We were sent a box of All Bran Red Berry Crunch, a box of their Golden Crunch and a box of their Chocolate Wheats to try. Anyone that knows me will tell you how much I like my food so I wasn’t going to turn them down!
I’m not usually a fan of breakfast but promised All Bran that I would make the effort and eat their cereals for breakfast on five consecutive days.
On day one I tried the Red Berry Crunch. I was expecting it to be a bit boring actually. Healthy breakfast that tastes good? Unheard of in this house.
So I dutifully poured out my cereal and sat down at the table, not really expecting the experience to be earth shattering. Actually, I was pleasantly surprised! You know you’re eating something healthy but it’s tasty. The cereal : berry ratio might be a bit heavy on the cereal side, but then it wouldn’t be as good for you I don’t suppose! I enjoyed breakfast, my hunger was satisfied and I stayed full until almost lunchtime. If, like me, you felt you needed more fruit you could always add some fresh fruit to your bowl, which I did on one of the other days.
On the second morning I tried the chocolate wheats. To my surprise, although I did like them, I preferred the red berry crunch (what’s that about?!). Still, they were a huge hit with the kids as I actually didn’t get a look in with those a second time! Again, I felt full and my hunger was kept at bay until late morning.
Thirdly, the golden crunch.
In my opinion, the best of the three flavours. I have added this flavour to next weeks shopping list because everyone enjoyed it. It makes for a great ingredient too as part of an apple crumble topping or mixed in with Rice Crispies and melted marshmallows to make crispie cakes.
All Bran are encouraging people to take part in their five day challenge, just like me. They say:
Unhealthy foods, emotional upheaval – it all takes its toll on your digestive system. You might not notice it straight away, as the body is built to withstand these stresses but before long, problems will set in. Follow these steps and your digestive health should flourish.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Eat slowly and regularly
- Choose high-fibre foods*
- Keep active
- Reduce and manage your stress levels
- Don’t smoke and limit alcohol intake
*Foods are ‘high in fibre’ when they contain 6g or more of fibre per 100g and a ‘source of fibre’ when they contain 3g or more per 100g. Checking food labels in the supermarket to compare fibre levels is a great start to achieving a higher fibre intake.
Just one serving of your favourite Kellogg’s All-Bran cereal will provide between 2.7g and 10.8g fibre (natural wheat bran fibre content at least 2.7g per serving), providing you with up to 43% of your fibre Guideline Daily Amount. What’s more, choices now include delicious flakes, crunch and biscuits so there really is something for everyone.
After reading all this advice, I realised that I’m probably not helping my Irritable Bowel Syndrome very much! I have suffered with it for a long, long time and some cereal sets it off. Once triggered, the symptoms can last for several days.
Trying the five-day challenge was therefore something of a risk for me, but I found that actually my IBS wasn’t triggered at all. In fact – when I STOPPED eating the All-Bran cereals for breakfast, my tummy did feel somewhat unsettled.
Eating a good breakfast set me up for the day and I found myself making healthier choices for the rest of the day too. In turn, I was surprised to find that I felt more awake, more energetic and generally more chilled out. I’m not saying that’s solely down to the breakfast but I do believe it contributed.
So to wrap this post up, here’s an amusing little video for your viewing pleasure!
This post is an entry for the Real Mums of All-Bran Linky Challenge, sponsored by Kelloggs.