At the moment I am staying at my mates pub once again lol. What has this got to do with this cereal I hear you think?! Well my friend provides this as a breakfast type item on her menu, in a one portion sachet type things and so I have been munching through them regularly!
Whether you get these in a box or a sachet like me from what I know of this cereal the packaging looks the same no matter the size you choose to purchase this in.
The packet (or box or bag) is two toned blue with a picture of fruit and nuts on the front of it and I am told that it is Alpen No Added Sugar Recipe and that it has the goodness of natural ingredients which include raisins, rolled oats, roasted hazelnuts & almonds with crispy wholegrain wheat flakes and that it is made with 100% natural ingredients. On the back of the packet other information includes ingredients and allergy advice being listed, the size is stated as is the best before date and being told that it is suitable for Vegetarians, a nutritional information chart is shown and contact details for Weetabix (the manufacturer of the product) are given. Informative enough it all is and the information given on it is all necessary type of thing.
What you get is a dry but not too powdery mix really. The majority of the cereal is made up from wheat and rolled oats, the powder is created by the adding of dry skimmed milk,, then you get some sliced nuts which are hazelnuts and almonds and a few dried up raisins are scattered throughout it.
It's a dry mix till of course till you add milk to it and it doesn't melt within milk and doesn't go mushy and it holds really well. It has no added sweetness to it and the sweetness comes from the fruit that is added and it has a slight malty taste to it as well.
This is a high quality muesli that has lots of textures going on within it. It's filling and keeps me going till lunchtime! It's tasty and digestible anyway and I've got rather addicted to it to be honest of late lol!
Wholegrain Wheat (42%), Wholegrain Rolled Oats (36%), Raisins (15%), Dried Skimmed Milk, Milk Whey Powder, Roasted Sliced Nuts (2.5%) (Hazelnuts & Almonds), Malted Barley Extract, Salt.
Nutritional Information Per 45g Serving:
of which sugars: 7.3g
of which saturates: 0.3g
equivalent as Salt 0.18g
Available in all good supermarkets etc costing about £2.39 for for a 560g box and £3.70 for a 1.3kg bag
Recently started an exercise and (relatively) healthy eating routine. Choose Alpen over Quaker oats for my breakfast. And my does it provide the perfect jaw workout to begin the day. Eating a bowl full literally is like a jaw workout and, aswell as working those jaw muscles/bone, the effort probably burns a few extra calories. As for taste its pretty decent and I like it. Only problem, as with all tasty things, you get tempted to eat a an extra bowl or cravings later on during the day.
I have always liked cereals since my childhood rather than toast etc, and have tried practically all of them. For about five or six years I seem to have had an obssession with milk, and cannot get enough of it, and am known to eat cereal in the middle of the night!!!
I wanted to lose weight last year after the birth of my third child, and had tried many ways, but the best way I found was to cut down the portion size but eat more often during the day (about 5 times). I had tried Kelloggs Special K but had to fill the bowl right up to be able to keep up with the children!
I found that Alpen did a cereal with no added sugar, and the back of the packet confirmed that the sugar content was not as high as other cereals which I had previously consumed, and was lower in sugar than Special K, so I bought a small pack of 500g for around £2.50 from Tesco's which I thought was a bit pricey, but what the heck!
Alpen No Added Sugar is made by Weetabix Ltd in England, which is a well-respected company who make other cereals too. It is a Swiss recipe made of wholewheat flakes, rolled oats, raisins and roasted sliced hazelnuts and almonds.
