Over in our Facebook group (where we now have over 765,200 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.
Lidl Pick of the Week
Budget supermarkets, such as Aldi and Lidl, have an offer on a selection of seasonal veg and fruit every week. Being able to fill your trolley for less is such a great help! For more budget shopping ideas, have a look here.
- Wild Rocket – works brilliantly in our Yorkshire Pudding Wrap!
- Leeks – ideal for Chicken Tartiflette – soooo good! Try it this weekend!
- Oranges – for a fruit salad, or our wonderful Orange & Almond Cake
- Garlic – make this fab Lemon & Garlic Chicken Tray Bake
The prices range from 39p to 69p per pack and this selection goes live on Thursday 21st Feb. All products are subject to availability and may be substituted with seasonal alternatives.
Asda Sweety Drop Pepper Cous Cous
I always have a good old nosey around all the shelves whenever I go shopping. It really helps when I’m searching for items to include in our Shopping Essentials list each week. Last week, I spotted this Asda Sweety Drop Pepper Cous Cous.
This Asda Sweety Drop Pepper Cous Cous salad is a great mix of bulgar wheat, cannellini beans, cooked giant cous cous and sweety drop miniature peppers, with a tomato & balsamic dressing.
- 91 Kcal per 100g
- SW 2.5 Syns per 280g pack (app)
- WW 4 Points per 100g
A 280g pot of Asda Sweety Drop Pepper Cous Cous Salad costs £2.00, and is included in the 2 for £3.00 range of salad items.
Coop Naked Cod, Butternut Squash and Harissa Fishcakes
I had to dash into a Co-op store whilst out running errands earlier this week, so I took the opportunity to have a quick scan around for foods that I could highlight in our Shopping Essentials round up.
These Naked Cod Butternut Squash and Harissa Fishcakes look great, a really tasty choice for a quick tea. We have our own great recipe for Smoked Haddock & Spring Onion Fishcakes on the website too, if you fancy making your own.
Here’s the nutritional information for these Coop Fishcakes;
- 179 Kcal per fishcake
- SW 5.5 Syns (estimator)
- WW 5 Points per fishcake
They’re priced at £2.75 for a pack of 2 fishcakes, but you can buy 2 for £5 on selected products in the range at Coop stores now.
Summer Pride Canned Jackfruit
If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you’ll already know all about Jackfruit. It’s 0 Points on the WW plan and Slimming World added canned Jackfruit to their database as a free food at the end of last year. It’s a great alternative protein source to meat.
This Summer Pride canned Jackfruit is young, green Jackfruit in water. It can be used in curries and stir fries, and it shreds easily too. This makes it perfect to use in our pulled pork recipe, or just simply shred and serve with our BBQ sauce.
Summer Pride Canned Jack Fruit has the following values;
- 22 Kcal per 100g
- SW Free (app)
- WW 0 points
You can buy 400g cans of canned jackfruit for £1.20 from Asda stores. I’ve also spotted it in Aldi, sitting in the special offer baskets in the middle aisles.
Sarson’s Pickle in 15
Okay, I won’t insult your intelligence! This literally does what it says on the label – it Pickles vegetables in just 15 minutes. This is a great way to liven up salads and vegetables.
You can slice, dice or even spiralise your vegetables, then pour this vinegar blend over them and let them infuse for 15 minutes. Voilà! Pickled veg in 15 minutes.
- 107 Kcal per 100ml
- SW Free (app)
- WW 1 Point per 100ml
We’ve been advocates of pickling liquid for quite a while ourselves, and have used it in several recipes, including this gorgeous Pea, Pickle & Bacon Potato Salad.
Honey Cheerios Breakfast Cereal Bar
Whenever a new cereal bar appears in the shops, we always check them out to see what they’re like, and more importantly, how they fit in to our daily allowance of Syns/Points/Calories!
Cheerios have brought out this new Honey Cheerios Breakfast Cereal Bar to complement their cereal collection. As you’ll probably be aware, some of the Cheerios cereal range count as a Healthy Extra choice.
