“ Brand: Kelloggs / Type: Cereal Bar „
Since we had our recent redundancies in work, one of the downsides for the people who remained was worsened terms and conditions, including no more pensions, higher workloads and longer hours. The longer hours means I have to leave the house earlier in the mornings, and this makes it difficult to fit in a proper breakfast. As a result of this, I have been trying out different breakfast bars depending on what's on offer.
Nutri Grain offer a range of breakfast bars, some I like more than others, but ultimately it comes down to price because they can be quite expensive for what they are. These were on offer when I bought them, so they cost me less than they would have done, but at full price they're around £1.99 for a pack of 6, although if you buy in bulk it works out cheaper as a box of 12 costs £3.68. They are not the cheapest alternative to breakfast so it's worth looking out for them in discount stores like Home Bargains. The bars are individually wrapped in a foil wrapper, which keeps them fresh and makes them handy for carrying to work in your handbag.
The product description on the packaging describes them as "A soft golden baked crust made with wheat, wholegrain oats and a strawberry filling". The best part of this bar for me is the outside bit, because it tastes really wholesome and you can taste the oats. To be honest, I'd probably prefer this bar if it just consisted of the outside bit, as the filling is far too sweet and puts me off eating them too early in the morning. The filling tastes of strawberry and is jam-like in consistency. It's very very sweet but adds something to the texture of the bar, and the overall effect of the filling and the covering makes this bar nice and moist.
The packaging claims that these bars contain no artificial colours or flavours, which surprises me to be honest because they do taste quite sugary and not overly natural. Again, this is due to the filling, which maybe would taste better if they reduced it a little. I find these bars too sweet to have first thing in the morning, so I tend to have them as a mid-morning snack, which kind of defeats the point of getting them to use as breakfast bars!
The nutritional information per bar is as follows:
Calories - 133
Sugar - 12g
Fat - 3g
Saturates - 1g
Salt - 0.3g
As you can see, it's no great surprise that the sugar content is so high. I'm not sure these are an overly healthy alternative to breakfast, so I might end up paying a little more next time (heaven forbid!) and get something more savoury tasting with less sugar. These are ok for a mid-morning or afternoon snack though, so I would possibly buy them again if I saw them on offer.
Being consistently on a diet....or at least it feels that way at the moment...I'm always looking for healthy snack options that I can take to work with me. My shifts start at 7am and sometimes it feels a little to early to be eating breakfast before I leave the house at 6am - and so I often like to take something to work with to munch on in my break. One such snack I tried recently was the Kellogs Nutrigrain Soft Bake Bar (Strawberry) that came in a box containing 12 of the bars. I bought them from Tesco and 12 x 37g bars cost me £3.68 - which equates to just under 31p each. I have heard people say these bars are expensive, but that doesn't sound expensive to me - and it's certainly cheaper and healthier than the bar of chocolate or packet of crisps I might eat otherwise!
For those on the never-ending diet, there are nutritional facts on the box which state that each bar contains 135 calories and 3.5g of fat - which isn't bad for a snack or a breakfast. Each bar is foil wrapped in it's own individual wrapper to keep it protected and fresh and so it also makes it ideal for packed lunch boxes. The bar itself is like a thin flattened sausage roll. The outside layer is made out of wheat and oats and is a soft golden brown. I find the outer layer to be a bit soft actually and would like a little bit of a crunch to it because to me it tastes a little stale and like it's meant to be crunchy but isn't! On the inside is a thin layer of strawberry jam which is sweet and compliments the outer layer really nicely. It does taste fruity and it is easily identifiable as strawberry. I wouldn't say the bar is particularly filling, but for a light snack it's perfectly acceptable.
I think this bar is okay. I wouldn't go overboard and rave out it, simply because I'm not a huge fan of the outer layer, but it's fine for a snack and I can't think that anyone would find it offensive really.
I love to eat breakfast as I find it really helps me not to snack during the morning before lunch, although I am quite lazy and often find myself hitting the snooze button on the alarm a few times rather than getting up earlier to eat breakfast. So when Kellogg's introduced the nurti-grain several years ago I became an instant fan as it meant I could have breakfast on the go.
