“ Brand: Weetabix „
I was introduced to these cereal bars a few months ago during the start of my new weight loss programme. I use these cereal bars, alongside fruit, as a snack in between meals. They are only 70 calories per bar so they fit perfectly into my healthy eating regime and so far have been a very successful addition to my diet.
At £1.79 per box of 5 in my local supermarket, they are not what I would consider cheap, especially in the current climate. This also seems expensive when you consider that I consume up to 10-15 bars a week! However, if you shop around, some of the supermarkets do '2 for £3' deals, so you can grab several boxes and make a saving. I actually find them quite good value in a strange way because, by eating these cereal bars, I tend to avoid impulse purchases such as chocolate, crisps etc. - such confectionery snacks probably work out more expensive in the long run!
If you are using these as an adjunct to a weight loss programme, one piece of advice - make sure you purchase the LIGHT version as the normal Alpen cereal bars have twice the calorie content. Beware when making your selection off the shelf as both products tend to be in close proximity!
The bar itself is quite substantial considering it only contains 70 calories. The chocolate and orange coating is also tasty and on the whole, it makes an excellent snack at break time in work or in the evening after dinner if the hunger still pangs! It is also versatile and can be eaten at breakfast with some low-fat yoghurt as an alternative to cereal. It my book it gets bonus points for versatility.
Overall, if you are weight conscious then these can be a welcome addition to your diet as they are low-calorie, tasty, versatile and substantial. However, two drawbacks are the price (still quite expensive when on offer - probably would depend on your outlook and budget). They also can get quite same-y after a while but there are plenty of different flavours (also available in summer fruits, chocolate and fudge, double chocolate and apple & sultana) so this can be avoided by changing up the flavours!
As you can probably tell from my previous reviews (mostly today in fact) I am usually a Special K girl through and through, but desperate times call for desperate measures and when you are at work, absolutely starving with either a choice between a Jaffa Cake or an Alpen bar from the shop there isn't much choice. Yes I know most of you normal people out there would say its no choice and go for the Jaffa Cake, but I am no normal person, I am a crazed person on a diet. So really I thought I might as well quell my special k snobbiness and just get the Alpen Bar.
Despite my disappointment at not being able to find the Special K bar I wanted (id already eaten my Special K bliss bar this morning) I was impressed by the fact that the Alpen light bar did say on the packet that it was less than 70 calories, which is in fact less than the special K bar.
In fact upon reading the nutritional information at the back I was really quite surprised to see that this really is a nutritionally superior bar to the Special K bar. The Alpen Bar has only 62 calories per bar compared to the Special K 89 calories , and has only 0.35 g of saturated fat per bar than the special k value of 2g. This is quite a significant difference in fat for a bar of the same size!!! Also the sugar content of the Alpen bar is 4.5g whereas Special K can have up to a whopping 8g per bar! I also noticed that the Alpen bar has 4.6 g of fibre per bar, which is unprecedented for a cereal snack bar, the Special K bar having only a paltry 0.8g of fibre.
Now as much as I love my special K bars, being pretty serious about being healthy and watching my weight I couldn't help but be shocked by these differences.
When opening the packet I noticed the bar was the same size as the Special K bars and of a pretty similar look. It is made up of Alpen muesli style flakes with bits of dried apple and orange mixed in. It then has a very thin dark chocolate drizzle on top, which to be honest I scoffed at. Little did I know that upon eating it you really would be able to taste the chocolate and the orange so much so that you could pretend you were eating some chocolate orange, or even a little Jaffa Cake like the others in the office.
The taste was not as sweet as the Special K bars and perhaps not quite as good for me but I have to say I really enjoyed it. It was tasty with a strong orange and chocolate flavour. Most importantly for me however the differences in nutrition were enough to shock me out of my Special K obsession...a mere few hours after writing my praise for the special k bliss bar I think I will actually start buying Alpen light bars from now on!!
