Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

Search
  • FIRST POST
    Daisy
    Breakfast Cereals
    • #1
    • 10th Apr 05, 3:50 PM
    Breakfast Cereals 10th Apr 05 at 3:50 PM
    I'm looking for a cheap but healthy breakfast cereal because I go through the stuff so quickly.

    I currently eat Shredded Wheat because it seems to be the healthiest cereal but at 1.98 a box which only lasts a week, it's a bit expensive. I'd love to buy a big bag of muesli but the trouble is the sodium and/or sugar content is too high on the ones I've checked.

    I do eat Porridge occasionally but it's too much hassle twice a day!

    So does anyone know which cereals are healthy and also cheap?
Page 1
    • Magentasue
    • By Magentasue 10th Apr 05, 4:06 PM
    • 4,201 Posts
    • 2,671 Thanks
    Magentasue
    • #2
    • 10th Apr 05, 4:06 PM
    • #2
    • 10th Apr 05, 4:06 PM
    I think it has to be porridge for cheap and healthy. My kids love it but it's not practical for our rushed school mornings. I make it in the microwave - even for 2pints it's only a few minutes and one lot of stirring. I make it every day for my hens though!

    Shredded Wheat is supposed to be the healthiest commercial breakfast cereal. Sainsburys used to do boxes of mini shredded wheats the size of Shreddies and they used to be cheaper than Shredded Wheat. Not sure if they still do them.

    We have Shredded Wheat,Weetabix, Shreddies and Muesli (all Lidls or Asda's own). First the Shreddies go, then the Weetabix and Muesli. The Shredded Wheat is only eaten because there's 'nothing nice left'.

    And ... why 'twice a day'?
  • Party_Animal
    • #3
    • 10th Apr 05, 4:07 PM
    • #3
    • 10th Apr 05, 4:07 PM
    I'm on a low salt, low fat diet and the best ones for me are Shredded Wheat and porridge. I think Fitness is ok too. I didn't know till recently that there's as much salt in cornflakes as crisps.
    • soon2bjobless
    • By soon2bjobless 10th Apr 05, 4:17 PM
    • 416 Posts
    • 1,208 Thanks
    soon2bjobless
    • #4
    • 10th Apr 05, 4:17 PM
    • #4
    • 10th Apr 05, 4:17 PM
    You can grind down porrige in the food processor and make like instant ready break - cooks a lot quicker.

    Porrige is lovely cooked in the slow cooker overnight but you do have to make a big amount of it or it doesnt work properly.

    I also eat Somerfield own make bran flakes and they are lovely.
    Kondo'ed 76 items from wardrobe, 4 carrier bags of books
  • coffeeandfags
    • #5
    • 10th Apr 05, 4:20 PM
    • #5
    • 10th Apr 05, 4:20 PM
    I use Lidl bran flakes. Im sure they are well under 1 a box.....and funnily enough the kids love em too! Also keep me nice and regular!

    coffeeandfags
  • mink35
    • #6
    • 10th Apr 05, 4:20 PM
    • #6
    • 10th Apr 05, 4:20 PM
    Could you not make your own muesli? I'm sure it must be loads cheaper - and you know what's gone in it!
    Mink
  • Ted_Hutchinson
    • #7
    • 10th Apr 05, 4:30 PM
    • #7
    • 10th Apr 05, 4:30 PM
    I'm looking for a cheap but healthy breakfast cereal because I go through the stuff so quickly.

    I currently eat Shredded Wheat because it seems to be the healthiest cereal but at 1.98 a box which only lasts a week, it's a bit expensive. I'd love to buy a big bag of muesli but the trouble is the sodium and/or sugar content is too high on the ones I've checked.

    I do eat Porridge occasionally but it's too much hassle twice a day!

    So does anyone know which cereals are healthy and also cheap?
    by Daisy
    Try Lidl's Special Luxury Fruit Muesli, no salt or sugar in that and quite cheap at around 1.50. It does have a lot of fruit/nuts in it so why not try buying some large flake porridge oats from your health food shop (78p 1kg) and mixing those with the muesli to make it stretch a little further.
    I don't really know why you bother to cook porridge if you're in a hurry why not try adding milk/yoghurt and a bit of fruit and save energy and time by eating it without cooking it. I add a tablespoon of ground linseed to mine to increase omega3 intake.
    Eating uncooked large flake porridge oats is in line with the advice from the GI diet book. Becuase it's not been so processed or cooked it takes longer for your body to absorb the nutrients and therefore leaves you feeling satisfied for longer.
    Last edited by Ted_Hutchinson; 10-04-2005 at 4:34 PM.
  • furrypig
    • #8
    • 10th Apr 05, 5:07 PM
    • #8
    • 10th Apr 05, 5:07 PM
    we make bananna porridge for breakfast. basically done in microwave with water then once cooked add a mashed bananna! Easy, quick, cheap and healthy!
    • reverie
    • By reverie 10th Apr 05, 6:58 PM
    • 427 Posts
    • 2,114 Thanks
    reverie
    • #9
    • 10th Apr 05, 6:58 PM
    • #9
    • 10th Apr 05, 6:58 PM
    As Ted suggested above, I don't cook my porridge. I put porridge oats, milk and grated apple together and leave it in the fridge overnight, or enough for a couple of days. In the morning I put chopped dates, dried apricots, whatever soft fruit I have lying around, banana or some nuts and honey. I think it was in a Jamie Oliver book. It is lovely!
  • Daisy
    Wow, I'm really impressed with all your suggestions.

