New Slimming World Shopping Essentials 16.11.18

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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.

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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 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.

Asda Frozen Asparagus

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Asparagus is delicious, and speed food too. The biggest problem is that it’s seasonal, so fresh asparagus has limited availability. I spotted this frozen pack of asparagus in Asda this week, so thought it was worth adding here. 

If a vegetable or fruit appears on the Speed Foods list, it still count as speed food when it’s been frozen. (If it’s a branded product, Slimming World don’t give it an S or P symbol, it will just say free on the app.)  This 250g pack of frozen asparagus costs £1.75 from Asda. 

Lots of our Facebook group members use asparagus to dip into a boiled egg as an alternative to toast. Not only does this save your Healthy Extra B choice for later in the day, but it’s a great way to boost your speed food intake too! (If you’ve never been very good at the perfect soft boiled egg, take a look here!) 

Clementine Grocer’s Choice Crate

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We love clementines. Juicy and sweet, and perfectly packaged by nature. They’re also on the Speed foods list, so you can enjoy them freely. We go through lots of these in our house! They’re a quick and easy snack for everyone. 

Whether you’re grabbing a couple as you head out of the door to stave off hunger pangs, or adding them to your packed lunch, they are the perfect portable snack. If you fancy getting creative, you could add segments to a fruit salad, or use to make a dessert. 

This family sized 2.3kg crate of clementine fruits is priced at £2.79. in Aldi. 

Aldi Popcorn Bars

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We’re always looking for something different to add to the range of snack choices that are available. As long as you find out the Syns info, items like this can be enjoyed as part of your daily Syns allowance.

These bars were brought to our attention by someone in the Facebook group earlier this week, so I popped in to Aldi to take a closer look and find out a bit more about them. 

There are two flavours available, Salted Caramel, Almond & Pretzel or Peanut & Sunflower Seeds. Both work out at 4.5 Syns per bar when I’ve put the nutritional information through the Syns Estimator. 

Although they are not an HEB choice, I preferred these to the Fibre One popcorn bar as there’s a bit more substance to them. (I tried the Salted Caramel, Almond & Pretzel flavour.) They cost £1.69 for a pack of 6 bars in Aldi stores now. 

The Foodie Market Protein Granola

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If you love a bit of crunch for your breakfast, a granola is a great choice. I often choose granola to add some texture if I’m having something simple like fruit and yogurt for my breakfast. 

Some granola brands are counted as a Healthy Extra B choice, but there are many more that offer the texture and flavour without using your HEB, as long as you’re happy to use a few Syns. 

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The Foodie Market Protein Granola is available in two varieties;

  • Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds & Fruit – 6 Syns per 25g (using Syns Estimator)
  • Honey & Seeds – 6 Syns per 25g (on the SW database)

It costs £1.69 for a 400g bag from Aldi stores. 

Worldwide Foods Green Lentils

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Lentils have been much-maligned over the years, which is such a shame, as they’re a tasty and nutritious way to include extra protein. They are classified at a P food by Slimming World, so particularly useful if you’re a non-meat eater. 

These pouches of prepared lentils are a time-saving way to include lentils in your food. No pre-soaking required, so no faffing about. Anything that saves time is a winner for me! 

This pouch of prepared green lentils can be heated in just 60 seconds in the microwave and is 1 Syn for the full 250g pouch on the Slimming World database. They cost 69p from Aldi. 

Worldwide Foods Good Grains Delicious Lentils

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More lentils for you now, with these Good Grains Delicious Lentils from Aldi. These are a more sophisticated lentil product and have a few more ingredients added, including tasty root vegetables. 

Added oil means that these have a slightly higher Syn value, so they’re working out at 2 Syns per half pack using the Syns Estimator on the Slimming World website. 

The 250g of Good Grains Delicious Lentils is priced at £1.29 for 250g in Aldi stores. 

Ashfield Farm Chicken Chipolatas

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The perennial subject of sausages features again this week, in the form of these Ashfield Farm Chicken Chipolatas. We try to feature any new sausages that are launched, to give you the chance to find and try them for yourselves. 

You will probably have seen Heck chicken sausages, so these are the Aldi own-brand equivalent. As with most Aldi products, they are pretty close to the original, so if you like the Heck chicken sausages, you’ll like these! 

The Ashfield Farm Chicken Sausages cost £1.89 for a pack of 10 sausages. They appear on the Slimming World app for 1 Syn each. 

