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You know when you wake up on a Sunday morning after a long lie-in and you fancy something indulgent for breakfast? Well look no further. Weetabix has the answer. In my humble opinion, Alpen fruit and nut museli with chocolate takes cereal to a whole new level. Owned by the Weetabix family, Alpen has been a familiar name for many years but it has seen a bit of a revival lately with some new varieties of its well known museli brand. This one has the addition of a luxurious ingredient, dark chocolate. Comprising of creamy rolled oats, dried fruit and mixed nuts with little curls of rich chocolate, this museli is full of flavour and texture. Gone are the days when museli resembled the sweepings from the bottom of a rabbit hutch! Delicious with cold milk, or on a winters day, warmed milk, it fills you up nicely, releasing its energy slowly throughout the morning so i'm not tempted to snack on rubbish before lunch. It also has none of the hard bits you sometimes find in the more high end cereals which have been known to break teeth. I once found walnut shell in a bowl of granola but luckily before I put it in my mouth and lost my filling. A box usually costs around £3 but it is sometimes on offer at two boxes for £4 in Sainsburys. They also do an apple and raspberry version and also a reduced sugar variety for the more health conscious among us, but as a weekend treat I don't think you can beat a little added chocolate!
I have always loved Alpen, ever since I was a child. Yet over the years I have kind of 'forgot' to buy it and so when I fancied some the other week, I went to grab a box in the supermarket, and then when I saw that the price of an average sized box was just under £5 I immediately put it back!! I think that Alpen has gone far too expensive. However, I did manage to recently find a small 375g box of Alpen for just £1.89, and so I was pleased that I could actually afford it. For those of you who don't know, Alpen is a muesli type of cereal made by Weetabix; it has been around since the 1960's and so is well established. The cereal consists of wholegrain wheat, wholegrain rolled oats, roasted nuts and dried fruit. To look at, I guess it is quite similar to porridge oats, however there is a lot more to it that just that. It is definitely 'busy' looking, bursting with all it's different roasted nuts and dried fruit. I always have mine with milk and I think that the milk compliments the Alpen really well as it seems to help it to 'release' all the fabulous flavouring. The Alpen, whilst it may look boring to eat, it is very tasty; quite sweet with a lovely crunchy texture. It is incredibly moreish.I love the juicy raisons; I don't know what it is, but when I am chewing, I love it when I find a nice juicy raison. I find that a bowl (45g) of Alpen is very filling as it is quite a 'heavy' cereal (you can see this from the weight of the box too!). I always find that if I have Alpen for breakfast, I am too full to eat anything else, whereas if I have another cereal (I.e Frosties), I have to eat loads of other things so that I am full. Each 45g serving will set you back 170g calories which I don't think is too bad, especially as it fills you up. You will also find 5.0g of protein, and 30.1g of carbohydrates (of which is 10.4g sugar). There is 2.6g of fat - 0.4g of which is saturated and 3.2g of fibre. As to salt, there is 0.05g of sodium per bowl, of which is equivalent to 0.12g of salt. I love this cereal and would definitely recommend it. Thanks for reading! May 2012 Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
I'm loving the very old photo at the top of page showing Alpen. I've always liked Alpen cereal more then other brands. At present this is on offer at co op for £2.00 and to be honest I rarely buy it if it isn't on offer as it can be priced up to £2.49 in the likes of Asda. Some shops do it at a permanently low price though. Alpen is made from a Swiss recipe and nowhere on the box does it say Muesli which is what I would call it. Made from 100% natural ingredients which are Rolled oats, Wholemeal flakes, raisins, roasted slices of hazelnuts and almonds. On pouring this into a bowl you will notice it is all covered in what seems like a white powdery substance which is actually from the oats. If you prefer sugary cereals I don't think this would be up your street. A 45g serving contains 161 calories which I do find surprising considering it to be a healthy option. I don't know what it is about Alpen that I like more then other similar cereals really. When you eat it you get a slight sweetness taste from the juicy raisins which plump up once milk is added to the bowl full. Knowing that it is a healthy and filling start to the day I know it will see me through until lunch time. The Alpen that comes in a blue box is reduced sugar and I can tell the difference between the two and prefer the one with sugar even though I woldn't say it's a sugary cereal, Hope that makes sense. I must say I'm surprised to see on the box that it is actually made from the Weetabix company, Something I never knew until looked at box properly.
