Your First Slimming World Week Shop | Slimming World

We often see the same question posted in the Facebook Group – What do you need to buy on your First Slimming World Week Shop?

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What to expect

So, you’ve taken the plunge and made the decision to join a Slimming World group? Firstly, well done! It’s such a positive thing to do. We’ve put together a couple of really useful articles so that you know What To Expect At A Slimming World Group.

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Your first week

Once you’ve attended your first meeting, you’ll need to know how to manage your first week, so it’s worth having a look at this – Your First Week On Slimming World.

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Get to know the plan

The best way to prepare for your first week on the Slimming World Plan is to read your shiny new Slimming World handbook. I can’t emphasise enough how important this book will be, especially to begin with.

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The Pinch of Nom team have put their collective heads together to give you a basic shopping list of items that are really helpful when you’re starting your Slimming World journey.

All the Tomatoes!

Tinned tomatoes, Passata, Tomato Puree…….

This selection of tomato products may seem a little excessive, but they can be used in so many ways, and they’re all free foods too, in fact, most are Speed foods!

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One of the most versatile store cupboard ingredients, you can use tomatoes in one form or another to make soups, casseroles, curries and pizza topping…even Tapas dishes!

One of our favourite recipes is this Syn Free Cuban Beef, which uses tinned tomatoes and tomato puree.

First Slimming World Week Shop
Syn Free Cuban Beef

You can pick up supermarket own brand versions of all these products at really low prices, too.

Herbs and Spices

One thing that you will need is a good range of basic herbs and spices. The Slimming World plan encourages you to cook from scratch, but that’s not a problem when you have Pinch of Nom recipes at your fingertips!

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Phil’s herb and spice drawer is impressive!!

Salt, pepper, mixed herbs, cumin, basil, oregano, paprika, coriander, oregano, curry powder, chilli flakes, cinnamon and mixed spice, to name just a few.

All single herbs and spices are free, but some of the blended spice mixes do have a Syn value, so it’s worth checking those with Syns Online.

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Paidi has quite the collection!! WOW!

The best way to build your collection is to buy additional herbs and spices as you expand your cooking repertoire. Each time you try a new recipe, you can buy another jar to add to your extending spice rack!

Our Syn Free Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki is a great way to show off your new herb and spice collection!

Your First Slimming World Week Shop
Syn Free Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki

Stock pots and stock cubes

Stock pots and stock cubes are a great way to add flavour and seasoning to a dish without adding any precious Syns.

Tesco White Wine Stock Pots - first slimming world shop

They come in a variety of flavours and can be used in everything from rice and pasta, to potatoes, soups and gravy!

chicken stock cubes - first Slimming World Shop

We have a fabulous recipe for Syn Free Gravy which is delicious with a Slimming World friendly Sunday roast.

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Syn Free Gravy


All types of vinegar are free, from a basic malt (chip shop) variety to the more exotic white wine and red wine vinegar, cider vinegar and even rice vinegar.

Syn free Stir-fried Beef with Ginger and Spring Onion - rice vinegar

These are great to add a bit of zing to salads and dressings, sauces and even stews.

We used red wine vinegar in our Syn Free Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad.

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Syn Free Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad

As well as vinegar, you can also fill your cupboards with other Syn free flavourings, such as;

  • Soy sauce
  • Oyster sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Thai fish sauce
  • Tabasco
  • Mint sauce (e.g. some such as Colmans no added sugar are Syn Free)
  • Mustard powder
  • Marmite
  • Bovril

All of these can be used to add a real depth of flavour to your cooking.

You can find a list of Slimming World free foods here.


Frylight (or any brands of low calorie cooking sprays which are 1 calorie or less per spray) means that you can still enjoy a fried egg, Slimming World chips and even roast potatoes! I always have at least 2 bottles in my cupboard.

Frylight Find Out More

We always use Frylight in all the recipes we make for the website. Including these amazing Syn Free Salt and Pepper Chips!

Syn Free Salt and Pepper Chips | Slimming World-3

Calibrated Measuring Spoons

Measuring spoons are really important when you’re on Slimming World.

If you’re cooking, you’ll need to make sure you measure the right amount of an ingredient, for example a herb or spice, so that you don’t compromise the flavour of the recipe.

A set of measuring spoons can also come in very handy when measuring synned table sauces and dressings. Every precious Syn counts, right?!

