The Morning Mad Rush

I don’t know about you but the morning here in the US Three By The Sea household can go one of two ways; peaceful & calm or utter chaos.  The Boy leaves for school at 8am, he has to call on the chickens on his way and let them out, make sure their food & water is full before he starts school at 8.30.  The girl leaves to catch the school bus at the end of the road at 8.30.  When they have both left I jump in the shower, do some housework; washing, dirty dishes, quick think about tea and leave at 9.40.

That’s a peaceful and calm morning.  A couple of weeks ago we had an utter chaos morning.  We had been sent some breakfast biscuits from Belvita to try and I felt today was a good day to put them to the test.  Breakfast biscuits are something that I have never purchased before and was intrigued to see if they did keep the hunger pangs away.

The Girl had a hospital appointment in Aberystwyth at 12 which meant living in the middle of nowhere we had to be on the 8.50 bus to get there in time.  The next bus 2 hours later would mean we would be 30 minutes late.

Let the madness commence!


We caught the first bus just in time!  How can things go so wrong?  The taxi to take The Girl and I to the bus stop in town was booked for 8.40.  An extra 10 minutes for her to get ready.  Ok an hour less for me but I got up an hour earlier!  Please explain why it was utter choas??

My cup of tea in the photo above was drunk cold and I usually have 2 hot cups of tea!  If I wasn’t able to just open the Belvita Biscuits and hand them to the kids I’m sure we would have been late if the usual cereal and toast had been involved.  Time saving points to Belvita.


Gorgeous view of Aberdovy harbour from the bus.

imageAboard the second bus:image


Only having buses leave our town every 2 hours meant that we were an hour and a half early for our appointment so we went off for an early lunch.  imageimage

By the time our yummy food had arrived it was over 4 hours since we had eaten the Belvita Biscuits.  I can honestly say that I hadn’t felt hungry at all and there had been no ‘I’m hungry’ whines from The Girl either.  Usually when we change buses she is wanting to run to the sweet shop in the 5 minutes we have to wait but today she didn’t even ask.  As for The Boy, well he is a growing lad and no matter what he has eaten he will always eat more.  Swear that boy doesn’t have a full button.


Off to the hospital we went.


We went in to see the Doctor.image

And then after a thorough discussion, we came out.image

On the way back a little unhappy face as what we were told by the Doctor was not good news and we now look forward to a trip to Swansea for some tests under General Anesthetic.  Think I may be packing some Belvita Biscuits for the trip as I can’t stand the I’m hungry whine every 15 minutes for a journey that far.image

For the purpose of the view we were set the following 3 varieties of Belvita.  All tasted really nice but the kids loved the yogurt crunch the best, so much I didn’t get a look in with those.  Surprisingly they both liked the fruit and fibre ones which surprised me as they ever usually like dried fruit even if hidden in some nice yummy biscuit.  My favourite were the milk and cereals and since we have done this review a couple of boxes of those have fell in my supermarket trolly.

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Belvita say the breakfast biscuits are:

  • Gently baked breakfast biscuits made with wholegrain cereals and milk
  • Proven to slowly release carbohydrates for 4 hours
  • Made with a blend of 5 wholegrains and a source of vitamins and minerals
  • BelVita biscuits in a balanced breakfast regularly release carbohydrates over 4 hours
  • Give you energy for the whole morning as the breakfast biscuits have a high content of slowly digestible starch, which is a slow release carbohydrate. Consumption of foods high in slowly digestible starch raises blood glucose concentration less after a meal compared to foods low in slowly digestible starch.

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  1. 20 May, 2014 / 4:55 pm

    Enjoyed a glimpse into your mornings. Sending very best wishes to your little girl. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

    • Candace
      21 May, 2014 / 11:33 am

      Thanks Kate

  2. 21 May, 2014 / 10:25 am

    Just my take on Belvita and the like..

    Companies such as Belvita, Herbalife, The Cambridge diet, Cookie Diet should, in my opinion be illegal.