Alpen is marketed as a healthy breakfast cereal - full of fruit and grains, low in fat and salt, all that stuff. Which is great. The only problem being it tastes like soggy cardboard! It does taste slightly better before you put the milk on but not much. Why on earth would you want to eat something so disgusting, no matter how good it is for you?! I am a fan of healthy eating, but why can't they market a healthy cereal that actually tastes nice and that I would voluntarily eat? I've tried all sorts of healthy and non healthy cereals, and I have to say that I think alpen is the worst I've ever tasted. I actually had to force myself to eat it, and that isn't really what I'm looking for from a breakfast cereal. I do think, however, that unhealthy food tastes so much better than healthy so perhaps I'm biased in this regard!
Alpen is made by the Weetabix cereal company and was created in the late 1960's. According to an article I read, it was created as a reaction to the natural organic and environmental movements sweeping the US and UK. To me it has always seemed quite a natural, aware product. This might have something to do with their advertising showing rolling hills and clean, fresh countrysides. This healthy philosophy extends to all their products and their muesli cereals are one of my favourite types of cereal. I love muesli based cereals as I like to mix them with yogurt and add more fruit as this means a different breakfast everyday as you can really add anything you like to them. A lot of the time though I find Alpen have so much fruit, dried fruit etc packed into them though that sometimes you do need to add anything extra as they are so filling and tasty. For example their Alpen High Fruit cereals contain one of your five a day in every bowl which is nice. It also includes jumbo sultanas, flame raisins, golden raisins, apples, blackcurrants and cranberries. The variety of Alpen Cereal that I am eating now however is the Alpen High Fibre variety. It's very important for us to get lots of fibre in our diet and this cereal gives us an excellent way of getting in, just by eating our breakfast. Alpen say that fibre is an essential part of our diet and plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy digestive and immune system and can also help us feel fuller for longer to help prevent overeating. On the front of the box it says that the high fibre variety has crispy wheat and oat bran flakes with toasted oat clusters blended with succulent raisins and rolled oats. The oat clusters in this are really quite big and crunchy and gives this cereal a really nice texture. According to the box there is 25% of your guideline daily fibre in every bowl. This cereal is quite healthy too which is another added bonus. Per 45g serving there are only 154 calories which is great. A healthy breakfast for everyone to enjoy.
I am (and always have been) a huge fan of Alpen by Weetabix. Although more costly than other muesli, it has been around for a long time. The quality of this cereal I also believe is far higher than some of the 'copy cat' cereals of the same type. Alpen Original is in a different box now, than the one shown here. It is red and has pictures of different fruit on the front. It also offers 33% extra at the moment and gives 1kg rather than 750g. On the front of the box it also boasts 100% natural ingredients. Amongst others it includes Raisins, Rolled Oats, roasted hazelnuts (so obviously no good for those with a nut allergy) and also crispy wholegrain wheat flakes. I find the cereal absolutely delicious. I think it is the mixture of crunchy nuts and soft raisins that gives it the taste to long for. I always use skimmed milk but often need a large bowl, as I just love these so much. Out of this box I've only managed about 10 breakfasts. That equated to 100g a breakfast which is more than recommended but I always find it gets me through to lunch, without any other snacks along the way. On the side of the box it is keen to point out allergy advice and it says the product contains, oats, barley, milk, hazelnuts and almonds. It also says it may contain traces of other nuts. Per 100g serving it has 357kcal. This is incorporated with Protein 11.0g Carbohydrate 66.9g (of which sugars 23.1g) Fat 5.0g (of which saturates 0.6g) Fibre 7.0g (of which soluble 1.8g) (of which insoluble 5.2g) Sodium 0.15g *Equivalent to salt 0.38g This cereal is made by a manufacturer renown for its high quality and I can only say I agree 100%. This cereal, although a bit dearer than others, has quality all over it and gets 5 stars from me.
