New Slimming Shopping Essentials 5.4.19

Over in our Facebook group (where we now have over 803,260 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 5.4.19

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. 

Lidl Pick of the Week

Our selection this week starts with a trip to Lidl for some tasty fruit and veg at a great price. The budget supermarkets are a great place to fill up your trolley as they have weekly offers on fresh produce that fits in with all healthy eating plans! 

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This week in Lidl, the Pick of the Week includes;

Prices range from 35p each for the grapefruit to £1.19 for the Strawberries. Available from Lidl stores while stocks last. 

Vivera Veggie Greek Kebab

Regular followers of the Shopping Essentials feature will recognise the Vivera brand, as we’ve brought you several of their products previously. 

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This is another tasty sounding product – seasoned vegan Greek kebab, made from rehydrated soya protein. If you’re a non-meat eater, or just fancy something a bit different, this might just be it! 

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Pinch of Nom Chicken Gyros Kebabs

If you’re a meat eater and love kebabs, you could try our Chicken Gyros Kebabs – so tasty. 

Vivera Veggie Greek Kebab has the following values;

  • 164 kcal per 100g
  • SW 3 Syns per pack (est)
  • WW 4 Points per 100g
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Pinch of Nom Coleslaw

I had some of this with the Aldi mini wholemeal pitta breads that we showed you in a recent Shopping Essentials and some coleslaw – gorgeous! It costs £2.50 for a 175g pack from Sainsbury’s. 

Sainsbury’s Love Your Veg! Shroomballs

Mushrooms, or ‘shrooms’ for short, are often used in vegetarian dishes, and these Shroomballs from Sainsbury’s are a fab new edition to the range. 

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Sainsbury’s Love Your Veg! Shroomballs are made from jackfruit and mushrooms to create non-meatballs! Reviews describe them as firm and savoury when cooked, and great served with spaghetti or couscous. They’d be ideal in our Baked Spicy Meatballs recipe

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Pinch of Nom Baked Spicy Meatballs

The nutritional info is as follows;

  • 141 kcal per 4 Shroomballs
  • SW 1.5 Syns each (app)
  • WW 4 Points per 4

You can buy these from Sainsbury’s, priced at £2.50 for a 270g pack. 

Tesco Sushi Packs

I’m always looking for a quick grab and go option when I’m out and about. I used to buy a meal deal; sandwich, crisps and a drink, without a second thought. That little lot would put a huge dent in your allowance for the day if you’re following a healthy eating plan. 

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Tesco Smoked Salmon & Tuna Sushi

Grabbing something like this Tesco Smoked Salmon and Tuna Sushi pack is a great way to stay on track and enjoy a tasty lunch. 

  • 240 kcal per pack
  • SW 3.5 syns per pack (app)
  • WW 7 Points per pack

The pack contains 2 rolled tuna California rolls, 2 salmon nigiri and 3 salmon hosomaki, plus a little bottle of soy sauce. You can buy from Tesco, priced at £2.00. You can also buy them here, on the Tesco website

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Tesco Smoked Salmon Sushi

Tesco have other sushi options available in-store which would be great for a quick, healthy lunch. This smoked salmon sushi pack contains 2 low fat soft cheese and smoked salmon California rolls with a black sesame seed coating, 3 cucumber hosomaki and a bottle of soy sauce.

  • 119 kcal per pack
  • SW 2 Syns per pack (app)
  • WW 4 Points per pack

Tesco Smoked Salmon Sushi costs just £1.20 per pack, so cheaper than pre-packed sandwiches too! You can also find it here, on the Tesco website.

Quorn Thai Aromatic Bites

We have seen a lot of talk about Quorn products in the Facebook group recently. The Quorn Crispy Nuggets were all the rage a few weeks ago, and there are regular questions about substituting veggie alternatives for meat in recipes, too. 

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The range of Quorn products is expanding all the time, and this is a new addition to the range – Thai Aromatic Bites. 

  • 148 kcal per 4 bites
  • SW 0.5 Syns each (app)
  • WW 5 Points per 4 bites

The bites are described as having a savoury flavour, seasoned with ginger, coriander, red chilli and lemon grass. They cost £2.25 for a 180g pack in Sainsbury’s. 