    Great idea to make my own muesli. I think I'll check out the one in Lidl first to see what sort of things I want in it.

    Mmm, mashed banana in porridge sounds nice. Someone elsewhere said they put sultanas in which sounds nice too. Does porridge made with water taste okay? I've always used milk. I'm definitately going to try the uncooked version with apple etc.. Also, are all makes of porridge oats the same? Aren't they all 'instant'?

    And ... why 'twice a day'?
    by Magentasue
    Er.. is it just me or do other people have cereal for their supper too?
  • mink35
    Er.. is it just me or do other people have cereal for their supper too?
    by Daisy
    Blimey that's bought back some memories! I used to when I was young(er) but haven't done that for years


    *And no I'm not ancient, lol
    Mink
    • Magentasue
    • By Magentasue 10th Apr 05, 7:46 PM
    • 4,201 Posts
    • 2,671 Thanks
    Magentasue



    Er.. is it just me or do other people have cereal for their supper too?
    by Daisy
    You mean after your Oldstyle dinner, you've got room for more?

    My kids always used to have a bowl of cereal before bed until I cottoned on to the fact they were getting fussier about eating their dinner knowing they would get to fill up later. Soon put a stop to that and that was years ago so I'd forgotten that some people have 'supper'!
  • archived user
    My son nibbles cereals all day long. He tends to eat 'loop' type cereals instead of sweets. Mind you, he does have porrige too.
    • Magentasue
    • By Magentasue 10th Apr 05, 8:33 PM
    • 4,201 Posts
    • 2,671 Thanks
    Magentasue
    My son nibbles cereals all day long. He tends to eat 'loop' type cereals instead of sweets. Mind you, he does have porrige too.
    by Judi
    Isn't that like eating sweets all day?:confused:
  • archived user
    Well maybe all day is an over exageration but he does eat them after a meal if hes still hungry. He eats Shreddies too.
    • Magentasue
    • By Magentasue 10th Apr 05, 9:22 PM
    • 4,201 Posts
    • 2,671 Thanks
    Magentasue
    Well maybe all day is an over exageration but he does eat them after a meal if hes still hungry.
    by Judi
    Ah well, that's like an instant dessert rather than sweets then.
    • catznine
    • By catznine 10th Apr 05, 10:22 PM
    • 3,187 Posts
    • 24,544 Thanks
    catznine
    I make my own muesli and it's really easy. You don't have to worry about added salt and sugar content either just don't add it. I don't measure anything just add until it looks right. I use a very large bowl and half fill it with oats. Then add a few crushed up weetabix or some all bran (depends on what I have in). Then in goes some chopped up dried fruit, apricots, sultanas, raisins, papaya etc. Then some nuts (normally walnuts).
    I do add some linseeds as they are good for you, after that it is down to you. I have put in dessicated coconut and glace cherries, another time I went overboard and put in choc chips (not healthy I know but a yummy treat)
    Out of preference I serve this with apple juice poured on but oh likes milk.
    I just store it all in a large tupperware container (bought at a car boot sale of course).

    hth
    Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.

    Jan grocery challenge 35.77/120
  • Queenie
    Does porridge made with water taste okay?
    by Daisy
    Yes it does taste ok, just not quite as "creamy" - I'm one of the old school who has a pinch of salt and no sugar to mine. If I want it "sweetened" for the boys, it's either sultana's or a tsp of jam/marmalade.

    I try to vary breakfasts here so we're not eating the same things 3 or 4 days in a row. Cereals are great, but we like a little variety (plus it balances the costs over the week)

    Homemade muesli
    Porridge (microwaves while I'm showering)
    Toast (while I make a pot of tea)
    Cereals are either: Shredded Wheat, Bran Flakes, Weetabix, Corned Flakes or Rice Pops (none presugared!)
    Smoothies: yoghurt, milk and fruit (tinned or fresh) zooked up in the processor
    Rice pudding: (leftovers, served cold with some jam or fruit)
    Natural Yogurt with a chopped apple and a sprinkle of brown sugar on top.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    PMS Pot: 57.53 Pigsback Pot: 23.00
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  • Lillibet
    It's me that has it with sultanas!

    I have it hot in the winter, made with water & popped in the microwave for about 1 1/2 mins, and cold with milk in the summer, just mix & eat! I top it with sultanas or a tiny bit of honey to sweeten , a large spoonful of bran flakes or similar & occasionally a bit of dried fruit & nut mix or a grated apple if I'm feeling reckless.
    Post Natal Depression is the worst part of giving birth

    In England we have Mothering Sunday & Father Christmas, Mothers day & Santa Clause are American merchandising tricks Demonstrate pride in your heirtage by getting it right please people!
    • Debt_Free_Chick
    • By Debt_Free_Chick 11th Apr 05, 11:43 AM
    • 13,149 Posts
    • 9,492 Thanks
    Debt_Free_Chick
    I make my own muesli and it's really easy. You don't have to worry about added salt and sugar content either just don't add it. I don't measure anything just add until it looks right. I use a very large bowl and half fill it with oats. Then add a few crushed up weetabix or some all bran (depends on what I have in).
    by catznine

    Except, of course, Weetabix & all bran already have sugar & salt added :-0
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

1,858Posts Today

7,621Users online

Martin's Twitter