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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