“ Brand: Jordans / Type: Cereal Bars „
Given far too much of my monthly salary was being pumped into the vending machine at work and I was on a bit of a health kick, I decided to make a change to my daily snacking habits. Out went the McCoy's crisps and in came Jordans Frusli bars.
These bars come in packs of 6 and cost around £1.60 from my local Asda store. Occasionally they are to be found on offer in the supermarkets for £1 if you are lucky enough to time it right. My local Asda generally stocks 3 varieties - Raisin & Hazelnut, Red Berry and Blueberry. Having visited the Jordans website, you can also pick up Cranberry & Apple, Truly tropical or even Morello Cherry and Cocoa. I am actually a little bit miffed as the 3 flavours I have been unable to buy so far seem a little bit more appealing!
Anyway, I generally have 1 or 2 of these a day. The first one will be had around mid-morning as an elevenses-type snack. This is ideal as it does not fill me up too much before lunch, but definitely keeps any major hunger pangs at bay.
The second is a mid-afternoon snack just to give me that little energy burst to see me through until home time.
The box is your standard cardboard affair, each with the Jordans logo prominent on the front and then the flavour and a little picture of what is in the bars at the bottom. Each different flavour has a different colour pack which roughly corresponds to the flavour of the bars inside (e.g. red for the red berry flavour).
On the back of the packet is the Jordans mission statement which tells you a little bit about how the company was founded followed by their self-congratulatory boast that their bars contain more frusli than many other cereal bars.
There is also a little picture of the other flavours available in the range...providing your local outlet has a little more variety than mine.
For the eco-conscious, you will be pleased to know that the packaging is made from 80% recycled board with the other 20% from sustainable forests.
I don't really like bland foods, and although I was on a bit of a health kick that doesn't mean I will eat any old tasteless rubbish just to feel better about myself. I am pleased to say that all 3 flavours that I have been able to try have been really tasty. Packed full of wholegrain and really fresh tasting. Each bar is about 20cm long, 7cm in width and about 3cm in depth. Sometimes with these sorts of things they can all taste the same regardless of advertised flavour, but all of the Jordans range is noticeably different. My personal favourite so far is the raisin & hazelnut as the two ingredients work really well together. The raisins taste fresh and juicy and hazelnut complements them well.
All three flavours that I have tried are a good source of fibre and as an added bonus contain no added salt, artificial flavourings, colourings, preservatives or GM ingredients. I am a keen carnivore but these bars are suitable for vegetarians (with the bizarre exception of the Papaya and Pineapple flavour?!)
Each bar contains 117 calories and 0.5g of saturated fat which actually stands up very well against its competitors.
If you are looking to ditch the crisps and chocolate snacks then I would highly recommend you give these ago. They are really tasty, excellent in nutritional value and work out at around 27p per bar.
As part of a free trial I was sent a Jordons Frusli bar in the post. They do a wide variety of flavours but I was sent papaya and pineapple.
The bars come in a plastic wrapper in a different colour depending on the flavour. My wrapper was yellow with a clear strip so that you can see the bar itself. The front contains the brand name and the flavour. On the back you can find the best before date, ingredients and contact details. There is a brief description "wholegrain oat cereal bar with dried papaya, dried pineapple and sultanas". It also has a section on allergy information; in this case it contains oats and almonds. It also says it may contain wheat, barley, rye, other nuts and sesame seeds. The last section is the nutritional advice on my packaging this wasn't easy to read so I can't say more than the numbers appear to be reasonably low.
The bar didn't have quite as sweet a taste as I first expected, enough oats have been added to counter-act the sometimes over-powering taste of the fruit. The fruit is in reasonable sized chunks so when you take a bite with a piece of fruit in it the flavour hits you. The pineapple is the strongest flavour in the bar. The bar has a slightly cardboard texture to it and it is quite chewy. The flavour of the almonds is present amongst the oats but is covered over by the fruit.
Overall the bar does have a reasonably nice flavour although I'm not sure I would buy it. The texture is a little bit funny and it left me with a dry mouth afterwards. However, the bar did work very well for me as a mid-morning snack I found it very filling and it kept me going till lunchtime.
I have one of these cereal bars for my mid-morning snack every day, and I can honestly say that they are the best cereal bars I've ever had. They come in a variety of flavours, cherry and cocoa, Wild berries, hazelnut and raisin to name a few. They are made with British Conservation Grade Wholegrain Wheat Flakes, and dried fruit. You can see the big chunky oats in the bar, and the fruit, so its very clear to see exactly what its made of, unlike some other cereal bars (such as special K) where you're really not sure at all what they are made of as the bars look like crushed up cereal or something... Theres around 118 calories per bar, with 3g of fat. Per 100g of the product there is 9.9g of fat, which isn't really bad compared to some other snack foods that claim to be healthy. Oats are supposed to be high GI as well so they keep you fuller for longer and less likely to be reaching for the biscuits mid morning.... A good honest healthy snack, and yummy as well!
These are a relatively new range of cereal bars that come in five varieties; cranberry and apple, raisin and hazelnut, wild berries, blueberry and limited edition cherry and cocoa- the only flavour I have not tried due to me not seeing it yet in my local Tesco.
Although working in a hotel, I am expected to supply my own lunch since the credit crunch and these creal bars have become a staple ingredient in my packed lunch box. I first bought them because I like cranberries and the cranberry and apple variety caught my eye. In the following weeks, I have worked my around the rest of the range available at my supermarket. At £1.19, they are cheaper than other cereal bars on the market, excluding own brands which are nowhere near as nice, and well worth the money. They come in packets of 6 and are very, very tasty.
The Blueberry variety are also surprisingly nice for someone who is not a big fan of blueberries normally and full of juicy goodness. There seems to be a lot of fruit in these bars and that makes them less dry than other brands and each variety is packed with flavour- the only problem is that these can be a little more-ish. My second favourite flavour of the four I've tried is raisin and hazelnut as I am a big fan of anything nutty and I certainly noticed you get a lot of nut for your money but all the varieties I have tried are equally as good and can be reccommended!
The advertising bumpf advertises them as follows:
"British wholegrain oats baked with zingy wild berries and sweet juicy raisins.
Source of fibre
No added salt
No artificial flavourings, colourings, preservatives or GM ingredients
Suitable for vegetarians"
And this is the nutritional information for those interested:
TYPICAL VALUES Per 100g:
Energy (kJ) 1658
Energy (kcal) 393
of which Sugars 31.1g
of which Saturates 2.1g
equivalent as Salt Trace
As with all such products, it is a good idea to treat all claims that this product is beneficial to your healthy eating regime with a pinch of salt (no pun intended) but eaten in moderation these are a tasty addition to your daily intake. Certainly since I discovered them, my lunch box is never without one and they certainly help to round off my pack-up!