Tesco Silverskin Pearl Onions

I love pickles! I go through jars of them. They’re great for a savoury snack, deliver the crunch factor and really stop me reaching for the sweet stuff. 

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These cute little silverskin pearl onions are a smaller, daintier variety of pickled onion. They’re fab to munch straight from the jar to curb hunger pangs, or you can add them to a salad. 

  • 10 kcal per 40g
  • SW Free and Speed
  • WW 0 Points
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Pinch of Nom Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad

I added some of these to our Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad earlier in the week, and they were a great success! A 340g jar costs 85p from Tesco. You can find them here, on the Tesco website.

McCain Lighter Home Chips Straight Cut

I love chips, but whichever healthy eating plan you follow, you need to choose your chips wisely to stay within your Points/Syns/Calorie allowance for the day! 

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McCain Lighter Home Chips have 30% less fat than their standard straight cut home chips. They have a crunchy coating and fluffy potato inside. 

  • 142 kcal per 100g (frozen)
  • SW 2.5 Syns per 100g (frozen) (app)
  • WW 4 Points per 100g (frozen)
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Pinch of Nom Chips

Personally, I prefer making these Pinch of Nom chips – they’re soooo good! The McCain Lighter Home Style Straight Cut Chips are available from Morrisons. They cost £1.95 for a 900g bag. 

Koko Dairy Free Super Drink

We see lots of new dairy free products appearing on the shelves every week in supermarkets up and down the country, and we try to bring you as many as we can in our weekly Shopping Essentials articles. You can find all the previous editions on the website.

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This is a dairy free alternative to milk made with coconut milk, calcium and added vitamins and minerals. 

  • 87 kcal per 200ml serving
  • 4.5 Syns per 200ml (est) 
  • WW 2 Points per 100ml

Koko Dairy Free Super is made using freshly pressed coconut milk, so it is free from all major allergens including dairy, soya, nuts and gluten. It costs £2.00 for a 1 litre carton. You can find it here, on the Tesco website.

Metcalfe’s Mini Rice Cakes

Rice cakes might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you do like them, you’ll definitely like these. Plain rice cakes can sometimes feel a bit like munching through a roll of loft insulation, but add some chocolate…and now you’re talking! 

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Metcalfe’s Mini Rice Cakes Milk Chocolate

An individual pack of 4 milk chocolate coated mini rice cakes – perfect for a snack attack. The rice cakes are gluten-free, with no artificial flavours. They’re suitable for vegetarians too.

  • 81 kcal per pack
  • SW 4 Syns per pack (est)
  • WW 4 Points per pack

A single pack, containing 4 milk chocolate rice cakes costs £1.00 from Tesco. You can find them here, on the Tesco website.

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Metcalfe’s Mini Rice Cakes Dark Chocolate Orange

As if chocolate alone wasn’t tempting enough, Metcalfe’s have also brought out a dark chocolate orange variety of mini rice cakes. Happy days! Once again, you get an individual pack of 4 mini rice cakes, coated with dark chocolate orange. 

  • 79 kcal per pack
  • SW 4 Syns per pack (est)
  • WW 4 Points per pack

These cost the same as the milk chocolate variety, £1.00 for a pack of 4, from Tesco. You can pick them up here, on the Tesco website

Metcalfe’s Corn Chips 

The product development team at Metcalfe’s have clearly been busy, with savoury snacks as well as chocolate-covered rice cakes. These Corn chips are made from popped corn, rather than being fried. 

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Metcalfe’s Corn Chips Sizzlin’ Bbq

These Sizzlin’ BBQ Corn Chips are gluten free, have no artificial flavourings and are suitable for vegetarians. 

  • 89 kcal per 1/4 bag
  • SW 4.5 Syns per 1/4 bag (est)
  • WW 3 Points per 1/4 bag

At the moment these are on offer at Tesco, priced at £1.00 per 85g sharing bag. (Usual price £1.60) You can find them here, on the Tesco website.

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Metcalfe’s Corn Chips Sour Cream And Chive

If BBQ isn’t your flavour, how about sour cream and chive? Metcalfe’s have you covered with these too. Like the BBQ flavour, these have no artificial flavourings, they’re gluten free and are suitable for vegetarians. 

