Review: Black Tower B Fruitiful Passionfruit / Strawberry

I’ve been on something of a quest all summer to find the perfect low-syn tipple and today I’m going to tell you about another innovative low-calorie, low syn offering by Black Tower: the B Fruitiful range. It’s very exciting to see well-established brands responding to demand for lower calorie drinks with just as much variety and flavour as full sugar alternatives. Read on for a review of the range, and some fun ideas for how these can be enjoyed.

Black Tower are on a mission with their extensive lower calorie range. I reviewed the B Secco White and Rosé back in June, which we enjoyed as a toast to my bridesmaid proposal - it went down a storm!

This offering is a light wine infused with fruit flavours - there are two options on the market: B Fruitiful Passionfruit & Pineapple (in a White wine style) and B Fruitiful Strawberry & Raspberry which is in the style of a Rosé.

Each 125ml glass of B Fruitful wine is 5.5% alcohol and 55 calories, which is just 3 syns on slimming world. This is just half of the syn value of regular wine, meaning — more for you!

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With Cheese, Please:

I’m a sucker for anything with passionfruit in, so was very excited to try the passionfruit version first. The passionfruit and pineapple flavours were prominent but not overbearing - it was zingy and refreshing. I had a couple of glasses with a cheese board (Light Halloumi, Brie and Cheddar for my Healthy Extra A) - highly recommend! The combination was absolutely delicious.

Drunken Strawberries:

Later that week, I tried the B Fruitful Strawberry with dessert. I mean that quite literally — I made “Drunken Strawberries” which is a very simple dessert. Simply soak strawberries in about 75ml of B Fruitiful Strawberry, leave in the fridge for about an hour and serve with a large spray of Tesco Lighter Real Dairy Spray Cream (2 syns per portion). This dessert came to 4 syns and since I couldn’t resist an extra glass - my total for the day came to 7 syns. The strawberry version is sweeter than the passionfruit offering, and is nicely balanced with the wine flavours.

In summary, If you enjoy wine and have quite the sweet tooth - there is nothing really comparable on the market today. If you are usually into the very dry wines, you may prefer one of the B by Black Tower low calorie wines, but these can still be enjoyed as a dessert drink.

B Fruitiful wines are exclusively available at Tesco Ireland at the moment at a mere 5 Euro. There is still some nice weather left to be enjoyed - I recommend this as the perfect companion to the longer evenings!



New Healthy Extra B Discoveries

Healthy Extras are a fantastic feature of the slimming world plan and in my opinion, are the key to Slimming World’s success. They ensure we have enough fibre and calcium in our diets, and also happen to unlock options that most slimming plans tend to steer clear of - Carbs and Dairy.

It can be easy enough to get into a routine with your healthy extras, with many of us sticking to the usual cereal bars or sandwich. In this post, I list a couple of new discoveries that can be enjoyed for your healthy extra B options, which will hopefully give you some inspiration for shaking things up.


Lizi’s Granola

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but Lizi’s Granolas have a lot of potential for an any-time-of-the-day snack - particularly the Belgian chocolate one! For your healthy B choice, you can have 30g of any of the above flavours - Belgian Chocolate, Macadamia and Mango, or Treacle and Pecan.


Alpen Protein Cereal Bars

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Alpen’s cereal bars have long been a favourite on the slimming world plan. Alpen have recently released the Alpen protein cereal bar in two flavours: Chocolate and Berries & Yoghurt, which have about twice the protein of your average cereal bar, keeping you full all morning. You can have one Alpen Protein bar as your healthy B choice.


Biona Organic - Rye and Rice Breads

The Biona range have a lot of options for your healthy B choice, Many of their offerings are also wheat free, which allows you to get all the soluble fibre you need without the bloating that typical wheat bread can cause for some. Here are three worth a look:

  • Biona Organic Rye Bread - 70g for your healthy B Choice

  • Biona Organic Pumpernickel Bread - 70g for your healthy B Choice

  • Biona Organic Rice Bread - 60g for your healthy B Choice

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Irwin's High Fibre Bread Range

Widely available in supermarkets such as Tesco, Iceland, and Sainsburys is the Irwins range, with a lot of their high fibre offerings counting as healthy extra B choice. The rolls are a nice change from the typical sandwich, and can be used for burgers and such without the need to syn!

  • Irwins 7 seeded bread - 1 slice for your healthy extra b choice

  • Irwins Softee wholemeal brown rolls - 1 roll for your healthy B choice

  • Irwins High fibre brown rolls - 1 roll for your healthy extra b choice


Karg’s Crackerbreads

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If it’s a bit of crunch you’re craving, look no further than Dr. Kargs Crispbreads - Tomato Mozzarella or Chia & Oats. These are Organic, and delicious. You can can have one large crispbread for your healthy B. These are delicious topped with Philadelphia Light and fresh basil.


Boka Cereal Bars

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Boka Cereal Bars are a delicious snack or breakfast on the move. Choose between Strawberry, Apple and Cinnamon or Caramel (my preference for max indulgence). You can have one Boka cereal bar for your Healthy B choice.

Have you come across any new healthy B choice lately that your fellow slimmers might enjoy? Let us know in the comments below!