Expert's opinions on cereal bars are normally divided and for good reason, it depends on what you're looking for.
Some people believe that swapping breakfast cereal for a cereal bar will help them lose weight. Well I agree that it is likely that the average cereal bar will have fewer calories than the average bowl of cereal, but then you're likely to become hungry again quicker after a cereal bar than a bowl of cereal because you are eating less, so can you handle the cravings? Are you sure you wouldn't be better with a big bowl of All Bran?
Some people will swap a chocolate bar for a cereal bar to be healthier, and this is more often than not a smart move. Whilst held together by sugar based ingredients, cereal bars often contain healthier ingredients such as oats and more fruit than chocolate bars do, but pick your cereal bar carefully. One of the best tasting cereal bars I have tried is by Cadbury's and you'd never guess what they've included on it? A coating of chocolate and a filling of chocolate chips. Now I am not slating Cadbury's for this, they have made a good tasting bar and state exactly what is in/on it on the front of the box, however some people seemed to be fooled and think these are as good as a Jordan's mixed berry bar for example.
If you're going for taste, try a few bas out and enjoy (Cadbury's is likely to be your weapon of choice!), although if it is your weight and/or health that has lead you to cereal bars make sure you check out the packaging for calorie details and a list of ingredients.
Cereal bars are a great ways to kick start your day when you're in a rush. They are easy and convenient weather you're in a rush as you're late for work or just want something to settle your stomach for a mid morning snack. They are great to have while on the go.
There are many different types available for you to purchase from your local supermarket.
Some of the cereal bars such as the Jordan's bars, I personally find them to hard that i can hurt your teeth and they do get very messy.
Not only can you purchase the harder bars there are also soft grain bars available usually with a soft fruity filling inside. These are very satisfying with your lunch or just to have as a snack.
My personal favourite is the special k bars. They are full of clusters grains and fruit. They have a great taste to them which will leave you satisfy for hours. I also enjoy Nutri-Grain which are available in a wide range of different flavours.
They are also great for your kids to take to school with them in the lunch box. There is a huge amount of different cereal bars aimed at children, for example there are coco pops and rice krispies. These can be purchased from your local supermarket in packs of 6 priced at around £1.89 per packet or they are occasionally on offer priced at £3 for two boxes.
If you haven't got time to have your morning breakfast why not pick up some cereal bars, some even have a thin milk chocolate coating round them which makes them very tempting.
So next time your down the cereal aisle why not give them a try.
Cereal bars are great snacks for lunch time but they are also ideal for rushed mornings and can act as a little breakfast. There are many different cereal bars out there today, so you must find one that you like! I hope this review gives you a better idea of some cereal bars out there and helps you choose which one is best for you.
My favourite cereal bars have to be the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain fruit bars. They are soft-baked bars and contain a different fruity flavour in each one. You can get ones such as Apple flavour, Blackberry & Apple, Blueberry or Strawberry. The outside is very soft and the inside is juicy. They have great flavours.
The frusli bars are pretty good but they are harder and full of fruit and oats. Kellogg's also produce many other bars such as Rice Krispies ones and Coco Pops ones as well as the Frosties bars. These are a lot better for kids and have a fantastic taste too. Kellogg's also produce a range of Special K bars, which are lighter and don't contain so many calories but make a filling snack. There is also the classic Tracker bar, which contains chocolate and is a filling snack too. Here's an idea of prices:
Kellogg's Nutri-Grain (8): £2.22
Kellogg's Rice Krispies (6): £1.69
Frusli (6): £1.70
All the prices are similar to these depending on the weight and number of bars. They are great as you can quickly take one with for breakfast and even eat it whilst you walk or drive. They are never that messy unless they're crunchy. They have fantastic flavours and are usually filling.
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As it has been drummed into me from a young age that breakfast is good for you and has to be eaten, I'm in the habit of it. This ususally takes the form of a bowl of cereal but when I'm in a hurry and don't have time, I sometimes opt for a cereal bar.
