New Slimming Shopping Essentials 11.1.19

Over in our Facebook group (where we now have over 726,880 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!

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Some of you noticed that we rested the Shopping Essentials article over the Christmas break. This was partly because the shops didn’t have many new products for us to share, but also so that we could give it a bit of a revamp. 

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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We have seen plenty of posts in the Facebook group this week talking about how good it feels to actually start eating healthily again! Many of us (myself included!) over-indulged over Christmas, but it’s good to be back on the wagon

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Pinch of Nom Lemon & Garlic Chicken Tray Bake

If you’re still struggling to get back on track, take a look at our article here! Lots of helpful tips to help you find your focus for the New Year. Fruit and vegetables are a great way to make healthier choices, so we’ve looked at the Aldi offers for this week.

  • Shredded Kale – fab as a side dish for comforting Cottage Pie
  • Fresh Lemons – try our yummy Lemon & Garlic Chicken Tray Bake
  • Kiwi Fruit – great for a vitamin C boost
  • Fresh Pineapple – perfect for Pineapple Salsa
  • Snack Pack Grapes – for grab and go guilt-free snacking
  • Loose Mango – dice and add to fat free yogurt for a quick dessert
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Plenty to choose from, and all at a good price. The Aldi packs of fruit and veg in the Super 6 offer range from 59p to 69p per pack.

Fill your fridge and your fruit bowl for less! Available while stocks last until Wednesday 16th January.

Tesco Italian Cherry Tomatoes

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I only discovered tinned cherry tomatoes last year, but I’m so glad I did! They are a tasty way to top up your Speed food intake, and they make a fab addition to a cooked breakfast! 

Tesco Italian Cherry Tomatoes work really well in lots of recipes, including this amazing Spaghetti alla Puttanesca, packed full of flavour and the taste of Italy. Ideal as a delicious dinner on a gloomy weekday in January!  

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Pinch of Nom Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

The tinned cherry tomatoes are a little pricier than standard tinned tomatoes, but they have a gorgeous taste and it’s worth it for the flavour they impart to recipes.

They cost £1.00 for a 400g can from Tesco, although I’ve also bought from Morrisons. You can find them here, on the Tesco website.

Frylight

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Anyone who has started at a weight loss group, whether it was Weight Watchers or Slimming World, will have heard about Frylight.

This is a vital ingredient to make loads of recipes, including delicious Pinch of Nom Chips, and even Toad in the Hole

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There’s a popular mantra in Slimming World circles when people ask how much Frylight you should use. The phrase ‘Squirt til it hurts… then change fingers!’ suggests that as long as you spray, and don’t pour, it’s free on Slimming World. 

  • 1 kcal per spray
  • SW free (Syns Online)
  • WW 0 Points for 5 sprays (WW database)
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Pinch of Nom Toad in the Hole

Whenever Frylight is on offer, I always stock up, so when I spotted this Asda rollback offer, I popped a couple of bottles into my trolley.

The Sunflower oil, Olive oil, Rapeseed oil, Coconut oil and Butter flavour sprays are £1.50 at the moment, instead of the usual £2.30 per bottle. 

ASDA Mexican Style Micro Rice

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We love rice – it’s incredibly versatile! it’s the perfect accompaniment to so many dishes. We have a great many rice dishes on the Pinch of Nom website – take a look here for lots of inspiring ideas! 

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Pinch of Nom Mexican Rice

Flavoured rice dishes can add an extra dimension of flavour to meals and really liven them up.

We have our own really tasty version of Mexican Rice on the website, perfect served with our delicious Mexican Chilli Beef recipe for a really satisfying meal. 

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Pinch of Nom Mexican Chilli Beef

Asda Wholegrain Mexican Style Micro Rice is a quick alternative if you’re pushed for time. The values are as follows;

  • 196 kcals per half pack
  • SW 6 Syns per 250g pouch (Syns Online)
  • WW 6 Points per half pack (WW database)

It costs 75p for a 250g pouch from Asda stores. Other flavours are available, but the Syns/Points information will vary, so you’ll need to check the values. 

Mission Disney Kids Wraps

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When it comes to lunches and evening meals, wraps are always a talking point.

