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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
They come in a variety of flavours and can be used in everything from rice and pasta, to potatoes, soups and gravy!
We have a fabulous recipe for Syn Free Gravy which is delicious with a Slimming World friendly Sunday roast.
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.
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.
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
- Mint sauce (e.g. some such as Colmans no added sugar are Syn Free)
- Mustard powder
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.
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!
A decent set of digital kitchen scales is a must so that you can accurately measure Healthy Extra choices, such as oats, or cheese!
Again, you’ll find these easy to find in lots of places, from Amazon to supermarkets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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