You can buy nutri-grain bars individually or in multi-packs, I try and always opt for the multi pack option as they work out much cheaper per bar. Currently in Tesco a single Strawberry nutri-grain bar is £0.50 while a box of six is £1.99 or two boxes for £3.00.
The nutri-grain multi packs come in cardboard box but inside the bars are individually wrapped the same as the single purchase bars. This is a thick plastic coated foil style wrapper with jagged edges making the wrapper easy to tear open. I find the wrappers to work really well as the bars always seem soft and fresh when opened.
The front of the wrapper is predominantly red with the Kellogg's logo clearly displayed and pictures of fresh strawberries with a bright yellow sign stating that the bar contains no artificial colours or flavourings. On the back you can find full ingredients listings as well as nutritional information listed in English, Greek and Arabic.
Each individual 37g strawberry nutri-grain bar contains the following:
Energy kcal - 133
Protein - 1.5g
Carbohydrate - 26g
Fat - 3g
Sodium - 0.1g
The bars are also suitable for vegetarians.
The nutri-grain bar is described on the packet as a 'soft and fruity bar', comprising of a baked casing of wheat and wholegrain oats and filled with a strawberry filling. The nutri-grain bars are also available in the following other flavours:
- Apple Cinnamon
- Mixed Berry
Although I have tried several of the nutri-grain flavours the Strawberry ones are by far favourite. Although they are quite high in sugar and taste fairly sweet I do enjoy them as a breakfast on the go. They are a very soft and moist bar so are much more tasty than some of the breakfast bars avaliable which I find can be dry and a little bland. It would be nice if Kellogg's gave the filling a slightly more natural taste as at the moment it reminds me more of jam but apart from that to me they offer the perfect breakfast on the go choice.
I bought these recently as they were on sale at £1 for 8 bars, working out at 12.5p each. I had never had these before so I thought it was a perfect item to review.
The box I got is different but it is essentially the same. Inside there are 8 individually wrapped bars. They are made with wheat, wholegrain oats and fruit. They also contain calcium (25% RDA) and iron (17% RDA) and one bar contains 130 calories. There is also 12g of sugar in this product as well.
On opening the packet I was impressed by the softness of the outer wheat and wholegrain oat casing which also tasted lovely in its own right. Biting down your mouth gets a taste of the strawberry (strawberry puree made from concentrate). This is quite sweet and the puree is somewhat different from fresh strawberries (which wouldn't work in the recipe I understand). The bars do taste quite good though.
They do seem to be marketed at being healthy and contain a source of fibre. The sugar level seems high though it does contain fructose which isn't as bad as glucose (which it also contains). They also didn't satisfy me as a snack and found myself needing something else to eat.
Though they may taste quite good, if you are looking for a healthy snack I would suggest some fruit or trying to find another alternative. Not a bad try by Kellogs though. I will finish the box but wouldn't buy another at full price.
I used to buy these nutri-grain bars all the time as I never had time for breakfast in the morning before I left for work. I used to eat my nutri-grain bar in the car driving to work, but now I take some toast and eat it cold when I get to work. I got bored very easily of these bars even though I used to vary the flavours I bought. They are all basically the same with just a bit different fruit flavour filling in them.
These come in a box of 8 bars, and cost around the £2 mark. I think this is quite cheap for a weeks worth of breakfasts! They are all individually wrapped in foil to keep them fresh. I don't usually like wheat or oat kind of foods but these were actually quite nice. They are like a cake bar which are very soft, not chewy at all. The fruit filling inside I found a bit too sweet, I thought there was too much flavour in there, but at least they weren't bland.
These nutri-grain bars claim to be a good source of fibre, B vitamins, calcium and iron. Whole grain and wheat are also good for you. I lack these things in my diet so these are great to get them in my diet, although I only snack on them now and again, I don't eat them every day any more, as I went off them for a while, but have recently decided to try them again.
The strawberry ones are my favourite, but they also come in other flavours such as blueberry, apple, raspberry and blackberry and apple. I have tried all of them, and they are all nice and fruity. The filling is like a smooth jam in consistency, you don't get whole pieces of fruit in them.
I find these fill me up enough until dinnertime as well which is good, other cereal bars leave me hungry an hour later.
Each bar contains 130 calories, which isn't too bad for a breakfast. They need to be stored in a cool dry place, and are suitable for vegetarians.
