“ Type: Cereal „
we have always had a packet of weetabix in the cupboard, as a child when I was growing up and the habit has continued throughout my married life. It is not only an excellent breakfast, with the roughage we alll need in our diet, but it is also an excellent snack food, whether for elevensies, an afternoon, or even a midnight snack.
Basically weetabix is100% whole wheat. I dont know the process they use, but we end up with a biscuit made of tightly packed small pieces of crunchy wheat. When milk is added they becomemoist without collaping from their shape. No sugar is added to the manufactured product although o course you a free to add some to you personal taste when preparing.
I personally eat three at a time, but then I'm greedy, and I like to eat it with a minimal amount of mik because I like the crunchiniess. A also have a habit of eating a piece dry with chocolate spread or jam on it.
I have tried other cheaper brands, but they are just not the same. The taste, texture or crunchiness just isnt the same. I am all about saving money wherever possible, but sometimes, and just ocassionally, products are worth paying for.
Nowadays the breakfast cereal market is laden with sugar coated caramelized wheat, claiming that providing 'some wholegrain' makes it okay. Weetabix is a welcomes breath of fresh air from all of today's food toxins, the simple wheat shredded and shaped into decent sized ovals (kind of?!). With so much possibility: simply eat them plain; add fruit; add sugar or anything that takes your fancy, you can make weetabix into exactly what you want. Whether you're looking for a healthy low calorie cereal or just something tasty, weetabix ticks all the boxes. This is a must have for any cereal cupboard and is something i have always loved ever since i was a child. This is an ideal day to steer children (and adults) away from more processed cereals and onto something clean and simple. I enjoy my weetabix simple and plain with semi skimmed milk, defiantly a cereal i recommend.
As a child breakfast was always important and was always cereal we loved it and now as a mum of 3 I try to keep this going.
Wheatabix as well as being good for you compared to most cereals that are full.of sugar is the most versatile it suits my whole family. The man who has to pile loads of sugar on top and me and the kids who will eat it on its own or with fruit mixed in. Banana and strawberries being our favourite.
It also unlike some of its sugar filled alternatives keeps you full right through so if like me you sometimes forget all about lunch and don't eat again until diner time you wouldn't even notice.
Do have to say though I have not been keen on their other attempts bitesize and the ones with chocolate and things in they just don't taste the same.
To summarise good for you, good taste, can be mixed with anything and keeps you full.
Breakfast, despite my naughty habit these days of skipping, I firmly believe is a very important meal. I see it as something that can set you up for the day, provide you with adequate energy until hours later and is definitely a good habit to have in place. My children and I tend to flip between cereals and toast, with the occasional exceptions, but I bought this from my local B&M store for £1.75 containing 20 Weetabix ' biscuits '.
Why did I buy this?
I saw it while shopping and thought to myself I hadn't bought and eaten this for a long time. It would make a pleasant change from what we have in our kitchen at the moment: porridge oats, bran flakes and homemade granola. I also couldn't recall whether my daughter ever has had this and thought it would be nice for her to try it.
What is Weetabix?
Weetabix is a cereal that consists mostly of wholegrain wheat with added vitamins and iron. Over the years the Weetabix cereal has had things added to it to provide a larger range than just having the original formulation, which I'm reviewing today, such as banana flavour, added chocolate, organic, minis, minis with fruit and nut and a variety of others flavours, and different sized packets containing different amounts of biscuits.
What does Weetabix supposed to provide?
Weetabix help to provide a low fat, low sugar and high in fibre breakfast that provides the body with fuel for an optimum start to your day.
How is it packaged?
It comes in a standard rectangular shaped cardboard box. The ' Weetabix ' logo firmly in the middle of the packaging, with a picture of blue skies at the top and a corn field at the bottom. It gives basic information on how many biscuits are included and what the cereal provides.
On the back it gives you the ingredients list, nutritional and allergy information, company contact details and states it's suitable for Vegetarians.
Wholegrain Wheat (95%), Malted Barley Extract, Sugar, Salt, Niacin, Iron, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid.
Basic Nutritional Information based on a 37.5g serving ( 2 Weetabix )-
Of which are sugars 1.7g
Equivalent as salt 0.24g
How to eat
With milk. I can only imagine a lot of people use cold milk on these, but I don't. I warm my milk up first or bung both the Weetabix with the milk on top and stick in the microwave until I see it bubbling up!
Some people use this in baking. After trying bran flakes in my baking experiment I won't be trying these!
What is this like?
To look at them freshly out of their box they remind me slightly of compressed hay, shaped in rectangles that have their corners rounded off. Even the colouring is similar although alittle darker. They're fairly solid but with a small amount of pressure can be broken or crumbled up.
