over plain porridge oats, especially on weekday mornings when time is at a premium. You just measure out the right amount of cereal in a bowl, add the milk, give it a stir and whack it in the microwave for a minute or so. When it comes out the mixture has thickened and just requires a stir and topping with whatever you choose.

      There is no added sugar or salt, it is fortified with vitamin D for healthy bones as well as calcium and other vitamin and minerals. The oats used in the cereal are 100% wholegrain and contains slow release carbohydrates, giving your little ones the energy they need right up until lunchtime. All this adds up to a reassuring satisfaction that you are giving your family a well balanced choice at breakfast, which is a great start to the day.

      At around £1.99 for a 500g box, the price is also not prohibitive. However, you can often find this on a 2 for £3 offer at many supermarkets, making it even better value.

      In summary, this is the perfect breakfast cereal for the family on chilly mornings, full of whole grains and other "good stuff" and is delicious topped with fruit or jam!

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        24.08.2011 11:31

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        new readybrek fails to impress

        My sister told me she bought the new vitamin D readybrek for her three children and all three spat it out and said it was horrile. She tried it and said the same. i have always eaten it myself and give it to my daughter but when my sisters three children stayed with me last week i bought a new box. Again they spat it out as did my daughter. when i tried it i also thought it was revolting. so sad as we have all stopped eating it and my sister after 40 years, me 32 years. playtime at school twice a week provides enough vitamin d and it is also in one a day childrens vitamins. such a shame. i'd have given it five stars one week ago but now i would give it none .... though in fairness anyone who likes the taste of wallpaper paste might disagree with me. :(

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        02.05.2010 17:36
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        A tasty, nutritious breakfast

        Ready Brek has been one of my staple foods for as long as I can remember. I would imagine that I was about 3 when I first tried it and I have been in love with it ever since. Ready Brek's slogan used to be "Central Heating for Kids", as a 27 years old adult I can testify that it is pretty good for adults too.
        I'm not overly keen on super sweet cereal first thing in the morning. While I will happily munch through a bowl of cocoa pops as a mid-afternoon snack, I find that kind of thing a bit too much for the early mornings. Ready Brek is a great source of energy and is really filling. Even though I ALWAYS snack before lunch, I find if I've had a bowl of Ready Break, rather than toast or other cereal, I tend to snack less and feel full up for longer. It is especially good in the winter months because it is so quick and easy to prepare a hot breakfast. Just stick it in the microwave for 90 seconds and job done.
        Ready Brek is especially delicious with a big dollop of strawberry or apricot jam. If you haven't tried it like this, I definitely recommend it.
        Ready Brek is also pretty good for you (especially if you are using skimmed or semi-skimmed milk). It is low in fat and full of slow burning carbohydrates.
        If you are looking for a breakfast that will warm you up in the winter and keep you feeling full until lunch (well nearly!) I would definitely recommend Ready Brek.

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        18.03.2010 11:54
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        Breakfast and more...

