New Slimming Shopping Essentials 25.1.19

Over in our Facebook group (where we now have over 745,300 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 25.1.19

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.

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. 

Asda Ribbon Salad

We are always looking for quick and easy ways to fill up your plate with vegetables. There are lots of pre-packed veg and salad ideas that you can grab when you’re at the supermarket. 

Asda Ribbon Salad - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping EssentialsSalad doesn’t have to be boring, gone are the days of a couple of limp lettuce leaves and a slice of tomato! We have some great salad recipes on the Pinch of Nom website for salads, which you can view here. The Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad is a big favourite in our house. 

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Pinch of Nom Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad

Asda Ribbon Salad contains strips of carrot, beetroot, red and yellow peppers and a selection of salad leaves.

  • 29 Kcal per 100g
  • SW Speed food
  • WW 0 Points

This pack serves 1 as a main or 2 as a side dish. It costs £1.00 in Asda stores. 

Tesco Tenderstem & Mixed Vegetables

Tesco Tenderstem mixed veg - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

When you’re pushed for time, but you know you want vegetables with dinner, it’s time to resort to prepared vegetables. I usually buy fresh and prepare everything myself, but if time is tight this is one option. Frozen veg would be another, of course.

I bought this pack of Tenderstem and Mixed Veg to go with dinner a couple of night ago. The family were all out, so it was dinner for one, with a defrosted portion of Pinch of Nom Lamb Scouse. Real comfort food for a chilly evening! 

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Pinch of Nom Lamb Scouse

This is a ready to cook selection of Tenderstem Broccoli, Fine Beans, Carrots and Baby Corn, which can be microwaved in the bag. Less washing up, too! 

  • 34 Kcal per 100g
  • SW Speed Food
  • WW 0 Points

Tesco Tenderstem and Mixed Vegetables costs £1.50 for a 160g pack, but is included in the 3 for 2 offer, with the cheapest item being free. You can find it here, on the Tesco website

Asda Farmstores Blueberries

Asda blueberries - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Blueberries are delicious, but like all soft fruit, can be expensive at this time of year. If you’re following Slimming World, you’ll know that these are on the Speed food list. They’re also 0 Points on Weight Watchers, so everyone’s a winner! 

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Pinch of Nom Folded Berry Pancake

What could be better than this delicious Folded Berry Pancake to start your morning, or even as a cheeky dessert?! Blueberries have the following values;

  • 57 Kcal per 100g
  • SW Speed food
  • WW 0 Points

This 125g punnet of blueberries is on rollback at Asda, priced at just £1.00, instead of  the previous price of £1.59. 

Asda Jumbo Spring Onions

Asda Jumbo Spring Onions - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Spring onions are a great way to add real flavour to a meal. They’re less harsh than a standard white onion, but still pack a punch. I spotted these Jumbo Spring Onions in Asda this week. They’re like normal spring onions that have been working out! 

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Pinch of Nom Stir-fried Beef with Ginger & Spring Onion

My favourite recipe for Spring Onions is this unbelievably good Stir-fried Beef with Ginger and Spring Onion. You’ll think that this has come straight from your local Chinese takeaway, it’s soooo tasty! 

  • 24 Kcal per 100g
  • SW Speed food
  • WW 0 Points

You can get this bundle of Jumbo Spring Onions for 95p from Asda. 

Quorn Bratwurst

You might have spotted a new recipe appear on the Pinch of Nom website recently. Currywurst is a traditional German street food, consisting of sausage smothered in a curry ketchup, often served with a side of chips. 

Quorn Bratwurst - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

The traditional version is hugely calorific, but our version of Currywurst is so much healthier! You can make the Currywurst sauce in advance, or even freeze it. If you often get the munchies after a night out, this could be the answer to your prayers. 

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Pinch of Nom Currywurst

We used Quorn Bratwurst sausages in this recipe to keep the values as low as possible. 

  • 172 Kcal per bratwurst
  • SW  3.5 Syns each
  • WW 5 Points each (calculated)

Quorn Bratwurst come in a pack of 2 Sausages, which costs £2.00 from Asda. 

Tesco Wild Salmon Fillets

Tesco Wild Salmon Fillets - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Fish is a great meal choice when you’re following a healthy eating plan. It’s high in protein and low in fat. We have a mantra, ‘If it swims, it slims’. 

Salmon is great in so many meals, we have lots of ideas on the website for using these Wild Salmon fillets which you can find here

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Pinch of Nom Chilli & Lime Baked Salmon

I adore this Chilli and Lime Baked Salmon recipe, for a really tasty meal any day of the week. The values for salmon fillets are listed below;

  • 109 Kcal per 100g
  • SW Free/P food 
  • WW 0 Points

A 500g pack of frozen Wild Salmon Fillets costs £5.00 from Tesco. You can find them here, on the Tesco website

Babybel Spirolls

I spotted these a few days ago and thought, ‘Ooooh! They look interesting!’ Babybel Spirolls are the latest addition to the Babybel family. All the delicious taste of Babybel cheese, wrapped up in a spiral! 

