Over in our Facebook group (where we now have over 736,220 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!
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.
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.
Morrisons Frozen Chopped Kale
We are always being told to eat more fruit and vegetables. The NHS guidance is to aim for 5 portions of fruit and veg everyday. I often joke that I’m eating at least 10 of my 5 a day. It’s easily done when you’re adding 1/3 speed food to meals!
The 5 a day campaign is based on advice from the World Health Organisation, which recommends eating at least 400g of fruit and vegetables a day to reduce the risk of some health problems. You can read more on the NHS website.
- 40 Kcal per 100g serving
- SW Speed food (freezing doesn’t change it’s Speed food status)
- WW 0 Points
This frozen kale from Morrisons is handy to keep in the freezer at home. It’s quite finely chopped, so it would be great to add to soups and stews to bulk them out without adding a huge calorie count. Morrisons Frozen chopped Kale costs £1.00 for an 825g bag.
M&S Balanced for You Range
Marks and Spencer have a great range of ready meals called ‘Balanced for You’. They’re described as being meals that are High Protein with Balanced Carbs. Unfortunately, this doesn’t automatically make them lower in Syns/Points!
I’ve had a look through the range and highlighted some that will be Points/Syns friendly. You should easily be able to enjoy them within your daily allowance.
M&S Roasted Beef Meatballs & Spaghetti
The first meal I’ve looked at is the M&S Balanced For You Roasted Beef Meatballs & Spaghetti, with a spiced tomato and pepper sauce.
- 361 Kcal per pack
- SW – 5.5 Syns
- WW 10 Points
The sauce is really tasty and works well with the meatballs. If you fancy saving those Syns/Points, you should try our Meatball Marinara!
The M&S Roasted Beef Meatballs & Spaghetti costs £4.00, but you can buy as part of the 3 for £10 offer.
Morrisons Veggie No Meat Meatballs
Meat free meatballs are a great choice if you aren’t a meat eater or just fancy a change. Morrisons, along with all the other supermarkets, are really upping their game when it comes to vegetarian products.
- 258 Kcal per half pack
- SW – 2 Syns each
- WW – 8 Points per half pack
These no meat meatballs are made with green lentils, cheddar cheese and a blend of seasoning. You’ll find them in the freezer at Morrisons. They cost £1.75 for a 280g pack.
M&S Tikka Chicken and Spiced Cauliflower Rice
My next offering from the M&S Balanced for You range is this Tikka Chicken with Spiced Cauliflower Rice.
- 284 Kcal per pack
- SW – 4.5 Syns
- WW – 5 Points (calculated)
Vegetable rice is a great idea for keeping the carb count lower. We have more suggestions for speed veg alternatives here. If you love Chicken Tikka, we have our own Chicken Tikka Masala recipe on the website.
M&S Tikka Chicken with Spiced Cauliflower Rice is priced at £4.00 per pack and is included in the 3 for £10 deal.
M&S Balanced for You Scottish Salmon
I love Salmon, it’s a great choice for healthy eating. We have a little saying here, ‘If it swims, it slims!’ (as long as it’s cooked the right way, of course!) Fish is a good choice, and M&S do a great range in Salmon products that are low in Points/Syns.
M&S Balanced for You Scottish Salmon comes with potatoes, broccoli, green beans and a creamy watercress sauce.
- 358 Kcal per pack
- SW – 2 Syns
- WW – 9 Points (calculated)
We have lots of fab fish recipes on the Pinch of Nom website, including this Chilli & Lime Baked Salmon, which is amazing!
We really enjoyed this when we tried it the other night. The meal costs £4.00, and is also included in the 3 for £10 offer.
M&S Plant Kitchen No Pork Sausoyges
We have seen a huge increase in meat free alternatives in the last year or two. M&S have just launched a new range of vegetarian and vegan products called Plant Kitchen, which are now available in stores.
When I first spotted these on the shelf, I thought there was an obvious spelling mistake. I realised that it’s a clever play on words, as these vegan sausoyges are made with soya.
