Since we first discovered Dorset Cereals about three or four years ago, we've become complete converts to the brand. On the rare occasions when we do eat other cereals, they are feeble by comparison! We rate Dorsets really highly for flavour, keeping us full all morning even when active, and for using unrefined ingredients and very little salt. However, if you haven't tried them before, then you might need to know a little more about them, so hopefully this info will help you...
The Dorset range started with basic but VERY hearty muesli. These are often extremely chewy and filling; you really don't need a big portion to keep you going until lunchtime. In recent years they have added extra varieties and different types; we eat their light-flakes, granola, crunch, and porridges as well as the original mueslis. The individual flavours and styles of cereal can be quite different, so it's worth checking that you've chosen a type to match your tastes and situation. For instance, the high-fibre muesli is *really* chewy and dense, and most of the Dorset mueslis have a high ratio of fruit and nuts to cereals. So they take quite a long time to eat and digest - the are low-to-medium glycaemic index, for anyone who is interested in that kind of thing -- but they are also quite calorific. (Nuts and dried fruit tend to be full of energy). So if you are looking to maintain stable blood sugar levels then their mueslis are ideal - just be careful not to overload the portion size.
If you prefer to eat something less chewy, and maybe aren't particularly active, then the `light flakes' generally have more cereals and less fruit. They digest faster so you may feel a little empty if you're on the go, but a bowl of light flakes with milk can be around 200-250 calories, while it's easy for a bowl of the mueslis to rack up 400-500 cals. The flakes are also a bit easier on the teeth; the nuts and fruit mueslis can give your jaws a serious workout!
You may also find Dorset Cereals a bit bland at first if you are switching from very commercial, heavily sweetened and salted cereals. Give it a couple of weeks for your tastes to adjust - we now find mainstream cornflakes and the like to be far too sweet and far too lightweight. Most supermarket cereals are scarily packed with salt, too; some varieties of Dorsets can be a little heavy on fats (because there's a lot of fat in most types of nuts), but in general this is useful, unrefined fat in its natural state - not the awful processed transfats that do so much harm.
The 'High Fibre' variety is about 8.5% fibre which is substantial; nearly three times as much fibre as you find in Alpen. This variety also contains a good range of wholegrains -- in fact, here's all the ingredients:
wheat flakes (wheat, malt), Chilean flame raisins (27%), toasted and malted oat flakes (oats, malt), dates (8%), sunflower seeds (6%), toasted coconut (5.5%), dried apricots (2.5%) (apricots, preservative: sulphur dioxide), roasted hazelnuts (1%).
This is one of the cereals which is always in our kitchen cupboard. The 750g box is supposed to last for about 11 portions, but it depends on your appetite! My husband usually finishes a box in 10 days, but it takes me about three weeks to eat one. So bear that in mind if the price feels expensive: I discovered that I eat around half a much Dorset Cereals as I do other brands, so although they cost more to purchase, they have proved to be much better value for me.