As mentioned, I use hot milk in this cereal so I can only comment on appearance and taste when I've made it in this way. After its been warmed in the microwave, I give it a quick stir to make sure the Weetabix is completely saturated and now has turned into a reasonably smooth consistency with no dry bits to it. The more milk added, the more runnier and liquid it would be. The less milk, the more thickness it has. To look at it, it resembles baby food-pale brown in colour, with flecks of bits in it with a slightly textured look. Not the most appealing thing to look at.
Texture is quite soft, with a alittle bit of texture to it in the form of the wheat. It requires no chewing as its not solid and pretty much melts away in the mouth.
No real sweetness to this, so I add a dash of sweetener to it ( although honey, maple syrup or good old fashioned sugar could be used ). This lifts the taste a little more. Without this, the cereal is quite tasteless for me, so it does need something added to it. That's why its would be good to add maybe berries to this, raisins or sultanas or other dried fruit, or if your that way inclined chocolate drops.
This is a very difficult cereal to describe, in the same way it's hard to explain how bran flakes taste. It's not the same as your cornflakes or Frosties, Sugar Puffs etc, as these are very distinctive, mainly due to the coating of sugar.
What do the kids think?
My son used to love this as a baby, and I can see why a lot of young children do as it resembles baby food, and you can change its consistency according to the child and their development with food, but also from a parents point of view, it doesn't have too many extra things added to it and doesn't provide a massive sweetness to the taste buds. My son now, although he will eat it, would much prefer toast. He has thrown in some strawberries in this once or twice which he like. His sister on the other hand can't get enough of the stuff. She had two biscuits the other day in milk ( warmed, of course ), and then complained when it came to snack time she was really hungry and wanted this again! Very easy to eat for young kids and a lot cheaper than the ones specifically for babies sold in supermarkets. Although some of these have no sugar or salt but some do.
What do I think?
This is a very satisfying, warming cereal. As mentioned, it does lack flavour but injecting some into it isn't hard, and if that's an issue you can buy other varieties with flavour added to it.
I tend to eat 2 biscuits at a time with a generous helping of milk. Alongside this if I have time I eat a banana, and this quite easily fills me up til lunchtime. I tend to find when I eat my cereals warm ( any cereal ), I eat less of it and it fills me up more and is much more substantial on a whole compared to if I eat it cold. Perfect for this time of year.
You don't have to be too precious with how you store this. I'm quite lazy when it comes to closing boxes, if the product hasn't been placed in a jar or some other form of storage. It's dried, so being in contact with air isn't going to dampen or change the texture of flavour ( lack of ).
It's fairly priced and readily available, and comes in different amounts of biscuits per pack so depending on how many people per household eats these, you can find the right box size no problem.
I'm very boring with how I eat this, but it works for me. A really good go to cereal to have especially during winter, or if like me you need a full belly because you don't know when you'll be having your next meal.
Another thing to add ( thought I would leave it to the end ) is due to the fibre content, its good to help you go to the toilet, but in a very natural way!
Would I buy this again?
Yes I would. Don't know why I stopped in the first place. Easy to portion out due to how it's shaped, easy to make, filling, can eat hot or cold and can add additional ingredients. It's a winner for me!
Due to horrendously busy circumstances, I have sadly had to neglect my fellow dooyoo'ers for a fair few months as I have had to prioritise my time for my family and work ect. however, I feel now is the time to steadily get back into my usual review reading and writing routine that I have missed, and what a better way to kick it off other than reviewing the product that I more often than not start my day with - weetabix!
Some of you that have never entered into the world of weetabix may ask what are they? Weetabix are a whole grain wheat cereal, usually eaten around breakfast time. They are produced by weetabix limited in the united kingdom as palm sized wheat biscuits. Also made by weetabix limited are other well-known brands such as alpen, crunchy bran, ready brek, weetos and oatibix. Weetabix limited claim their weetabix recipe is "the favourite breakfast cereal recipe" and is made from nutritious wholegrains, making it a great way to start the day because wholegrains are proven to keep you fuller for longer as well as containing many of the good things your body needs to stay fit and healthy, including fibre and one third of your recommended daily intake of Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin, Folic Acid and Iron.
~ Price and availability ~
Weetabix can be found in all supermarkets down the cereal aisle, as well as in many independent stores as it is such a popular product. The products price varies depending on where you shop and are available in a range of quantities for you to choose from depending on the amount of people who will be eating them. They can be bought in boxes of 72 biscuits (36 servings based on 2 biscuits per serving) for around £5.69, 48 biscuits (24 servings) for around £4.18, 24 biscuits (12 servings) for around £2.39 and 12 biscuits (6 servings) for around £1.48. However, it is worth looking around for offers as because of their popularity it's rare to not be able to find them on offer somewhere, otherwise the price can seem a bit steep. I do think that it is great that they are sold in different quantities because that way you can buy the right amount to suit your needs without having to buy loads of boxes or having to buy a big box that you may not need.