- 134 Kcal per 2 sausoyges
- SW – 0.5 Syns each
- WW – 3 Points per 100g (calculated)
A 270g pack of M&S Plant Kitchen Sausoyges costs £3.00.
M&S Plant Kitchen No Beef Burger
I found these Plant Kitchen No Beef Burgers in M&S this week. We know that increasingly, people are choosing meat-free alternatives. We’ve also seen some people in our Facebook group joining in with Veganuary, too!
- 252 Kcal per burger
- SW – 4 Syns each
- WW 7 Points each (calculated)
M&S Plant Kitchen No Beef Burgers are lightly seasoned, soya based vegan burgers, with dried onions, bay leaves and paprika. They cost £3.00 for a pack of 2.
Sainsbury’s Love Your Veg Chorizo Style Shroomdogs
We have featured Shroomdogs in previous editions of the Shopping Essentials guide. They are meat-free sausages made using mushrooms, which is where the ‘shroom’ in the title comes from!
Sainsbury’s have added these Chorizo Style Shroomdogs to their Love your Veg range, which is expanding steadily in stores at the moment.
- 111 Kcal per 2 sausages
- SW – 4.5 Syns each
- WW – 2 Points each (calculated)
As the name suggests, these are chorizo style mushroom sausages. They are priced at £2.50 for a 280g pack in Sainsbury’s.
Sainsbury’s Edamame, Coconut & Lemongrass Falafel
We’ve found lots of new vegetarian and vegan products in the supermarkets this week, so I’ve included them all here for you! Next up are these Falafel, made with Edamame beans, Coconut and Lemongrass.
- 230 Kcal per half pack
- SW – 1 Syn each
- WW – 8 Points per half pack (calculated)
If you’re looking for something to snack on in the evening, but you don’t have a sweet tooth, these would be a great idea. Suitable for vegans, they cost £2.00 for a pack of 8 Falafels in Sainsbury’s.
Sainsbury’s Beetroot, Quinoa and Kale Falafel
If you’re partial to a falafel or two, you’re in luck! We found these Beetroot, Quinoa and Kale Falafel in Sainsbury’s this week, too. Beetroot, quinoa and chickpea falafels, flavoured using coriander, ginger and cumin to give them a real zing!
- 185 Kcal per half pack
- SW – 1.5 Syns each
- WW – 5 Points per half pack (calculated)
Love Your Veg Beetroot, Quinoa and Kale Falafel are vegan friendly and cost £2.00 for a pack of 8 from Sainsbury’s.
Sainsbury’s Green Veg & Mozzarella Risotto Balls
Our final selection from the Love Your Veg range for this week are these Green Veg and Mozzarella Risotto Balls. Reminiscent of traditional arancini, (pronounced a-ran-chi-ni) these risotto balls are really tasty.
Arancini is an Italian dish consisting of small balls of rice, stuffed with a savoury filling, then coated and fried. Sainsbury’s have created these Risotto Balls made from vegetables and arborio rice, stuffed with mozzarella. They have a crispy lemon & basil crumb coating.
- 126 Kcals each
- SW – 3 Syns each
- WW – 4 Points each (calculated)
The crumb coating makes them a little higher in Syns/Points, but they’re certainly worth it as a little treat! They cost £2.50 for a pack of 6 in Sainsbury’s.
Sainsbury’s Turkey Meatballs
We have a meatball theme to this week’s Shopping list! It really wasn’t intentional, but we’re giving you plenty of different options to choose from! I found these turkey meatballs in Sainsbury’s this week and thought they were worth sharing here.
If you don’t eat red meat, these could be right up your street. They are made from seasoned turkey mince and a little rusk, which accounts for the extra calories and makes them hold their shape.
- 213 Kcal per 100g
- SW – 1.5 Syns each
- WW – 4 Points for 3
Sainsbury’s turkey meatballs cost £2.80 for a 400g pack from the chilled fresh produce aisle.
Go Ahead Banana Fruit & Oat Bakes
You can make this delicious Pinch of Nom Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips to enjoy as an anytime snack – perfect with a cuppa, or even some low calorie ice cream! Nom! 🙂
If you don’t have time to cook something, it helps to be aware of some shop-bought treats that you can enjoy as part of your daily allowance. After all, nothing should be off-limits as long as you’ve planned carefully!
