New Slimming Shopping Essentials 1.2.19

Over in our Facebook group (where we now have over 752,540 members – it keeps going up each week!) one of the hot topics of each week is spotting new products that are Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly, for our New Slimming  Shopping Essentials list!

New Slimming Shopping Essentials 1.2.19

We’ll be adding extra information for every item we feature in the Shopping Essentials List for 2019. The write up will include the calorie count, Weight Watchers Points and the Slimming World Syns too!

Not all of you are in our Facebook group (you should be!), but you can join up using the link below for the latest news and discussions on brand new Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly products.

 

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Slimming World recommend having 1/3 Speed Food with every meal where appropriate as part of the Extra Easy plan.

If you’re not sure whether your fruit and vegetable choices are Speed Foods, you can check our Speed Foods list. Items listed in blue are linked to a recipe, too. Just click on the word to take you there.

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We’re always searching for a range of Speed Foods, some Free Foods and a few different ways to use your Syns/Points/calorie allowance in our weekly Shopping Essentials round up.

We check the supermarkets and food websites every week to find a selection of new products and special offers to help you stay on plan with Slimming World/Weight Watchers or any calorie counting eating plan.

Aldi Super 6

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Fruit and vegetables are a big part of most healthy eating plans. We’re encouraged to eat plenty of them to satisfy hunger and provide us with fibre, vitamins and minerals. They can also be pretty pricy, which is why we look for the best deals.

Budget supermarkets, such as Aldi and Lidl, have weekly deals on a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, making them great value for money. Stock of these selected products moves quickly, so freshness is virtually guaranteed.

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Pinch of Nom Firecracker Chicken

This week we’ve chosen Aldi’s Super 6.

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Pinch of Nom Roasted Garlic & Beetroot Soup

All of the items in this week’s Super 6 selection are Speed Foods on the Slimming World plan and 0 Points on the Weight Watchers plan.

Aldi Super 6 are available from 31st Jan 2019 until Wednesday 13th February 2019, subject to growing conditions. Prices range from 49p to 69p per pack.

Asda Sliced Pickled Gherkins

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I adore pickled veg in any shape or form, and these sliced gherkins are just lovely. Whether you eat them straight from the jar or add them to salads and sandwiches, they’re a really tasty way to eat more veg.

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Pinch of Nom Pea, Bacon & Potato Salad

Strangely, I find that sliced gherkins are more appealing than the whole ones, but maybe that’s just me! You can even use the pickling liquid from the jar to make an amazing dish – try this Pea, Bacon & Potato Salad.

  • 48 Kcal per 100g
  • SW Free and Speed
  • WW 2 Points per 100g

These tangy, crunchy gherkins cost £1.09 for a 480g jar from Asda.

Schwartz Pilau Rice Seasoning

Hands up if you love a good Fakeaway! 🙌🏼 I certainly do, and being able to make a gorgeous Indian or Chinese Fakeaway from scratch has helped me stay on track throughout my weight loss journey!

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Whenever I make this amazing Chicken Balti Curry, I always cook up a pile of Pilau Rice to go with it. I use Schwartz Pilau Rice seasoning as it’s so quick and easy. Just a level teaspoon of this seasoning added to a pan of basmati rice works wonders!

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  • 144 Kcal per 100g
  • SW Free per 3g serving
  • WW 3 Points for the whole jar

As you might have noticed, Schwartz seasonings have had a bit of a makeover, and the lid is certainly sturdier than previous designs. Schwartz Pilau Rice Seasoning costs £1.65 per jar, and the range has a 2 for £2.00 deal on at Asda right now.

Asda Reduced Salt Soy Sauce

Soy sauce is synonymous with Chinese cookery, so there’s always a bottle in the cupboard. We love soy sauce and use it in lots of Pinch of Nom recipes, particularly in some of our Chinese Fakeaway dishes.

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If you are trying to reduce salt in your diet, you don’t have to miss out either. There are reduced salt versions of so many day-to-day products on the supermarket shelves nowadays. Asda have now added an own brand reduced salt soy sauce to their product range.

  • 60 Kcal per 100ml
  • SW Free per level tbsp
  • WW 1 Point per 15ml
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Pinch of Nom Katsu Chicken Curry

My household are putting in a weekly request for our amazing Katsu Chicken Curry at the moment, which suits me just fine! It’s sooooo good! I can use this reduced salt soy sauce in it too!  Asda Reduced Salt Soy Sauce costs 54p for a 200ml bottle.

Asda Panko Breadcrumbs

One of the things I really missed when I first started Slimming World was the crispy coating on dishes such as crispy chicken. When I discovered Panko breadcrumbs could be used to make amazing recipes I was delighted.

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Panko breadcrumbs are a great alternative if you don’t want to make breadcrumbs using your wholemeal bread allowance for the day. They’re low in fat, so they’re handy to have in your cupboard for when you need that crispy crunch.

  • 361 Kcal per 100g
  • SW 4.5 Syns per 25g
  • WW 2 Points per serving
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Pinch of Nom KFC Rice Box

If you haven’t tried Panko breadcrumbs before, try using them to make our KFC Rice Box. Winner Winner KFC Dinner! Asda Panko breadcrumbs cost £1.25 for a 70g box.