Full list of ingredients and nutritional information:
Wholegrain Wheat (42%), Wholegrain Rolled Oats (36%), Raisins (15%), Dried Skimmed Milk, Dried Milk Whey Powder, Roasted Sliced Nuts (2.5%) (Hazelnuts & Almonds), Malted Barley Extract, Salt
Typical Values Per 40g serving Per 100g
Energy 597kJ/ 1493kJ/
Protein 4.3g 10.7g
Carbohydrate 25.7g 64.3g
(of which sugars 6.3g 15.9g)
Fat 2.4g 5.9g
(of which saturates 0.3g 0.7g)
Fibre 3.1g 7.7g
(of which soluble 0.9g 2.2g)
(of which insoluble 2.2g 5.5g)
Sodium* 0.07g 0.17g
*Equivalent as Salt 0.17g 0.43g
You can purchase a 500g box or a 1.3kg plastic packet (around £3.50) which lasts longer and is better value than the 500g box.
The taste is excellent, and does not become too mushy in the milk while you are eating it. It is neither bland or too sweet, and certainly fills you up and keeps you going until lunchtime - I like to top mine with sliced banana for a feast of a breakfast.
There are some cereals which are too sweet that gives you a blood sugar dip after about 1 hour so you have to eat something to recover. This is just right. The raisins are lovely and chewy too which I personally like (some may not!). It also helped me to lose weight too (although i'm not sure now because it's so mooreish if I wake in the night I must have a bowl!)
All-in-all a tasty, relatively low sugar cereal that can be eaten anytime!
I do like museli, and am on a bit of a healthy eating kick right now. Being diabetic I am always on the look out for low or no sugar varieties of foodstuffs. Most museli, believe it or not, is full of sugar and/or saturated fat.
Alpen no added sugar is just that, no added sugar, which is NOT the same as no sugar. The sugar that is in this product is natural sugars from the raisins mainly, and totals just 6.3 gms per 40 gm serving, which is about 7% of the total sugars one should have in a day, well, less for me, but infinitely better for me than most other cereals or a big fat fry up (Saturdays only, followed by serious exercise).
I prefer to buy the 1.3 kg plastic packs full of this as it lasts longer and is more cost effective that way. The packaging needs little explainining as there is a picture with this review.
Whats in it?
Wholegrain wheat (42%), wholegrain wheat is a great low Glycemic Index (GI) food as it takes a long while to break down in the body, hence, staves of hunger longer.
Wholegrain rolled oats (36%), as above, great low GI food.
Raisins (15%), lovely, gives it a bit of chewy sweetness.
Dried skimmed milk, Dried milk whey, roasted sliced almond and hazelnuts, malted barley extract, salt (0.43gms, per 100gm).
And that is it, no E numbers, additives, preservatives or any hdry gloocydextramonothingemybobs.
Yum, it is not 'carboardy' like some low sugar museli's, nor overly sweet and sickly like some full sugar varieties. In fact the balance is pretty much spot on. If you eat it with milk it soaks it up well without becoming too mushy and it tastes very 'wheaty' and 'nutty' which I like. It actually smells nice to me too, sort of nutty and Earthy.
I often add extra nuts too. I have tried it with yoghurt (which my son likes) and found it to be a bit to gooey for my liking. For a 'treat' I sometimes drizzle a little honey on it. It is especially nice with sliced strawberries and/or red grapes.
I love it. I eat this at least 4 days per week, if not I have toast or on Saturdays, a fry up. Without any shadow of a doubt this is the breakfast that staves off hunger longest, I do not need to eat until lunchtime, where as with most breakfasts I need a small snack about 11 am.
It is tasty, it is made by Weetabix, who make pretty good cereals all round. I would absolutely recommend this to folks that have not tried this before, or who eat museli that has a high sugar, salt and fat content. This is pretty much the lowest sugar, fat and salt content museli on the market, and I have read the back of many packets.
For more information go to:
The breakfast cereal Alpen is owned by the British based Weetabix corporation.
The company employes 2,500 people worldwide, exporting to over 80 countries around the world. According to the company website, the flaship cereal brand Weetabix is the most popular breakfast in the UK, with a market share of '8% of the total cereal category' and 3 billion of the biscuits are produced a year at its UK site in Kettering. (see http://www.weetabix.co.uk - is that what the internet was developed for, to find out facts like that?)