  • 89 kcal per 1/4 bag
  • SW 4.5 Syns per 1/4 bag (est)
  • WW 3 Points per 1/4 bag
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Pinch of Nom Caramelised Onion Hummus

If you’re after a dip to dunk them in, you could try this gorgeous Caramelised Onion Hummus

Metcalfe’s Sour Cream & Chive flavour corn chips are also on offer at Tesco until 14.5.19, priced at £1.00 per bag. You can find them here, on the Tesco website.

Ben & Jerry’s Moophoria Collection

We first featured the Ben & Jerry’s Moophoria range of lower calorie ice cream back in February 2018, when they were launched in America. They soon made it across the pond and into freezers here in the UK. 

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Now the Moophoria collection is here, with individual pots of delicious Ben & Jerry’s in two yummy flavours; 

Cookie Dough

  • 122 kcal per pot
  • SW 6.5 Syns per pot (app)
  • WW 10 Points per pot

Caramel Brownie

  • 120 kcal per pot
  • SW 6 Syns per pot (app) 
  • WW 10 Points per pot

As the ice cream is in individual pots, there’s no confusion over portion sizes, so no need to worry that you’ve gone over your allowance for the day! A multi-pack of 4 x 100ml pots costs £4.80 in Tesco. You can pick it up here, on the Tesco website

Morrisons Low Calorie Ice Cream

We’ve seen most supermarkets jumping on the low calorie ice cream bandwagon over the last couple of months, following the success of brands such as Halo Top and Breyers. 

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Now Morrisons have launched their own brand of low calorie, high protein ice cream, which is available in 3 flavours; 

Salted Caramel   

  • 59 kcal per 100ml
  • SW 3 Syns per 100ml (app) 
  • WW 2 Points per 1/5 tub

Cookie Dough

  • 72 kcal per 100ml
  • SW 3.5 Syns per 100ml (app) 
  • WW 3 Points per 1/5 tub

Peanut Butter

  • 71 kcal per 100ml
  • SW 3.5 Syns per 100ml (app) 
  • WW 3 Points per 1/5 tub 

I’ve sampled the cookie dough flavour and enjoyed it. All three flavours are priced at £2.50 for a 500ml pot in Morrisons. 

Blue Skies Mango Medley Lollies

We’ve seen so many new ice cream products being launched recently, the market is getting pretty crowded! It seems that the end of winter and beginning of spring is the time to introduce ice creams and lollies, in plenty of time for the warmer weather! 

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Blue Skies Mango Medley Lollies offer a pack of three fruit ice lollies made with fruit juices and purees. 

Mango 

  • 78 kcal per 100g
  • SW 4 Syns (snackulator)
  • WW 4 Points

Mango, Pineapple, Passion Fruit

  • 53 kcal per 100g
  • SW 2.5 Syns (snackulator)
  • WW 3 Points

Mango & Strawberry

  • 77 kcal per 100g
  • SW 4 Syns (snackulator) 
  • WW 4 Points

Blue Skies Mango Medley Lollies cost £2.00 for a pack of 3 lollies, one of each flavour. You can find them here, on the Tesco website.

Nice By Nature Mango And Banana Lollies

We have one more frozen offering for you this week. Nice by Nature lollies contain only three ingredients: delicious mango with tasty apple and banana, pureed and frozen.

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They are designed for children, so they’re not huge, but enough to give you that sweetness. They’re 100% fruit, with no artificial colours, flavours, or sweeteners. Perfect for after dinner treat with minimal impact on your allowance for the day. 

  • 24 kcal per lolly
  • SW 1 Syn each (snackulator)
  • WW 1 Point per lolly

They are available from Tesco and cost £3.00 for 6 x 40ml lollies. You can also find them here, on the Tesco website

Fanta Grape Zero Sugar

We first looked at Fanta Grape Zero Sugar a few weeks ago when it was launched, and the response was mixed. It appears to be a bit of a ‘marmite’ product, with people either loving this flavour, or hating it. 

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  • 13 kcal per 330ml can
  • SW Syn free
  • WW 0 points

Up to now, this was only available in larger bottles, but it’s now in a multipack of 4 x 330ml cans too. Normal price is £2.50 per pack from Morrisons, who also have a 2 for £3.00 offer on until 23.4.19 

 

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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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