Go Ahead have a range of bakes and biscuits that are relatively good, calorie-wise and can enjoyed as part of your daily Points/Syns allowance. Banana Fruit & Oat Bakes have the following values;
- 124 Kcal per bake
- SW – 6 Syns each (Syns estimator)
- WW – 5 Points each (calculated)
These are available from Sainsbury’s and cost 80p, as they are on offer at the moment. Usual price will be £1.00 for a box of 6 bakes.
Jammie Dodgers Oaty Bites
Hands up if you remember Jammie Dodgers?! You might still buy them every week, who knows? I always remember them for having a layer of very sticky jam that could glue your teeth together.
I found these Jammie Dodgers Oaty Bites this week, so I made sure I bought some so that I could give you a personal review. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! I brought them home for my family to sample too, as I needed more than one opinion.
The combination of oats with fruit is a classic, and we have a great recipe for Cranberry & Almond Oat Cookies on the website. They’re soooo good!
Jammie Dodgers Oaty Bites felt like a good value choice, calorie/Syns/Points wise. They are really chewy, thanks to the pieces of raspberry and the oats, so they last quite a while. Everyone else in my household gave them the thumbs up, too!
- 116 Kcal per bag
- SW – 6 Syns per bag (Syns Estimator)
- WW – 4 Points per bag (calculated)
I found these in Morrisons, priced at £1.00 for a pack of 5 x 25g mini bags.
Ape Coconut & Rice Puffs
Another week, another savoury snack to try! There has been a trend for creating snacks out of weird and wonderful ingredients for quite a long time now, and here’s another one. Ape Coconut and Rice Puffs are vegan, not fried, with no added sugar.
They simply contain rice flour, coconut oil, coconut flour and natural flavourings. They’re available in two flavours, Lightly Salted and Thai Chilli. The values are as follows;
Lightly Salted –
- 92 Kcal per serving
- SW – 4.5 Syns per 20g (Syns Estimator)
- WW – 3 Points per 20g (calculated)
Thai Chilli –
- 91 Kcal per serving
- SW – 4.5 Syns per 20g (Syns Estimator)
- WW – 3 Points per 20g (calculated)
Sainsbury’s are selling these at £1.60 for an 80g pack, so you’ll get 4 servings per bag.
Nude Popcorn Company
Popcorn is one of those snacks that often gets forgotten about. There are lots of brands on the market which are low in fat and sugar, making them ideal to enjoy as part of a healthy eating plan.
The Nude Popcorn Company is owned by Tyrrells, who make those very lovely crisps that are naughty but nice! Fortunately, this popcorn is delicious and much better for a healthy eating option. It comes in two varieties, Sweet & Salty, or Simply Salted.
Both options are pretty low in calories, Syns and Points…happy days!
Sweet & Salty;
- 51 Kcal per bag
- SW – 2.5 Syns per bag
- WW – 2 Points per bag (calculated)
- 38 Kcal per bag
- SW – 1.5 Syns per bag
- WW – 1 Point per bag (calculated)
You can buy these from Sainsbury’s, priced at £1.50 for a multipack of 6 individual bags.
Nexba Flavoured Sparkling Water
Our final selection for this week is Nexba flavoured water. As innocent as it looks, flavoured water can sometimes be deceptive, with added sugar and a whole heap of calories. It’s easy to self-sabotage by not checking the label first.
Nexba flavoured sparkling water has no added sugars, nothing artificial and comes in 3 delicious flavours;
- Watermelon, Cucumber & Mint – 5 Kcals per 250ml, SW – Free, WW – 0 Points
- Coconut & Mango – 4 Kcals per 250ml serving, SW – Free, WW – 0 Points
- Lemon & Lime – 6 Kcals per 250ml serving, SW – Free, WW – 0 Points
Sainsbury’s are selling this at £1.20 for a 1 litre bottle, reduced from usual selling price of £1.40.
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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.