I recommend these if you are on the go and don't have time for breakfast, or as a snack through out the day, give them a go!
I recently bought a box of 8 Kellogg's Strawberry Nutri Grain bars on a bit of a whim. I'm not very good at eating breakfast - because I stay in bed until the last possible minute and don't have time! So, when I was passing the cereal bars in the supermarket it occurred to me that would be a possible solution - if I don't eat breakfast I get peckish mid morning and have to try not to snack.
These bars are not, strictly speaking, cereal bars. They are "soft bake" bars. The bar is soft, cake like spongey stuff, with a filling of strawberry jam or similar. They are very soft - easily squashed in your handbag if you're not careful.
The first day I had one of these was a day I was travelling across London early in the morning for a job interview before I started work. It was a beautiful spring day, traffic was light, and I was on a bus crossing the river. I opened my nutri grain bar, took a bite and suddenly felt all summery. I'm sure this was a combination of the location, weather and the tasty bar, but it certainly gave a great first impression. The taste was good, nice and strawberry-like without being too sweet, as these things can be.
I continued eating these on my way to work. I continued enjoying them, but not so much as that first day - a dull day on a journey I make every day isn't the same. However, as I started approaching the end of the box I noticed I wasn't enjoying them as much, and that they seemed rather dry. I don't think that this was a decline in the quality of the bars (each is foil wrapped and shouldn't go stale) but rather that I was getting bored with them.
I liked these bars, and cereal bars certainly seem a good option for me, but I think I will vary what I buy. I'll buy these again but I'll try something else first.
My kind of healthy snack!
The product I will be reviewing is Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Strawberry Morning Bars. The title in the dooyoo catalogue is slightly different as is the packaging as Kellogg's have since updated this product. Kellogg's describe the morning bars as "a soft golden baked crust made with wheat, wholegrain oats and a strawberry filling". They contain fibre, 6 B-vitamins, iron and calcium and are designed to be a breakfast snack on the go either midmorning or if you did not have time for a proper breakfast.
You can buy these individually or as part of a multi-pack. They are housed in cardboard box which is mainly red to reflect the strawberry filling. The front of the box has a perfortrated flap you can tear to allow access to the bars. On the front of the packaging there is the name of the company and the product, some general information, basic nutritional information and a very inviting image of fresh strawberries and a Nutri-grain bar. The back of the box shows the other variations available in the Nutri-Grain range and some more images of strawberries and wheat. One side panel of the box has the nutritional information and company details and the other panel has ingredients and allergy advice. The actual Nutri-Grain bar itself has a red and white plastic wrapper with the name of the product, some strawberries, nutritional information, ingredients and company details. Ideal if you lose the box. To open the bar, you simply pull the wrapper open from the top straight down the middle.
On opening the wrapper, you are greeting with a golden brown and very oaty bar. It is a good size and about the size of a standard Dairy Milk chocolate bar. It is fairly smooth in texture and smells very oaty. When you break the bar in half, you see the strawberry filling which I would say incorporates about 60% of the bar and the oaty exterior covering the remaining 40%. The strawberry filling is strawberry puree and is very thick yet soft.
Cereals (32%)(Wheat Flour, Oat Flour, Whole Oats), Sugar, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Fructose, Strawberry Puree From Concentrate (7.5%), Fructose-Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Oil, Humectant (Glycerol), Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Stabilisers (Sodium Alginate, Methyl Cellulose, Xanthan Gum), Calcium Carbonate, Modified Starch, Skimmed Milk Powder, Colours(Anthocyanins, Paprika Extract), Salt, Citric Acid, Calcium Phosphate, Raising Agent (Potassium Hydrogen Carbonate), Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin), Flavouring, Malic Acid, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12
Contains milk, wheat and oats.
Each 37g bar contains
*Availability and Price*
As I said, you can buy these as a multi-pack which will cost around £2.13 for a pack of 8 from Asda. Other supermarkets do sell them for around the same price and occasionally will have them on offer so it does pay to shop around. You can also buy an individual bar is most shops and service stations but expect to pay around 50-60p.