        I have found a kind of breakfast cereal that is enjoyed by every member of my family. You see, the children will have most stuff in the morning, provided there is chocolate in it, the husband prefers things that do not taste like milk and I have a sweet tooth, so usually there are at least four different boxes on our breakfast table on a typical day. That does not bother me normally, but when I'm in a hurry and trying to get everybody out of the door quickly I would rather have something handy in the cupboard that will keep them(and me!) happy and full till the next meal. That's the beauty of Ready Brek; it's healthy, it's readily found in the shops, it's not too expensive and it's quick and easy to prepare. There are two schools of thought in our house: the "mix it with milk and bang it in the microwave" one, supported by my husband, and the "heat the milk in the pan first, then pour it in the bowl and mix" one, which I advocate. Both work equally well and sometimes are applied together, according to how many people are sitting together at the same time. And the beauty is that we discover new ways of giving it a different taste all the time, mostly by accident. Not only that, but the children have been known to have a bowl or two when they come home from school if they are feeling hungry and still manage to eat their dinner after a couple of hours. They are growing boys, you see.Well, I've done it too in the evenings, instead of snacking on anything I can get my hands on. I am pleased they choose Ready Brek over other snack foods because I feel they get plenty of milk with all its benefits and it also works as a thirst quencher so they are not after fizzy drinks so much. I must make clear that we also keep plenty of other cereal in the house as it's nice to have a bit of a choice with food, but we consume Ready Brek all year round, hot and cold, in all its varieties. The rest of the family plump for the chocolate one, whereas I go for the original and the newly found honey variety, which may be too sweet for some people but I find absolutely delicious. In one of my health- driven moments I looked at the boxes and verified, just as I thought, that there are no nasty ingredients at all inside, and the sugar and fat contents are perfectly acceptable for what should be a very substantial meal, especially for schoolchildren. In fact, the original Ready Brek is perfect for just about everyone, because it has no added sugar and can be sweetened with fruits if so desired. To be honest, I am not sure you should be having it with cold milk, it's just something we do in our house, but because it is so fine it mixes well and can be enjoyed in the summer as well. As a winter warmer, it is pure bliss.

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          02.03.2010 13:11
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          A lovely porridge to make you feel cosy!

          Winter has meant me converting from my usual cold cereal to a nice bowl of hot porridge, and within these past winter months, I have tried a few different varieties.

          Ready Brek is a nice easy to eat porridge, which is finely milled so the consistency is smoother than from some other porridge oats. I find it is more value for money to buy a box of porridge like this rather than the individual sachets. Sometimes the sachets don't produce quite enough for a satisfying bowl, so this is better as you can pour exactly how much you want. The oats themselves are quite flaky and light, so tend to fly away a bit as you pour them, but this isn't too big a deal. The smooth consistency may not be to everyone's tastes, but its worth a try. You eventually get used to it. I warm mine quite easily in the microwave, but you can equally warm some milk in a pan, and add it to the porridge in your bowl.

          I find the oats by themselves a little bland, so I tend to add a spoon of honey, and a sprinkle of pine nuts. Sometimes I add raisins too if I feel like it. I think its better to buy a natural original porridge like this and then add things to sweeten it or make it more interesting, rather than getting the honey/chocolate flavour type porridges which probably have a lot of unnatural stuff added to it.

          Ready Brek is suitable for Vegetarians and Kosher, but not Vegans, and comes in a small 500g size as well as a larger size (750g?).

          Ingredients:

          (This porridge seems to have a lot of natural stuff in it, which is good!)

          Wholegrain Rolled Oats (60%), Wholegrain Oat Flour (39%), Calcium, Niacin, Iron, Pantothenic Acid (B5), Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.

          Nutrition per 100g:

          Energy (Kilojoules) 1515kJ
          Energy (Calories) 359kcal
          Protein 11.7g
          Carbohydrate 58.5g (of which sugars) 1.0g
          Fat 8.7g (of which saturates) 1.2g
          Fibre 7.9g (soluble) 3.9g (insoluble) 4.0g
          Sodium <0.1g

          Vitamins
          Thiamin (B1) 1.2mg
          Niacin 15.3mg
          Folic Acid 170µg
          Riboflavin (B2) 1.4mg
          Pantothenic Acid (B5) 5.1mg
          Vitamin B6 1.7mg
          Vitamin B12 0.9µg

          Minerals
          Iron 11.9mg
          Calcium 1333mg

          I have been eating this every morning for the past month, and have really been enjoying it. It does keep me full for a while until lunch, though I usually am slightly peckish at 11, so I tend to have a banana as well.

          I may try some other porridges in future but this reliable brand is one of the best!

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            20.02.2010 22:47
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            Ready Brek usually retails in Tesco for £1.84 for a 500g box, but Tesco are offering it at 2 for £3 at the moment. That's hardly the saving of the century, but I'm sure some die-hard Ready Brek fans will be pleased nonetheless.