Tilda Pulses & Rice

Lunchtime can be a real sticking point for some people when they’re trying hard to stick to a healthy eating plan. When it’s cold outside, (…and it’s freezing today, -2°C outside right now and it’s 1pm!) salad just won’t cut the mustard.

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As long as you have access to a microwave, the world is your lunchtime lobster. We’ve spotted these Tilda Pulses & Rice pouches which would make a quick and easy lunch option. There are 5 flavours available;

Chickpea, Harissa & Lemon

This Moroccan inspired recipe contains basmati rice and chickpeas, with harissa and lemon.

  • Kcal 99 per 100g
  • SW 2.5 per pouch
  • WW 4 Points per pouch

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Edamame Beans, Spring Onion & Wasabi

This combination of flavours takes inspiration from Japanese dishes. Wholegrain basmati rice with traditional Japanese ingredients such as mirin, mung beans, edamame beans, spring onions and wasabi powder.

  • 109 Kcal per 100g
  • SW 3 Syns per pouch
  • WW 4 Points per pouch

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Pinto Bean, Green Chilli & Lime

We’re off to Mexico with this blend of pinto beans, basmati rice, avocado purée, jalapeno chilli and smoked paprika.

  • 130 Kcal per 100g
  • SW 3.5 Syns per pouch
  • WW 5 Points per pouch

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Split Pea, Green Chilli & Coriander

Wholegrain basmati rice with yellow split peas, green chilli, butternut squash, spices and seasonings – great on its own or with curries.

  • 116 Kcal per 100g
  • SW 3 Syns per pouch
  • WW 5 Points per pouch

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Black Bean, Jerk & Coconut

This is a fab combination of Caribbean inspired flavours, including black eyed beans, sweet potato, coconut, lime, ginger and jerk spices. I’ve already decided to give this a try served with Pinch of Nom Jerk chicken for dinner.

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  • 127 Kcal per 100g
  • SW 3 Syns per pouch
  • WW 6 Points per pouch

All flavours in the Tilda Pulses and Rice range are currently on roll back in Asda, priced at £1.00 per pouch instead of the usual selling price of £1.49.

Seriously Spreadable Creamy Squares Lighter

Cheese is life – isn’t it?! If you’re a cheese lover, you’ll have been rejoicing since Slimming World altered their Extra Easy plan to include 2 Healthy Extra A choices. If you missed the information about changes to the Extra Easy plan, take a look here.

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Seriously Spreadable Creamy Lighter Cheese Squares are listed as a Healthy Extra A choice on the Slimming World database. As the squares are individually wrapped, these are considered a ‘grab and go’ option, with no weighing or measuring required.

  • 32 Kcal per square
  • SW 1.5 Syns per square
  • WW 1 Point per square

Asda are selling these Seriously Spreadable Lighter Creamy Squares priced at £1.00 for a box of 8 squares.

Asda Calorie Counted Crème Fraîche

We are sometimes asked over in the Facebook group about how to use crème fraîche. Broadly speaking, you can use it to replace yogurt, sour cream or even mayonnaise in many recipes.

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You can use it in cooking with less chance of the crème fraîche splitting, or curdling, as it’s more stable than alternative products such as quark when heated. This is due to a slightly higher fat content.

  • 80 Kcal per 100ml
  • SW 0.5 Syns per level tbsp
  • WW 3 Points per 100ml
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Pinch of Nom Carrot & Butter Bean Soup

I often swirl just a teaspoon of crème fraîche on the top of my Carrot & Butter Bean Soup just before serving to make it look even better! A 300ml pot of Asda Calorie Counted Crème Fraîche is on roll back, priced at £1.07.

Asda Simply Defrost Chicken Strips

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I’m always on the lookout for products that can be used to throw together a quick stand-by meal when time is tight. Having a few simple items in the freezer or the cupboard that you can add to a pan means you don’t have to reach for the take away menu.

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Asda Simply Defrost Chicken Strips are ideal for throwing into a stir fry, but because they’re cooked already, all you need to do is defrost. You can eat them with a salad, or get a bit more adventurous. They’re available in 2 flavours, and both have the same values;

Sweet Chilli or BBQ flavour

  • 132 Kcal per 100g
  • SW Free per 100g
  • WW 2 Points per 100g

A 350g bag of Asda Simply Defrost Chicken Strips costs £2.50.

Asda Lean Turkey Quarter Pounders

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If you’re thinking about an alternative meal idea, take a look at these Asda Lean Turkey Quarter Pounders. They’re an ideal choice for a quick, tasty meal and can be grilled or oven cooked.

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  • 142 Kcal per Quarter Pounder
  • SW 2.5 Syns each
  • WW 3 Points each

I think these would be lovely served with our Rustic Potato Wedges or, of course, our classic Slimming World chips! If you enjoy turkey, we have some great turkey recipes on the Pinch of Nom website, such as Tikka Turkey Burgers.

