Mar 13, 2012

Review: Nabisco - Belvita Blueberry Breakfast Biscuits

Nabisco's Belvita Breakfast Biscuits come with the tagline "Nutritious Sustained Energy" and are supposed to help keep you energized through the morning. They really make it sound like health food.

Each 1.76-ounce (50g) pack comes with four crunchy biscuits which provide 18g of whole grain. I picked up a box of the Blueberry flavor which contains five packs and was on sale for $2.99 at my local supermarket.

Besides the promise of sustained energy (but isn't that what coffee/tea is for?) in the morning and relatively good nutrition, I think the draw of these would have to be the portability because it's really something you'd take on the go for when you're running late and don't have time to sit down and eat breakfast. I can imagine many-a-person shoveling these down while driving (or other forms of commuting) to work. Let's face it, if you had time to sit down, you'd probably have some oatmeal, cereal (unless you ran out of milk(!) in which case these would be good to have around), or bacon and eggs or something.

So really, you'd be pitting Belvita against similar products like various granola bars, cereal bars, or energy bars and I have to say it stacks up pretty well. Additionally, Belvita contains no high-fructose corn syrup, no partially-hydrogenated oils, and no artificial flavors or sweeteners and for the snack fiends, you're basically eating cookies for breakfast.

Opening the pack, I get a good hit of that blueberry smell. The smell reminds me of blueberry pancakes or muffins.

Holding it and biting into it, there's a grainy texture that reminds me a bit of a graham cracker and a slightly sweetened oaty-ness that's broken up by chewy bits of dried blueberries. The overall effect is quite pleasant and reminds me a lot of Nabisco's Blueberry Brown Sugar Newton Thins (which reading the review I wrote back then I remarked was "like something you might serve or enjoy with tea.").

That being said, this is definitely more for the light-breakfast crowd; I don't know if four of these are going to cut it for people more accustomed to a heavier breakfast (though Kraft/Nabisco does recommend you pair it with fruit and dairy for a balanced breakfast). Then again, since there are four cookies biscuits to a pack, you can ration them to make it to lunch. Basically, for an on-the-go option for when you're in a hurry, these are convenient and pretty good if you like a slightly sweet, mix of blueberry and oat in the morning.

Nutritional Info - Nabisco Belvita Blueberry Breakfast Biscuits
Serving Size - 1 pack of 4 biscuits (50g)
Calories - 230 (from Fat - 70)
Fat - 8g (Saturated Fat - .5g)
Sodium - 220mg
Carbs - 36g (Sugar - 13g)
Protein - 4g