Some of the cereal bars I've tried are:
Tracker bars; these are quite delicious, sweet and gooey in my opinion. My favourite is the roasted nut one (26g, 131 kcal, about 50p) but chocolate one is okay too
Nutri Grain bars - I've really gone off these as I think they're sickly sweet and the texture is too cardboard-y. Bleh.
Natural bars; these bars are quite tasty, though a bit bland, but I like them because they're not overloaded with sugar, and have more expensive ingredients in them, like macadamia nuts and blueberries, but that doesn't really account for their ridiculous price (about 70p each, in boots)
Fruit and fibre bars and alpen bars are also quite sweet, crunchy, textured and delicious.
Overall, cereal bars are generally overpriced and don't fill you up much, but are fine as a snack. They generally contain too much sugar and calories too. I personally think it's worth it to spend a bit of extra time on a healthy breakfast that will keep you going for longer most of the time.
Breakfast is something I am not keen on, I find it very hard to eat a large amount, or faff around sorting out toast or cereal in the morning, but, because of the tablets I take, I have to eat breakfast and I have to eat within about an hour of getting up. Now I'm supposed to eat something substantial, but trying to accommodate this when you struggle to know which brush to aim at your hair and which at your teeth first thing in the morning is hard. For me, this makes breakfast bars idea.
Generally these bars are around 20-35g and a single breakfast bar is only just about enough to kick start your metabolism according to a dietician I once saw, so I reckon if you struggle with much more like me then you're doing ok with something like this.
There are so many different varieties available out there, that you can choose really crunchy, or soft and chewy, you can find them filled with sweet sauce or stuffed with berries or even bits of chocolate these days. I quite like to choose one which is crunchy without being too hard, and has some fruit in it. I'm not too big on the ones which are full of chocolate chips, to me they don't seem quite breakfasty you know. Fruit and fibre do a bar which is rather nice and I quite like some of the tescos own brand ones (though the strawberry and white chocolate one they do which is very tasty is more of a snack bar for with lunch to me than a breakfast one).
Another added advantage to a breakfast bar is of course that you don't need a bowl and spoon to eat it. So if you're running late for something you can just grab, run, and eat it on the way. I don't find myself doing that so much these days as I no longer work, but back when I was working, it wasn't uncommon for me to eat one on the way to work in the car or on the bus, and it did at least stop me arriving ravenous and buying from the shop on site which was crazy expensive.
These bars now come in so many varieties from so many different companies so there is a lot of choice.
They are often sold to us as being healthy but quite often this is far from the truth and they contain an awful lot of rubbish.
I use them when I am in a major rush so I can chuck it my bag or have it at work but it does not really fill you up in the same way as a bowl of porridge would. I think as well because you have not sat at a table and eaten it does not really ' feel' like breakfast.
The other problem with these is that some are so expensive! Special K apple and pear bars are over £2 for 6 which I really don't find cheap when you can pay under £2 for a whole BOX of cereal. THat being said there are the value ranges which are around 77p for 6.
Some are semi tasty but others are just plain mulched up cardboard!
Home Made Cereal Bars.
There's nothing like a cereal bar for a healthy snack alternative. Unfortunately a lot of ready made cereal bars are not quite as healthy as we are led to believe. They can be full of sugar, topped in chocolate and even full of additives and other potentially harmful chemicals. Saying this, more companies are now becoming more health conscious and are trying to improve their recipes. It is for these resons that I now make my own (although this recipe does include sugar and fats, they are the natural types at least).
My favourite bars are apple and raison, and here's how to make them.
1 1/4 cups of self raising flour.
1/2 cup of sugar.
1/2 cup of chopped apples (cut into very small pieces).
1/2 cup raisons.
1 tablespoon of golden syrup.
2 cups of oats.
1. Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl.
2. Add the sugar, oats, chopped apples and raisons into the bowl and mix.
3. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Once melted, add the golden syrup to it and mix well. Remove from heat.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and give it a good stir.
5. Pour the mixture into a slice tray/small roasting tray, and compress it (to make sure it binds well).
6. Bake at 160 degrees for approx 15 - 20 minutes (until golden brown) .
7. Upon removing from the oven, immediately cut into bars.
8. Leave to cool before removing the bars from the tray.
This recipe can be adapted. For example you can use wholemeal self raising flour instead of white. You can also use chopped pears instead of apples, or even combine the two.
