New Slimming World Shopping Essentials 19.10.18

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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.

Slimming World Shopping Essentials

 

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 Grower’s Selection Baby Peppers

Asda Baby Peppers - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

There’s something about baby vegetables that just makes you want to eat them. They are great for snacking, even more so if they’re speed veg!

Supermarkets are offering an increasing range of baby vegetables to choose from, so they’re easy to get hold of.

We’ve seen baby cucumbers, baby sweetcorn, baby broccoli and cauliflower, baby cabbages and carrots etc. They’re a delightful way to encourage little ones to eat more veg, too.

Slimming World Shopping Essentials
Syn Free Caramelised Onion Hummus

These baby peppers can be enjoyed as a grab and go snack to munch on, sliced up as cruditiés with a Syn Free Caramelised Onion Hummus dip, or used as a cooking ingredient in recipes. This 150g pack of baby peppers costs £1.25 from Asda stores.

Lidl Pick of the Week

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As you probably know, we try to feature a selection of affordable fruit and vegetables each week by looking at the offers from the budget supermarkets.

Everyone likes a bargain, and these offers are a great way to stay on track with plenty of fresh produce.

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Syn Free Butternut Squash Risotto

These weekly deals include a seasonal choice of both free and speed foods. This week in Lidl, the Pick of the Week is as follows;

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Syn Free Roasted Garlic & Beetroot Soup

This selection is available in Lidl now until next Wednesday 24th October, while stocks last. Prices range from 59p to 89p per pack.

Quorn Moroccan Tagine

Quorn Moroccan Tagine - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

You’ve probably seen in the news this week that we’re being encouraged to eat less meat.

We always try to include meat-free products in the Shopping Essentials round up, and the market is expanding all the time, giving us plenty to choose from.

Quorn provides a versatile alternative to meat, which can be used when cooking from scratch, or in ready prepared products and meals.

This Quorn Moroccan Tagine contains Quorn pieces in a tomato spiced sauce with chickpeas, butternut squash and raisins, served with coriander and garlic couscous.

It sounds really delicious. Available from Asda priced at £3.00, it’s on the app at 3 Syns per pack.

Linda McCartney Vegetarian Meatballs

Linda McCartneys Veg Meatballs - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

We’ve got more new vegetarian choices this week with these Linda McCartney Meatballs.

There’s already a great selection in this range, including the Syn free Rosemary & Red Onion sausages, which are a big favourite with Slimming Worlders!

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Syn Free Meatball Marinara

Made with textured soya protein, these vegetarian meatballs can be served with any sauce you like, so why not try one of our meatball recipes, like this Syn Free Meatball Marinara recipe. Nom!

You can pick up a pack of 12 Linda McCartney Vegetarian Meatballs in Sainsburys, priced at £2.50 per pack. They’re on the Slimming World app at 1.5 Syns per 4 meatballs.

Asda Good & Counted Frozen Range

Asda Cottage Pie - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

I spotted this Good & Counted range whilst out and about on my hunt for foods to include on this week’s shopping list.

They’re not brand new, but they’re certainly worth knowing about!

Asda Chicken HotPot - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

The Asda Good & Counted frozen ready meals are handy to have in the freezer as a last-minute standby option, so that you don’t end up reaching for the takeaway menu and undoing all your hard work.

There are several choices, including;

  • Cottage Pie – 2.5 Syns
  • Tuna Pasta Bake – 4.5 Syns
  • Chicken Hotpot – 6 Syns

Asda Tuna Pasta Bake - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

All Syn values taken from the Slimming World website. They cost £1.00 each, so definitely worth grabbing a couple to pop into the freezer if you’re passing an Asda store.

Asda Cajun/Garlic & Herb Chicken Breast Sizzle Steaks

Asda Cajun Chicken Breast - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Frozen food meal choices are sometimes a bit more limited when you’re following the Slimming World plan.

They tend to include all the high Syn value foods we should be avoiding, pizzas, products in batter and breadcrumbs, pastry and more.

Asda Garlic Herb Chicken Breast - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

I found these Asda Cajun or Garlic & Herb Chicken Breast sizzle steaks in the freezer section and couldn’t wait to check them out.

I was hopeful that they’d be low in Syns as the traffic light nutritional labels were mostly green, which is usually a good sign!

Slimming World Shopping Essentials
Syn Free BBQ Chicken Steaks

If you’d like to make your own version of these, we have the perfect recipe for you right here, with these Syn Free BBQ Chicken Steaks. You could try Cajun, Tikka or Garlic & Herb flavour.

Both flavours of these chicken breast sizzle steaks are listed on Syns Online at 0.5 Syns each. You get 4 in a box, priced at £2.25.