If you’re following the Slimming World plan, there are some wraps that can be used as a Healthy Extra B choice. You’ll find all the information here.

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If you don’t want to use your Healthy Extra, there are many wraps out there to choose from.

The Points/Syn values vary between brands, so it’s always advisable to check the database for the most up to date information. 

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These Mission Kids wraps are one such option that you might choose to use your Syns/Points on. They are available in 4 different flavours;

  • Plain – 93 kcals each, SW 4.5 Syns (est), WW 3 Points (calculated)
  • Carrot – 91 kcals each, SW 4.5 Syns (est), WW 3 Points (calculated)
  • Tomato Ketchup – 98 kcals each, SW 5 Syns (est), WW 3 Points (calculated)
  • Strawberry – 94 kcals each, SW 4.5 Syns (est), WW 3 Points (calculated)

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There have been one or two discussions about what you might put in a strawberry flavoured wrap in our house over the past few days.

I wonder if anyone in your house has any ideas! These are on sale in Asda at the moment, priced at £1.00 for a pack of 6 wraps. 

Muller Doughnut Inspired Yogurts

 

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There is always an offer when you buy 3 Slimming World frozen Ready Meals from Iceland. The offer changes regularly, but will always be something that complements the Slimming World plan. 

Slimming World changed their plan with regards to yogurts last year, and all flavoured yogurts now carry a small Syn value. If you missed the announcement, please take a look at our article here

This week Iceland are offering a free 6 pack of Muller Light Doughnut inspired yogurts when you buy 3 SW ready meals. There are 3 pots of the Raspberry Doughnut flavour, and 3 pots of the Vanilla Custard Doughnut flavour. 

Raspberry Doughnut values;

  • 58kcals per 100g
  • SW 1.5 Syns per 165g pot (Syns Online)
  • WW 2 Points (calculated)

Vanilla Custard Doughnut values;

  • 56 kcals per 100g
  • SW 1 Syn per 165g pot (Syns Online)
  • WW 2 Points (calculated)

If you’re not buying ready meals, you can buy this 6 pack of Muller Light Doughnut Inspired Yogurts in Iceland, priced at £2.89 You can also find it here, on the Iceland website

Muller light Carrot Cake Flavour

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There has been a lot of chatter in our Facebook group about this new flavour yogurt from Muller. Carrot Cake flavour is one of the limited edition flavours that Muller regularly launch as an addition to their range. 

As I mentioned above, all flavoured yogurts now carry a small Syn value, so they’re no longer free food. The details for this flavour are as follows;

  • 49 Kcals per 100g
  • SW – 0.5 Syns per 165g pot
  • WW – 3 points (calculated)

We’ve heard good things about this flavour from members of our Facebook group, with lots of positive feedback. You can find the new flavour in most major supermarkets for 68p. Tesco currently have an offer of 8 pots for £4 until 29.1.19. You can find them here, on the Tesco website.

ASDA Light Fat Free Coconut Yogurts

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I mentioned in the information for the Muller yogurts that the SW plan had made some changes to yogurts and that all flavoured yogurts now carry a small Syn value. There’s another chance to read the article here

Asda have launched these new Light Fat Free Yogurts in coconut flavour. It’s a delicious flavour that can be enjoyed with fruit as a breakfast, or a dessert. You could even use it in savoury recipes, like a chicken korma curry! (Don’t forget to adjust the recipe values accordingly!) 

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Pinch of Nom Chicken Korma Curry

Asda Light Fat Free Coconut Yogurts have the following values;

  • 68 kcals per 125g pot
  • SW 0.5 Syns (Syns Online)
  • WW 2 Points per 100g (calculated)

A pack of 4 x 125g yogurts costs £1.00

Options Belgian Hot Chocolate

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As I’m writing up this article, I’ve just turned up the heating. It’s 1°C outside, according to my phone, anyway! What better way to cosy up and keep out the chills than with some new flavours of Options Belgian Hot Chocolate! 

Options has always been popular with people following a healthy eating plan, with plenty of flavours to keep things interesting. We’ve found two new flavours to fill your mug with and they both sound really good! 