These cereal bars are made by Weetabix and one of a range of Alpen Light bars. This range are low in fat and high in fibre. This version is made of a mixture of wheat flakes and oats - it also has some chocolate in the actual bar and has a drizzle of dark chocolate over it as well.
These bars are great for a quick breakfast if you are short of time or they are a good healthy snack. The good news is that they contain only 62 calories per bar and only 0.4 grams of saturated fat. For any following the Weight Watchers plan, this bar contains only one point, which is what attracted me to them in the first place!
I was very surprised at how good they actually tasted. It reminded me of the Terry's Chocolate orange taste, although not as strong since it is mostly made of wheats and oats. However, they are quite filling for the amount of calories they are and it did satisfy my chocolate craving.
Although the taste is very good, the texture may not be for everyone, it is quite crunchy and that reminded me that I was eating something quite healthy rather then a chocolate bar! However the crunchy and slightly chewy texture means that they can take a while to eat so you can savour the taste at least!
I think for people who are either trying to lose weight or just want low fat snacks then these are excellent. They also come in other flavours - the chocolate and orange version is my favourite but you may also like to try:
Chocolate and Fudge
Strawberry and Yoghurt
Raspberry and Yoghurt
Fruit and Nut
I have tried all of the above and liked all of them.
Nutrition Information: (per bar)
Calories - 62
Protein - 1.3g
Carbohydrate - 11.8g
(of which sugars) - 4.5g
Fat - 1.1g
(of which saturates) 0.4g
Fibre - 4.7g
It was seven weeks ago now that I discovered the delight that is Alpen light bars. I know it was seven weeks ago as that is when I joined the torture that they call Slimming World. Really it's not all that bad.
They come in a range of flavours but orange and chocolate are my favourite. I feel as though I can sit down of an evening and have this chocolaty treat with a cup of tea. In fact I can enjoy two Alpen Light bars as a healthy extra B choice in the Slimming World diet.
They are grainy and are full of chewy oats and flakes. With a slight drizzle of chocolate on the top side. There seems to be orange tasting pieces in the oaty mix. They are really high in fibre and so low in calories, which makes them a perfect choice for any time of the day, or night come to think of it!
Basically they do their job but don't expect to compare this to a Terry's chocolate orange, as you will be a little disappointed. They are a healthy alternative for when you are feeling snacky which is rather filling!
I bought this together with the Light Chocolate and Fudge flavour. There are other flavours as well but I was just too keen on chocolate. They were on offer 2 for £2.25, pretty cheap for cereal bars (if you compare to Special K, for example), especially it contains less than 70kcal each so I thought I would give this a try.
These bars are made by popular cereal company Weetabix and are sold in packs of five bars with each bar being around 21 grams each in weight. Normally it is sold at around £1.50 to £1.60 each.
The box has a nice big picture of the cereal bar showing all its cereal goodness, which makes you want to eat it immediately! Opening the box, each bar is individually foil wrapped. The bar is pretty small as it is only 21g. Once I opened it, I immediately love the very yummy smell, a sweet and light orange tinged aroma and I couldn't wait to taste it.
Although it contains little calories, it doesn't taste plain at all. It tastes pretty much alike to the chocolate & fudge to be honest, but with a hint of orange. The combination of orange and chocolate is great I think, not too orangey, not too sweet. The bar is nice to eat, it is chewy & crispy. There is a drizzle of chocolate sauce along the length of the bar as you can see on the picture, and it makes the bar taste lovely. The chocolate is rich and smooth, and a bar contains only 62kcal. A low-calorie, yet delicious bar.
Other flavours available are: Alpen Light Summer Fruits Bars, Alpen Light Apple & Sultana Cereal Bar, and as I mentioned above Alpen Light Chocolate & Fudge Bar.
Overall, it is a very nice snack, better than a chocolate bar, and can fulfill my cravings for chocolate sometimes. I find a bar not really filling but I can eat 2 instead of my lunch or breakfast. The sugar is quite high (4.2g) as you would expect with sweets. But only 62kcal each, I can't complain.