Aldi Spanish Style Chicken with Potatoes

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When you’re following Slimming World, the best on-plan meals are those that you cook yourselves. By cooking your own meals, you can stay in control of exactly what’s used, even making swaps to lower Synned ingredients. 

The Pinch of Nom website is your one-stop shop for hundreds of fabulous recipes that will keep you firmly on track. Take a look here! 

If cooking from scratch isn’t possible, you’ll be looking for ready meals that score high on the flavour charts. Obviously ready meals also score higher on the Syns front, but the ones we feature in our Shopping Essentials guides can still be enjoyed within your daily Syns allowance. 

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Syn Free Spanish Pork & Potato Bake

This Aldi Spanish Style Chicken meal for one works out at 8 Syns per pack using the Syns Estimator and costs £2.19 for the 360g pack. If you love those Spanish flavours, why not try our Syn Free Spanish Pork & Potato Bake. You could even make this with chicken! 

Champion Sweet Potato Wedges


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Sweet potatoes are a great choice on Slimming World. They’re a free food and work well as a mash, for making chips/wedges, or even in our fabulous Syn Free Sweet Potato & Carrot Rostis! Great choice for breakfast, no need to use your healthy extras!

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Syn Free Sweet Potato & Carrot Rostis

Aldi have recently launched these frozen sweet potato wedges, which show on the Slimming World database at 2.5 Syns per 100g serving. They cost £1.89 for a 600g pack, in Aldi stores now. 

Champion Sweet Potato Fries

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Sitting alongside the Sweet Potato Wedges in the freezers at Aldi are these Sweet Potato Fries. (Although there was no sign of Kevin the Carrot!) 

If you love sweet potatoes, but haven’t tried making chips with them, give this Syn Free Sweet Potato Fries recipe a try – they’re really good! 

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Syn Free Sweet Potato Fries

Champion Sweet Potato Fries are available from Aldi, priced at £1.59 for a 500g bag. They are on Syns Online, listed as 5 Syns per 100g serving. 

McCain Sweet Potato Wedges

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As I’ve written about the new Aldi Sweet Potato Wedges, it’s only fair to include the McCain equivalent here too! 

I spotted these in the freezer section of Asda on Tuesday, so I looked them up on the Slimming World app. They are listed at 2 Syns per 100g, so they are marginally lower than their Aldi counterparts. 

Aldi are winning the price battle though, as these McCain Sweet Potato Wedges cost £2.60 for a 500g bag. 

Birds Eye Sweet Potato Waffles

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Potato waffles have always been a big favourite with adults and children alike. A crispy, crunchy coated waffle, filled with fluffy potato is the ultimate in comfort food. 

If you’re a member of our Facebook group, you’ll probably have seen people posting about our amazing Syn Free Onion and Chive Potato Waffles, or our 1 Syn Potato, Cheese and Onion Waffles! Soooo good! 

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Syn Free Onion & Chive Potato Waffles

Now Birds Eye have launched these Sweet Potato Waffles. I’ve used the Syns Estimator to calculate these at 4.5 Syns each. They cost £2.50 for a pack of 8 gluten free waffles. You’ll find them in Asda stores. 

Oakhurst Lamb Shanks

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If you love lamb, you will adore these amazing Oakhurst Lamb Shanks. If you fancy a really indulgent, comforting plate of food, these will really hit the spot. They are gorgeous served with green vegetables and a root veg mash.

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These lamb shanks are served with a delicious gravy/jus and available in two varieties;

  • Red Wine Gravy
  • Mint Gravy

I’ve tried both of these and they’re equally good, but I prefer the red wine gravy if I’m honest! They’re listed on Syns Online for 2.5 Syns per lamb shank. Well worth it, in my opinion! They cost £4.99 for a pack of 2, available in Aldi. 

Aldi British Mint Sauce with Balsamic vinegar

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I’ve always got a jar of mint sauce in the fridge, it’s such a versatile condiment. If you love mint sauce, you’ll probably already know how good it is when added to a dish. I often add it to fat free Greek yogurt with a pinch of cumin for an instant raita-type dip. 

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Syn Free Beetroot & Mint Hummus

Adding a dollop of mint sauce to mushy peas tastes fab, and if you haven’t tried our Syn Free Beetroot and Mint Hummus, you need to make it soon! 

This Aldi Specially Selected Mint Sauce made with Balsamic vinegar works out as 0.5 Syns per tablespoon using the Syns estimator. It costs 79p for a 195g jar. 