~ Packaging ~
Weetabix come in a rectangular cardboard box with the base design being a sunny wheat field. In the centre of the front of the box is the word 'weetabix' in huge lettering, displaying the recognisable logo and underneath this, the words 'fuel for your day'. The design is very noticeable in the shops and distinctive to the weetabix brand.
The back of the box gives you the usual information; an ingredients list, allergy advice nutritional information and contact details, including their twitter and facebook page.
The box has a handy flap to lift so that the flaps can be put back into place once the box has been opened to ensure the cereal stays as fresh as possible.
Inside, the weetabix come in paper packets of 12 biscuits per packet to keep them fresh, however once they have been opened it is very difficult to re-seal the paper packets so you have to rely on the box to keep the weetabix fresh, however this doesn't always work so it's a good idea to transfer them into an air tight container.
~Appearance, smell, taste & texture ~
Each weetabix biscuit is oblong in shape and is flecked with different shades of shredded brown wheat.
They don't really smell of anything at all apart from perhaps a very subtle wheaty malty smell, but nothing immediately noticeable.
Now, the taste and texture of weetabix really depends on how you eat them, I choose to eat them usually with cold milk which complements the biscuits very well, softening them as the milk soaks in, however they do turn mushy quite quickly so if you'd rather have some bite to them then using only a little amount of milk is recommended.
The taste of the biscuits is rather plain without any accompaniment, which is for some is preferred, however I like to liven them up a bit - sometimes with a sprinkling of sugar (obviously isn't the most nutritious choice) or with pieces of fruit. Without some form of liquid on them, the texture of the biscuits is very dry and scratchy, making them difficult to swallow. Admittedly, alone weetabix are definitely not the most flavoursome or exciting cereal on the market, but you cannot expect them to be when they hold health benefits and are basically just biscuits of wheat. But, do not let this phase you as there are copious amounts of different ways you can jazz them up to suit your taste buds, for example; add a sprinkling of sugar like I do or a spoonful of honey or golden syrup, and for the more health conscious fruit, nuts and/or pouring yogurt instead of milk. They also go well with hot milk on cold winters mornings.
~nutritional information ~
Each serving of two weetabix (without milk) contains:
1.7g of fat
0.24g of salt
The amount of sugar contained in this cereal is not listed, it just says they are low in both sugar and fat, which is very strange because if its low in sugars you'd think they'd want to list it as something to be commended.
The nutritional content of weetabix is very pleasing, they are low in everything, made with 100% wholegrain, are high in fibre and contain added vitamins and iron.
Allergy advice: Contains wheat and barley
Weetabix have remained a staple product in my household for years and both the adults and children enjoy them. I buy them mainly because they are much better for me and my family than the other sugar laden cereals on the market and give the opportunity for variety so you don't get bored of the same thing every morning. They also are excellent for giving energy and it is the only cereal I can honestly say keeps me going until lunchtime without feeling hungry, which saves me from snacking on unhealthy foods for a quick energy fix.
I would definitely recommend weetabix to anybody because you can customise it to suit you, whether you have a sweet tooth or are after a filling, healthy start to your day and are especially good for busy family life as they provide a substantial amount of energy and come in a variety of family friendly quantities so that you are not constantly having to buy more cereal and equally come in small quantities for smaller families, so they are made available to suit everyone's needs. I don't really have a bad word to say about weetabix - alone, admittedly they are bland and boring but paired with your favourite toppings, they're nutritious, filling and open to variety and customisation to suit everybody! They would also be an excellent choice for dieters or people just looking to eat healthier as they are a low calorie, fat, sugar and salt option (baring in mind you don't add sugar etc. like me).
As much as I enjoy lunch and dinner I always find that breakfast is a necessity to get me going in the morning. My husband, who starts his work shift at 4.00am, has for years been a big fan of Weetabix and I have to admit that it is good.
Weetabix as a company have been around for years and their website actually states that they were started in 1932. I have fond memories of Weetabix cereal as a child and like the way that their packaging is bright and cheerful with its mainly yellow wheat field illustration and blue sky. Weetabix is different to a number of other cereals in the sense that it is served in the form of biscuits of wheat which are parcelled in columns of white paper each housing 12 biscuits. The packaging for these biscuits used to be a plastic sheet and this was particularly awkward to open without crumbs going everywhere so the new paper columns are a good improvement.
