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My #SpecialK30 Journey

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 02-05-2013

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Thirty years ago I was about to turn 1. Its my birthday on May 17th. I was living in my home town of Blackburn – I am actually a proud Northerner, despite my online name – with my family. Needless to say I don’t recall much from my first birthday but I’m sure it was a good one. Things have changed a lot since then, not least geographically. I’ve spent the last 30 years moving further and further south, to the point we often joke that if I went any further south I’d have to consider speaking French more! I’m a Mummy now myself, to a Little Man who is so cheeky, and so gorgeous, and so clever, who makes me so proud.

This is one of my favourite photographs of the two of us, beautifully captured for a local newspaper article. ┬áParenting has been the biggest challenge of my life, and it continues to challenge me everyday, but its also one of the greatest things I’ve done. Yes there are days when I could strangle him – and I’m not alone in that feeling I’m sure – but sometimes I could just burst with pride. Yes there are things he “should” be doing that he isn’t – do not get me started on milestones – but the things he can do, the things he remembers, and the things he knows are just mind-blowing to me. He’s two and a half years old and I cannot remember life without him. I cannot remember life before him. I am so lucky to have him and so proud to be his Mummy.

For the first time in 30 years Special K have changed their recipe to appeal to more people. I’ve never really been a fan of Special K so thought it appropriate that I test it out. When I’ve had Special K before its always been the versions with fruit, chocolate or honey involved so it was with a little trepidation that I tried the new recipe. The new recipe contains three grains where previously there were only two, and I must say I was very impressed. I willingly ate several bowls of it – admittedly not the 30g recommended portion size… – and it was really tasty. Something I would certainly consider buying now.

This is my entry in to the Brit Mums #SpecialK30 “How I’ve Changed Linky Challenge”

Review: Healthy Snacks From Special K

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Product Reviews | Posted on 14-02-2013

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As parents we are endlessly trying to encourage our children to eat healthily. Whether eat be at meal times or snack times we are keen for them to eat lots of fruit and vegetables, and less biscuits and crisps – apart from the occasional treat of course! Unfortunately as parents who are often running around after our children we tend to be less concerned with our own diets. When there’s a million and one things to do we often grab food on the go and are probably more likely to grab something we shouldn’t than a healthier alternative.

When I want a snack, either during the day or when I’m relaxing in the evenings, you are more likely to find me going for a packet of crisps – more often than not a large packet – or a chocolate biscuit, than an apple or banana. Something fast and full of instant energy, which is certainly handy with a toddler in the house. Sadly this is not the healthiest thing I could eat. The team at Special K have come up with a solution however to satisfy my salted snack cravings, and my sweet tooth too.

Special K Cracker Crisps
These crisps are a far cry from that brand I usually buy, but I am thrilled, and a little surprised, to admit they taste better! “Healthy” crisps tend to be a little bit bland, or often taste like you are chewing cardboard. I’ve tried a few in ┬ámy time and found none that I like so I was keen to test out these cracker crisps. The serving suggestion is 21 crisps, and in that you’ll find a mere 95 calories (based on Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar flavour). Now these crisps are rather addictive, and I can confess that limiting myself to just 21 was basically impossible. The great thing was that even if I ate half the box (who, me?) it was infinitely better for me that eating half a share size bag of traditional crisps. These crisps from Special K are delicious and I recommend all three flavours, though my absolute favourites are the Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar. Perfect for eating with lunch, a mid afternoon snack, and they go rather well with that much needed glass of wine in the evenings when the kids have finally gone to bed.

Special K Biscuit Moments
Biscuit Moments are twin packs of biscuits with a fruit filling and a vanilla drizzle on top. At 98 or 99 calories each depending on flavour they are again a very healthy alternative to raiding the biscuit barrel. Once again I was surprised at how tasty they were for something so much better for you than a bar of chocolate, but despite this I wasn’t entirely satisfied. I could easily have eaten 2, and I fear that would have defeated the purpose. They were light and tasty, but a little too light for me. Maybe you could have one of these and then just the one chocolate biscuit as opposed to four or five. Don’t get me wrong they are yummy, but I personally would need something else. I suggest you try them and decide for yourselves.

The new ranges from Special K are available now from your local supermarket.