Sunday, 13 July 2014

Kellogg's All-Bran Chocolate Wheats and The #RealMumsAllBran Challenge

Shredded wheat is a healthy choice of breakfast for many families, it comes in different sizes and flavours. Despite all the health benefits it offers, I confess that I don't often have cereals myself. If it's a plain shredded wheat or bran flakes, I tend to add some dried fruit or honey to it. Kellogg's have recently added a new product to their range of All-Bran cereals, and as soon as I heard the magic word "chocolate", I knew I must try it. Kellogg's All-Bran Chocolate Wheats is the same low calorie, low fat and high fibre cereal, only chocolate-flavoured.

Kellogg's All-Bran Chocolate Wheats look like mini cushions of shredded wheat.
They are not as sweet as some of the cereals for children (which is a big bonus). The chocolate filling is lovely. My guys liked them as snacks (I mentioned a few times on my blog that my children don't like milk in cereals, and prefer to have a snack and a glass of milk separately).

Just this morning I saw my older son sneaking in the kitchen and picking a few sweet cushions. He's 12 now, and is growing fast, and boys do tend to graze through the day.
I'm all in favour of him snacking on All-bran rather than munching on the cookies from a cookie jar.
I like the fact that All-Bran is a high fibre cereal (it provides 6g of fibre per 100g) and is made with wholegrain (it contains all 3 parts of the grain). Each 45g serving contains 179 calories, 9g of sugar and 4g of fat. 9g of sugar is 10% of the guideline daily amount. Ideally I'd prefer if it were even lower, so that if my guys get sugar, it should mostly come from fruit and vegetables.Yet comparatively to some other cereals catering for the children's market, they are relatively low in sugar.

Kellogg's box of All-Bran comes with a Take our 5 day Challenge, inviting the consumers to eat the cereal for 5 days in a row for breakfast and see if it makes a difference to feeling bloated and sluggish. I cannot say that I have been feeling bloated recently, as I keep taking a prebiotic powered drink for that, so it is difficult for me to say if All-Bran made a difference. But knowing that high fibre is good for my digestive health is enough of an incentive for me. And making it in chocolate flavour makes it even more appealing.

BritMums asked blogging Mums to join in the challenge and chirruped: "Our latest Challenge is all about getting a good feeling in your tummy as well as about your tummy. The Real Mums of All-Bran 5-Day Challenge is all about embracing our tummies and the way they look."

It is easy enough to get rid of the tummy niggles on the inside, and much harder to accept the outside. This year I have been on a yo-yo diet since January, I tried the 5:2 diet, the fast metabolism and slimming pills and drinks. Whatever I lost, I gained back.
Perhaps I should really stop and just accept the fact that, yes, my tummy is wobbly and soft, that I am not as slim as I was in my 20s, but this tummy did a super job, carrying two big babies (both of my sons were ten-pounders at birth). Maybe instead of being embarrassed about my midriff, I should be proud of its achievements! I joked today with my Mum, saying that my goal now is to look like this Russian beauty painted by Kustodiev.

And while I will not subject you to the sight of my own naked tummy, I will sing aloud the words from The Older Ladies Anthem:
"My thighs kinda jiggle when I giggle and wiggle
And if that’s the reason that you don’t love me,
Maybe that’s not love
My tummy ain’t tucked or liposucked.
It’s a little poochy, but I still Hoochy Koochy..."

Looking at my two beautiful boys, I am grateful to my body for doing a great job. I am a Mum, a real Mum, and I'm celebrating my tummy.

My little man snacking

For more information visit Allbran.

Disclosure: I was too late to apply for BritMums RealMumsAllBran challenge but I received a box of All-Bran Chocolate Wheats for the purposes of reviewing separately.

This post is an entry for the “Real Mums of All-Bran” Linky Challenge, sponsored by Kelloggs

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed reading this post. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part