Pepsi Max

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Okay, so we know that normal Pepsi Max isn’t new, and even the newer flavours have been around for a while now. This is really more of a public service announcement, just to give you the chance to grab a bargain! 

As I walked through the doors of Asda to do my usual browse for shopping list items, I saw a huge display of these trays of Pepsi Max. Basically, you’re getting 30 cans for £7.00, which is an absolute bargain! 

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Syn Free Diet Coke/Pepsi Max Chicken

It’s a perfect time to stock up with a crate or two, as there’s no urgent use-by date, so you can store them in the garage until you need them! You can definitely use them to make our amazing Syn Free Diet Coke/Pepsi Max Chicken Recipe…Nom! 

Asda Spicy Butternut falafel, Rainbow Grains & Houmous Salad

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If you’re one of those people who forget their lunch from time to time, it’s always worth knowing what you can grab from the supermarket that’s low in Syns. 

This Asda Spicy Butternut Falafel, Rainbow Grains & Houmous Salad is a good choice, really filling and super tasty. It’s listed on the Syns Online app at 6.5 Syns per pack, so a good choice which isn’t too high in Syns. It costs £1.50 per pack. 

Heck Pork Apeel Sausages

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We have already covered the Aldi version of Heck’s Chicken Sausages in this week’s shopping guide. Now we have this new flavour from Heck, which is just a little bit different! 

Heck Pork Apeel Sausages contain…wait for it…marmalade! It might sound strange, but it might just work! Fruit is often paired with meat, whether is be duck a l’orange, pork with apple, turkey with cranberry sauce, to name but three! 

Made from 85% British Pork Shoulder, the product description describes them as having,

“A dash of zingy marmalade. Bonkers, but it tastes a proper treat.”

They’re Gluten Free and Dairy Free, so great if you are following a restricted diet. They work out at 5.5 Syns per sausage when you put them through the Syns Estimator. They cost £2.98 for a pack of 6 sausages. 

Asda Vegetarian Vegetable Gnocchi

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I love gnocchi, it’s a real favourite of mine when it comes to Italian food. This is a ready meal option which is suitable for vegetarians and vegans from Asda. 

If you’ve never had gnocchi, it’s basically little potato dumplings, cooked and served in a sauce to give lots of flavour. This ready meal contains vegetarian gnocchi with tomato sauce, topped with kale pesto and a roasted vegetable mix. 

This is listed on the Syns database at 8 Syns for the pack, so again, although it’s higher than something you might make at home, it’s not bad and well within your daily Syns allowance. It costs £2.50 from Asda.

Asda Vegetarian Tikka Masala

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More new ready meal options from Asda this week, with this Vegetarian Tikka Masala dish. A creamy tikka masala tomato sauce, spiced with chilli, fiery ginger and coriander, smothering cauliflower, green beans, petit pois and red peppers. 

The whole thing comes with a serving of turmeric basmati rice and is listed on Syns Online for 5.5 Syns, which isn’t bad at all! 

Slimming World Shopping Essentials
Syn Free Chicken Tikka Masala

If you fancied making you own, we have a fantastic recipe for Syn Free Chicken Tikka Masala Curry, which could be adapted to use Quorn if you wanted a veggie option. 

This Vegetarian Tikka Masala costs £2.50 per pack from Asda. 

Asda Vegetarian Mushroom Stroganoff & Rice

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The third vegetarian ready meal option in this new range from Asda is Mushroom Stroganoff with Rice. Made with button mushrooms in a creamy sauce, with paprika and a splash of brandy, and served with long grain and wild rice. 

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Low Syn Beef Stroganoff

Asda Vegetarian Mushroom Stroganoff sounds delicious, and is listed on Syns Online for 6 Syns. We have a really popular recipe on the Pinch of Nom website for our own version of Low Syn Beef Stroganoff, which can easily be made using mushrooms for a vegetarian option. 

The Asda version is listed on the database for 6 Syns, which you can enjoy using some of your Syns allowance for the day. It costs £2.50 per pack. 

Asda Spanish Chicken & Potatoes

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If you’re looking for an option to serve the whole family, Asda have brought out some tray bake meals that serve 4 people and are relatively low in Syns too. This is great for a quick midweek evening meal. 

This Asda Spanish Chicken with Potatoes contains chicken breast pieces in a warming, smoky sauce, topped with diced potato. If you’re into Spanish tapas, this sounds similar in flavour to patatas bravas. 