Babybel Spirolls - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

These can survive out of the fridge for several hours, so they’d be great in a packed lunch. By the way, if you need some packed lunch inspiration, have a look at this

Spirolls contain calcium and protein, and each one is made with 125ml milk. They have no added colours, flavours or preservatives and they’re suitable for vegetarians and lactose free, too. 

  • 47 Kcal each
  • SW 2.5 Syns each (not an HEA choice, though.) 
  • WW 2 Points (calculated)

Spirolls are individually sealed cheese portions. A pack of 5 Babybel Spirolls costs £1.50 from Asda. 

Asda Light Salad Dressings

Asda Light Caesar dressing - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

The Pinch of Nom Facebook group sees certain questions pop up all the time. One of the common ones is, ‘What can I put on my salad that won’t blow my allowance for the day?’ The days of smothering everything in full fat mayo have long gone. 

Asda Light Vinaigrette - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

I hadn’t really taken much notice of the Asda Light Salad dressings before, but they caught my eye as I trawled my trolley up and down this week. On closer inspection, these are very friendly, whether you’re following Slimming World, Weight Watchers or just counting the calories. 

Light Caesar Dressing

  • 8 Kcal per 15ml serving
  • SW 0.5 Syns per level tbsp
  • WW 0 Points for a 15ml serving

Creamy light Caesar dressing that’s not naughty at all.

Light Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 8 Kcal per 15ml serving
  • SW 0.5 Syns per level tbsp
  • WW 0 Points for a 15ml serving

A classic vinaigrette, with white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and coarse grain mustard. 

Asda Light Honey Mustard - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Light Honey & Mustard Dressing

  • 9 Kcal per 15ml serving
  • SW 0.5 Syns per level tbsp
  • WW 0 Points for a 15ml serving

Light dressing with blossom honey, Dijon mustard and mustard seeds.

Light Lemon & Pepper Dressing

  • 7 Kcal per 15ml serving
  • SW 0.5 Syns per level tbsp
  • WW 0 points per 15ml serving

A zingy dressing with lemon juice, lemon zest, Dijon mustard and cracked black pepper. 

Asda Lemon & Pepper Light dressing - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

All varieties of Light salad dressing are priced at 65p per 250ml bottle, apart from the Light Lemon & Pepper dressing, which is 75p per 250ml bottle.

Very Lazy Harissa Lamb Tagine Pot

One of our Facebook group members posted about these Very Lazy Slow Cooker pots this week. You’ll probably be familiar with the Very Lazy range of chopped garlic, chillies and ginger, ideal for adding to recipes when you’re cooking up a storm.

Very Lazy Harissa - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Very Lazy ginger, chilli and garlic are a quick and easy way to add flavour to your food. However, it’s important to remember that whilst the jars are Syn/Point free, the tubes of paste are not Syn free. 

If you love lamb, you should try our Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb. It’s absolutely gorgeous and reminiscent of Greek holidays in the sunshine! We could all do with a bit of that at the moment, right?  

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Pinch of Nom Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb

Very Lazy Harissa Lamb Tagine Pot smells divine as it cooks away in my kitchen this afternoon. I’m really looking forward to trying it later.

  • 74 Kcal per pot
  • SW 3.5 Syns per pot
  • WW 3 Points per pot (calculated)

There are a couple of recipe suggestions on the side of the box, which serve 2-3 people, so the Syns/Points would work out lower per portion as you will be dividing them between 3. 

A pack of 3 pots costs £2.00 from Tesco. You can also find it here, on the Tesco website.

Tesco Finest Conchiglione Rigati

Tesco Conchiglione Rigati - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

We love seeing the creative way that people are using ingredients over in the Facebook group. There are some great ideas that are shared to inspire other members.

Amy from our Facebook group shared a lovely idea for stuffed giant pasta shells, which led to lots of questions asking where they were available from, so I decided to track them down to share with you here. 

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A real crowd pleaser! Pinch of Nom Pasta Bolognese Bake

Pasta is one of those really versatile ingredients that can be used to make tasty. filling recipes that the whole family can enjoy. We have a huge selection of pasta dishes on the website which you can check out here

  • 170 Kcal per 100g (cooked)
  • SW Free
  • WW 1 Point per 10g dry weight

Tesco Finest Conchiglione Rigati costs £1.70 for a 500g bag. You can find it here, on the Tesco website.

Muller Light Natural 0% fat

Muller Light Natural 0% - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Followers of the Slimming World plan saw a change to the value of all flavoured yogurts recently. If you missed the announcement, you can catch up with everything here

Fat free natural yogurt is still free, and it’s easy to add flavour with fruit, flavourings and some sugar free syrups, as well as using in savoury dishes. All of the recipes on the Pinch of Nom website have been updated to reflect these changes, including our Baked Oats recipes. 

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Pinch of Nom Chicken Korma – simply stunning!

