New Slimming Shopping Essentials 12.4.19

Over in our Facebook group (where we now have over 812,830 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 12.4.19

We’ll be adding extra information for every item we feature in the Shopping Essentials lists 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 green 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 visit the supermarkets and check food websites every week to find a selection of new products and special offers that will help you stay on track with Slimming World/Weight Watchers or any calorie counting eating plan. 

Aldi Super 6 

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We’re starting the weekly round up with a trip to Aldi. The budget supermarkets have some great weekly offers, so it’s always worth checking them out. Fresh fruit and veg can make up a large part of the weekly shopping bill, so if you can save a few pennies, so much the better! 

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Pinch of Nom Garlic, Parsley & Lemon Chicken Goujons

This week the Aldi offers are as follows;

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Pinch of Nom Roasted Garlic & Beetroot Soup

Prices range from 39p to 75p per pack, subject to availability. The offer is due to change early next week, but details can be found online or via the instore leaflet. 

Tesco Jackfruit In Water

Jackfruit has become a popular choice recently to replace meat in recipes. It’s often used in vegetarian dishes. It has a texture similar to pulled pork when marinated and cooked in a sauce. tescojackfruitwater - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping EssentialsNow Tesco are selling this canned Jackfruit in water; 

  • 78 kcal per half can
  • SW Free (app)
  • WW 0 Points 

Jackfruit would work well in our Campfire Stew recipe – perfect if you fancy a non meat alternative to gammon. 

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Pinch of Nom Campfire Stew

Although often used as a meat replacement for vegetarians, it’s not very high in protein, so it’s important to find additional sources to ensure you’re eating enough protein. It costs £2.00 for a 410g tin. You can find it here, on the Tesco website.

Yutaka Miso Paste

Many of you have been enjoying some of the delicious recipes from our fab new Pinch of Nom cookbook over the last few weeks! It’s just been incredible to see what you’re all making from the book! 

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There are a couple of recipes in the book that use Miso Paste. This is a fab ingredient which gives a great oriental, savoury flavour to dishes. Why not try our Pinch of Nom Hoi Sin Chicken Stir Fry from the website to see for yourself! 

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Pinch of Nom Hoi Sin Chicken Stir Fry

Some people have been asking where they can buy Miso paste from, so I thought I’d include it here so you know what you’re looking for. 

  • 198 kcal per 100g
  • SW Free per 5ml tsp (app)
  • WW 1 Point per tbsp 

It costs £1.00 for a 100g jar in Tesco, and you can also find it here, on the Tesco website.

Tesco Lighter Than Light Mayonnaise

If you’re following a healthy eating plan, there are some things that are off limits, such as oily, full fat salad dressings. A couple of tablespoons of a full fat dressing can add a relatively large number of Calories/Syns/Points in no time at all. 

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Time for some damage limitation. By making smart swaps for lower calorie options, you can still enjoy the taste, without the guilt. Tesco are now selling this Lighter than Light Mayonnaise, which has the following values; 

  • 15 kcal per tbsp
  • SW 1 Syn per tbsp (est)
  • WW 1 Point per 2 tbsps 

Tesco Light Than Light Mayonnaise costs 85p for a 450ml bottle. You can find it here, on the Tesco website

East End Mango Mint Sauce

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This Hot Mango Mint Sauce from Tesco is something just a little bit different! You could use it in a number of different ways, including as a dressing over a salad, or as a dip with our delicious Onion Bhajis. Tasty!! 

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Pinch of Nom Onion Bhajis

The values for this East End Hot Mango Mint Sauce are as follows;

  • 136 kcal per 100g
  • SW 1 Syn per tbsp (est) 
  • WW 8 Point per 100g

You can find this in Tesco stores, priced at £1.29 for a 260g bottle. You can also find it here, on the Tesco website.

Tesco Low Fat Balsamic Dressing

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We’re always on the lookout for salad dressings that can be enjoyed when following a healthy eating plan. I spotted this on the Tesco website earlier this week, so I’ve done the research and brought you the information. 

  • 10 kcal per tbsp
  • SW 0.5 Syns per tbsp (est)
  • WW 1 Point per tbsp
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Pinch of Nom Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella salad

This dressing is a little thicker than standard balsamic vinegar. It’s lovely over a salad to liven things up, with a sharp, tangy taste from Italian Balsamic Vinegar. It would complement our Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Salad perfectly. 