Cereal bars can come in very handy if you are looking for a low calorie snack that is going to fill that gap until you enjoy your next meal. But cereal bars can vary greatly, some are moist, tempting and very moreish and others can be dry as a stick, very unappetising and leave you feeling extremely disappointed.
Weetabix the company produce the ever popular wheat biscuit that we all know and love, crunchy bran flakes, the comparative new and far less exciting ( in my opinion ) Oatibix and a cereal that my nephew loves, Ready Brek.
But naively I never realised that the Alpen cereal bars were made by the Weetabix company.
There are four flavours in the Alpen light range which include Summer Fruits, Chocolate and fudge, Apple and Sultana and Chocolate and Orange.
I bought a pack of five Chocolate and Orange Alpen cereal bars for £1, this was exceptionally good value.
Inside of the slimline box there are five individually wrapped Alpen cereal bars, I will stick my neck out and tell you that the bars are not by any means large but we have to take into account that each bar contains no more than 70 calories.
The Alpen cereal bars contain a mixture of wheat flakes, oat flakes and rice. These high fibre grains are then mixed along with a whole host of other ingredients to form the finished cereal bar.
I am not going to give you a blow by blow account of the list of ingredients suffice to say that the Alpen cereal bars do contain some preservatives, a pre biotic, fruit fibres, juices and purées, cocoa and chocolate.
If you need to eat food that is Kosher or Vegan then these are not on the menu but if you are a straightforward vegetarian then they are suitable.
The Alpen cereal bars contain gluten, lactose and milk, they may well contain nuts and they do contain soya.
Of course it can be boring examining the list of ingredients but for many it is an essential part of their everyday life.
Although the Alpen bars contain apple and pineapple in some form or another the predominant fruit is definitely the orange. I think that chocolate and orange are a delicious combination and one that works well for Alpen. The mixture of wheat, oats and rice is coarse and chunky but surprisingly that does not make the cereal bat to dry to fully enjoy.
The bar is very lightly `drizzled` with chocolate, if you blink you could in fact miss it ! I feel that the drizzled chocolate is there to lull us into a false sense of security, we can see it but we cannot taste it - but it means that we have had some chocolate !
Weetabix have obviously thought about their recipe and they have made sure that the cereal snack affords nourishment not punishment, the cereal bar is moist enough so that you remain interested when you are eating it.
I think that in the main the chocolate that you seem to taste is coming from within the cereal bar, maybe in the form of cocoa and the sharp yet very pleasant `orangey` flavour is one that you can smell as soon as you unwrap the bar and it is the last thing that you taste as you finish the cereal bar.
The coarse cereal mixture does tend to stick in between your teeth so you may end up finding oat flakes a few hours later.
I am not even going to try to say that an Alpen light cereal bar can take the place of a bar of chocolate, in short it does not! But the Alpen bars are very edible and acceptable, they can bridge that gap, they are affordable and they do leave you feeling as though you have had a bite to eat.
Five Alpen bars for 99p - I will buy them again, if only to use for an in between meals snack.
Now I have to admit that I have never had a liking for Alpen or any muesli type products come to that, so I was taking a bit of a risk when I picked up these Alpen Light Chocolate and Orange bars in Tesco. There was a good chance that I would take one bite, spit it out and that would be that and I would have wasted my money. On the other hand though...
There was something on the attractive box (misty mountains against a blue sky with the glimmer of sunshine was the background!) that really caught my eye and was what was persuaded me, after much deliberations, to pick it up and buy it. There was a few words at the top of the pack stating:
Fewer than 70 calories per bar!
Now this was very tempting especially because just lately I seem to have noticed my weight has just started creeping up a bit but I don't seem to be able to stop snacking! With this number of calories this could be my ideal snack..... but only if it tastes good as well!
However, I always like the combination of chocolate and orange so this did sound promising. There were some other less appealing flavours but the chocolate and orange definitely sounded the best. There was also a very tempting picture on the box which I liked the look of. But, as they say, the proof is in the eating so I quickly opened the individual wrapper and took a look.