Asda Simply Cook Chinese Pork/Beef Black Bean Stir Fry Kits

Asda Chinese Pork Stir fry - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

If you’re a regular visitor to the Facebook group or the Pinch of Nom website, you’ll know that our Fakeaway recipes are a really popular choice!

If you haven’t explored our Fakeaway section yet, have a look here!

Slimming World Shopping Essentials
Syn Free Chicken in Black Pepper Sauce

One of our favourites is this Syn Free Fakeaway Chicken in Black Pepper Sauce. It’s a really indulgent treat, but it’s deliciously on plan, too!

Asda Beef Black Bean - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

These stir fry kits from Asda offer you a time-saving alternative, with a reasonable Syn value.

The Chinese Pork works out at 3.5 Syns per half pack using the Syns Estimator online. The Beef Black Bean kit comes out at 2 Syns per half pack.

You’ll find these stir fry meal kits in the chilled fresh produce aisle at Asda. They cost £3.00 per pack.

Asda Simply Cook Sweet Chilli Chicken Breast Fillets

Asda Sweet Chilli Fillets - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

We’re staying in the chilled foods section with these Sweet Chilli Chicken Breast Fillets.  Tender chicken breast fillets in a mild chilli sauce. (The chilli rating is 1, so these certainly won’t blow your head off!)

Slimming World Shopping Essentials
Syn Free Nando’s Spicy Rice

These Sweet Chilli Chicken Breast Fillets come in an oven ready foil tray, and will cook in 35 minutes.

That would give you plenty of time to make our Syn Free Nando’s Spicy Rice to serve with them! Perfect.

They cost £3.00 for a pack of 2 chicken breast fillets, which work out at 2 Syns per half pack according the the Syns Estimator on the Slimming World website.

Asda Butcher’s Selection Salt & Chilli Thin Cut Pork Steaks

Asda Thin Cut Pork Steaks - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Asda appear to have had a busy time in the development kitchen recently, with lots of new products appearing on the shelves.

Salt and chilli is a particular favourite of ours. In fact we have a recipe for Syn Free Salt & Pepper Chicken on the website!

Slimming World Shopping Essentials
Syn Free Salt & Pepper Chicken

We also have this amazing recipe for Syn Free Salt & Pepper Chips – soooo tasty!

These thin cut pork steaks will cook in just 6 minutes, so they would be fab for a super quick meal. These have a chilli rating of 3, so it sounds as though they will have a bit of a kick to them, too!

Slimming World Shopping Essentials
Syn Free Salt & Pepper Chips

We have used the Syns Estimator to find a Syn value for them, and they work out at 3 Syns per half pack. The packs contain on average 6 thin cut pork steaks and are priced at £3.00.

Asda Pineapple Glazed Topside Gammon Steaks

Asda Gammon Pineapple Steaks - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

As I mentioned above, the Asda development kitchens seem to have been very busy recently. There are so many new products, it’s hard to keep up! Our final selection from the new range for this week are these gammon steaks.

People generally fall into two groups when it comes to serving gammon, choosing either pineapple, or egg.

These Topside Gammon Steaks come with a sachet of pineapple sauce to drizzle over the top. The pack serves 2 and costs £3.00.

We’ve checked and double checked this using the Syns estimator. It seems too good to be true, but they’re coming out as free. Of course, if this changes when Slimming World add them to the database, we’ll change the information here, too.

As we always say in our disclaimer at the bottom of this article;
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.

Cadbury Snowy Chocolate Fingers

Cadbury Snowy Fingers - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

You can’t beat a classic Cadbury’s Chocolate Finger…or can you? I discovered these Snowy Chocolate Fingers in Sainsbury’s last week and they’re too good not to share!

You still get the classic crunchy biscuit finger, but these are covered in milk chocolate and white chocolate. Best of both worlds! They work out at 2 Syns each using the Syns estimator on the Slimming World website.

If you can’t decide between Cadbury milk chocolate fingers and white chocolate fingers, then these snowy fingers are the answer! These are available as a festive limited edition in shops now. I’ve seen them for sale in Asda and Sainsbury’s.

You can get a 138g packet of them from Asda for £1.00, or a 2 x 115g twin pack from Sainsbury’s for £2.70.

Lindahls Kvarg – new flavours

Kvarg Blueberry Vanilla - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Lindahls Kvarg is a very popular brand of quark, especially in Slimming World circles.

Of course, unless you’ve been living on another planet for the past few weeks, you’ll be aware that there’s been a Syn value change with many yogurt-related products.

