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


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


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!

The perfect summer sparkler - B Secco White and Rosé - 3 syns per glass

Breaking the pattern

I have to admit, this end of week sabotage has been a bit of a cycle for me - and I think I’ve finally found a way to break it. I recently had the opportunity to try Black Tower’s new offering - B Secco White and B Secco Rosé. At just 65 calories - this is a tiny 3 SYNS per glass. I’m thinking to myself — this has the potential to be a game changer.

As summer gets into a groove many of us feel the seasonal shift toward refreshing, fruity, fancy fizzy drinks of a Saturday evening. Typically this has us reaching for cider, wine or prosecco. Make one wrong move with our choices however, and our syns for the week are thrown off -- undoing all of the good work for the week. To put this into perspective, here are a couple of summer faves and their syn values:

  • Pint bottle of Original Bulmers: 12.5 syns (up to 16 for a flavoured version.)

  • Kopparberg Original / Pear (12/15 syns respectively)

  • Small glass of white wine: 6 syns

  • Glass of Rosé wine: 4.5 syns

The Taste Test

I fancy myself as a bit of a Connoisseur de Booze, sure I’ve been at this game for almost 20 years! So, quality is important - a sparkling drink needs a bit of complexity. I’ve tried other “low-calorie” offerings and this is where they fall short - there is often something lacking.

Myself and my pal Maria found the perfect occassion to try a glass of the B Secco Rosé. I had just “proposed” to her to be my bridesmaid, and we were having a little celebration with a few tines in my sunny back garden. We both enjoyed it immensely - it has that celebratory sparkling zing, gorgeous fruit flavour and it even tasted… expensive. We polished off the bottle happily-- by then I had only used 9 of my daily syns!

Availability / Cost

The clincher here is that at the time of writing, they are on sale in Tesco Ireland for a mere €5 for a bottle - normally €6.99. A little birdie told me that there are also two more offerings to be released soon in Tesco Ireland - B Fruitiful Strawberry and B Fruitiful Passionfruit - which will be only 55 calories (only 2.5 syns per glass)

So find an occasion and round up your pals, and enjoy this summery delight guilt free!

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