In terms of ingredients, Weetabix contain only a handful of items which is refreshing when compared to some of the cereals heavily loaded with e numbers. These ingredients include wholegrain wheat (95%), Sugar, Salt, Iron, Niacin and Malted Barley Extract. The result of these ingredients is a biscuits which looks brown in colour and is textured to the touch. In terms of nutrition, these biscuits contain approximately 134 calories per 2 biscuit serving with 0.8g of fat and 1.7g of sugar. In my experience this is quite good compared to other cereals and ensures that breakfast is a healthy start.
To eat this breakfast cereal, I find that three biscuits are the perfect amount to fill me up and I like to eat these in a bowl of milk. At this time of year it is nice to warm the milk through before pouring over my biscuits as this warms me through and I like to sprinkle a small amount of sugar over each biscuit. The beauty of this cereal is that it can be served in so many ways and I can well remember the advertising campaign that Weetabix did some time ago which showed how different people enjoyed theirs. A nice treat is to have Weetabix with a drizzle of honey and natural yoghurt although a number of other versions exist including serving it with fresh and dried fruit.
For taste this cereal does score highly from me. The biscuits taste predominantly of wheat and have a slight sweet taste which makes them perfect served with honey. The taste is not strong but is still definable and means that they go well with most accompaniments. The biscuits being their journey being quite hard and crisp, however after a couple of minutes in milk they begin to dissolve and given five minutes they have turned to mush. My husband likes to eat his pureed however I prefer to eat them with a slight crisp and so tend to wolf down a bowl of Weetabix quite quickly. In terms of how filling this cereal is, I would have to say that it keeps hunger away for a good fours hours for me and this means that I can usually go until mid morning before I begin to feel hungry again.
Weetabix is served in a number of different box sizes which range from a small box of 12 biscuits to 24, 36 and 72. In our house, we go through around 12 biscuits per day and this should really entitle us to shares in the Weetabix brand as we eat so much of the stuff. As a result we always opt for a box of 72 biscuits every time we do our weekly shop. I have seen this cereal in nearly every supermarket chain and the price goes up and down depending on the size of the box. In my opinion the larger boxes always work out at better value for money with a box of 72 currently costing £5.69 at Sainsbury's and 12 costing £1.49. This works out at a cost of around 8p per biscuit or a more expensive 12.4p per biscuit comparatively.
As a way to start the day, I really enjoy Weetabix and have found them to be a great all rounder as most people like them. They are filling, taste nice and are healthy and therefore they are a great option in our cereal cupboard. As a result I would recommend them. They are slightly pricey but then I do believe that you can taste the difference between a Weetabix biscuit and a supermarket own alternative and therefore they are well worth the extra cost.
As a result of the above, this cereal scores an excellent five stars.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
It comes in a box which is golden grain in colour at the bottom and has a red backbound at the top, in the middle there is a picture of blue sky and the bottom is a picture of grains. At the top of the box in yellow writing is printed "50% extra free, 36 biscuits for the price of 24", not sure if this is on every box. In the middle is printed "Weetabix" in blue text, below which white text states "fuel for your day". Round the backside of the box is a picture of a glass of milk and a picture of Weetabix, and the ingredients, nutritional advice and allergy advice are all printed in a clearly legible fashion. I like how it informs us to add milk as the very young, mentally less able and the elderly might not be aware of this fact unlike older or younger individuals respectively.
~~Appearance, taste, texture~~~
They are a sort of grainy wood brown colour, they have no strong smell to speak of. The first bite into a Weetabix give a firm but yummy response. They taste very much of wheat and grains and are quite scrumptious; they have a quite frim, harsh texture at first but as the milk dissolves them they get quite soft and pliable and this is when they taste most delicious, they are quite plain so to speak yet I find them very succulent. Finally I would say that if you leave them in milk to long the texture goes to mush, I find my first bite a little unpleasant but by the time I have eaten most of the first Weetabix I find them truly moreish and succulent despite having no sweetness or prominent flavour to speak of beyond a carbohydrate taste.
~~~How to prepare~~~
As with most cereals they are best eaten after adding some milk to moisten them as they tend to be very dry with out milk. I once tried a taste test on a raw Wetabix and it was very dry indeed and made me cough due to the sort of shrapnel texture prior to wetting. I have found around per 100ml of milk per Weetabix is what I like but others may use less or more milk, however I seriously would not recommend eating them with less than 50 ml of milk per bar as they are quite dangerous when dry, when I ate them with no milk they were nearly making me choke! I had to swallow a glass of juice. I did this test as I wondered if they were like Rice Krispies which in some forms can be eaten without milk, such as in a cake, however it appears not.
~~~Nutritional Info/Health/Allergy Advice~~~
Weetabix are very nutritious and healthy per 2 bars they contain 134 kcal of energy, 4.3 g of protein, 25.7 g of carbs ( not to excessive or low), only 0.8g of fat of which only 25% of that is saturated fats which is truly stunning. The Protein to Fat ratio is over 4 to 1 which again is superb as protein fills you up more and helps you build muscle mass at the gym. The product contains wheat and barley and is also suitable for vegetarians. The fact the box does not mention it was made in a factory containing nuts implies its fine for people with a nut allergy which is another massive plus.