I've said this before but, as a child I was a thief. When the fancy took me during the day, while my mum wasn't looking, I would steal a mug of Alpen, top it up with whatever was creamiest in the fridge, and take this under the dining room table, together with a teaspoon. There I would munch away happily - the small spoon making the experience last so much longer. Our table was a bit strange. It had just two solid legs that stretched the full width of the top and, with a cloth dangling over this, I could hide from view in my little house. I guess though that I wasn't meant for a life of crime as I never covered my tracks too well. When my mum next hoovered she would come across the empty mug and teaspoon, or maybe two, and I would hear a loud shout of, "Kay, come here!" I don't know why I never asked if I could have some, as I have the loveliest mum and dad. It must have been the thrill of secretly doing something naughty. So nothing much has changed there! That's not altogether true because things have in fact changed, I suppose. I still have Alpen but my boyfriend doesn't think that it is appropriate for me to eat it while sitting under a table - he is odd! It's surprising how you have to change some of your habits when you live with someone. I still manage to sneak under the table occasionally - and this surprises him at times. I feed away happily on Alpen most week day mornings, while sitting conventionally at the kitchen table. I've tried other cereals and muesli but I always come back to the one I love best. I do have it a bit differently recently though - I'm still talking about Alpen! I mix it with All-Bran. Yes, I know what you're thinking, but not for that reason, I function fine. I got the idea from the friends we visited in Cornwall. They were doing this so I adventurously gave it a try. Live life to the full, and all that! You know, it really does go well together so I've developed the Alpen & All-Bran habit. It's the taste I like. I'm not sure if this does me any good or not, but I feel very well most of the time. I do believe, however, in that old thing about a little of what you fancy does you good. I pour the All-Bran in my bowl first, then the Alpen and cold milk. I use semi-skimmed nowadays, but not too much. I then fold the two types of cereal together with the milk and press this down firmly with the back of my spoon. If I decide there is slightly too much milk I sup this up first.. This tastes nice as it has been slightly sweetened by the Alpen. When I finally get round to actually eating the cereal I like it to be just moist and not running over with cow's juice. This also applies if I have the Alpen by itself. So that is mostly my work-day breakfast, plus coffee and orange juice. My boyfriend says Alpen looks like something from the bottom of a hamster cage mixed with sawdust. This doesn't put me off. He can keep his macho strands of Shredded Wheat. My favourite is the Alpen Original in the red box. This is the one that contains sugar as well as the wheat flakes, rolled oats, raisins, almonds and hazelnuts - see it's all good stuff, but perhaps a little high on the sugar stakes if you are a bit of a fuss pot. Fuss pots don't have to miss out though. They can have there very own 'No Added Sugar' Alpen in a blue box, which has extra raisins for sweetness. This is okay but, as I'm so used to years of the Original, for me it tastes a little bland and less interesting. Ahhh now, while on the subject of 'interesting' I have some hot news. Are you ready for this? Stay calm but Alpen have two new flavours. Yes, this is exciting as well as interesting! You can now get 'Alpen Strawberry' and 'Alpen Blackberry & Apple'. Please don't rush off to the supermarket before you finish read ing this review, otherwise I'll never ever tell you any hot news again. These newbie Alpens are a bit tempting. Can you imagine? The succulent freeze dried strawberries or the autumnal blackberries and soft apple pieces nestling amongst those lovely oats, wheat and usual hamster like bits. Yummy or what! But, dammit, that's not all! For there is also 'Alpen Crunch' in flavours of Caribbean, Chocolate or Nutty. I must admit though that these aren't really to my liking as they deviate too much from the original, and the one true, Alpen. As the name suggests these are all crunchy clusters and, if I'm being honest, is really stuff for the kids - right? Who, for instance, would want dark chocolate covered oat clusters with raisins and sliced nuts for breakfast? I can't think of anyone either. No, what's best is Alpen Original. I know there has been publicity about too much sugar in cereals recently, but a normal helping of Alpen is the equivalent of having four squares of milk chocolate. Now that wouldn't get us jumping up and down with disgust would it? Of course not, plus Alpen is higher in fibre than other sweet cereals and is only around 230 calories for an average serving (with semi-skimmed milk). It's all good, natural, healthy stuff and it tastes wonderful. Can you possibly think of a better way to start your day? I can't. Other than Sunday mornings ... Is there a downside to Alpen? I can't think of one. Oh, except that it all gets a bit dusty looking when you get near the bottom of the packet. But I forgive them, as it's still scrumptious. Let's dwell on the upside. Alpen tastes delicious, it's full of goodness and when you've finished you feel satisfied and your tummy is full. It keeps your hunger at bay until lunch time. All very similar to Sunday mornings ... - Kay