It costs 85p for a 250ml bottle of Tesco Low Fat Balsamic Dressing. You can find it here, on the Tesco website.

Laughing Cow Light

We love cheese! Cheese is just delicious in all its forms, whether it’s grated, sliced or spread. The one fact you can’t avoid is that cheese has a pretty high calorie count, so it’s a great idea to look for reduced fat alternatives to keep the calories lower. 

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Laughing Cow has been available in a lighter, reduced fat variety for a long time, but they’ve now introduced a larger tub, so you don’t have to sit peeling pesky foil triangles if you’re using it in a recipe! 

  • 52 kcal per 30g
  • SW 75g HEA/6 Syns (app)
  • WW 2 Points per 30g serving
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Pinch of Nom Chilli Cheesy Nachos

If you’ve already made this Chilli Cheesy Nachos recipe, you’ll know how good it is. We use Primula Light in this recipe, but you could use Laughing Cow Light instead. Go on…give it a try! You won’t be disappointed!

Laughing Cow Light costs £1.45 for a 150g tub from Asda. 

Aldi The Pantry Wholemeal Bread Mix

Freshly baked wholemeal bread is a real treat. This Aldi The Pantry wholemeal bread mix can be hard to find sometimes, but it’s been reinstated on the shelf at my local branch, so it is still available. If your local store isn’t stocking it, ask the manager! 

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We use this bread mix to make pizza. Yup…that’s right…pizza! Have a look at this fab recipe for Dominoes Fakeaway Pepperoni Passion Pizza. I could eat that right now, couldn’t you? 

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Pinch of Nom Dominos Fakeaway Pepperoni Passion Pizza

Aldi The Pantry Wholemeal Bread Mix has the following values;

  • 246 kcal per 100g (made up as directed)
  • SW HEB/6 Syns 60g (app) made up
  • WW 3 Points per 45g slice (baked)

You will find the bread mix in the baking section at Aldi, sitting alongside the flour. It costs 59p for a 500g pack. 

Skinny Crunch Bars

Last year we created something of a frenzy by including Skinny Whip bars in the Shopping Essentials round up. Shelves were being emptied up and down the country, making them impossible to find. 

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A couple of weeks ago we saw these Skinny Crunch bars posted in our Facebook group, so we’ve had to add them to our list for this week! They come in two flavours;

Peanut Butter

  •  63 kcal per bar
  • SW 3 Syns per bar (est)
  • WW 3 Points per bar

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Sticky Toffee 

  •  63 kcal per bar
  • SW 3 Syns per bar (est)
  • WW 3 Points per bar

Skinny Crunch bars are available from B&M stores. They cost £1.00 for a box of 5 bars. 

Asda Rice Snaps/Choco Snaps Bar

When you’re following a healthy eating plan, it’s always nice to find a cereal bar that you can enjoy within your allowance for the day. Sometimes you just need a sweet fix, without reaching for a calorie-laden bar of chocolate. 

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Asda have introduced these crispy rice cereal bars, which are made from crisped rice with a white chocolate coating, suitable for vegetarians. They come in two flavours;

Rice Snaps Bar

  • 77 kcal per bar
  • SW 3.5 Syns per bar (app) 
  • WW 3 Points per bar

Choco Snaps Bar

  • 79 kcal per bar
  • SW 3.5 Syns per bar (app) 
  • WW 3 Points per bar

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They’re similar to the Kelloggs Rice Krispies bars, but at a much lower price! Crispy and chewy, with a chocolate coating on the bottom. Sounds good to me! A box of 6 bars costs 89p from Asda stores. 

Halo Top Sticks – half price!

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If you’re a regular follower of the Shopping Essentials list, you’ll remember that we featured these new Halo Top Ice Cream lollies a few weeks ago. At the time, they were brand new in stores and full price, at £5.00 for a box of 3. 

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When I wrote about them initially, I mentioned it might be worth waiting until they were on offer. Well, that moment has arrived! Tesco have a half price promotion on all flavours of Halo Top Ice Cream Lollies. 