- 89 Kal per bar
- SW 4.5 Syns per bar (estimator)
- WW 4 Points
Unfortunately, these cereal bars are not listed as a Healthy Extra B choice, so you’ll have to count as part of your allowance. They cost £1.00 for a box of 6 from Asda stores.
Aldi Harvest Morn Protein Bars
If you follow a healthy eating plan, you’ll know that protein is a key factor in helping you feel fuller for longer. Making sure you include plenty of protein is important to reduce the hunger pangs.
Many foods which are rich in protein are also Syn free, or WW zero point foods, so they won’t impact on your allowance for the day. Sometimes though, you just need something quick to grab and go, so protein bars could be the answer.
- 136 Kcal per bar
- SW 7 Syns per bar (estimator)
- WW 4 Points each
It might mean sacrificing some of your allowance, but one of these protein bars will be more satisfying than a chocolate bar and keep hunger at bay for longer. A box of 5 bars costs £1.49 in Aldi.
Aldi Harvest Morn Sweet & Nutty Peanut Bars
I spotted another new cereal bar on the Aldi shelves this week. This Sweet and Nutty Peanut bar is higher in fibre and a source of protein too. This could be a quick hunger fix if you’re feeling peckish, just count from your allowance.
- 139 Kcal per bar
- SW 6.5 Syns per bar (app)
- WW 5 Points each
A box of 5 Sweet and Nutty Peanut Bars is priced at £1.49 in Aldi stores.
Aldi Benefit Jaffa Cake Bars
Hi Fi bars are a hot topic in our Facebook group. To the uninitiated, they are cereal bars sold at Slimming World groups in a range of flavours. They contain fibre and can be counted as a Healthy Extra B choice.
Whilst there are some lovely flavours, they are pricey, and many people prefer an alternative choice. Alpen Light bars have been one such option, and Aldi Benefit Bars are another.
Aldi have added Jaffa Cake flavour Benefit bars to their range, and they’re listed as a Healthy Extra B choice on Syns Online. If you love Jaffa Cakes, you could make our brilliant Pinch of Nom Jaffa Cakes! The benefit bars have the following values;
- 66 Kcal per bar
- SW 3 Syns each/2 bars for HEB (app)
- WW 2 Points per bar
A box of 5 Jaffa Cake flavour Benefit bars costs just 89p in Aldi, making them significantly better value for money, too!
Special K Protein Nuts, Clusters & Seeds
Whenever a new cereal appears, we like to check it out and do some homework on your behalf. Kellogg’s Special K Protein are multigrain and wheat flakes with an oat, rye and seed cluster, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts and almonds.
The ingredients provide some protein to help you feel fuller for longer. There’s also some fibre, but not enough for these to be classed as a Healthy Extra B choice on the Slimming World plan.
- 392 Kcal per 100g
- SW 8 Syns per 40g serving (estimator)
- WW 5 Points per 40g
A 330g box is on offer at £2.00 in Sainsbury’s stores at the moment. The usual price is £3.00, so if you like this, stock up now!
Special K Protein Berries, Clusters & Seeds
If you prefer fruit rather than nuts, this flavour of Kellogg’s Special K Protein Clusters and Seeds might be right up your street. Just the same as the Nut variety, you get multigrain flakes with an oat, rye and seed cluster and freeze dried berries.
The berries make a colourful and tasty contribution, and include blueberries, blackberries, raspberries & redcurrants.
- 371 Kcal per 100g
- SW 7.5 Syns per 40g serving (estimator)
- WW 5 Points per 40g
Sainsbury’s are currently selling Special K Protein Berries Clusters and Seeds in a 320g box priced at £2.00, usual price £3.00.
Kellogg’s No Added Sugar Simply Granola
Granola has always been a popular choice when it comes to cereal. Pre-Slimming World, I’d often pour myself a huge bowlful and munch my way through it without a second thought. I went over my allowance before the day had really started!