Another benefit of this particular recipe is that it's high in fibre (due to the oats) and you are using fresh fruit.
They are easy to make, but you do need to make sure that you compress the mixture well once in the slice tray, or the mixture won't bind properly and the bars will fall apart when you try and remove them.
They save quite well as long as they are kept covered, so there's no need to eat them all in one day!
I am quite a big fan of these little bars. I know they may not have all the goodness of eating a proper breakfast however with the busy lifestyles we all lead now and rushing around in the morning, many of us dont have time to eat cereal then do the washing up afterwards. Wheras with cereal bars you can throw them in your bag, and munch on the go, or with a cuppa when you get to work. There are so many different varieties now and something for everyone. Most of the main brand cereal compansys such as kellogs and special K all do there own versions.
One of my favourites being the special K brand, where they now have 10 varieties and all of which conatin yummy fruit pieces and are low in fat. Some cereal bars are deceiving as they contain a lot of sugar and additives so are not always a good breakfast alternative.
They usually come in a box of 6 or 8 and are usually on some sort of offer if you shop around, they are ideal to have in your bag if you want a quick snack
There's been much debate as to the nutritional value of cereals, including cereal bars, with 'experts' telling us there's too much sugar and not enough of this or that. The fact is, half the cereal bars out there taste like cardboard and are too expensive anyway!
I've only found one or two cereal bars that I would recommend, including Tesco's Special Choc chip cereal bar which I've already reviewed on here. I'm not sure if you would still classify some bars as 'cereal bars' if they don't actually contain cereal, but they have a similar concept. Things like Chewee bars and Nature Valley are often promoted as snacks or a quick breakfast. Cereal bars seem to have gained popularity of late, because I don't remember them being around a few years ago. Perhaps it's due to our love of grazing and wanting to have a 'healthier' or 'lighter' snack on hand, or perhaps our busy lifestyles because we don't have time to pour a bowl of cereal and milk in the morning, let alone wash the bowl afterwards...
You can find several cereal favourites now in bar variety across supermarkets, and many of these are from Kelloggs, including Frosties & Rice Crispies. The signature cereal brands have branched off and produced other varieties that add a little variation, like Special K with fruit.
Other producers have already jumped on the bandwagon, such as Cadburys with their Brunch Bar and Green & Blacks (with nuts & seeds), suggesting cereal bars to be more of a treat with chocolate in rather than a balanced breakfast alternative.
Probably the most recognisable cereal bars are the special K types which are advertised on the TV as the new way forward if you want to lose weight and keep a good figure. To be honest, I think this is a marketing ploy to get you to spend more money on something that's not much lower in fat/cals than regular cereal or other breakfast alternatives. Other producers, like McVities, offer similar claims with their Go Ahead range.
Cereal bars can have their nutritional benefits if you opt for ones with fruit or nuts, or that say they're fortified with iron/vitamins etc. But we seem to pay a steep price for prepackaged flakes of cereal glued together. They're often sold in boxes of 5/6, and vary in price from £1.50-£2.50. You're therefore only getting 6 small servings, compared to a big box of cereal which will give you around 30. To balance the price difference, supermarkets offer their own brand cereal bars at slightly better value for money. In my opinion, there's not much difference between brand & non-brand bars; the Tesco Choc Chip bar I reviewed actually tasted a lot better than Special K and was cheaper too.
Tastes can vary a lot between these bars, and like I said it doesn't necessarily depend on the price or the brand. It also depends on your personal preference and what you're in the mood for. For example, I'm not a fan of fruits in cereal bars or the yoghurt covering on some of them. I've found a lot of them to be rather dry and some have tasted quite stale to me. I'd much prefer a fresh bowl of cereal and some cold milk. On the other hand, I can see the appeal of having a cereal bar as a healthier alternative of other pre-wrapped snacks as either breakfast-on-the-go or as a snack to take out with you. They're quick & easy, but at the price and considering the bland and boring taste of some that I've tried I wouldn't recommend most of them.