I am a huge chocolate fan but wanting to lose weight means I need to find an alternative to satisfy my sweet tooth. I also often do not have time for breakfast before college which results on me buying chocolate or crisps at my break so the alternative..Kellogg's Nutri-Grain bars! I started buying these years ago but stopped as I found them to be boring and tasteless and not to mention expensive! Recently when I noticed the different packaging I decided to give them a try. I picked up a box of 8 from my local Asda and now buy them on a weekly basis.
The box is perfect in every way, shape and size and slots nicely into my cereal bar cupboard. I feel that the bars are an ideal size and are very well presented. I was delighted to rekindle my tastebuds with the former tasteless snack as to my happiness, there is now more, lots more fruit filling that there was when I first started buying them! I think this makes them more appealing and less oaty if you know what I mean. I also like the softness of the bar as up til now I have been eating Special K bars which are much harder and due to having developed sensitive and sore teeth, this would leave me in pain so Nutri-Grains does not have the same effect which is an upside.
I think these offer excellent value for money if you buy once a week and take one out with out once a day and therefore allowing the box to last longer. They are tasty, fairly filling til lunchtime and healthier than chocolate if not a bit high in sugar.
Ok so Kellogg's are one of the leaders when it comes to breakfast cereals, but I like that they expand into other mediums such as cereal bars.
Nutri-grains are one of my favourite cereal bars, but can it replace a breakfast? For me...it can't. I only eat these as a snack, I like that you can carry them round and have them anytime, but that is probably the best thing about them.
I find them quite dry and have to have a big drink after eating them. Because they are just a soft bake bar they are also very breakable and I often take one out of my bag only to discover it has been completely squashed and when I opened the pack bits went all over me, I guess the solution is to carry it in something that won't let it get squashed, but for me that should be the job of Kellogg's...maybe it should have some form of cardboard insert.
These bars also claim to have more filling in them than they used to. I can't tell that they have and I think they need to have more filling than they currently have.
You can buy them individually or buy them in packs of 8. I prefer to buy them in packs of 8 as it works out a lot cheaper, they also last quite a while so you can just keep them in your cupboard. The bars themselves come in individual wrappers and as easy to open.
The filling is just like strawberry jam but a bit sweeter. It is my favourite part of the bar. The outer layer is soft and has a light spinkle of oats on the top, this is the dry bit and doesn't have that much taste.
I don't tend to eat these all the time, but they are good every now and then for a snack. They aren't a replacement for breakfast for me, more a snack on the move that is healthier than a chocolate bar.
I do like these bars, though I often gloss over them when I am in Tesco, because I am sure they have moved them to the cereal section. I would have placed them in the confectionery aisle myself. The fact that they have been put with cereals is quite telling though. The bars do make a great substitute for breakfast cereals, or indeed could be eaten alongside a breakfast cereal.
Available in a variety of flavours, the top of my list has to be the strawberry bars. As a sucker for anything in red boxes, I always assume the taste will be sweet and berry like! When you ope these up you will be greeted by a rectangle looking bar with a golden looking outer layer. The outer layer has the look of a biscuit crossed with a cake. The taste falls into the cake category though. It has a doughy texture and a cake kind of flavour. There is a gentle cookie-esque essence which pushes through, with just the right level of sugars. Once you have broken down the outer bit, you get to the inner section, which is a gooey strawberry mixture. Imagine jam crossed with marmalade and you're probably on the right track. The inner lay is all condensed together and is liable to get stuck in the teeth. It is chewy, yet satisfying to munch on.
The only problem I have with the bars is that the size is not quite big enough. I would personally have added an extra two inches to each bar, as at the moment I get about four bites out of them. They are handy for when you need an energy fix from a workout and they also make great ideas for packed lunches. For eight bars, expect to pay about two pounds fifty, but they are often on offer.
There's always various Cereal bars in our cupboards since the wife is trying to eat healthier, she got a pack of these the other week, and I have got a bar with me in my lunchbox. This is the first time I've tried them, although they have been out for years.
You get these in quite a few different flavours, but it is the Strawberry ones that I'm reviewing. You get these in an 8 pack and I don't think they are that cheap considering they cost £2.42 from our local Sainsbury's.
The box looks alright, and the bars are individually wrapper. The wrapper is easy enough to open and it is a sort of foil wrapper with all the details you need to know such as how many calories and fat 131 calories and 3..5g fat, and all the ingredients.