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Syn Free Patatas Bravas

By the way, if you do adore tapas, why not try our Syn Free Patatas Bravas recipe this weekend! 

This family sized meal will serve 4, and works out at 7.5 Syns per 1/4 of a pack when calculated using the Syns Estimator from the Slimming World website. It costs £6.00 from Asda. 

Asda Tomato Vegetable Pasta Bake

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I spotted another family friendly option for a ready meal in Asda this week. The Tomato Vegetable Pasta Bake serves 4 people. You get pasta in a rich tomato sauce, with a herby cheese crumb.  Doesn’t it sound good?!  For more perfect pasta ideas, check out the Pinch of Nom website

You can serve this with a selection of fresh vegetables to really fill your plate and ensure you’ve got your 1/3 speed food. It works out as 5 Syns per 1/4 pack, using the Syns Estimator. It costs £6.00 and is available in Asda stores. 

Cathedral City Caramelised Onion Cheddar Snack Bars

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We know that cheese is very important to lots of you…after all, it’s cheeeeese. I don’t need to say much more! We’re always on the lookout for cheesy choices to share here. 

These Cathedral City Caramelised Onion Cheddar snack bars are not a Healthy Extra, but if you do love your cheese, you’re probably used to spending a few Syns on it anyway! 

Cathedral City Caramelised Onion Cheddar Snack Bars are listed on the Slimming World app for 5 Syns each. You will probably need to be very strict with yourself, as they are so more-ish! A pack of 4 x 24g cheddar snack bars costs £1.50 in Asda. 

Mission Simply Good Wraps

Mission Quinoa Chia Wraps - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping EssentialsI found two new varieties of Mission Foods wraps in Asda this week. These new wraps are labelled High Fibre, but haven’t been added to the Slimming World database. 

To work out the Syn values, I’ve put them through the Syns Estimator, where they work out as follows;

  • Quinoa & Chia Wraps – 9 Syns each
  • Sourdough & Linseed Wraps – 9.5 Syns each

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As you can see above, they are higher in Syns than the Weight Watchers wraps, but they are significantly bigger, so if you don’t mind using your Syns on them, you’re getting a decent-sized wrap to eat. 

They are currently on an introductory offer in Asda, priced at £1.00 for a pack of 6 wraps. 

Asda Ice Cream Bites

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Now that we’re halfway through November, I think it’s probably time to admit that Christmas is fast approaching. We’ve seen a huge leap in the number of festive products appearing in the shops, so we can’t avoid it anymore.

I found these very sweet little Ice Cream Bites in Asda this week, in the party food frozen range. They’re available in 2 flavours, mint or caramel. They come in a box of 10 ice cream bites, and calculate at 1.5 Syns each, using the snackulator on the SW website.

A box of 10 Ice Cream Bites costs £1.00 in Asda right now, but as they’re a seasonal item, they won’t be around for long! 

Mr Kipling Winter Whirls

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Mr Kipling is back again, with one of his own seasonal offerings. Based on the popular Viennese Whirls, these shortcake whirls are filled with a spiced apple jam and a smooth créme filling. 

These Winter Whirls are not on the app, so using the Syns Estimator they work out at 7 Syns each, the same as the original Viennese Whirls which are on the app. 

These Mr Kipling Winter Whirls cost £1.00 for a pack of 6 in Asda. 

Iceland Marmite Sprouts

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There has been lots of chatter online this week about the prospect of Marmite…and Sprouts…together! People tend to fall into two distinct groups with Marmite, you’re either a lover or a hater! The same can be said of sprouts! 

So now, we bring you Marmite Sprouts! Brussels Sprouts with Marmite butter pellets. For me, as a fan of both, this sounds like a match made in heaven! Fortunately, they are not astronomically high in Syns, either. We’ve used the Syns Estimator to work these out at 1.5 Syns per 100g. 

Iceland have worked with Unilever, the makers of Marmite, to create what will definitely be a unique taste sensation and a controversial Christmas treat! Personally, I can’t wait to give them a try. 

They will be available from Monday 19th November in Iceland stores, priced at £1.50 for a 400g bag. 


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I must stress the following…

Everything written here about the products is my own opinion. Syn values given are correct at time of writing but may not always be accurate.

Ideally, you should check with Slimming world for the most up to date Syn values using official resources such as; the Syns calculator, Syns Online on LifelineOnline or by calling the Syns Hotline on (0906) 851 8518.

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