I paid 2 pounds 40 for 36 in my local Tesco in what appears to be a special offer where I got 36 for the price of 24 which means I got 12 extra bars free, a massive 50% extra! Given I eat 3 at a time that's 12 days' worth which is nearly 2 weeks, not a bad deal though not as cheap as Cheerio's however a little better value than Rice Krispies I think. Online these can be had at £2.40 for a 24 pack which is quite expensive, although Tesco's is offering a 24 pack for £2.00 which is somewhat a better deal though still not as good as the special offer I got in store, at the special offer price they are a pinch, at the regular price they are quite expensive, £2.40 for just over a weeks' worth works out around £9.50-9.60 per month which is a lot for cereal, which pushes £110 per year just for cereal.
~~~Would I recommend?~~~
Yes they are not quite as tasty as my scrumptious favourite of Cheerio's, nor as interesting as Snap Crackle and Pop, or as yummy as Rusks (I know, I know it's embarrassing but I like food designed for babies... lol its cause they are very sweet). But for days when I don't fancy any other type of taste these make a more than adequate requirement, and very few other brands offer the same level of nutrition whilst still tasting superb, for me Special K is only ok and Bran Flakes are a no no, however these bad boys taste great and offer great nutrition stats, definitely an item to be included in any ones diet who is serious about either losing weight or training for events as diverse as weight lifting or charity running competitions. I kind of fall in between the naff wanting to lose weight category and the serious amateur athlete category.... Probably closer to the naff wanting to lose weight category though... For all these reasons I rate it only a 4 out of five Dooyoo stars as their are tastier or cheaper alternatives out their but on health value it takes some to beat it.
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Well what can I say? Weetabix is a classic, simple, fuss free breakfast. Whilst the concept is plain and simple the taste, once milk is added, is really good, especially with a sprinkling of sugar on top. A few years ago they did an advertising campaign showing you what you could add to weetabix to make it a different breakfast every day for two weeks. This included things like banada slice, mixed berries, almonds, yoghurts and chocolate chips. I thought this was a really good idea to make a simple staple breakfast new and exciting. I love eating weetabix with banana slices or chocolate chips. You can also put the milk on the weetabix, mash it a little then put it in the microwave which is a nice warming breakfast in winter time.
The boxes come in several sizes and depending on the size of the box you get a number of sleeves, each sleeve has twelve biscuits in it. I usually buy weetabix when there is an offer on so this determines which size box I buy; whichever works out the best value. I usually buy a bigger box for the economies of scale unless there is a 12-biscuit pack on offer for £1 (they often do this at Iceland.
The one problem I've had is the biscuits going stale but this depends on how quickly you eat them, they tend to go stale after a couple of weeks of being open, but if you have one or two a day they will be consumed before they get chance to get stale. If you get a larger box with several sleeves the sleeves will keep the biscuits fresh even after you have opened the outer cardboard box.
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I've never really been a great fan of eating breakfast cereals because I've always felt a little sick if I try an eat to early in the morning when I've not quite fuuly woken up. Normally, a cup of strong coffee is in order before I have any food. However, recently my partner and I have been trying to eat more healthy things and eat the right foods at the right times of the day. I got the idea to try some Weetabix when a colleague of mine at work brought some in. They looked go and so I have them a go. On our weekly shop last week I popped a box of 24 Weetabix baked with Golden Syrup in the old trolley and didn't really think much of it (I forgot that I had even purchased them being honest!)
When a young lad I did eat Weetabix, but found that after half a bowl or so the biscuits became rather soggy and as a result i lost interest in eating them rather quickly. Now, I eat them with less milk and add more if necessary - i find the texture and taste is much better that way and I prefer them to still be slightly crunchy. I add a little sprinkling of sugar on top with a dash of milk and they're lovely. Now they're a regular fixture of my breakfast before work.
I would particularly recommend the Golden Syrup flavoured biscuits because they add an extra mild flavour to the biscuits which makes them even nicer to eat. I find them to be nicely filling and will easily tide you over until lunchtime - which is ideal - there is nothing worse than having a rumbling stomach at work.
Not only do they taste great, but they're actually really good for you aswell. Each biscuit is made with one hundred percent wholegrain, is low in salt and fat and high in fibre.
Well recommended. Five dooyoo stars *****
This cereal is very healthy and provides a lot of energy to get your morning started. It's an incredibly dry and hydrophilic cereal but actually quite a nice one.