            Ready Brek, for those who've not had it before, is an instant hot oat cereal. In fact it's considered the original instant hot oat cereal by many as it was one of the earlier brands of this kind of product to hit the shelves. As a general rule, I prefer real porridge, but sometimes when I'm in a hurry, I do pinch a bit of this stuff.

            To make this up, you just need to stir in a few tablespoons of the fine, dusty powder with a dose of milk. It goes in the microwave for a couple of minutes, then generally I find it needs another stir and a little splash of additional milk. The mixture often thickens quite a bit while it's cooking, which is why I often add extra milk afterwards. I also like that it cools it down so I can eat it straight from the microwave that way!

            This stuff is really versatile because of the powdery form it comes in, and you can mix all sorts into the mix while it's cooking. My favourite is, of course, cocoa powder and sugar. I won't even hazzard a guess as to how unhealthy that is, but it's certainly very tasty! Alternatively, you can stir toppings in like you would do if you were having regular porridge like syrup or raisins etc.

            This stuff doesn't quite have that authentic porridge taste, it's a little sweeter and the smooth consistency means it has a completely different texture as well. It's one of the better instant hot oat cereals on the market though, and it's very quick and convenient to make. I recommend it and enjoy a bowl every now and again.

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            15.02.2010 16:58
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            Like porridge only so much nicer!

            I always start the day with breakfast cereal and don't really function properly on a morning until I've eaten. I do try and alternate what I eat but breakfast usually means Weetabix. However when winter time comes Weetabix Ready Brek all of a sudden becomes so much more appealing. Gone is the cold milk and in it's place is a breakfast made with hot milk that really does warm you up.

            I'd love to eat porridge for breakfast, especially as it is meant to be so healthy. Whenever you see diet plans it always begins with porridge for breakfast. However I really can't stand porridge so the next best thing has got to be Ready Brek. Ready Brek is very similar to porridge apart from the fact porridge is very oaty and lumpy, where as Ready Brek has a smooth, creamy consistency.

            Ready Brek comes in a bright orange box and is a product of Weetabix (which I didn't actually know until I started writing this review). You can buy it in 500g, 750g or single sachet boxes. I tend to buy the 750g boxes as they are better value for money. I'm not sure of the price of Ready Brek but if buying a 750g box I don't think you'll get much change from £3.

            Ready Brek is very nutritious and healthy. All of the box is filled with information about why Ready Brek is so good for you:
            "100% wholegrain oats"
            "rich in calcium"
            "fortified with vitamins and minerals"
            "no added sugar or salt"

            In a 30g serving you will find:
            108 calories
            3.5g protein
            17.6g carbohydrate
            2.6g fat
            2.4g fibre

            I think Ready Brek is really healthy, the only problem I have is that I always put lots of sugar on it. In fact I don't think I'd like it without adding sugar which kind of defeats the point of having a 'healthy' cereal.

            Ready Brek is also really easy to prepare, you simply put the desired amount of Ready Brek into your bowl and add milk, stirring thoroughly. It then just needs to be put in the microwave for a couple of minutes depending on how powerful your microwave is. Alternatively you can warm your milk in a pan and add to the Ready Brek.

            It is easy to prepare but sometimes I struggle to get the consistency of the Ready Brek right. I either make it too milky or too stodgy. Sometimes I end up with a really big bowl because I've spent so long adding milk, then Ready Brek, then a little more milk etc... If the consistency is right though the Ready Brek is really delicious.

            I do tend to buy and eat Ready Brek mainly in the winter, I wonder how well it sells in the summer. Ready Brek really does warm you throughout and on those cold winter mornings is the ideal start to the day. As it says on the advert "central heating for kids".

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              11.01.2010 12:40
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              Wicked Porridge Like Cereal For People Who Don't Like Porridge!

              At the start of the winter my mum tried to get us all eating porridge, it's deffo not for me and I prefer Ready Brek because it's a lot sweeter and nicer to eat in the mornings.