The bar does look very similar to the picture on the box although, if I was being picky, I would have to say there is not quite as much chocolate drizzled over the top as I expected. However there is enough and it does help to liven up the appearance of an otherwise quite bland and innocuous looking bar. You do soon notice a very enticing orange aroma as well.
On bite into the bar and I have to admit I am sold. This really is rather delicious and has a lovely strong taste of zingy orange. The bar is quite chewy and is just the right consistency too - not too dry but not too moist. You also feel that it is quite filling and that one of these for a snack will last quite nicely thank you! It does also seem slightly larger than many similar snacks too. I am actually eating a bar as I write this bit and I really am enjoying the mix of flavours and that strong taste of orange!
It also seems to be an extremely healthy bar too! Each 21 gram bar actually only contains 60 calories and there is only 1.0 gram fat. On the packet it states that these bars contain less sugar and half the fat of regular Alpen bars (which I have not tried). They are also high in fibre and prebiotic which aids healthy digestion.
These Alpen Light bars come as a pack of five and are all individually wrapped. It cost around £1.75 from Tesco, which I think, is a bit expensive so I will be keeping my eye out for any special offers!
I am really glad that I took a risk and bought these because I am now sold! They taste great, they are filling and they are healthy too As far as I am concerned, it's an all round winner!
I seem to be permanently on the look out for new ways to indulge my sweet tooth without piling on the pounds so when I saw these on Tesco's shelves I thought, why not try and see what they're like!
They cost £1.65 for a box of 5 bars each at 21g a bar. They seemed the ideal thing to take to work in the hope that a little bit of sweetness would kill the need to run out and buy some chocolate for that mid afternoon slump!
Admittedly my expectations were not brilliant - although the words "Less than 70 calories a bar" persuaded me to try them, I couldn't help but wonder exactly how good were they going to be if they are that low cal?
They come in a few different flavours (choc and fudge, and summer fruits) but I bought the chocolate and orange ones.
They are made of wheat flakes and oats and rice, some sort of orange flavouring and a drizzle of dark chocolate.
The taste is...not that bad actually! Okay so its not a bar of galaxy but its sweet enough to do the trick and make you feel like you have had something nice. If, like me, you are willing to sacrifice a bit of taste for less calories, then this could be a good one for you to try.
At only 1g fat and 60 cals a bar, they could taste a lot worse! Also they compare favourably to say, Special K bars (90 cals and 2g fat).
Nutritional breakdown per 21g bar:
60 cals (why not just say 60 cals on the packet rather than less than 70?!)
Suitable for vegetarians but not vegans (milk powder). Also not suitable for those with a nut allergy.
I usually buy Kelloggs Nutrigrain cereal bars as a surrogate for breakfast. However, I saw an offer for Alpen Light Chocolate & Orange Cereal Bar at Tescos (£1.65 for 5 bars) and decided to try them out instead.
Outer Packaging: The box is a smartly designed and coloured box, containing the 5 bars. The box is made from card and is recyclable.
The Bar Wrapper: The bars are contained within a sealed foil wrapper which is easy to tear. The length of the wrapper is 15 cm, and the weight is 21 g. The graphics look quite good on the bar, with a blue mountain background and an appetizing looking chocolate and orange in the foreground. Also prominent is that the bars contain 70 calories per bar.
The Bar Itself: The bar itself looks quite appetizing, with glazed oats and a chocolate squiggle on top of the bar. However, I wonder whether this is truly a healthy breakfast despite the low number of calories per bar as the sugar content is nearly 20% (19.7 g per 100 g). The bar is also quite small (8.4 cm in length) which is almost half the size of the bar wrapper! - the small size of the bar is probably the reason for the low number of calories.
Taste and smell: The bar gives a nice aromatic hint of orange when you open the wrapper. The bar is somewhat chewy, but not to the point where you fear for your teeth. The oats also do not stick to your teeth. The flavour is quite sweet and tasty, and you can taste the glazed oats.