Available in 4 flavours, the values are as follows; 

Birthday cake

  • 90 Kcal per stick
  • SW 4.5 Syns (app)
  • WW 4 Points each

Strawberry Cheesecake

  •  100 Kcal per stick
  • SW 5 Syns (est)
  • WW 4 Points each

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Sea salt caramel

  •  80 Kcal per stick
  • SW 4 Syns (est)
  • WW 3 Points each

Peanut butter swirl

  •  100 Kcal per stick
  • SW 5 Syns (app)
  • WW 4 Points each

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All flavours are on offer at Tesco, priced at £2.50 for a box of 3. This half price offer lasts until 29.4.19, so if you fancy giving them a try, now is a great time. You can find them here, on the Tesco website.

Jude’s Chocolate Minis

In recent weeks we’ve seen lots of ice creams and lollies being launched, and this week is no exception. As well as Halo Top being half price, we are also bringing you these Jude’s Chocolate Minis lollies. 

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Jude’s ice cream is really delicious, and now it’s available in these chocolate mini lollies, coated with Belgian milk or white chocolate. There are three flavours, and you get two of each in this pack. 

Chocolate

  • 84 kcal per stick
  • SW 4 Syns (app) 
  • WW 4 Points each

Almond

  • 94 kcal per stick
  • SW 4.5 Syns (app)
  • WW 5 Points each

Vanilla

  •  85 kcal per stick
  • SW 4.5 Syns (app) 
  • WW 4 Points each

A box of 6 Jude’s mini ice cream lollies costs £3.00, available from Sainsbury’s. (Usual price £4.50) 

Galaxy Light Hot Chocolate

If you’re a chocoholic, finding something to take the edge off those chocolate cravings is so helpful. Options or Cadbury Highlights hot chocolate have been favourites for a long time, and now Galaxy have launched a light hot chocolate too. 

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  • 40 kcal per 10g serving
  • SW 2 Syns per serving
  • WW 2 Points per serving

You can enjoy this made up with hot water as a hot chocolate drink, or stir a serving into quark or natural yogurt for a yummy dessert to serve with fresh fruit. It costs £2.99 for a 180g pot, available from Asda. 

Crusha Cookies & Cream Milkshake Mix

If you’re looking for a way to make milk more palatable, using a sugar free milk shake syrup is a great way to do it. Crusha milk shake syrups come in a range of flavours, and they’ve just added this Cookies & Cream flavour to the list.

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  • 7 Kcal per 100ml
  • SW 0.5 Syns per 25ml undiluted (est)
  • WW 0 Point per serving

Crusha Cookies and Cream flavour is a limited edition, available from Asda, priced at £2.00 for a 740ml bottle.  

Gordon’s Ice Pops Gin & Lime

Now it’s time for some grown-up lollies! Strictly adults only, no kids allowed, so you’ll need to make sure these are well hidden in the freezer. The Gordon’s brand is synonymous with a classic G&T, and now they’ve created Gin and Lime Ice Popsicles

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  • 47 kcal per pop
  • SW 2.5 Syns each
  • WW 3 Points per 100ml

We’d like to think we were ahead of the game on this one, as we’ve had a recipe for Pinch of Nom Elderflower, Gin & Tonic popsicles on the website for quite a while, and they’re rather good! 

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Pinch of Nom Elderflower, Gin & Tonic Popsicles

Gordon’s Ice Pops Gin & Lime popsicles come in a box of 2, priced at £3.00 at Tesco. You can find them here, on the Tesco website

Shloer Pressed

We see new drinks being introduced all the time when we’re looking at products to feature in this article. This week is no exception, with these new sparkling juice drinks from Shloer. 

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These drinks contain no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The sweetener used is Stevia leaf extract. 

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Shloer Pressed is available in 3 refreshing flavours;

Strawberry & Lime

  • 20 kcal per 100ml
  • SW 3.5 Syns per 330ml can (est)
  • WW 1 Point per 100ml

Rhubarb & Apple

  • 19 kcal per 100ml
  • SW 3.5 Syns per 330ml can (est) 
  • WW 1 Point per 100ml

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Mixed Berries

  • 20 kcal per 100ml
  • SW 3.5 Syns per 330ml can (est)
  • WW 1 Point per 100ml

Shloer Pressed sparkling juice drinks come in a pack of 4 x 330ml cans, priced at £2.50 in Asda stores. 

 

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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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