              Ready Brek is mega easy to make up and can be done either in a saucepan or nuked in the microwave. I prefer doing mine in the pan because I think it goes a bit sticky in the microwave and it's easier to contol the thickness of it on the hob.

              Once it's cooked the flavour is hard to describe, it's got an oaty taste which isn't surprising considering it's made of oats but the added sugar makes it taste less like porridge and more of a treat to eat. You can make it so the Ready Brek is thick or thin to suit your taste and even add more sugar if very sweet breakfasts are your thing.

              Another good thing is that you can add all sorts of things to Ready Brek, when my little sisters have it they always have a hand full of raisins mixed in with it and I've even had it with chocolate chips stirred through for something a bit more interesting!

              One of the bonuses of eating Ready Brek is that it's such a warm breakfast and will keep you feeling warm, that's why we try to get my 10 year old sister to have a bowl before she walks to school and that's even more important in this horrible weather we've got at the minute. It's also very filling and if I have a bowl in the morning it deffo keeps me going until lunch time, the hot milk and oats combo releases it's energy slowly so this is a fab breakfast for anyone who is watching their weight.

              There are a few different Ready Breaks available now but we only get this original version, I can't see the sense in buying flavoured ones because it's so easy to add your own flavour whether it's raisins, jam or slices of banana.

              Recommended!!!

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                02.01.2010 13:31
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                Healthy and tasty porridge with many added benefits

                Ready-brek is certainly my preffered alternative to porridge... the main difference between them being that ready-break is mainly smooth, so if you detest lumpy porridge - this is the cereal for you.

                It may be old-fashioned and I'm sure most of us have memories of eating it as children but ready-brek really is something that is suitable for anyone of any age. Made with oats it is a good source of wholegrain and is an excellent 'slow release' food. Generally if you eat it for breakfast it will keep you going until lunch, preventing the snacking that often occurs with other types of cereals.

                It is an extremely healthy option, containing only 0.3g of sugar per bowl, in addition it is fortified with vitamins as well as calcium and iron. A bowlful, for example, will contain 26% of your RDA for iron and 50% RDA of calcium, which is very useful especially if you struggle to get these from other food sources throughout the day.

                It is made by taking several spoonfuls of the powder, adding milk and heating in the microwave. One issue I do have with the ready brek is that because it is so finely milled it's quite easy to spill everywhere, a mess seems to be pretty much inevitable when I make it. Overall though it takes mere minutes to make and is especially useful in the winter when it provides a very quick, warming meal.

                Another plus point is although I did describe ready-brek as being 'smooth' you can essentially make it how you want, adding more or less milk depending on how lumpy you like porridge to be. Taste-wise it has a creamy flavour to it which is quite pleasant on it's own, or if you preffer you can add sugar, honey, jam... anything you like really.

                I find that is also very good value for money, usually coming in at under £2 for a 500g box, since you only use a few spoonfuls each time it certainly lasts - and it also indirectly saves you money as you're less inclined to snack once you've eaten it!

                Ready-brek is also available in honey or chocolate flavour, neither of which I've tried personally, they tend to be slightly more expensive but only by about 15p or so. The main disadvantage with these is that there is about 6g of sugar per bowl - quite a jump from the 0.3 of original ready-brek! However, you would still be getting all the benefits of a warming, slow-release food with calcium and iron, so if the added flavours are the only way you'll want to eat it, in my opinion it's probably worth the extra sugar. Consider, for example, that 100g of Coco Pops has 34g of sugar, chocolate ready brek has 22g - plus the added benefits of the slow release and approximatly twice as much % RDA of calcium and iron. If you want chocolate for breakfast, this is probably the one to go for.

                If you've found other types of porridge aren't your thing, I would still recommend trying Ready Brek. I'm not a fan of normal porridge either but practically live off this stuff!