that is exactly what Alpen no added sugar is read on to find out why! I have started a new way of eating and soon I will finish the book and my opinion on that book and tell you all about it in the meantime I can tell you about the new foods I am eating. First, has to be breakfast, so after having that cleansing glass of water first thing what do you want to put into your body? Well this is one of the many questions I have to ask myself every day, I love food but was always ashamed of eating and because of this I am now very overweight hence the healthy eating plan and book. Back to the product, Alpen no added sugar is one of a few breakfast cereals that are totally healthy for you and DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY SUGAR sorry to put that bit in capitals but SUGAR (there I go again) is SO BAD FOR YOU and is added to the strangest things, like cereals that are supposed to be "healthy" for you, this is just one example of how the major sugar companies get their product into us. More about sugar in another opinion. Anyway, as I said Alpen no added sugar is my healthy way to start my day I have tried Safeway's own brand of unsweetened muesli but this tastes horrible I was going to swear then but there isn't really any need for that. Safeway's tastes really boring and has no crunch whereas Alpen has loads of crunch. Safeway's has big pieces of fruit which I don't really like and Alpen has smaller pieces. The only good thing about the Safeway one is the whole nuts these are yummy hazelnuts. Why do Alpen add sugar to their other muesli's? Well your guess is as good as mine. It's probably got a lot to do with those companies I mentioned before. Just the taste of those raisins and nuts is enough! Alpen no added sugar makes a yummy snack I eat a bowl of it for supper sometimes as well as breakfast as it really satisfies me. Alpen No added sugar contains Whole wheat, Rolled oats, Raisin s, dried skimmed milk, dried milk whey, mixed sliced nuts, malt extract and salt. So it's not totally healthy but at least it doesn't contain any hidden sugars (i.e. things ending in 'ose). Compare those ingredients to the Safeway one and instead of the salt and the dried skimmed milk which it does without but it does contain a preservative and coconut oil. So a 1.3kg bag cost me £3.19 but it was on special I think it had about 70p off and that was from Safeway. You can get this and the other Alpen's in smaller quantities as they come in boxes but I am not sure how much they are, £2 something I would guess. The Safeway one is just less than £3 and I am so glad that I bought this one this time, my hubby like the Safeway one thank goodness so he can eat what's left. If you are looking for this product its the one in the light blue package! With raisins and nuts and cereal on the front, produced by Weetabix. Just one last thought on sugar next time you are in a supermarket have a look at all the supposedly healthy cereals and let me know how many you find without sugar and even rarer without sugar and salt. I think I found 4 or 5 without sugar and 2 or 3 are without salt also. Thanks for reading Amanda
When it comes to breakfast cereals I will eat most of them but I do have a few real favourites that I am quite happy to eat whatever time of the day it happens to be. One of these is Alpen Original, made interestingly enough by Weetabix. I say interestingly because I thought Weetabix only made Weetabix (the biscuits) so I was quite surprised to find this out. Alpen is made of 100% natural ingredients - it says so on the box! These are: Whole Wheat Rolled Oats Raisins (12.5%) Sugar Dried Skimmed Milk Dried Milk Whey Mixed Sliced Nuts - Hazelnuts and Almonds (3%) Malt Extract Salt I am very fond of meusli in general but my favourite has to be Alpen Original. It does taste quite sweet and is fairly high in calories, but I'll come to that in a moment. Despite this disadvantage I still love the stuff - a bit too much if I'm honest. It is just too easy to snack on something like this - pour it into a bowl and add ice cold skimmed milk and Bob's your uncle a lovely scrummy snack! I leave it for a minute or two to let the milk soak into the cereal and the result is tasty but it still retains enough texture to get my teeth into. I can't be doing with cereals that go all sloppy when I put the milk on them! For breakfast, which I suppose is when I am supposed to be eating a breakfast cereal, I tend to have a small bowl of Aplen, skimmed milk and a sliced banana or even sliced strawberries if I'm feeling really decadent! The calorie value at 365 calories per 100g of cereal is quite high especially when I eat it by the bowlful! I was surprised when I actually weighed out a portion once when I was counting calories on a diet; to find that there wasn't very much there compared to what I would normally have! Ooer! Oh well at least its natural ingredients - that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! A 750g box of Alpen currently costs £1.79 in Tesco's , but it is also available in 1.5k bags, which work out to be better value. You can also get Alpen in a non-sugar variety, which I don't like as much, strange that! I realise that this opinion is quite short when compared to my usual offerings but what more is there to say?