This bar is quite simple. It is just some Strawberry Jam wrapped in a light golden Cake type coating. The amount of Jam in here is nice enough, but there does seem to be a lot compared to the amount of coating. The Cake covering is soft, and slightly crumbly, and nice and moist. This is my favourite part. The Strawberry bit tastes sweet and tastes like fresh Strawberries. Although you can taste Sugar in this, it doesn't taste that artificial.
I would eat the occasional one of these, and will look to try the Apple one next. It isn't my favourite snack, but a nice sweet change that isn't chocolate.
Being someone who often doesn't have time for breakfast in the morning, I like to pick up a cereal bar and eat it on my travels. I've recently bought a box of strawberry nutri-grain bars and have to say they are quite yummy.
The box they come in is much like the individual items inside, red and white colouring with a note on the bottom right saying "more fruit filling" something i've noticed recently with these, can't taste much difference though, but more fruit is always good :-)
They clearly note the calorie intake at the top right of the individual item (130 calories) and all the nutritional information is on the back.
It is quite chewy which is mainly from the oats, has a nice taste though and the strawberry filing is also very nice, just like having strawberry jam.
You get a slight after taste of the strawberry which lasts for about a minute or two which I'm not moaning about, I quite like it.
The boxes range from anything from £1 a box (although may be near it's sell by date) to £3 and the indivdual bars are anything from 45p to 60p in most local supermarkets and newsagents. Not a bad price I guess but in my opinion shop around and only get them if on offer, especially if you want more than one.
I'll keep this short as I only have one dislike, the oats get stuck in your teeth. See you thought I'd go on about something to put you off, but each to their own.
All in all I really like these bars, I normally go for a go-ahead bar but I fancied a change and is really quite appetising. I'd recommend trying these, if you're not a fan of strawberry I also recommend apple.
calories - 130
protein - 1.5g
carbohydrates - 26g
of which are sugars - 12g
starch - 10g
fat - 3g
of which are saturates - 1g
fibre - 1.5g
sodium - 0.1g
salt - 0.3g
Nutri Grain Soft bake are exactly what they are described as a soft bar, most cerealy type bars tend to be full of full oats and a bit harsh tasting but these are different kettle of fish and kind of stand on their own on the shelf as not much else is similar really
These look like a sponge bar, with a jam centre to them. Each one is about the length of the average chocolate bar but slimmer. These have a light sprinkling of oats on the top which look nice but don't add any flavour really. These are wrapped in a foil wrapper
Eight 37 gram bars will cost you around £2.14, most cerealy type bars come in packs of six so theres a bit of hidden value in these being in boxes of eight. 72p per 100 grams is around where it comes out at.
About the Taste?
Very soft, more like a mini sponge type bar, this is more of a cakey exterior with a nice seedless jam filling in the middle. The jam is really nice tasting, it does taste how you would expect it to for a bake/cake bar. I have even had these with custard before as these taste so similar to a sponge, really tasty
Full of sugar, 33 grams per 100 grams. All the traffic lights are amber other than the sugar one which is red. 131 kcal per bar or 355 kcal per 100 grams. Just be aware of the sugar levels more than anything.
Great for putting in your pocket, a good boost, soft and spongey
Kellogs have been making cereals for over 100 years. Their phrase is now know as "If it doesn't say Kellogg's on the box, then it isn't Kellogg's in the box!" They not only make cereals but now cereal bars a sure sign that people want to be able to eat on the go. Its breakfast made convenient.
The Nutrigrain bars can be brought as a single bar but they also do the boxes which contain 8 bars (37 grams per bar) inside. The box is your bog-standard cardboard cover with a picture of the bar on the front as well as clearly printed information on the nutritional values.
The basic info on the nutrition side of it is:-
Protein 1.5 grams
Carbohydrates 26 grams
of which - sugars 12 grams
of which - starch 10 grams
Fat 3 grams
Fibre 1.5 grams
Sodium 0.1 grams
These bars also contain vitamins and minerals. Ther are as follows:-
Thiamin B1 - 0.4 mg
Riboflavin B2 - 0.4 mg
Niacin - 4.5 mg
Vitamin B6 - 0.5 mg
Folic Acid - 50 Ug
Vitamin B12 0.25 UG
Iron 2.4 mg
Calcium 200 mg
The wrapper for these is red and white foil and is easy to open.