Muller Light have now added a Natural, fat free yogurt to their range in individual 165g pots. 

  • 53 Kcal per 100g
  • SW free
  • WW 0 Points

At the moment I’ve only managed to find these in Morrisons, priced at 68p per 165g pot. The chances are that it will be available from all main supermarkets soon, but their websites don’t show this yet.

Go Ahead Snacks

Go Ahead Fruit & Nut Breaks - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

McVities Go Ahead range is great for snacking. As long as you know how many Points/Syns are in the snack you’ve chosen, they can be enjoyed within your allowance. 

If you’re looking for cakes and biscuit recipes, we have plenty on the website  to tempt your tastebuds, including these Pinch of Nom Double Choc Chip cookies, which are just a-maz-ing! 

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Pinch of Nom Double Choc Chip Cookies

There have been some new additions to the Go Ahead range, so I’ve done some research on the Syns/Points information of them to share with you here. 

Apricot & Hazelnut Fruit & Nut Breaks

  • 89 Kcal each
  • SW 4.5 Syns each (estimator)
  • WW 4 Points (calculated)

A chewy cereal Bar with Dark Chocolate, Apricots and Hazelnuts.

Go Ahead Fruit & Nut Breaks - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Go Ahead Almond, Coconut and Chia Seed Fruit & Nut Breaks

  • 96 Kcal each
  • SW 5 Syns each (estimator)
  • WW 4 Points (calculated)

Dark Chocolate, Almonds, Coconut and Chia Seeds in a delicious cereal bar.

Go Ahead Nut Crunch - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Go Ahead Nutty Crunch Hazelnut

  • 98 Kcal each
  • SW 5 Syns each (estimator)
  • WW 4 Points (calculated)

Biscuits Bar with Chopped Hazelnuts and a Vanilla Flavour Drizzle. Perfect if you’re missing the crunch factor in your snacks!

Go Ahead Nut Crunch - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Go Ahead Nutty Crunch Peanut

  • 94 Kcal each
  • SW 4.5 Syns (estimator)
  • WW 4 Points (calculated)

Biscuit Bar with Chopped Peanuts and a Vanilla Flavour Drizzle. Great for those days when you fancy a peanut hit without blowing your allowance completely!

All of these bars are available from Asda, priced at £1.00 per box. 

Hobnobs Peanut Butter Fudge Flapjacks

If you could put together all your favourite treats in one, you might end up with something like this! McVities Hobnobs are always popular, but now they’ve been combined with oats, syrup and pieces of peanut butter fudge for the ultimate flapjack.

Hobnobs flapjacks - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Yes, you read that correctly! Rolled oats baked with Hobnobs biscuits pieces, syrup and peanut butter fudge flavour pieces, topped with milk chocolate, and all within your Syns/Points allowance for the day!  

Nobody is suggesting that you can eat these all day, that wouldn’t be sensible at all! You can enjoy a treat as long as it’s planned into your day, though. After all, that’s what Syns and Points are there for – to make sure you don’t feel deprived. 

  • 121 Kcal per flapjack
  • SW 6 Syns (estimator)
  • WW 5 Points per bar (calculated)

Hobnobs Peanut Butter Fudge Flapjacks are available from Asda, priced at 64p for a pack of 5 individually wrapped bars. 

Appletiser Spritzer

Appletiser Spritzer - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

There are a huge range of soft drinks available in supermarkets, so when new ones appears we like to check them out. I found these new drinks from Appletiser in Tesco on Monday, so here’s the low down. 

Although these are labelled as having no added sugar, there is naturally occurring sugar from the fruit juices. This means that they all have a Syn/Points value. 

Appletiser Spritzer - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Apple & Passionfruit

  • 73 Kcal per 250ml
  • SW 3.5 Syns (estimator)
  • WW 4 Points (calculated)

Apple & Blood Orange

  • 58 Kcal per 250ml
  • SW 3 Syns (estimator)
  • WW 3 Points (calculated)

Apple & Exotic Lime

  • 63 Kcal per 250ml
  • SW 3 Syns (estimator)
  • WW 4 Points (calculated)

Appletiser Spritzer - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

All three flavours can be found in Tesco, priced at £3.25 for a pack of 6 x 250ml cans. You can also find them here, on the Tesco website

Drumstick Squashies Rhubarb & Custard

Drumstick Squashies - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Swizzels Matlow have been around for years, and their Drumstick lollies too, as well as other pick n mix favourites! The Drumstick Squashies are soft gummy sweets, and we often see people using them to make up treat bags in the Facebook group. 

  • 354 Kcal per 100g
  • SW 4.5 Syns per 25g (estimator)
  • WW 5 Points per 25g (calculated)

This is the latest flavour to be added to the range, there are also original raspberry & milk flavour, and bubblegum flavour. All are on offer at £1.00 for a 175g bag until 29.1.19. They’re also here, on the Tesco website.

 

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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  1. Just wanted to say thanks for all the tips and recipes i have pre ordered your book carnt wait for it to come out thanks again regards sue

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