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                02.01.2010 09:38
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                Stick to the original version

                We're nearing the end of the school holidays which means that soon my personal escorts will return to their classrooms and I can get on with everyday life I peace without a myriad of random and usually unrelated questions. It also means I can leave the supermarket without having spent double what was necessary and emerging from the store without a random range of obscure items that I normally wouldn't look at twice.

                This weeks foray into the land of Mr Tesco culminated in the purchase of Ready Brek in every flavour on the shelf. Normally they're content with the stores own brand of instant porridge which comes in a 750g box for a smidgen over £1.15. On this particular visit they were adamant that what they actually required was a box of flavoured porridge. Each. As a treat.

                They agreed that Daddy would prefer the plain version but then Demonic Daughter no.1 insisted on the chocolate variant whilst no. 2 elected for honey. Despite my suggestion that they bought ordinary porridge and added a spoonful of Nutella chocolate spread and a spoonful of honey respectively this was pooh poohed in favour of the real McCoy.

                Unsurprisingly and rather predictably really they had a bowl each and declared that they didn't like it leaving me, the family dustbin, to chow my way through the remaining packets. Sometimes lifes too short to argue.

                Each of the three flavours comes in a 500g box although the original (plain) version is also available as a 750g box. Within the box is a thick plastic bag which houses the powdered Ready Brek. Opening the packet is a simple case of cutting off the top. Braver people may like to pull the two sides of the bag apart but if you pull too hard it looks like its snowed indoors.

                After that its simply a case of placing 40g of powder into a microwavable bowl, adding 150ml of milk or water, giving it a quick stir and then nukeing in the microwave for 2 minutes. The packet fails to mention that this is an adequate sized portion for a 3 year old and considerably more will be required by bigger people. About three times more in fact.

                Obviously the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Original is vastly improved with the addition of honey, sugar or marmalade but is without a doubt the best of the lot. The honey variant was rather synthetic in flavour and not particularly pleasant to eat whilst the chocolate flavour looks like a runny dog turd and tastes nothing like any sort of chocolate I've ever eaten. I won't be buying either of the flavoured versions again.

                Should you make the mistake of bunging the dishes in the dishwasher without fist rinsing off all traces of Ready Brek you'll find that the bowls and everything else in the immediate vicinity is caked in small clumps of concrete like deposits which require a lengthy soak in a sink followed by a brutal scrub to remove.

                At £1.95 a 750g box costs a penny more than the 500g flavoured versions.

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                  03.11.2009 15:00
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                  A good winter warmer breakfast.

                  Ready Brek is something I used to eat on winter days when I was a child. There was something very warm and comforting in the glowing porridge mix and it gave me energy and insulation. As I got older I turned to grittier porridge cereals like Oats so Simple, Lyles and Scots. The memory of that smooth, distinctive Ready Brek mix never left me though, and I recently purchased a box to see if it is still as good as I remember.

                  The product comes boxed and the fine porridge oats are contained within a plastic bag inside this box. The bag must be cut open and can't be re-closed. Due to the fact that the Ready Brek oats are so fine in consistency the pieces of flour and cut oats tend to fly up out of the packet whenever it's touched. It is difficult to roll up the bag (to retain freshness of the product) without creating a lot of mess. All information about the product is printed on the box. Nutritional values are clearly set out with a 30 gram serving listed as having 108 calories and 2.6 grams of fat.

                  Ingredients are free of sugar and salt. They include 60% of wholegrain oats, 39% of wholegrain wheat flour and vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, vitamin B12 and folic acid. The product is suitable for vegetarians.

                  Ready Brek is unlike other porridges on the market. The oats are rolled to a very fine, powdery mix. The product has an appearance of sawdust or gypsum. There is very little pieces of oat left in the blend and very little colour to the mix.