The bars themselves are soft chewy bars that are made from wheat and whole grain oats and they have a fruit flavoured filling. The filling is enough to make the bar tasty without it being sickly. They also do other flavours and they are Apple, Blueberry, Cherry and Rasberry.
When you bite into these bars they are very soft and chewy (but not too chewy). The filling is quite sweet but luckily there isn't too much of it so it's not too bad. They have a slight sugar coating on the top of the bar which adds to the sweetness but also gives it a very slight crunch.
My opinion on this bar is that it tastes good, but it is very sweet. I am not a breakfast person during the week and find that these are easy to eat and require no preperation, just open and eat. However I am not entirely convinced that even though this bar gives you vitamins and minerals that this is a healthy option. I know that some sort of breakfast is better than nothing but maybe the fat, carb and sugar content is what puts me off. I also think that although they taste nice they are sweet so aren't to everybody's liking.
I paid around £2 for a box of 8 which working out at 25 pence a bar is very reasonable.
Nutri grain bars are really soft baked breakfast bars made out of an outside coating of oaty grains which tastes fantastic and then an inside filling as well.
These strawberry ones are some that I tried once, however they weren't my favourite ones really.
The strawberry filling in the centre, like the others is really gooey which is nice however its very sweet and a bit too artificial tasting for my liking which puts me off these.
I also don't think that this flavour goes all that well with the oat baked outside of the bar, which isn't good as this is the best part of the bar in my opinion, however I think there are other flavours that go much better.
These can be bought on their own for about 40-50p which isn't too bad however they aren't the biggest of bars and there not really that filling so are more of a bit of a breakfast snack than a quick on the go breakfast. They can be bought in multi packs as well so you can save a bit of money there, but unless you're a massive fan of strawberries then id go for one of the other flavours.
Kellogg's Nutri-grain Strawberry Cereal Bars....
I have been struggling over the past few months to try and find something that Jack will eat for breakfast. It seems at nearly 2 ½ he has gotten into the bad habit of not eating what I prepare for him. He will often ask for some jam on toast and I will dutifully make it for him and then he will just point blankly refuse to eat it and then moan an hour or so later that he is hungry.
I thought about these bars as they are promoted as being fairly good and I was sure I had seen adverts where they say about eating them for breakfast. To start with I bought a single bar which cost around 40pence but after Jack scoffing it down without it touching the sides and seemingly filling him up till his snack time at 10 O clock I decided on buying a multi box.
I was quite astounded at the price of a multi box which for 8 individually wrapped bars was nearly going to set me back £3! I guess however you get what you pay for and the fact is that Jack does like them (I have however found Morrison's version to be cheaper and just as nice).
As I say the bars all come individually wrapped in a 'Stay Fresh' type wrapper and the outer box is made from cardboard so can easily be recycled. The bars are perfect for eating on the go too because of them being wrapped up and of a good lunch box type size.
The bars of described as 'Soft Bake Bar" which is exactly what they are funnily enough. There is a wonderfully oat/cereal covering to the intense filling that tastes just like eating real strawberries as you get none of the fake tasting strawberry that you can sometimes get with products like this. The bar itself is so soft and really seems to melt with the mouth. The only downside of this is that I often get it all stuck to the roof of my mouth and have to spend a minute of two using my tongue to prise it off!
The Nutri-grain bars come in many different flavours but the strawberry one is certainly my favourite. The flavour is wonderful and the filling works well when eaten with the outer layer of cereal. I really feel full up when eating one of these and like Jack I am able to last over to the next meal time without thinking too much about my stomach.
They are not bad in fat and calorie content and I suppose if you are eating a bar for breakfast compared to a bowl of cereal they are rather good. Per 37gram bar you would be looking at eating 130 calories and 3 grams of fat but only 1 gram of saturated.
All in all I am happy to award these Nutri-Grain Strawberry Bake Bars a brilliant score of 5 stars as there really is not a thing I can find wrong with them. A HIGH recommendation from me!
I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read
A soft golden baked crust made with wheat and whole-grain oats, with a great tasting fruit filling.