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Butterscotch Flavour has the following values;

  • 39 kcals per 11g serving
  • SW 1.5 Syns (Syns Online)
  • WW 2 Points per serving (calculated) 

Honeycomb Flavour has the following values;

  • 39 kcals per 11g serving
  • SW 2 Syns (Snackulator)
  • WW 2 Points per serving

All flavours are available from Asda, priced at £2.00 for a 220g jar. Why not try some stirred into a free yogurt or some plain quark for a quick dessert idea? 

Coke Zero Raspberry

Coke Zero Raspberry - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping EssentialsWe’ve seen lots of new flavours being introduced in the Coca Cola range over the last year or so. When we heard about this new flavour, we just knew we had to feature it here! 

Coke Zero Raspberry is the newest flavour from Coca Cola. I brought some home to try last week, and I can confirm that it’s really good! The raspberry taste is delicate, definitely there, but not overpowering. 

  • 1 Kcal per 250ml serving
  • SW – Syn Free
  • WW – 0 Points

It costs £2.49 for a pack of 4 x 330ml cans, or £1.00 for a 1.25L bottle in Asda. 

Breyers – 2 for £5

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One of the trending products of summer 2018 was low calorie ice cream. There were lots of new choices, including Halo Top and Breyers. When they’re on offer, they are well worth getting hold of and topping up your supplies! 

Farm Foods are selling 2 pots of Breyers Ice Cream for £5.00 this week, which is pretty much half price against the normal selling price. 

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If you have a Farm Foods near you, it could be worth popping in to see if they have any available! It’s well worth it. As far as I’ve been able to find out, there are two flavours available, so here are the values;

Salted Caramel Cake flavour

  • 68 kcals per 53g serving 
  • SW 3.5 Syns (Syns Estimator)
  • WW 3 Points per 2 scoop serving (database)

Cookies & Cream flavour

  • 70 kcals per 100ml (53g) serving
  • SW 3.5 Syns per 100ml (53g) serving
  • WW 3 Points per 2 scoop serving (database)

Farmfoods are currently selling for £3.49 per pot or two for £5.00 while stocks last.

Iceland Mint Vienna Lollies

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I mentioned earlier that lower calorie ice creams were one of the most popular products of 2018. Last year we featured mini Viennetta-style ice cream lollies in vanilla and strawberry flavours, available from Iceland. 

Iceland have just added a chocolate and mint flavour Vienna lolly to their range, which look amazing, and can be enjoyed without making too big a dent in your allowance for the day! 

  • 85 Kcals per lolly
  • SW 4.5 Syns per lolly (Syns Online)
  • WW 4 Points per lolly (calculated)

Mint Vienna lollies are exclusive to Iceland and come in a box of 5, priced at £1.50. You can find them here, on the Iceland website.

Apple & Cinnamon Shreddies

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I found these in the baskets of the middle aisles at Aldi this week. These sort of finds are often a limited edition, so you will probably need to grab these while you can! 

Apple and Cinnamon Shreddies have a classic combination of flavours, so they’re a yummy way to start the day. The nutritional info is as follows;

  • 93 Kcals per 25g
  • SW – 4.5 Syns per 25g (Syns Online. Not an HEB choice though, unfortunately!)
  • WW – 5 Points per 40g (calculated)

Apple & Cinnamon Shreddies cost £1.79 for a 460g box in Aldi Stores, while stocks last. 

Corn Broghies

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When wheat broghies appeared on the scene they divided opinion massively. Some members of the Facebook group loved them, others weren’t so keen. If you haven’t tried them yet, see what you think! 

Broghies are often described as having the texture of a prawn cracker. They come in handy if you’re after an alternative to bread for scooping up chilli, or dipping into your soup, such as our Carrot & Butter Bean Soup

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Pinch of Nom Carrot & Butter Bean Soup

Newly available in Iceland, we’ve spotted Corn Broghies. As the name suggests, they are made from popped corn instead of wheat. 

  • 20 Kcals per Broghie
  • SW – 1 Syn each
  • WW – 1 point each 

You can pick these up from Iceland, priced at £2.00 per pack. You can find it here, on the Iceland website.