The box is made from thin cardboard and inside you get plastic bags with wheat biscuits stacked up inside. The bags are white and thin. The box can be recycled but the bags can't. The box is easy to open but the packets are a nightmare, there's no space to get your fingernails under, you have to spend a good 20mseconds picking it apart bit by bit and on top of that, it never comes off in one go. More effort is required for this packaging than any other cereal.
This cereal is incredibly hydrophilic meaning it loves water or in this case, milk. It sucks up water very quickly and if you don't drench it in lakes of milk, it will go dry very quickly and eventually will be inedible. You will notice yourself using more milk with this cereal, more so than any other. I'd recommend eating it within 15 minutes of making it, or else you will need to add more milk as this dries up incredibly quick.
Where taste is concerned it's quite dry. It doesn't have a strong taste, quite unnoticeable really. It tastes like wood if you don't add milk, and I do gag when trying to eat a completely dry bit. This is absolutely inedible when not enough milk has been added. It's not sour or bitter but isn't sweat either. Imagine paper but with more of a wheat like taste to it, that's pretty much it. I highly recommend adding a little sugar to this; one teaspoon is usually sufficient.
If you want to spice it up a bit you can always add some fruit like berries or banana. This makes it much healthier but will require slightly more preparation time. Fruit does go well with this and would probably be best with fresh fruit like strawberries, rather than a soft pear.
Sadly there's no much you can do with weetabix, you can't make cakes with it or do anything different other than jazz it up with a bit of fruit.
I recommend warming it in the microwave for 40 seconds on 800w if you want to speed up the process of the water vacuum that comes from these wheat biscuits. This will allow you to eat it faster but does mean you will need a little extra milk. This makes it slightly warm but not hot, so you can serve and eat straight away.
Overall a great cereal, very healthy but I do use more milk than usual, and the taste isn't that strong. Recommended if you're on a diet but if you aren't you can eat this every day without getting bored (unlike cornflakes) because you can add fruit and lots of sugar to this, which really does mix it up quite a lot
I am going to review regular Weetabix as the review title suggests, although the lead picture shows the organic variety.
Weetabix is a cereal that I have eaten more as an adult than as a child. This is probably due to the appeal health-wise to an adult and the apparent lack of anything but a dull dry brick for a child.
As a teenager I remember the adverts that Weetabix put in place as a promotional kick, we all remember the 'He's had his Weetabix' slogan from them.
I'm in my mid-forties; I'm actually forty-five next month and have had a torrid time health-wise over the last couple of years. It has hit me hard especially as I have always been so fit and sporty. Add to the fact that everyone still thinks I'm in my early thirties and you have my reason for thinking enough is enough and I have to get my health back and start feeling like I am still in my thirties.
Due to the inactivity my illness has caused me I had started to put on that paunch that every middle-aged man dreads. My cholesterol also tested high and as my family has a history of heart disease this made me even more determined to eat healthy and get my life back.
I started eating Weetabix about two months ago and in those two months I have gone from eighty-five kilos (just over twelve stone) to 73 Kilos (about ten and a half stone). I have only done a minimal amount of exercise, so you can see the difference Weetabix has made.
The main reason for this is that Weetabix is very low in fat and full of fibre and vitamins that help your digestive system work more functionally. This great for me as I am currently doing breathing exercises to realign my Diaphragm and my intercostal or chest muscles so indigestion is a big hindrance. Weetabix has helped nullify this.
I don't have to shop at a specialist English shop either as Weetabix is sold in regular supermarkets in The Netherlands as you can see from my pictures.
Weetabix comes in that famous yellow box with 'Weetabix Original' emblazoned across it in blue. It is one of the most recognisable cereal boxes on the market. I buy the 430g box which contains twenty-four biscuits. You can also buy the smaller twelve biscuit boxes or the family pack with Forty-eight biscuits in.
A portion is considered as two biscuits but lately I have been eating four as it is more substantial but still doesn't make me feel bloated or overly full. What it does do is keep me going until lunch time. I sometimes have a couple for supper as well.
Weetabix is made from wholegrain wheat and they are small rectangles with rounded off edges that are the size of an average mobile phone. You can serve them with either hot or cold milk (I prefer hot). The brittle biscuit absorbs the milk leaving a mushy pulp that is easy to swallow and digest. They can be pretty bland on their own so many people lather them with sugar. I feel that this defeats the object of a nutritious low fat meal so I use a sugar replacement sweetener like 'Canderel'. This takes away the blandness and turns it into an enjoyable, nutritious breakfast. You can also use honey as sweetener or low fat yogurt. You can add fruit to the bowl and as there are a fair amount of fruits to choose from you have a lot of variables. A lot of early Weetabix promotions included spreading jam on them or butter but to eat one dry like that is not too appealing to me. One they have had milk pored over them they have a texture like thick porridge and are easier to consume.