Overall, if you can find one a brand that appeals to you taste-wise then they're a convenient & alternative snack to chocolate or crisps, whilst perhaps having added nutritional benefits. I wouldn't recommend them as a daily breakfast alternative though as the costs will quickly add up.
Cereal bars have been on the market for several years now. In theory they are a really good idea, i.e. if you do not have time for breakfast at home then you can eat one of these on the way to work. Or, if you cannot sit down to eat a bowl of cereal at home, you can eat a cereal bar whilst getting ready for work!
They come in an enormous variety of flavours, and some of them are even coated in a milk/yoghurt type substance (e.g. the Kelloggs Frosties bar). Some of them contain fruit or nuts.
However, on the downside, what they do all seem to contain, which you do not find in all cereals (although it is in many), is sugar! This means that if you sacrifice your bowl of Kelloggs rice krispies for a Kelloggs Frosties cereal bar, you are consuming more sugar than you would have had you not done this.
For a while the nutir-grain bars were very popular. These contained a layer of fruit puree inside them, but also had a lot of sugar!
I have eaten quite a few different varieties of cereal bars over the years and whilst those like the one I mentioned above do taste very nice, I do prefer to eat something that at least tries to be a bit more healthy.
When it comes to how filling a cereal bar is compared to cereal or toast, I do not find a cereal bar to be filling, and I think that most people would want two if they were eating them instead of breakfast. Perhaps they would make a better mid-morning snack than a substitute for breakfast.
They are quite reasonably priced, with an average box of six costing about one pound fifty.
Cereal Bars - a bar of cereal. Just what it says on the tin. I'm not sure if it sounds totally appetizing. I have disliked cereal ever since my grandmother shovelled it down my throat when I was a tot; but amazingly I quite like cereal bars. The humble cereal bar ranges from something plain and simple like a Kelloggs Special K bar, to a sweet and sickly Rice Krispies squares bar. There's a choice for more or less everyone out there, even the muesli lovers - ever heard of 'Eat Natural' bars? (They're gorgeous by the way!). There's no arguing that most kids absolutely love them. They're easy to slip into a lunchbox or put one in your bag or pocket for later. They're easy and simple, but is there something sinister hidden inside the shiny little wrapper? Oh yes there is.
Next time you have a cereal bar, look on the back in the ingredients section. FAT. SUGAR. CARBOHYDRATE. All great in moderation but it's usually excessive in cereal bars. They've got much higher sugar than in a cereal itself. They are - in fact - more like sweets than cereal. Therefore, you should eat them/give them to your kids in moderation.
Quoted from the BBC website,
"Coco-Pops Cereal and Milk Bar - fat 32%,saturated fat 24%, sugar 41%
Rice Krispies Cereal and Milk Bar - fat 35%,saturated fat 29%, sugar 33%
Fruit and Nut Break Breakfast Bar - fat 25%,saturated fat 6%,sugar 22%
Nutrigrain Apple Morning Bar - fat 20%, saturated fat - 4%, sugar 32%
Tracker Breakfast bar (banana) - fat 43%"
Do you not think that these figures are a little scary? Next time you pick up a 'low calorie' cereal bar, think twice. These cereal bars could be causing the stubborn love handles on your middle that you just can't get rid of. You could make healthier snacks for a lot less money, like carrot sticks or a healthy sandwich. These will sustain you for a lot longer without the sugar.
My opinion: I think cereal bars are very handy as (shock) I don't eat breakfast. This is because I am definitely NOT a morning person and I have a metro to catch in the mornings. Therefore I can't waste time fluffing around in the kitchen, so I grab a cereal bar. This might be a contributer to the reason I am a little chubby, even though I do a lot of exercise and eat pretty healthily. I'm not blaming it all on cereal bars, because I know that's silly. I just believe everything in moderation is fine, so go easy on the cereal bars; it's a lot better just to eat a bowl of that cereal.
Cereal bars have a lot of advantages. Firstly, they are great as a hassle free snack you can grab on the go, and great to put in your kids' lunchboxes. I often find myself taking one out of the cupboard as I'm dashing out of the door to go to work (yes I should be more organised!). It's an easy breakfast as I don't have to bother with milk - just grab and go!