Overall: In terms of nutrition content (as stated above) I am not convinced that this product is particularly healthy for breakfast. However, this product may be more suitable for a treat (e.g. after dinner) as an alternative to a chocolate bar, as chocolate would have comparatively higher sugar content.
Typical values per 100g per Bar
Energy 1208kj 254kj
Protein 6.1g 1.3g
Carbohydrate 54.9g 11.5g
of which sugars 19.7g 4.4g
Fat 4.6g 1g
of which saturates 1.6g 0.3g
Fibre 24.6g 5.2g
Sodium 0.22g 0.05g
Prebiotic mixed cereal bar with plain chocolate, orange, apple and a plain chocolate drizzle.
I recently found a 35p off coupon so i thought i would give these a try instead of the Morrisons own brand i usually buy.
My first thought at the supermarket was why such a big box? There is no need really as they could quite easily fit into a smaller box. Anyway, while unpacking my shopping at home, i thought i would try one, ooh the excitement. Lol.
On opening the box, my theory was proved right as there was bags of space inside the box. On opening the wrapper of my bar, i was instantly hit by the chocolate and orange smell, yummy. I tore a big chunk of the bar off and started chewing.
The chocolate and orange is in nice balance i think, not too orangey and both flavours well complimented each other.
I did find that they werent as chewy as my usual bars and felt somewhat dry to me, however, they did fill a gap, so cant be bad.
On the wrapper is several different languages telling you the ingredients, nutrition values, contact info and allergy advice.
On the whole a pretty good bar, but think i will stick my cheaper, nicer own band ones.
I am always on the look out for a nice low fat treat and was excited to find Asda had the full range of the new Alpen Light bars, including this delicious Chocolate & Orange variety.
You get five bars in a box and although they are quite small I find them to be filling and they satisfied the rather strong chocolate craving I had yesterday.
The bar is made up of wholegain wheat flakes and oats, these have been mixed with a chocolate paste to make them stick together and then dark chocolate has been drizzled across the top.
The smell of the bars is absolutely delicious, I can smell both chocolate and orange and the flavours have been so well blended that this cereal bar almost smells like a chocolate orange! Almost I said, not quite!
Biting into the bar I found it to be a little dry in texture, it doesn't crumble like dust but personally I would have much preferred it to be a little more moist. It's nicely chewy though which surprised me as I had imagined it would be rather crispier, but then I love the more chewy cereal bars so this was ideal for me.
I can taste the natural flavour of orange in these Alpen Light bars which mingles nicely with the more subtle chocolate flavour. To be honest there is merely a hint of proper chocolate in this bar, the overall flavouring is more of a cocoa type taste which in my opinion is equally lovely but if you're expecting a stronger chocolate hit then you may be disappointed.
I am thoroughly impressed though. This is one of the tastiest cereal bars I have eaten recently and the best news is that each bars contains just 69 calories, which equals just one single Weight Watchers point!
These are not the cheapest cereal bars on the market, I bought two boxes on special offer for £3 which means the individual price is likely to be around £1.79. I shall continue to buy them though as they taste delicious and are surprisingly filling.
I sit at my computer for most of the day. Up until about 18 months ago, I used to snack. When I say 'snack', I mean seriously eat crisps, chocolate, sweets. I think it was more out of boredom that need. Then I really needed to lose weight and cut out all bad food. That mid-morning need for a boost of energy though is still very important, so I started to eat cereal bars. The Alpen Light range are available in Asda and cost about £1.60 to £1.90 per box of 6 (could be a little cheaper). So I gave this choc and orange flavour a try.
Per 100g you get;
of which sugars 19.7g
of which saturates 1.6g
Sodium 0.22g (equivalent to 0.55g Salt)
Each bar is 21g so you get roughly a fifth of this in each bar. So the fat content is pretty low and the sugar content acceptable.