Eating Weetabix for breakfast keeps me satisfied until lunch and I have lost the paunch that had begun to appear, so now I can concentrate more on keeping fit as I also have more energy (As I write this I have just had four hours sleep after a Coldplay concert last night, so I will be having my Weetabix in a moment, lol) in the morning.
There is just less than four grams of fibre in a serving (two biscuits) and only 134 calories. There are nine grams of protein in a portion and thirty-two grams of Carbs (of which 9 grams are sugar). They are not only low in fat but very low in sodium as well. They also contain Niacin, folic acid and vitamins B1and B2.
Weetabix are currently celebrating eighty years of production but it will surprise most people that they were invented by an Australian in conjunction with a partner from New Zealand. They sold the rights and recipe to a UK firm in 1930 and they began production in 1932. Four years later they eventually changed the company's name to the 'Weetabix Company' and the rest is history.
Weetabix boxes are marked as a healthy choice and promote good health and a healthy heart as well as weight loss when eaten as part of a healthy diet. They also come in different variations and flavours now such as 'Weetabix Chocolate', 'Oatibix' (with oats instead of wheat), 'Weetabix Minis', 'Weetabix Organic' and 'Weetabix Baked in Golden Syrup'. There are a many other variations if you choose to find them out.
When I was a kid I had a friend who was twice the size of me in build and he used to crush a twelve pack of Weetabix into a plastic container and fill it with milk. Then he would proceed to knock it back like a drink. Now I know why he was twice the size of me.
I would recommend Weetabix to anyone who wants to eat a healthy breakfast that is low in fat or anyone who wants to lose a bit of weight. My problem was not weight as I have never been over weight but now I am middle aged any excess weight that I don't burn off does go to my stomach, so Weetabix is an ideal way of neutralising that. It is nutritious and can taste nice, depending on how you prepare it.
---Why I Bought This---
I cannot function until I have had some breakfast cereal and a cup of tea to get me going.
During the colder winter months (and still now in May!) I enjoy cereal with hot milk. I cannot be bothered to make porridge first thing in the morning but I like having wheat biscuits or shredded wheat as a filling start to the day as they are quick to prepare.
Made in England by Weetabix Ltd - manufactured since the 1930s.
Weetabix comes in different size boxes but I bought the box of 24 biscuits.
The cardboard box has an image of sunny skies and golden wheat - as well as Union Jack flags on mine for the Jubilee - the front of the box has 'WEETABIX - FUEL BRITANNIA'.
100% wholegrain, slow release, high in fibre and low in fat and sugar.
Made form wheat 'sourced within 50 miles of our mills' and 'celebrating 80 years'.
Whole wheat cereal with added vitamins and iron.
There is a free game to download to your ipod or iphone - 'wheetakid'.
Suitable for vegetarians.
By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen.
Contains wheat and barley.
The box contains two packets of twelve biscuits each wrapped in white plasticy paper.
The biscuits are oval flat compressed biscuits of cereal.
A typical serving is two biscuits.
£2.17 for a box of 24 biscuits at Tesco.
As compared to £1.47 for 24 Tesco Wheat Biscuits.
Weetabix and Tesco Wheat Biscuits are actually they are very similar - from the box design to the shape of the biscuits to the actual list of ingredients.
.Wholegrain Wheat (95%)
Malted Barley Extract
****Tesco Wheat Biscuit Ingredients***
Malted Barley Extract
Both contain 32% of your recommended daily allowance of B1, B2, Niacin, Folic Acid and Iron.
I usually buy the Tesco Wheat Biscuits, but lately online they have been out of stock so I have 'upgraded' to Weetabix. I eat my biscuits with a little sugar and hot milk - though I know a lot of people use cold milk or yoghurt. I find two biscuits quite sufficient.
Weetabix are an old well established firm and you get good quality biscuits. They are very dry and flaky and absord the milk quickly to go quite 'mushy'.
Personally I do not find any real difference between the Tesco or the Weetabix brands. The Tesco I buy because it is cheaper but I will happily buy the Weetabix when it is on offer.
I stick the the origial Weetabix as I do not fancy any of the newer versions such as chocolate or golden syrup.
Weetabix is a healthy cereal to start the day with and a good source of fibre. It is not too expensive, is easy to prepare and is convenient.
If stored in a cool place away from odours it has a long shelf life (mine has a year) so is great to keep in your store cupboard.
---Would I Recommend?---
I was writing a review about another cereal and it got me to thinking about my other favourite breakfast cereal, a classic cereal in my opinion, Weetabix. I have been eating Weetabix since I was a child and have since also fed it to my own children, and it remains a personal and a family favourite. These days there are different varieties of Weetabix, such as Weetabix Chocolate and Oatabix, but I prefer the standard and original Weetabix variety.