Using normal spoons from your cutlery drawer doesn’t give an accurate measure, as cutlery sizes vary and are not ‘standard’ sizes.

You can find calibrated measuring spoons on Amazon, in the baking aisle of most supermarkets, or even Pound shops!

Digital Scales

A decent set of digital kitchen scales is a must so that you can accurately measure Healthy Extra choices, such as oats, or cheese!

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Weigh your Healthy Extra choices

Again, you’ll find these easy to find in lots of places, from Amazon to supermarkets.

Measuring Jugs

Another useful thing to have is a measuring jug, especially when following a recipe which calls for a precise amount of liquid.

It really doesn’t matter whether you choose glass or plastic, just make sure that the measuring scale is clear and easy to read! I use this set of 3 measuring jugs from Amazon.

A Micro Grater

The amount of cheese you get as your Healthy Extra A isn’t going to bowl you over with excitement.

If you use a standard grater, you might be disappointed by how far your cheese goes.

micro grater - first slimming world shop

By using a fine grater, your cheesy goodness will turn into a mountain…ok, maybe a small hill, but you get the drift!

Fine grater – available from most supermarkets, or you can grab one like this from Amazon.

Here at Pinch of Nom we use a Deiss Grater

Hot and Cold Drinks

When you start on Slimming World, you need to make sure that you drink plenty of fluids. In pre-Slimming World days, that might have meant nipping into a well-known coffee shop for a fancy foamy coffee filled with syrup and topped with cream, or grabbing a can of pop.

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You can still do all of these things, but you need to be aware of Syn Values. It’s also good to have a range of Syn free drinks so that you don’t use up your Syns without realising.

  • Coffee, instant or freshly ground
  • Tea, all varieties, including herbal
  • No added sugar squashes
  • Diet fizzy drinks
  • Mineral water

All these Syn Free drinks are readily available in any supermarkets.

Or you may prefer to buy a water bottle that encourages you to drink more? These are incredibly popular amongst members of our Facebook Group.


For those with a sweet tooth, you’ll also need to swerve the sugar. There are entire sections in the hot drinks aisle that are devoted to sweeteners, both for drinking and cooking.

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Tablet sweeteners are free, and are the most convenient way to sweeten a hot drink.

Granulated sweeteners are better than powdered sweeteners for cooking and drinking. Slimming World guidelines state that if you use more than 1 tablespoon per portion in a recipe, then you should count it at 0.5 Syns per tbsp.

Sharp knives

The Slimming World plan has always promoted healthy eating and cooking. Most of the recipes require preparation of ingredients and for that, you really do need a good set of knives.

Sharp knives make a world of difference when you’re chopping up lots of vegetables. They’re an investment, so if you can’t afford a full set of expensive chef’s knives, don’t worry!

You can pick up a really good knife from the kitchen section of many supermarkets, specialist shops, or from Amazon.

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Need some extra help & motivation on your Slimming World journey?

Come join our Facebook group! We have over 340,000 members, who want to help you! You wouldn’t want to miss out on the fun would you?


You might just find the inspiration you need from our awesome members. If you’ve joined already why not invite any friends that may find it helpful?

Pre-Order Our Cookbook Now!

We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available for pre-order!!

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The book will feature 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!

Each recipe has been taste tested by twenty members of the Pinch of Nom community to ensure that they are amazing.

The book will be released on the 21st March 2019, and if you pre order now you won’t be charged until it’s released.

Check out our cookbook page for more information!

  1. I reached target week before Christmas this site helped so much and continues to help me. Thie above is a great reminder for keeping things on track. Thank you

  2. I love this site. I’ve been a member of slimming world since July and lost 2 stone. This site has been invaluable and these hints and tips are brilliant for beginners and people who have done slimming world before as reminders to remember to measure our HEBs . Thanks. Xx

  3. I have just joined your group and for the first time I feel optimistic about losing my weight. It’s like I have real support without having to ask for help. Thank you

  4. I have always wanted to join but don’t have the time to attend classes. Work Mon to Friday 0900 to 530. Have after school clubs with kids on evenings that it runs. Already have 2 operate meals to cook as have fussy husband and children and am not a great cook and find it boating. Can you help

    1. Hi Daska
      It’s always a tricky balancing act! There are some weekend groups too, it may be worth looking to see if there’s one in your area. 🙂

  5. I’ve been a diamond target member for few years now and still look for different recipes and inspiration from my group and pinch of nom Love this page xx

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