This pack of 4 Lean Turkey Quarter Pounders is available from Asda, priced at £2.65.

Asda Lean Turkey Meatballs

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Meatballs make a nice change sometimes, when you are fed up with your usual meals and fancy something a bit different, give these a go. They are made from lean turkey, so they’re low in Syns/Points, too.

  • 145 Kcal per 100g
  • SW 0.5 Syns per 2 meatballs
  • WW 2 Points for 4 meatballs
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Pinch of Nom Cheesy Garlic Bread

We have some great ideas for meatballs on the website, including this classic Meatball Marinara recipe. Why not serve with our amazing Cheesy Garlic Bread for a real treat! Asda Lean Turkey Meatballs cost £2.20 for a 320g pack.

Skyr Yogurt layered with Peach & Raspberry

Zoe from our Facebook group shared a photo of these new Skyr yogurts this week, so we’re delighted to share them here, too! Skyr is a type of yogurt, rather than a brand, similar to Greek yogurt.

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All flavoured yogurts now carry a small Syn value, after changes were made to the Slimming World plan last year. If you missed the changes for yogurts, instant mash and some pasta products, you can catch up here.

These Skyr layered Peach & Raspberry yogurts have the following values;

  • 108 Kcal per 150g pot
  • SW 1.5 Syns
  • WW 3 Points per pot

You can find this new flavour in Sainsbury’s and Tesco, priced at 85p for a 150g pot. You can also find it here, on the Tesco website.

Diet Coke Twisted Strawberry

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It seems as though there’s a new flavour Coke Zero/Diet Coke/Pepsi Max flavour being launched every week at the moment! Only a couple of weeks ago, we brought news of the Coke Zero Raspberry flavour drink.

I spotted this new Twisted Strawberry flavour on Instagram a couple of weeks ago, and it’s now starting to appear in Tesco stores nationwide. I’m not too sure what’s twisted about it, as I haven’t had the chance to try this yet!

  • 3 Kcal per 250ml serving
  • SW Free
  • WW 0 Points

It’s available from Tesco, priced at £1.00 for a 1.25L bottle. You can also find it here, on the Tesco website.

Quick Milk Magic Sipper

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If you’re following Slimming World and you’ve been struggling to use that extra HEA choice, some of our Facebook group have found a genius solution! These Quick Milk Magic Sipper Straws are a yummy way to enjoy milk.

  • 24 Kcal per 6g (1 straw)
  • SW 1 Syn each
  • WW 1 Point each

They’re available in three flavours, strawberry, chocolate and banana. A pack of 10 straws costs just £1.00 in Asda. They’re suitable for vegetarians, too.

Balans Aqua Spritz Mandarin/Lime

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If you fancy something a little bit different when it comes to a tipple, these Balans Aqua Spritz drinks are new to Asda. They’re made by Kopparberg, and described as ‘A delicate infusion of natural fruit flavours. Lightly sparkling, refreshingly balanced.’

Lime Aqua Spritz

  • 23 Kcal per 100ml
  • SW 3 Syns per 250ml can
  • WW 2 Points per can

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Mandarin Aqua Spritz

  • 24 Kcal per 100ml
  • SW 3 Syns per 250ml can
  • WW 2 Points per can

The Balans Aqua Spritz drinks contain alcohol – 4% vol per can, or 1 unit. They’re available in 2 flavours, Lime or Mandarin and are sold individually, priced at £1.50 per can. At the moment, they seem to be exclusive to Asda stores.

Aldi Belmont Caramelised Biscuits

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If you are a coffee shop regular, you’ll be familiar with Lotus Biscoff biscuits, which always seem to go very well with your beverage of choice. When I dashed into Aldi a couple of days ago I spotted that they’re now making their own copycat version!

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Pinch of Nom Baked Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • 40 Kcal per biscuit
  • SW 2 Syns each
  • WW 2 Points each

These biscuits are great crumbled over a fat free yogurt and some fresh fruit for a quick dessert. We also use them in our Baked Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe.

Aldi Caramelised Biscuits cost 59p for a 200g pack.

Asda Coconut & Vanilla Popcorn

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We often see people asking about snacks to enjoy in the evening that won’t totally derail your good work for the week, food-wise. Popcorn can be a great choice, which can be enjoyed as part of your Points/Syns allowance.

Asda have brought out this new Coconut and Vanilla popcorn, which has the following values;

  • 114 Kcal per 25g
  • SW 5.5 Syns per 25g serving
  • WW 4 Points per 25g serving

Asda Coconut & Vanilla popcorn comes in a 100g bag which costs 79p.

Fallen off the wagon and need some motivation, or want to help others on their journey?

Our Facebook group is growing by the day. If you haven’t joined yet head over there and take a look. You wouldn’t want to miss out on the fun, would you?

 

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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?

Disclaimer

I must stress the following…

Everything written here about the products is my own opinion. Syn/Points values given are correct at time of writing but may not always be accurate.

Ideally, you should check with Slimming world or Weight Watchers for the most up to date Syns/Points values using official resources such as; the Syns/Points calculator, Syns Online/ WW database or the SW/WW websites.

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