The Weetabix comes in different size boxes, but I usually buy the largest box (I have quite a large family!) and this contains 72 of the Weetabix biscuits (72 x 18g) for the cost of £4.99 from Tesco. This equates to about 7p per biscuit which is a very good price. Most of the time I will have 2 biscuits per serving and so this box will contain around 36 servings and so will last a little while!
If you haven't had Weetabix before, it's quite hard to describe what it is and what it tastes like....especially to do this in such a way that makes them sound appetising! They come in blocks which are usually referred to as "biscuits" but they actually don't look anything like biscuits at all - but it's hard to refer to them as anything else. They are made up of wholegrain and compacted together to form these biscuits. I have to admit that they don't look particularly delicious, but looks can be deceiving sometimes.
In order to make them into the cereal, you put one or two of the Weetabix biscuits into a bowl and then add milk. I like my Weetabix quite stodgy and so I don't like to add too much milk......just enough to make the biscuit moist and to break it down. However, my daughter likes it all sloppy and swimming in milk and so I think this is just a matter of personal taste. I do find that I need to add sugar to this because it isn't very sweet on it's own, but adding a teaspoon of sugar makes the whole bowl come alive. I can taste the wheat and the sugar combined with the milk and it makes are really delicious concoction....although I appreciate that it might not sound that that is the case! In addition to all of this, they are a healthy option and provide a really good start to the day.
Weetabix the wholegrain cereal
Available from most good shops and supermarkets
Cereal biscuits which come in various different sized boxes according to your needs and the size of your family. I usually buy the huge family value box of 72 Weetabix as I find they last a lot longer and are more economical than the smaller boxes. The box of 72 costs around £4.80 but if you usually only have a bowl with two in it, this is effectively 36 breakfasts or snacks.
I love Weetabix and always have done ever since I have been a young child. There are several different ways to enjoy them. I eat them not only for breakfast but as a snack throughout the day too. Sometimes I have them with cold skimmed milk and some sweetener on the top as they are very low in fat and filling too which is great for dieters.
I love how its easy just to throw 2 biscuits in a bowl and there is no annoying measuring to check the calories in the cereal each time. I also sometimes eat them heated up in the microwave with warm milk and this is my favourite way to eat them as they are so warming and moreish this way that I usually end up having four weetabix when heating them up as it tastes like a lovely satisfying bowl of comfort food to me.
They can also be eaten with some fruit or yoghurt poured on top, I myself love having them the odd time with a sliced banana on top as it is healthy, really filling and delicious. Its also wholegrain which means that I know its not going to give me a sugar buzz and then leave me feeling tired later in the day. It releases evergy gradually to keep your blood sugar levels up. I also find sometimes if I am really tired and have had a long day that they are brilliant to eat without having to spend ages standing in the kitchen cooking something which is really something I dont want to do wnen I have been rushing around all day.
I have also been trying to eat more Weetabix since I have been pregnant as they are a good source of folic acid which is great for the baby and I find a bowl of these makes me less likely to pick at something unhealthy later in tme morning as they fill me up and leave me feeling satisfied until lunchtime.
Typical Values Typical values per 100g -
(of which sugars 4.4g)
(of which saturates 0.6g)
*Equivalent as Salt 0.65g
Thiamin (B1) 1.2mg
Riboflavin (B2) 1.4mg
Folic Acid 170.0µg
All in all, I think this is a brilliant way to start the day and a fantastic cereal. It is suitable for vegetarians and is really versatile as it can be eaten with so many different things, it is a great way to keep the whole family happy. Its also high in fibre and has added vitamins and irons and is delicious to boot. There are not many cereals that I love as much as this one and I am pretty sure that it will continue to be a family favourite for me.
I recently started eating weetabix on a regular basis following advice given in one of the BMA's booklets. I had a long standing problem with constipation and didn't want to take any harsh laxatives. Weetabix has worked wonderfully and I'd recommend it to anyone who has similar problems. Two a day keeps the doctor away! Oh, in the mid fifties Weetabix produced cardboard veteran car models on their packs which you had to cut out and put together. My friends and I would eat more than our fair shares of the cereal in order to quicken the process of being able to start the job right away. I'm sure such activities inspired some children to take up engineering as careers later on.Maybe Weetabix might consider this again in an updated way - could inspire who knows what.
An average serving of two Weetabix (37.5g) will provide 32% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for the average adult of the vitamins and minerals listed under Typical Nutritional Composition. Popular with everyone, young and old, Weetabix is made from nutritious whole grains so it's a great way to start the day if you're looking for a healthy breakfast with plenty of taste. Wholegrain means Weetabix is full of all the good things our bodies need to stay fit and healthy, including carbohydrate for energy, B vitamins and iron.