“ Brand: Kelloggs / Type: Cereal Bar „
If your in a bit of a rush and struggle to get some cereal or even toast then you may have found the perfect resolution!
So nutrigrain bars can be purchased as individual packets or in multi packs, which contain 8 bars. The box multipack of the bars has an image of two cherries to the left making an appearance as well as a picture of the actual bar on the right. But in half so you can see what the filling will look like too.
Price of these can be a little off putting. Single bars can cost up to 80p each but that's at service stations. Where as your box of 8 cost a little of £3. So your definitely getting better value for money buying a box instead.
Now upon opening the packet you will notice that the bar is thick and oaty, the smell is very dominant and nice. The oat bar is baked and sometimes, this is very rare, the bar is a little well done. But I can say that almost all of the ones I have had are lovely and soft. The bar is really soft and you do get the taste of the oats. The filling is very sweet and smooth too. Not only this but the flavour is immense in these bars. The cherry really gets those taste buds tingling. These bars are really filling and you can get them in a variety of different flavours too. And here are some of the clinchers for those of you on diets etc, 3.5grams of fat but 12 grams of sugar, well its apple.
So overall you have a great tasting cereal bar that has many healthy elements to it, but would these be replacements for breakfast cereal, well yes and no.
Yes because if you don't have time one morning a week then go for it. But these aren't nutritionally sound for having as breakfast everyday.
But They do taste lovely , with a great range of flavours to boot.
Besides the obvious nutritional benefits that come with Kelloggs Nutri-Grain Soft Bake Bars (the clue is in the name) you also get an extraordinary taste sensation that is rarely achieved in so called healthy food. There does usually seem to be a balancing act to be found between healthy and tasty, but thanks to the vibrant cherry flavour of these bars, that gap has now been succesfully bridged.
I won't go into the calorific values as they can be easily found, but what I can tell you from a users point of view is that these bars are amongst the most filling and nicest bars of its kind and you really should accept no cheap imatations on this one. Kellogg's have got things just right with this product and the best thing is that it sits lightly on the stomach as I have found when having a bar during excercise.
The only down side really is that they are amongst the most expensive nutritional bars, but in this case you really do get what you pay for.
I highly recommend these bars, particularly this flavour.
Kelloggs Nutri-Grain bars
They are what it says on the packet - wholegrain with nutrition!!
Kellogg's Nutri-grain bars are a soft bake bar made with wheat, oats and bran and a fruit filling in the middle. The outside of the bar is like it describes, very soft and chewy and has a lovely golden crust to it. It sort of is a bit flaky at the top and seems to have flakes of oats baked into the top. The crust portion of the bar is quite thick. The bar itself is approximately 12cm in length.
The middle includes a sweet fruit centre. To me, the fruit inside is almost like a jam or compote. It is not runny by any means; it is thicker with quite a nice texture to it. It is a very sweet tasting middle and gives a nice contrast of tastes against the oatey and wheaty taste. Kellogg's do a number of different flavours. As well as the cherry one which I am reviewing they have blackberry and apple, strawberry, blueberry and raspberry. All the flavours are good in my opinion and there isn't one that I would not eat.
The cherry flavour is definitely quite strong and tastes like the cherry flavour that you get in Fruit Corner Yogurts.
The boxes are quite distinctive as to what flavour you want to buy. For example the cherry flavour has a picture of two cherries on the front and the writing is written in a light purple colour to depict cherries. There is also a nutri-grain bar on it, broken in half so you can see what the inside looks like.
Whole grains, and the daily consumption of whole grain is a big topic at the moment, especially as people are trying to eat more healthily. Apparently according to the expert's benefits of eating whole grain are said to reduce the risk of heart disease, letter blood sugar control, less hunger cravings and a healthier body mass.
Wow, all that from one little bar?!!!
Well, apparently yes, sort of! Each Nutri-Grain bar has half a serving of the recommended three servings or more of whole grains people need each day. So you would have to eat 6 of these to get the correct amount of whole grains, but hey, one is a step in the right direction. I tend to have mine in the morning for breakfast and according to the Kellogg's website that's the best thing to do. They write that, "studies have shown that when you make the right snack choices at the beginning of your day, you are more likely to make better decisions the rest of the day." I choose to have it in the morning because to me it's the closest thing to breakfast cereal I can find without having to have a bowl, spoon and milk!
Each bar weighs in at 37g. There are 131 calories in one bar which I don't think is too bad. Unfortunately it's the sugar that kills this bar. In one 37g bar there are 12g of sugar. This is quite high and probably contained mostly in the fruit centre but I do have to say that I think the benefits of this bar outweigh this. It has added calcium as well which is always a bonus.
You can buy these bars individually at convenience stores etc but I tend to buy them in a box set. They come in a box of 8 and at the moment cost £2.19 from Sainsburys.
As I have already mentioned I have recently started work as a merchandiser, which means that I am doing physical work all the while I am on site at our local Asda store. I do shifts of around 6 hours in length but do not have time to stop for a proper meal. Actually the idea of having a decent meal and then going straight back to bending and stretching in order to restock shelves doesn't really appeal!
For the last week or so each time I have gone to work I have taken a couple of Kellogg's Nutri Grain Soft Bake Bars with me so that I can have a snack whilst I am working and to prevent my blood sugar dropping too much.
There are currently seven flavours to choose from - Apple, Blackberry and Apple, Blueberry, Strawberry, Cherry, Raspberry or Chocolate, and I chose the strawberry and the cherry ones. I bought a pack of eight of each which cost me £2.05 per pack at Tesco's.
The boxes are all much the same design except that they have different flavour labels on them. I have already told you about the strawberry one so I shall now give my humble opinion on the cherry one as well.
The box is bright in white and shades of red with Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Soft Bake Bars Cherry written across it and a picture of outsized cherries across the box.
The words on the front of the box tell us that these snacks are 'made with wheat, wholegrain oats and fruit' and have added calcium.
Inside the packet each of the eight bars is individually wrapped for freshness. It also reminds us on the wrapper that they have added calcium.
I opened the wrapper to find what looked like a soft fat biscuit with a ridge across the middle almost separating it into two pieces. When I bit into it I realised that it was very soft in texture and contained a lovely soft cherry filling, and it was delicious. The outside was a tasty soft oat biscuit and the inside was fruity and fairly sweet although not so sweet as to be sickly. I found that the tastes of the inside fruit and the outside biscuit blended perfectly in my mouth.
As the bar is made with wheat, whole grain oats and added calcium at least I can tell myself that it is healthier than a chocolate bar!
The nutritional information for each 37g bar is as follows:
Of which sugars 12g
I found the bar to be filling enough for me to be able to continue working without any ill effects.
There is a note of the customer care helpline in the packet which is 0800 626066 and also the address to which you should send any complaints, which is:
PO Box 356,
Over the past week I have found that a couple of these bars at regular intervals during my shift keep me going until it is time to go home and eat something more substantial.
When I go shopping at the weekend I intend to look at the other sorts of bars so watch this space for reviews once I have tried them!