Kvarg Coconut - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

If you haven’t caught up with all of the latest information, you can read about it here.

Lindahls Kvarg has been available in three flavours up to now; vanilla, raspberry and peach/passionfruit, as well as the plain, unflavoured variety.

My trolley screeched to a halt when I saw these new flavours on the shelf this week.

Kvarg Stracciatella - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

You can now choose from three new varieties;

  • Blueberry & Vanilla
  • Coconut
  • Stracciatella – with chocolate pieces!

All three flavours have been added to the Slimming World app at 0.5 Syns per pot. They’re all on offer at 4 for £3.00 in Asda at the moment.

Angel Delight Layers

Angel Delight Layers - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Somebody alerted us to these via Instagram this week, so we checked them out and decided to add them here. If you’re struggling with a sweet tooth, this Angel Delight Layers dessert could be just the thing.

You get a pot of the traditional strawberry flavour whip, with a real strawberry sauce layer. Made with real fruit, with no artificial colours or flavours and no added preservatives.

We’ve used the Syns estimator on the Slimming World website to calculate these at 4 Syns per pot. You’ll find these in Tesco, priced at 75p for an 80g pot. You can also find it here, on the Tesco website.

Oppo Raspberry Cheesecake

Oppo Raspberry Cheesecake - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Cheesecake…need I go on?! Okay, I will. If there’s one thing that we know people miss when they’re following Slimming World, it’s cheesecake.

There’s no need to miss out, of course, as we have lots of options on the Pinch of Nom website for you to try.

Slimming World Shopping Essentials
Low Syn Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

How about our Low Syn Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries? They’re a great way to enjoy that delicious cheesecake taste and stay on plan! Or for a real weekend treat, how about our Low Syn Mississippi Mud Pie Cheesecake!

Earlier this year, we wrote about the launch of Oppo cheesecakes.

Oppo have been making lower calorie ice creams for a while, then expanded their range to include these chilled desserts. You can read about them here.

Slimming World Shopping Essentials
Low Syn Mississippi Mud Pie Cheesecake

Now Oppo have added a new flavour to the range with this raspberry cheesecake. Using the Syns estimator, they work out at 8 Syns each, but for a proper cheesecake, that ain’t too bad!

They’re in individual ramekins, so no measuring required.

Oppo Raspberry Cheesecakes cost £1.50 each, this flavour available exclusively from Asda at the moment.

McVities Jaffa Cake Bars

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In last week’s Shopping Essentials round up, we featured some of the Halloween treats that have started to appear on the shelves. This week, we’ve found a couple more choices for you to enjoy.

McVities Jaffa Cake bars are available in two varieties. Freaky Cake Bars have the classic Jaffa orangey jelly on the top, with a purple sponge base, covered in a layer of dark chocolate.

Mcvities Jaffa Cakes Lemon Lime - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Lemon & Slime Cake Bars have a lemon & lime jelly layer, on top of a light sponge, covered in dark chocolate.

Both flavours are listed at 5 Syns per cake bar on the Slimming World database. You can pick up a pack of 5 bars from Morrisons for £1.00.

Asda Cinnamon Flavour Tortilla Rolls

Asda Tortilla Rolls - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Every supermarket up and down the country has re-merchandised their aisles in preparation for the approaching festive season. There’s no escaping it, Christmas is not so many weeks away now, so you’ll need prepare for seeing lots of festive goodies.

The great thing about having a Syns allowance on Slimming World is that you can enjoy most of these treats, with just a bit of planning. We have a saying that ‘Nothing is banned if it’s Slimming World planned!’

I was intrigued by these new snacks, so obviously I had to buy some to taste test. They are as odd as they sound, with the crunch and texture of savoury tortilla chips, but a cinnamon flavour. They are not as sweet as you might expect, either.

I’m still on the fence about these, as I said, they’re a strange taste sensation, but weirdly more-ish, too! A 25g serving works out at 6 Syns using the Syns estimator. A 150g bag costs £1.00 from Asda.

Asda Salted Caramel Flavour Pretzel Stars

Asda Pretzel Stars - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

I found these Salted Caramel flavour Pretzel Stars in the seasonal aisle at Asda this week. The salty, savoury taste of pretzels, combined with their crunch, works well with a sweet element. We featured chocolate covered pretzels in a recent Shopping guide.

Like the Cinnamon Tortilla Rolls featured above, these are a festive limited edition, available from Asda. Described as having sweet, creamy flavours and a salty crunch. They have no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat and are suitable for vegetarians.

They come out as 5.5 Syns for a 25g portion using the Syns estimator, and cost £1.00 for a 175g bag.

 

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Disclaimer

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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