Back to muesli. Alpen was launched on the british public back in 1971, as a health food, aiming to attract younger, trendy people who were into the new wholefood movement. It also appealed to the wealthier classes who had been on skiing holidays in Europe, as leisure time and disposable incomes increased.
For the record, museli is a traditional Swiss foodstuff, generally consisting of a mix of non-wheat cereal, such as oats, dried and or fresh fruit and nuts mixed together and served with milk. It is often soaked in fruit juice or milk overnight, so that the cereal soaks up much of the liquid.
The english breakfast variety, however, tends to be likened to bird seed by those with a debatable sense of humour. True, it is likely to be dry, with a fairly miserable sprinkling of chopped almonds or hazel nuts and a few unappetising raisins. This is an unfair characterisation (of muesli, not the jokers) as made properly, it is delicious.
Does the sugar free variety of Alpen do what it says on the packet? The listed ingredients include Malted Barley extract, which I think contains a form of sugar. Certainly the nutritional information says it has 15% sugar, which is quite high, as by comparison, chocolate biscuits are around 25%. However, it is true that sugar itself has been removed from the original recipe. To my mind it still has a slightly sweet taste. It also rather annoyingly contains dried milk and milk whey, and I am not sure why they do this as everybody I know puts some form of milk on their cereal anyway. It deters anyone looking for a dairy free diet.
To finish considering the ingredients, it is 42% wheat and 36% rolled oats, with a combined total of only 18% of raisins, hazelnuts and almonds. It also contains salt as a specified ingredient.
Ready made varieties are often improved with the addition of fresh or tinned fruit, and it is quite easy to make your own. Make up a large quantitiy, dry, and store in a tupperware box. Sunflower seeds, chopped dried apricots and dates, brazil nuts and dried banana all make delicious and nutritional extras.
Did I enjoy eating this? It is definitely not a sugary as some ready made breakfast cereals, and contains oats which makes a change from always eating a wheat based product. It is not yet an organic product, the amount of wheat in it is still fairly high and it does have that slightly sweet aftertaste. However, it is enjoyable particularly eaten with a topping of yoghurt as well as my usual milk. It is also pretty filling.
The nutritional benefits are that it is high in fibre - 7.7 g, and oats are supposedly good for lowering cholesterol. The sodium level is 0.2 g. Nuts and raisins are a good source of vitamins and protein and overall it is a natural, unprocessed foodstuff.
It is in the middle price-bracket of supermarket shelf cereals, and the packaging a distinctive blue and white reinforced plastic bag. The familiar Alpen logo of a mountain top is clearly visible, with images of oats, fruit and nuts.
It must be well over ten years since I last bought a box of alpine cereal and Im really happy I bought it because after just enjoying a small bowl of this delicious muesli, Im glad I have it in my cupboards to enjoy tomorrow too.
I spotted the boxes of Alpen when I went into my local Co-op, they were on offer buy one get one free at £1.79 so after the overindulgence of Christmas, I thought I might have a go at a healthy eating plan and bought two boxes for the price of one.
These are 560g boxes which should give me about 14 servings, considering the small price I paid this the two boxes will last me 28 days or 1 month breakfast supply as well as helping me to stay healthy.
The boxes are a bright blue design with a nice mountain scene behind an appetising picture of grapes, nuts, raisins and wheat. Its high in fibre which is good for your body and has 100% natural ingredients. Make sure you store the box in a cool dry place once opened. I usually empty the box into a Tupperware box to help keep it fresh.
If you have a nut allergy then Im afraid you wont be able to enjoy Alpen, as its packed with almonds and roasted sliced nuts. The calories per serving is quite high at 141 per 40g serving, but if your like me and use up lots of energy in your day then it is good for keeping you going till lunch time.
Alpen is made by Weetabix Ltd and their website is www.weetabix.co.uk if you need any more information on this product. If you dont like the product or there is something wrong with it, then you can write to Weetabix who will then refund your money and postage with a voucher.
So thats all the information now to let you know what I think.
