This is a another one that has been sitting too quietly on the shelf.
Muesli - the first thing that comes to mind is some kind of boring, bland health food and these were my thoughts when this came home with my mum's shopping last week.
I'm currently trying to be as healthy as possible anyway, so I thought, why not?
What is it?
A cereal? Not sure if you class this as a cereal but I will get down to what really matters.
A mixture of jumbo kilned oats, toasted oats, dried fruit: - raisins sultanas, dark flamed jumbo raisins (my favourite!), melon, mango, sunflower seeds and kiwi.
How do I serve it?
Usually this is served with milk, though I've tried it with yoghurt, and I'm sure many others will have had other fantastic ideas.
With milk, this can be served hot or cold, if hot, you just simply place the microwaveable bowl of milk and muslie into the microwave on high power for a couple of minutes.
How does it taste?
I won't hedge around - the muslie will of course taste a little bland but with the considerable amount of fruit (27.6%) this pretty much makes up for it. There is surprisingly a good mouthful of changeable sensations - from the chewiness of the little bits of individual oats to the soft dried fruit, I won't go into too much detail as it is simply not needed here, but it all makes eating this a bit more amiable.
Why should I eat this, it doesn't taste 'that' good.....?
Well, it's not exactly designed to be savoured...
More rather it has been designed for health reasons, especially for a better digestive system. This lies mainly with the oats themselves. Apart from being a good source of wholegrain, it also contains Beta-glucan is a soluble fibre that helps to soak up cholesterol.
On the packaging it also claims that 'each serving contains enough Beta-glucan to begin to help reduce cholesterol'...
It also contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. I would assume that this is also suitable for vegetarians.
It claims that it may contain traces of wheat and barley due to farming practices, and may also contain traces of peanuts and tree nuts.
How much is it going to cost to be a bit healthier....?
This cost £2.49 for a 600g box which equates to about 10-12 servings.
It doesn't seem to be available at Tescos, although we had originally bought this from Waitrose.
Besides the health benefits, I have actually noticed a difference in the amount of energy that I have during the day. It is quite filling and so may not be best thing to have just before a swim or some sporting activity. It is so to speak, a little 'heavy' on the stomach. However, on general days I find that I can last better until lunchtime without feeling hungry - so a little of this does go a long way.
A good staple for breakfast.
(Also published on Ciao! under Leighsa).
Bought a packet of Quaker Oats Exotic Fruit Muesli in a bargain shop, which suggests they are having trouble selling it.The taste was bland, and although it is listed as 27.6% fruit and seeds, you don't feel that there is that amount of fruit and seeds in it.
I tried this Muesli from Sainsbury's and i thought it was very chrunchy, full of fruit and very nutrious...perhaps you should use semi-skimmed milk...as this is what i used which made it a little more creamier. The price is quite reasonable, the only downside is it's very more-ish!
This has 173 calories per 50g serving (without milk), with 2.5f fat, 0.5g of which are saturates. This also has 7g of sugar and trace levels of salt.
The box describes Kilned oats, wheat flakes, fruit and nuts with no added sugar or salt.
I brought this because I like Muesli, its really filling and healthy, and if you get the right one, its really flavourful and more-ish. I ate this with skimmed milk (personal preference), but found it pretty dry and bland. According to the box, this is supposed to contain raisins, sultanas, dates and sliced hazelnuts, but I wasnt too impressed with the amount of fruit in my bowl. I did shake the packet a bit as I know the contents are prone to settling during transit, but looking through the cereal box, there didnt seem to be much fruit or nuts in there at all. This was really filling though, but at £1.99 for a 600g box from Tesco, I wouldnt really recommend this. There are healthy alternatives such as Muesli out there that do taste really good, and dont have any added salt or sugar, so I wouldnt be put off by this review of Quaker Oats Muesli because this was just one of the few brands that isnt tasty.
Oats are a great source of wholegrain, which is good because by the time we are 35, 1 in 2 of us has high cholesterol. Oats contain a soluble fibre called Beta-Glucan, which helps to reduce cholesterol and in turn, helps to maintain a healthy heart. In my opinion, when looking at cereals, it is really easy to get distracted by the pretty colours and cartoon animals on the packet, but these are not always good for us. I always try to look for cereals with no artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives, so that I know I am eating well and giving my daughter a healthy, nutritious meal. I will continue to look for a Muesli that doesnt taste of cardboard and let you know when I find it!!
I originally submitted this recipe to www.yummyfood.net