Another thing about cereal bars is that they are appearing on store shelves in an increasing number of ranges and flavours, so you're sure to find one you like - even if you have to do some experimenting first! Even chocolate and yoghurt go well in cereal bars, and they are generally healthier than chocolate on its own - well at least depending on how controlled you are!
You can also get different textures - ones which are made with branded cereal, e.g. Frosties, ones which are soft and quite chewy like Nutrigrain, and ones which are quite generic like Chewee.
One thing to watch out for with cereal bars is that they can contain a lot of sugar and aren't necessarily as 'healthy' as they are made out to be, in which case you might as well have a naughty snack. This makes some brands quite disappointing.
The other main disadvantage of cereal bars is the price, as a box of 6 can cost up to £3 odd. It's often best to look out for deals e.g. 3 free in a box or buy 1 box get one 1 free - even so, they still aren't the cheapest snack around.
Cereal bars are a great invention. They are perfect in so many ways. Not only are they great for breakfast on the go, but are perfect for a small snack. And for the most part they are healthy.
I love the fact that you can get them in so many flavors. Apple Cinnamon, cherry, strawberry. There are soft brands and hard, depending on what you buy. Some are flavored like your favorite cereals as well. And they have very high vitamin and mineral counts, so you can feel good about eating them or giving them to your children as a breakfast or snack.
They vary in price and can sometimes be pricey, but for the most part you can often get them on sale for less than $3 a box. And considering if you bought candy bars as a snack you are already ahead because they are way cheaper than them and way healthier.
Cereal bars, are becoming THE breakfast for people on the go, who have either got up late for work or school, and haven't got time to eat a proper sensible breakfast.
I like cereal bars as a snack sometimes in the day, mainly mid morning, but their hardly filling and i could quite easily scoff 2-3 in a row.
To narrow it down their are really three types of bars to chose from, ones i consider to be fairly healthy- these include Nutri-grain,and jordans frusil. Then there are ones i consider to be neither healthy or unhealthy, which are quaker bars, and tacker bars, and then the ones i consider to be full of fat are mainly ones from kelloggs, like coco pops bars, Frostie bars etc.
I was a fool many years ago when cereal bars first made a appearance on the food market, i honestly believed that they would help me lose weight, and i would chose the ones that sounded healthy without stopping to read the label.
They all claim there made with whole grains, and oats so you automatically think they would be good for you right? wrong!
90% of the bars that are on the market have a higher content of sugar and fat than a portion of chips, what do you think makes them sick together all nice and compact into a little bar? loads of sugar and fat, and Kellogg seem to be the worst culprit's for doing this, as they claim it's more healthier to eat a cereal bar, than it is to have a bowl of cereal and milk?? Ok then if thats the case, take for instance i have a bowl of cereal with milk, and a cereal bar consisting of the same cereal, the bowl of cereal only has to have milk added to it, but the cereal bar has high amounts of sugar and fat hidden in it to make it stick together, i'm no scientist but i'm sure even you can work out which is healthier out of the two???
Not all cereal bars are what they claim to be, so always read the label before you buy them, some are healthy and full of whole grains, vitamins, and minerals and are ideal as part of a healthy balanced diet, but others are just full of fat and sugar and not good for you.
Cereal bars have become increasingly popular over time as they make excellent snacks for breakfast and throughout the day. There are a variety of different cereal bars out there such as Nutri-grain variety. Made by Kelloggs, these cereal bars contain a lovely bit of fruit flavouring.
Kelloggs make many other cereal bars including the Frosties one and others that originated from their cereals themselves. There are many more on the market which you can find. They are often bought in boxes of 4 or so, which can last you a week every now and then.
They are excellent snacks for breakfast, hence their name - CEREAL bars. They have all the goodness (besides the milk) that cereals have and they are quick to grab and eat. I find them much tastier than cereal as I am not a huge fan of the milk. They are quite filling and will keep you going until lunch time. They are also good to fill a hole when you're in the office and feeling peckish.
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