What I like about these bars is the texture. They are nice and firm whilst not being to hard. They are a little chewy, but do not get stuck in my teeth. The oats are pretty small too, so it is not rough on my throat. The flavour is really nice. There is not much chocolate in these, but they taste really chocolatey. The orange flavour is only just there... nowhere near as much as say a Terrys Chocolate Orange. They also seem to release the energy really slow. I have one around 11am and it lasts me through until 12.30 or 1pm easily.
I think these offer a reasonable value, nice taste and quite a healthy snack.
As you can eat two of these as one of your B choices if you are on the Slimming World plan then I thought that they were worth a try - they are really nice although I thought they tasted quite 'nutty' so if this is a problem for you then avoid them, they do though hit the chocolate need quite well & are reasonably filling as a snack - something different from the usual healthy fruit bars that are on the market & not too artificial tasting. If you want something low-fat & sweet then these are certainly worth a try!
Alpen Light - Chocolate and Orange
I've never been a huge fan of cereal bars but as I have recently become aware that I eat far too much chocolate (What's that? There's no such thing as too much chocolate, ah, you're right!) I thought it was about time to start looking for some healthier alternatives. These Alpen bars stood out to me, probably because they were on promotion at my local Asda!
What's in them?
These bars are made from wholegrain wheatflakes and oats which have been combined with chocolate to give the whole bar a chocolate-y taste. There is also a drizzle (a very small drizzle - the bar is not coated in chocolate) of chocolate on the top of the bar. Other ingredients include fruit puree which gives it the orange flavour, skimmed milk powder and vegetable oil.
Each bar contains 254kJ of energy, and just 60 calories. I found this strange, as on the box they are advertised as being "Under 70 calories" - surely it would be an even better advertisement to say "Just 60 calories per bar"? There is 1g of fat per bar.
On opening the plastic wrapper, the faint smell of orange is made aware. The bar is quite small (roughly ¾ of the size of an Aero bar in length I'd say), and at 21g is also very light. The chocolate drizzle on top of the bar does not look too impressive, but for under 70 calories you can't expect lashings of chocolate!
The first bite of the bar gives you a good combination of the chocolate and orange flavourings. The Alpen light bar is quite dry but the chocolate drizzle counteracts some of this. I found the taste of this bar to be a lot better than expected - it's not often you get a chocolate flavoured snack with so little calories present!
Each pack of Alpen light contains six 21g bars. Packs retail at your average Asda or Tesco's at around the £1.98 which is quite pricey for six cereal bars. They regularly seem to be on promotion however, I picked up two packs of these for £3 at Asda a couple of weeks ago.
Although these aren't the cheapest cereal bars on the market, if you can manage to get these whilst they are on promotion they are worth trying. I wouldn't recommend these to anyone looking for a satisfying treat, as there simply isn't enough chocolate or flavouring in them for this. I also do not think that they would make a substantial alternative to breakfast, as they are a bit too light - they definitely wouldn't keep me going until lunch anyway!
I would recommend these to any dieters or the health conscious looking for something to satisfy their chocolate needs without running their diets. I find the bars give me just enough taste of chocolate to make me feel satisfied (so I can remember what it tastes like!) without leaving me wanting more. They make a good snack for tea breaks at work, and prevent me hitting the vending machine! The calorie content of these bars is amazing - 60 calories per bar (compared to 294 in a Mars bar!) and just 1g of fat (compared to 11.4g in a Mars bar!). So theoretically, you could have four Alpen bars throughout the day and still save calories compared to eating just one standard chocolate bar (although admittedly the Mars does taste better...)
Other bars in the range include summer fruits, apple & sultana and citrus fruits, all of which are under 70 calories. Standard alpen bars are also available at around the same price, and offer a more substantial breakfast alternative, although with double the calories (or more!) present.
Overall, a good product that I shall no doubt be buying again to help me resist the temptation of those Mars bars!
Less than 70 calories a bar and tastes fantastic! High fibre wholegrain wheat flakes and nutritious oats combined with deliciously tempting chocolate and finished with a delicate drizzle of dark chocolate.