Nowadays, I do have granola, but as a measured portion. I can still enjoy it, but I add fresh fruit and yogurt to make a more satisfying breakfast and stay on track! The values for Kellogg’s No Added Sugar Simply Granola are as follows;
- 431 Kcal per 100g
- SW 35g HEB/7.5 Syns (app)
- WW 6 Points per 45g serving
You can buy a 570g box from Sainsbury’s for £3.00, rather than the usual price of £3.75.
Kellogg’s No Added Sugar Granola Raspberry, Apple & Carrot
We have all heard of adding dried fruit to breakfast cereals, but this was a new one on me! Kellogg’s have brought out a new no added sugar granola with raspberry, apple, and…carrot!
Once I’d thought about it, I realised that I’ll happily make our scrummy carrot cakes and munch on those, so why not cereal?!
Kellogg’s Granola no added sugar has mixed cereal clusters with raspberry, apple and carrots, so it’s high in fibre. The Syns/Points values are as follows;
- 425 Kcal per 100g
- SW 35g HEB/7.5 Syns (app)
- WW 7 Points per 45g serving
This is on offer in Sainsbury’s at the moment, priced at £3.00 for a 500g box. The usual price after promotion will be £3.75.
Asda Coconut Ice Lollies
Our Shopping Essentials list last week heralded a change in the seasons with lots of new ice cream choices. It appears that the end of February and beginning of March is the time to launch new ice cream products…who knew?!
Asda Coconut Ice Lollies are made with coconut milk, so they’ll have a really tropical flavour.
- 68 Kcal per lolly
- SW 3.5 Syns (estimator)
- WW 3 Points per lolly
If you love coconut, you’ll need to make a trip to Asda for these soon. They cost £1.50 for a box of 4 x 50ml lollies.
Twister Mini Raspberry, Peach & Vanilla
If you love your lollies, you will have tried the original pineapple, lemon and lime Twisters with a strawberry centre. They are definitely a refreshing treat to enjoy when the sun is shining.
Now Walls have launched these Twister Mini Raspberry, Peach & Vanilla flavour lollies. Delicious vanilla ice cream twisted with tasty raspberry and peach fruit ice.
- 39 Kcal per lolly
- SW 2 Syns each (snackulator)
- WW 2 Points each
At the moment, it looks as though these Twister Mini Raspberry, Peach & Vanilla lollies are exclusive to Asda, but they will probably be available from other supermarkets in due course. They cost £2.20 for 8 x 50ml lollies.
Magnum Mini White Chocolate & Cookies
Magnum ice creams and lollies are the bees knees, aren’t they? They are usually completely off limits. Thankfully, the Magnum peeps have been kind to us and given us these amazing White Chocolate & Cookies mini lollies!
If your mouth is watering already, here’s the information you’re looking for. You can definitely afford to have one of these within your daily allowance!
- 146 Kcal per lolly
- SW 7.5 Syns per lolly (snackulator)
- WW 7 Points each
Magnum Mini White Chocolate and Cookies Ice Cream Lollies cost £2.50 for a pack of 6 in Asda. Form an orderly queue!
Blue Riband Caramel
My grandfather used to have a biscuit tin in the pantry, stocked with biscuits for his packed lunches. Blue Riband was one of the brands I remember, so it’s safe to say they’ve been around for a long time.
Now Blue Riband have come up with these beauties! Crisp wafer biscuits with caramel flavour crème and a layer of caramel, covered in milk chocolate.
- 99 Kcal per biscuit
- SW 5 Syns (snackulator)
- WW 5 Points per biscuit
Pepsi Max Raspberry
Another day, another new flavour! The soft drinks manufacturers are falling over themselves to bring us new flavours. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I was writing about Coke Zero Raspberry flavour in the Shopping Essentials article.
Not to be outdone, Pepsi Max have brought out their own raspberry flavour fizzy drink. I’m pleased to confirm that it’s just as yummy as the Coke Zero version, with a lovely, refreshing taste of raspberry that’s not too overpowering.
- 1 Kcal per 250ml
- SW – Free
- WW – Free
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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.