    It’s truly shocking the way these companies prey on peoples naivety and willingness to stumble upon a ‘magic’ healthy snack or regime.

    A little bit of fancy advertising and people are sold. Just like that.

    I genuinely mean this when I say you would be better off eating a HobNob, or a rich tea biscuit than eating a BelVita biscuit. Why? Well, both contain less calories and fat… I bet that wasn’t on the Belvita box?

    Belvita biscuits (which can be found in the ‘cookie/biscuit isle’, there’s the clue how healthy they are for you contain something like 13 grams of sugar per serving!!! That’s half a can of Coke, and I don’t know many people who would happily give their child, or themselves half a can of coke as a healthy snack..

    These companies are lying to us.

    I found your post to be an interesting read, good luck with the blog 🙂


    • Candace
      21 May, 2014 / 11:48 am

      Thanks for visiting Sean and your views on Belvita.

      Firstly I cannot see how you are grouping Belvita in with other companies such as Herbalife, The Cambridge diet, Cookie Diet. Those companies are selling their foods for you to lose weight. Belvita is not. The advertising practices of the diet industry cannot be discussed in connection with Belvita’s campaign. Belvita are not saying eat these and you will lose weight. A better comparison is Nestle, Kelloggs etc who all make similar bars aimed at being eaten for breakfast and not aimed at weight loss.

      We reviewed their taste and whether or not they kept us full for four hours. Which they did. Healthy toast & cereal doesn’t always do that. Then there are the cereals that are aimed at children and contain high levels of sugar. A lot of foods have these levels of sugar and fat and whatever a advertising campaign says the facts are clear to see on the box before you buy. As long as the company doesn’t say low in sugar, sugar free etc. when they aren’t they have followed the advertising rules. Belvita is not the only company who don’t list every %/weight of sugar and fat etc in their advertising campaigns. Very few companies do.

      Life is about choice. It’s your choice whether you eat these type of products. It’s my choice whether I eat them.

      Life is about balance. I’ve tried these, they tasted nice, they did what they said on the packet, kept the hunger pangs away. Will we have them again? yes. Will we be having them everyday? No. Its called balance. Having healthy food and occasional not so healthy foods.

      I am happy with my children’s varied balanced diet. We don’t eat takeaways often, maybe 3/4 times a year. I cook meals from scratch, including bread, occasional cakes and all main meals. They don’t eat ready meals. They don’t snack between meals. Salt is not added to their food. They have sugar free drinks, very few sweets and chocolate. They had 1 bog standard sized Easter egg which they ate over a week. I was told by someone who gave their child 16 Easter eggs that I was mean but it was my choice to make and I believe 1 Easter egg is a good balance. Same at Christmas when they had 1 small selection box which was not opened until after Christmas lunch. Again, am I mean? I don’t think so but that is the choice I make to give them a balanced diet.

      Life is about choices and as parents it is our duty to show our children this and to instill balance in to their lives.

      Thank you again for your comment and inspiration for a future blog post.

      • 21 May, 2014 / 12:49 pm

        Fair enough.

        I merely grouped Belvita together with those other companies (perhaps in this instant I shouldn’t have) but they, like the others, are companies who use words like ‘healthy’, or ‘nutritious’ far to freely to basically lead, or trick us into thinking something is better for us than it really is.

        But you’re right, who doesn’t do this in an advertising campaign now days.

        I appreciate now that you were reviewing just the taste and whether they kept you and your kids full for 4 hours, rather than if they are actually a viable nutritional snack. As clearly, anything that labels itself as nutritious, and then contains 13 grams of sugar per serving, isn’t.

        It does beg the question though doesn’t it. If a few hobnob biscuits, which contain less calories, fat and sugar than a serving of Belvita biscuits. If they would do the same job of keeping you full for 4 hours?

        Ultimately I agree though, it is about finding a balance.

        All the best,


        • 21 May, 2014 / 1:05 pm

          PS. Glad I have inspired a future blog post, don’t make it about whether Hobnobs are a healthy alternative to Belvita Breakfast Biscuits! 😉

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