You may have already seen this on the Slimming World Website:
You may have heard via Facebook about a recent change to Alpen Light bars. We became aware of the changes earlier this week and we know that any change to a Healthy Extra choice is a hot topic for members. So our Food Co-ordination team here at Head Office have been in touch with Weetabix, the company that makes the bars, to find out the facts.
Weetabix have confirmed that Alpen Light bars have been revamped – they’re using a new recipe which contains more calories than the previous version, and considerably less fibre. As a result of the changes, Alpen Light bars can no longer be counted as a Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice. The two Healthy Extra choices for this product which appear on page 28 of the Food Optimising book will not appear in future Food Optimising books or other directories.
The new bars are rolling out into Asda first, followed by other supermarkets. It will take some time for the new recipe to make it into supermarkets so you may still be able to get hold of the old bars for a while yet, but we wanted to make you aware of the change as soon as possible.
As a guide the new style bars say ‘Now… even more delicious!’ on the front of the pack and the higher calorie figure is also displayed on the packaging.
Here are the latest nutritional details we have on the new Alpen Light bars:
Summer Fruit 21g, 79 kcal, 1.8g fibre 4 Syns per bar
Cherry Bakewell 23g, 88 kcal, 2.0g fibre 4½ Syns per bar
Apple Sultana 23g, 86 kcal, 1.9g fibre 4½ Syns per bar
Lemon Drizzle 23g, 85 kcal, 2.0g fibre 4½ Syns per bar
Chocolate & Fudge 23g, 89 kcal, 2.0g fibre 4½ Syns per bar
Double Chocolate 21g, 81 kcal, 1.8g fibre 4 Syns per bar
Other Healthy ‘b’ choices
We know many of you will be disappointed about this news. There are still delicious Healthy Extra ‘b’ cereal bars available – you’ll find the choices in the Food Diary online.
I’m pretty disappointed, I love Alpen Light bars. There is some good news though, each pack has approx a year shelf life and Tescos and Sainsburys are currently selling the HEB friendly ones (70 cals) for 2 boxes for £3 so I have been stocking up, think I am up to about 12 boxes so far LOL!
There are some alternatives, the SW Hifi Bars are pretty nice, my personal favourites are the Salted Caramel (1 for HEB or 6 syns each) and the rocky road (2 for HEB or 3 syns each). My non SW favourites have to be Stix Bars they come in two flavours and are 2 for a HEB or 2.5/3 syns each depending on the flavour(choccy caramel type one is 2.5 syns, the white yoghurty ones are 3 syns), another good thing about the Stix bars is that you get 7 in a pack for about £1.99 so better value than the SW Hifi Light bars.