Monday, 24 February 2014

Special K granola (review + giveaway c/d 18 March NOW CLOSED)

"Mama, may I have some more please?" (Eddie)

Are you struggling to keep your New Year's resolutions to eat healthy (and maybe even lose a bit of weight?). I have been on 5:2 diet this year, and while in January I was very enthusiastic about it, losing just 1.6kg slightly dampened my enthusiasm. Though I continue fasting, there were a couple of times, when I succumbed to the temptation. I blame my husband, of course, who brought a huge box of Belgian chocolates from one of his recent trips. I am eager to try new food products that would help me to stay on track, and was pleased to find out that Kellogg's Special K has launched new Special K Granola in two varieties: Raisins and Red Apples as well as Cranberry, Pumpkin Seeds and Almonds.

Special K granola muffins


Special K porridge is now one of my fasting days' staples, and it is exciting that Special K has expanded its range to accommodate the tastes of slimmers and health-conscious eaters.
New Special K Granola with its five grain recipe consists of Oats, Barley, Wheat, Spelt and Rye, and is 30% less fat than most other granolas.
It comes in convenient pouches, which are easy to open and reseal for freshness. Each pouch contains 8 servings (45g). Typical values per serving: 174kcal, 3.4g fat, 7.7g sugar. It is also fortified with six vitamins and iron.

The first granola we tried was Special K Granola with Cranberries, Pumpkin Seeds and Almonds.
My children love pumpkin seeds, they eat them as snacks very often, and I also use them widely in salads and in baking.



My guys also tend to eat cereals and granolas without milk, just like a snack (hence the photo with the red Peppa Pig bowl).



I added milk to my portion. It is a lovely granola, with plenty of seeds and a variety of textures, from crispy to crunchy and chewy. 45g might not sound like a big amount, but actually it is quite filling, especially with milk. It does keep you going until lunch without snacking (though I did have a small cup of diet coffee at eleven).



Special K Granola With Raisins and red apples is the second variety of the granola, made from wholegrain cereals with the added goodness of raisins and dried apples. Each 45g serving has 175kcal. It looks very appetizing, with big pieces of dried apples.



I can easily see this granola becoming another product to add to my 5:2 diet fastng days' list.
As of this month, Special K granola is available in all major supermarkets at £2.99 per 370g bag.

Two bags of granola which I received for testing and reviewing were delivered with a pretty tea towel (illustration by Charlotte Farmer), which has a recipe for Special K granola muffins printed on it.
Of course, I wanted to try the recipe.



The muffins were lovely, even if they looked a bit like Hairy Bikers with pieces of granola on the top like the unruly hair.
Top marks for Special K granola in our household, both from the slimmers (aka myself) and kids who munched on granola as tasty snacks.

For more information please visit Special K.

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116 comments:

  1. My favourite is muesli, followed with toast with Marmite and fresh orange juice x

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  2. My Favourite Breakfast Is Cereal With Hot Milk On Cold Mornings & Cold Milk On Hot Mornings

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  3. Branflakes with lots of honey

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  4. I have scrambled eggs for breakfast and cereal for a snack before bed.

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  5. Black coffee and probably toast :)

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  6. i have to admit im not a breakfast person but my fiancée would love this shes cereal made x

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  7. cereal and tea

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  8. My favourite breakfast is toast topped with sliced banana and honey drizzled on top!

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  9. i love any cereal as long as its not chocolate

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  10. I love bagels with butter & jam

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  11. i love a bagel with cream cheese

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  12. Granola with yoghurt and a sliced banana

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  13. Porridge with a little drizzle of golden syrup.

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  14. Muesli with fresh blueberries

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  15. soft boiled eggs with marmite soldiers

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  16. My favourite breakfast is Porridge. It's so warming on a cold day

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  17. Porridge with sliced banana on top - delicious!

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  18. Piece of cheese, if anything.
    Sylvia Robbins

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  19. Susan Joyce Rogers25 February 2014 at 20:34

    I do like eggs or my favourite cereal is muesli

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  20. Granola with greek yoghurt

    @rachiegr

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  21. Rice Krispies , fresh peaches and strawberries

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  22. cereal and a glass of orange juice

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  23. my favourite breakfast is the naughty one- rolls with chocolate spread and banana slices

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  24. My favourite would be fresh croissants, loads of butter and gallons of coffee (but I only have it very occasionally!).

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  25. Porridge with fruit on top eg bananas, prunes, blueberries

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  26. French toast with maple syrup, but only for a special treat!

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  27. Porridge with a Sliced Banana and Maple Syrup

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  28. Porridge - I have it with something different every day!

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  29. I like to have a different breakfast every day. Eggs on toast, porridge, cereal

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  30. I love porridge or muesli most days

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  31. banana with honey greek yogurt

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  32. At the weekend, I like a bacon sandwich, but in the week, I like cereal.

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  33. Crumpets with lots of real butter!

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  34. i love a traditional bacon and egg breakfast on a sunday but on a workday then muesli with greek yogurt is my usual.

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  35. I love a good nutty granola topped with almond milk and fruit!

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  36. Porridge or granola if I'm feeling rich hehe

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  37. A bowl of cold cereal and an ice cold Pepsi!

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  38. Fluffy American-style pancakes topped with blueberries and maple syrup.... but on normal mornings I go for porridge. :) But I do love greek yogurt topped with granola and fresh berries or fruit too.

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  39. Granary toast with Marmite, topped with a poached egg and freshly ground black pepper - delicious!

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  40. Porridge in winter, weetabix in summer!

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  41. If I'm at home I like toast with Blueberry Jam, but if in a hotel on holiday its got to be fresh Fruit Salad

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  42. Natural greek yogurt with honey, cinnamon, dried cranberry plus various fresh fruit (I like to add different fruits each morning)

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  43. Toast with banana, or granola. Or if I'm more awake, french toast.

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  44. Porridge topped with raspberries, blueberries and a squeeze of honey

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  46. toast and butter, and a yogurt

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  47. Cold toast, ice cold butter and a cup of green tea :)

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  48. Fried English :)

    @oneisjamie

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  49. Porridge with either banana or honey

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  50. Cereal bars, no preparation needed.

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  51. cornflakes...Barbara steer

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  52. I can't eat til 10am or my blood sugar goes funny and I get the shakes :-(

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  53. I like Bran Flakes with sultanas and hot milk :)

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  54. A bowl of shreddies with sliced banana :)

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  55. Poached eggs on a toasted, buttered English muffin! And OJ too.

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  56. Cereal with milk

    @jaizduck

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  57. porridge oats

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  58. Fresh fruit salad followed by tea & toast :)

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  59. granola with greek yoghurt and fruit

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  60. bacon eggs mushrooms n toast

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