Well, like I said earlier its been years since I have bought and eaten Alpen muesli, I usually just grab a slice of toast in the morning and hope it will see me through till lunch time, but after getting into eating Alpen I must admit it does keep me going without having to snack before lunch.
It might look a bit strange when you pour it into the bowl, rabbit food my husband calls it, but once youve added a little milk it soaks it up, I dont add sugar as I find its sweet enough and is ready to eat as soon as youve added milk.
Surprisingly it tastes just the same as I always remembered it, a crispy blend of wheat flakes and rolled oats, with crunchy nuts and raisins.
It fills you up quickly too, so be careful not to over load your breakfast bowl otherwise youll have to throw the excess away. Id recommend this to you if you havent ever eaten muesli before, or like me havent bought it for a while. Its a healthy option as there is no added sugar and is very tasty.
I love Alpen and could happily eat it anywhere, anytime, but I had always eaten Alpen Original, which has added sugar. Since being diagnosed as a diabetic I have been trying very hard to control my blood sugar levels using as low a dose of tablets as possible, so I have been trying to weed out products containing sugar. As I said I love Alpen Original and was dubious as to how I would feel about a sugar free version, but I decided to give it a go. The Alpen boxes all have much the same design apart from the fact that the different types are in different coloured boxes so when you're looking for Alpen No Added Sugar in the supermarket this is the one in the blue box. As with all the Alpen cereals it is made by Weetabix, which initially surprised me as I thought Weetabix only made Weetabix (the biscuits). You see writing opinions for Dooyoo makes for a constant learning experience!! Alpen is made of 100% natural ingredients - it says so on the box! In the No Added Sugar variety these are: Whole Wheat Rolled Oats Raisins (15%) Dried Skimmed Milk Dried Milk Whey Mixed Sliced Nuts - Hazelnuts and Almonds (3%) Malt Extract Salt The list is identical to the list of ingredients for Alpen Original except for the fact that the amount of raisins is 15% as opposed to 12.5% and there is no sugar. The point I am trying to make here is the fact that this is an excellent original product with the sugar removed. So many of the allegedly 'healthy' foods today contain so many additives, preservatives and sugar substitutes that it does beg the question would we be better eating the sugary versions? So it was nice to see that this is not the case with Alpen. OK so this is all very well but how about the taste? Pour your Alpen into a bowl and add ice cold skimmed milk and there you are, breakfast, supper, snack, I could eat it anytime! I leave it for a minute or
two to let the milk soak into the cereal and the result tastes good but it still retains enough texture to get my teeth into. I have to admit that my first taste of this version of Alpen was a disappointment; I really did like the sweeter one better! I persevered though, even if only not to waste the remainder of the box! The fact that it is Alpen and is of the highest quality means that the lack of sugar really doesn't matter after the first couple of tries. In fact it is much better for me as I am trying to retrain my sweet tooth! The fruit does actually provide quite enough sweetness anyway. If you really can't do without the added sweetness you could always slice a banana on the top - I often do that! Interestingly the calorie value of No Added Sugar Alpen is almost as high as Alpen Original - 357 calories per 100g as compared to 365 per 100g. And I will just say be careful if you are on a calorie controlled diet and weigh your Alpen, it surprised me to find how small a portion actually is when you weight it out rather than filling the bowl up! The nutritional content information on the box shows that there is still 15.9g of natural sugar per 100g of cereal too. Sadly like so many products there is also salt added although it is only 0.2g per 100g of Alpen so I suppose it?s not too bad, but why add it at all when we all eat far too much salt in our diets anyway? A 560g box of Alpen No Added Sugar currently costs £1.94 in Tesco's, but it is also available in 1.3k bags for £3.08, which works out to be better value. Interestingly the Alpen Original comes in 750g boxes and 1.5k bags for the same price. So it's obviously more expensive not to add the sugar then! In conclusion I would say that, even if you are a bit of a sweet tooth like me, this is worth a try, as it is one product that tastes good and really is free of added sugar.