                  Guidlines about how to cook the porridge are given on the box. The company recommend adding 150ml of milk or water to 30g of Ready Brek. This should then be microwaved according to your microwave's watt category. I find that the mix is much better if you add less milk or water than you think you need. If you tend to guess the measurements like me I can say that a thick Ready Brek mix is far more pleasant a texture than a watery, sloppy one. When thick it tends to have a whey-like quality about it, bubbling into an airy blob but when too watery it is quite horrible and reminds me of something you'd feed to farm animals!

                  Micowaving can be tricky and I recommend using a high rimmed bowl and pausing to stir half way through the cooking time. My microwave regularly ends up looking like the story of the magic porridge pot as much of the hot bubbling mixture rises up and spills out.

                  I have always added milk to my Ready Brek rather than water as I feel that creaminess helps improve the taste and texture. As far as adding other ingredients to your Ready Brek anything goes. I recommend adding a sweetner such as golden syrup or honey as the porridge can be a little bland otherwise. You can even add raisins or chocolate. It is also very nice with a dash of cream.

                  The taste is very nice - having that familiar earthy oat flavour although if not sweetened you can taste an undertone of flour. The texture is ultra smooth and velvety but can be a little boring. Those that like a bit to chew might like to add pieces of fruit. What's most impressive about Ready Brek is that it really does, as it's advertising claims, give you an inner glow. It very quickly warms you up and when I eat this I feel like my belly is full and is sun-like.

                  Ready Brek is very nice tasting and is healthy and it satisfied my expectations from my childhood memories. However, I currently feel I do not always want to have Ready Brek and prefer a rougher, grainier porridge and/or a porridge that is pre-sweetened. I wouldn't be able to rate this against any of the porridges I currently eat though as I feel it's an entirely different kind of porridge. I would say that Ready Brek is a perfect introduction to picky eater kids who don't like 'bits' as you won't find any in this!

                  Check out the brand website:

                  www.weetabix.co.uk

                  for full product information.

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                  28.10.2009 17:37
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                  Lovely tasty breakfast or Supper

                  With winter upon us its time to fill yourself up with a lovely filling breakfast.
                  Ready brek comes in 3 different flavours chocolate, original and yummy honey flavour and is made by Weetabix.
                  The great thing about this is its so easy to make unlike gloopy porridge oats that take forever and I can never get the consistency right.
                  Yes I know its good for you but give me ready brek any day.

                  Easy to make just choose the amount you would like and stir in some milk to your desired thickness and blast it in the microwave for 60 seconds.
                  If you have a sweet tooth like me I add sugar before nuking but it is also nice with golden syrup stirred in after heating.
                  If you do not wish to use a microwave you can heat your milk in a saucepan instead.

                  An average 30g serving will provide you with 26% of your recommended daily allowance of iron and 50% of your calcium (adult) obviously this is assuming you are eating it with milk and not chomping it staight from the packet.

                  I remember the T.V advert for this when I was about 6 it went "Ready Brek central heating for kids" bearing in mind most homes didnt have central heating in the good old days and it was always freezing in our house first thing.
                  I used to eat it then as I honestly believed the advert, how things go full circle I have central heating now but never have it on cos im too tight!
                  I love this cereal as it fills me up for the morning and it tastes good too.

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                  22.10.2009 23:16
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                  Lovely porridge, and makes me think of school days lol

                  I always thought ready brek was for kids and adults only - not so according to several baby feeding books and my health visitor. It's a fab alternative to those expensive baby cereals and at a much better cost too.

                  The oats are all finely ground so you don't need to worry about lumps for your little ones and if you're adult like me, you don't need to worry about lumps in your porridge either.

                  It's super fast to cook in the microwave but beware get your timing's wrong and you end up with a nasty tasting sticky mess.

                  I love it on a winters morning, but it has to have loads of sugar or golden syrup (not quite so healthy).

                  A great tasting, easy to make porridge that is easy on your wallet. And it is a good weaning breakfast once your baby is over 6 months. I can't guarantee you'll get the little orange outline tho' :-)

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                  26.09.2009 18:39
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                  Excellent for your brain power!