What this awesome cereal lacks in looks it certainly makes up in wholesome content and value. Alpen Original is made by Weetabix, which I presume does not need much introducing. Recently I have been making an effort at trying new cereals to enjoy at breakfast and my recent adventure with Kellogg's Frosties is now over. It's Alpen's turn and so far it looks good. The last time I tried Alpen was ages ago when I was a school going boy and back then we were not really concerned about what was good for you. Rather the norm back then was what tasted the sweetest and what had the best little gift or sticker in the box. Alpen Original provides with an excellent wholesome cereal that is made with 100% natural ingredients. These ingredients include juicy raisins, crisp wheat flakes, roasted hazelnuts and almonds. That is an impressive list of ingredients and I doubt there is anything around that comes close. Your first experience of what you might expect presents itself when you come into contact with the box. Boy these boxes are heavy. The box that I recently picked up was a 1kg one and was on a special offer of "1kg for the price of 750gms - 33% Extra Free". Just to give you an idea of the weight of this box, if you were to buy a similar sized box of Cornflakes, the Cornflakes would weigh just 250gms. So you're talking about four times the weight. This has certainly got something to do with all those raisins and nuts and the fact that the wheat flakes are not thin and fluffy like Cornflakes. Rather they are thick and solid and really do look wholesome and healthy. Another great thing about Alpen is that the box would probably last you substantially longer than a box of other cereals because this is really filling. A small bowl of Alpen with your regular milk certainly provides me with the same amount of "feeling full" as would say two bowls of Cornflakes or Frosties a nd at least 4 pieces of Weetabix. I suppose it might not be a favourite with the younger generation and one of the reasons would be because of it's looks. It is really not a pleasant sight when you pour the contents into your bowl but that is soon forgotten as soon as you have your first spoonfull. The calorie content for a 100gms serving (which equates to 10 heaped dessert spoonfulls) is 365 kcal. On this note a 100gms serving contains 10gms of protein, 66gms of carbohydrates, 6.8gms of fat, 7.7gms of fibre and 0.2gms of salt. These figures will go up depending on the type of milk used. The recommended daily intakes are: Calories - 2000 for Women and 2500 for Men Fat - 70gms for Women and 95gms for Men Salt - 5gms for Women and 7gms for Men If put into comparison with the above figures you can comforably say that Alpen Original provides a healthy option for breakfast. This does not necessarily mean that it should be had only for breakfast. It makes an ideal snack or meal for any time of the day or for whenever you are feeling hungry. Alpen Original comes in two pack sizes and these are the 750gms and 1.5kg boxes. The 750gms ones retail at £1.79 and the 1.5kg boxes at £2.69 at Tesco. Overall a reasonable price especially if you buy the 1.5kg boxes and when you get them on special offer, like I mentioned earlier in this opinion. Overall I have found Alpen Original to be a wonderful cereal and one that I consider well worth the money if you consider the wholesome values, health aspects and fresh and natural taste. If you haven't tried it yet I suggest you do. You may be pleasantly surprised.