Weight Watchers Wholemeal Wraps

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One of our eagle-eyed Facebook group members spotted these earlier this week, so we’ve been out to find them for you! Weight Watchers wraps really spiked in popularity when we started to find innovative uses for them. 

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Pinch of Nom Enchilada Lasagne

We’ve made pasties, calzone, mince pies, cream horns…and then there is our incredibly popular Enchilada Lasagne

Now Weight Watchers have introduced a wholemeal wrap to the range. Great if you’re trying to increase your fibre intake, and can be used as an alternative to the Weight Watchers white wraps in any of our wrap recipes. 

  • 118 Kcals each
  • SW – HEB choice or 6 Syns
  • WW – 3 points

They cost £1.40 for a pack of 6 wraps in Tesco. You can also find them here, on the Tesco website

Weight Watchers Chocolate Mini Rolls

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A popular question in our Facebook group is asking for ideas to stave off the sweet tooth monster. Speaking from personal experience, there are times when only a sweet treat will do, and if it involves chocolate, so much the better! 

Weight Watchers Chocolate Mini Rolls really fit the bill and can be enjoyed whilst keeping well within your Syns/Points allowance for the day. 

  • 80 Kcals each
  • SW – 4 Syns each
  • WW – 4 Points each

You can pick these up from most supermarkets, including Tesco, where they are priced at £1.00, which is a special offer, usually £1.30. You can find them here, on the Tesco website.

Weight Watchers Caramel Cake Bars

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We’ve found another great choice for a sweet treat from Weight Watchers, with their Caramel Cake Bars. These offer the best of both worlds, a proper cake, but with a lower calorie count, making them friendlier no matter which healthy eating plan you follow! 

If you fancy the chocolate and caramel flavour combination, why not try this recipe for Rich Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Cream

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Pinch of Nom Rich Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Cream

A light chocolate sponge, topped with a layer of sticky caramel and covered with real milk chocolate. They would be delicious with a cup of tea and won’t make a huge dent in your allowance for the day! 

  • 81 Kcals each
  • SW  – 4 Syns each
  • WW – 4 Points

Weight Watchers Caramel Cake Bars are available from most supermarkets. You can pick them up from Tesco, priced at £1.30 for a pack of 5. You can find them here, on the Tesco website, too.

Jaffa Cakes Nibbles

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I saw pictures of these doing the rounds on social media over the New Year, and resolved to search for them as soon as they were launched. I grabbed a bag (or two!) to bring home and taste test, purely for research purposes, obviously! 

To get the most bang for your buck, why not try our amazing Jaffa Cakes, which are Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly! 

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Pinch of Nom Jaffa Cakes

The results of exhaustive trials were fairly mixed in my house. My eldest daughter said that the Jaffa Cake Nibbles tasted like stale jaffa cakes. I agreed, as I found them to be very dry and claggy. The orange jelly centre was disappointing, I felt that there wasn’t enough!

My husband and younger daughter enjoyed them though, said they were nice, and polished off the rest, so it just goes to show how much personal tastes vary! 

  • 108 Kcals per 25g serving
  • SW – 5.5 Syns per 25g
  • WW – 5 Points per 25g

I found these Jaffa Cake Nibbles in Tesco, priced at £1.00 per bag. They should be available in most supermarkets soon. 

 

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. 

4 Comments
  1. Good to see Shopping Essentials back. I’d quite like to see the syn point values under the heading rather than the bottom of the article – where you are just featuring one product but sure I’ll get used to it. Such a useful feature, thank you x

    1. Hi Bev
      Thanks for your feedback. We rested the article over Christmas as there were very few new products in the supermarkets that were appropriate for this list! We’ve given it a bit of a makeover so that it’s suitable for those following other plans, not just Slimming World. So glad you find it helpful. 🙂

    1. Hi Phyllis
      A rough guide is 1 Syn for every 20 calories, but this only works for food that does not have a free food allowance. Also, if it’s not on the app you can work it out using the Syns Estimator or the Snackulator on the SW website.
      We don’t allow syn requests in this group, but if you don’t have access to the SW website then there are a number of FB groups dedicated to providing Syn values.
      You can ask for Syn values in the How Many Syns Facebook group. Or you can look at syn values on the Syns R Us Facebook Group.

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