                  Wow does this cereal push all the buttons for me and mine! I can be so enthusiastic about it because it really is the best way to start a cold Scottish winter morning...and I have started many of those! A jug of hot milk heated in the microwave and 5 heaped tablespoonsfuls of this cereal in a bowl with a tad sugar, mix to taste, and away you go. There used to be a brilliant advert on the telly for this one which said "get up and glow" and you really do. You can feel the lovely warmth radiating outwards from your full tummy through your whole body whilst on the way to work/school on a cold frosty winter's morning. I know whereof I speak and appreciate and enjoy this cereal for that very reason. My children are dyed-in-the-wool Weetabix fans, so it was not too hard to convince them that this was going to be pretty good too, as its from the same manufacturers. If you hurry, however, you will get packs of this delicious oaty cereal at 750g for the price of 500g - that's 50% extra free. The contents consist of Wholegrain Rolled Oats (60% - count it!), Wholegrain Oat Flour, Calcium, Niacin, Iron, Pantothenic Acid, (B5), Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 - check out all those added vitamins, cannot be bad for you!! B vitamins are considered the brain building vitamins, and so if you give this cereal to your children, alternating with Weetabix, you will be ensuring that they have the brain power to get through that schoolwork and exams! Concentration ensured.

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                    19.09.2009 10:45
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                    Really is central heating for you body!

                    ***Ready Brek***

                    Well there is a bit of a nip in the air and for me that means the Ready Brek comes out to warm me up and keep me going until lunchtime.

                    ***What's it like?***

                    Ready Brek is essentially porridge, but porridge that is finer than coarser porridge oats you can buy on their own. These days it comes in all kinds of varieties from the sachet option (more expensive) so that you don't have to measure the amount you need to a chocolate flavoured option.

                    The box is mostly orange, with some handy little symbols that tell you:
                    # It is microwavable in 90 seconds.
                    # It has no added sugar or salt.
                    # It is fortified with vitamins and minerals.
                    # It uses 100% wholegrain oats.
                    # It is rich in calcium.

                    You need to use 5 heaped dessert spoonfuls (30g) and 150ml of water or milk. You simply add the hot water or milk and mix together. You could then add some fruit or a sprinke of sugar, which is what I do.

                    The blurb tells you that if you have a 30g serving of ready brek then you will be provided with 26% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of the vitamins and iron listed, and 50% of the calcium. For me this is important, as I find it hard to get enough calcium in my diet.

                    ***Opinion***

                    The texture the porridge is finer than traditional porridge and if you use milk, I think it tastes quite creamy and rich. It can be hard to get the consistency just right, if you are a little heavy handed with the oats, it resembles stodge and if you left it to cool you could probably cut it with a knife, so I err on the side of caution and add a few more oats if it is sloppy. You should also be careful when spooning it out of the box - if you have a dark worktop the dust of the oats goes everywhere.

                    I think that this is warm comforting food to eat and really do think of it as central heating for my body (as the old adverts used to say). I find that if taken with fruit, it does keep me going until lunchtime and is a nice alternative to cold cereal in the autumn and winter.

                    A word of warning - I don't like to use the microwave too much, so if you do heat the milk in the pan, make sure that you add the milk to the bow of oats, not the other way round. Cleaning a pan of this will take all your enery until lunchtime to get it clean! I can't stress what a nightmare this stuff is to get off - so beware!! Any cleaning tips are welcome!!!

                    I think that overall it offers good value for money and compared to other meals you might eat during the day, it is relatively cheap. I will give the own brand version a try and see how that compares. I have knocked one star off for the cleaning issue and also because it is expensive compared to other alternatives.

                    ***Availability***

                    I bought mine from Tesco, a 500g box is £1.76, which is quite expensive compared to Tesco's own which is £1.08, or porridge oats on their own (around 42p), but I do like the fine texture and at the end of the day a box still provides around 16 servings. £1.76 for 16 breakfasts (plus milk) is still not a bad price to pay.

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