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Slimming World recommend having 1/3 Speed Food with every meal where appropriate as part of the Extra Easy plan.
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.
Rosedene Farm Small Sweet/Small Tangy Apples
We have several speed food offerings this week. The first are these packs of small sweet or tangy apple varieties from Tesco.
They’re handy, snack-sized apples, perfect for grabbing on the go!
There are two flavour options, tangy or sweet. Personally, I prefer a tangy apple, one that is a bit sharper to the tastebuds.
If I’m in a rush for lunch, a couple of these apples with a pot of fat free cottage cheese is a great choice.
Apples are brilliant for us Slimming Worlders, perfectly packaged by nature, biodegradable core, easy to eat and speed food too! Couldn’t ask for more.
Early Season Satsumas
At this time of year, as Autumn leaves are showing us their best display of colours, the seasons are changing for fruit and vegetables too.
Out go the soft summer fruits, to be replaced by seasonal fruits such as plums and these delicious satsumas.
It’s still a bit early to be mentioning the dreaded C word…but these always remind me of Christmas morning. I’d get a satsuma in my stocking, along with some chocolate coins. (Of course, as a child I wasn’t bothered with the satsuma!)
These early season satsumas are available now in Tesco. They are seedless and, according to the label, they’re ultra easy to peel, too. Priced at £1.00 for 600g, you can find them here, on the Tesco website.
If you just can’t get enough satsumas, you might want to grab one of these – an entire crate of them.
To be honest, this wouldn’t last more than a couple of days in my house, as we all love satsumas!
During the summer, we bought crates like this full of strawberries. Great value for money and a fab way to fill up on speed food!
This crate of satsumas costs £1.75 in Tesco stores while stocks last.
British Curly Kale
Kale is a popular veg choice for autumn and winter. It’s a member of the cabbage family, nutrient-dense, packed with vitamins and minerals and it’s tasty too!
Really quick and easy to prepare, you can cook it in many different ways – boil, steam, microwave, even stir-fry!
It makes a perfect side dish to a classic stew, such as this hearty and satisfying Syn Free Lamb Scouse. Nom!
Tesco Mediterranean Roasting Vegetables
I love roasted vegetables! They are an amazing way to get loads of speed foods onto your plate.
Vegetables that you might think of as dull take on a whole new flavour when you roast them with a squirt or five of Frylight and some seasoning!
I usually avoid these prepacked trays, as the vegetables tend to be coated in oil.
I picked this one up just to check and was delighted to find that there’s no oil in the ingredients list, just speed veg – red onion, pepper, courgette and sugardrop cherry tomatoes.
Mattessons Reduced Fat Smoked Pork Sausage
I spotted this Mattessons Reduced Fat Smoked Pork Sausage in the chilled produce section earlier this week, so I brought some home to try.
It’s ready to eat, straight from the pack, or you can use it in a huge range of recipes.
The smoky flavour of the sausage works really well in pasta dishes, risottos and stir-fries.
I actually made a quick tomato and veg sauce for my pasta and chopped up some of this sausage too. A serving goes a long way when it’s chopped up!
Try it in our Low Syn Spicy Sausage Pasta, for a quick and easy dinner option. You can have 50g (1/4 of the pack) of this Mattessons reduced fat sausage for 4 Syns. It’s currently on offer in Sainsbury’s for £1.50.
Tesco Vegetarian Thai Red Curry
This Vegetarian Thai Red Curry looks fab and full of classic flavours. It has pieces of spiced soya protein, in a fragrant coconut curry infused with red chilli and kaffir lime.
It comes with a serving of jasmine rice too, so a complete meal ready to go.
If you fancy making your own curry, we have a brilliantly mouthwatering Indian Fakeaway section on the website.
To make the curries veggie-friendly, just substitute the meat for a vegetarian alternative protein source, such as soya or Quorn pieces.
Vivera Vegetarian Range
If you follow our Slimming World Shopping Essentials article every week, you’ll already know that we try to find products that suit all dietary requirements.
There are new products being launched all the time, it’s hard to keep up, so our guide should help!
We featured a couple of Vivera products a little while ago in our Shopping Essentials round up, but there are lots more to choose from in the range now, so I thought we’d have a look at them here. They’re all suitable for vegans, too!
Vivera Veggie Shawarma Kebab
This Vivera Veggie Shawarma Kebab looks amazing, and at only 1.5 Syns for the full pack it would be fab in our Shawarma recipe, too! This is a brilliant choice for a quick and tasty lunch idea.
By using the WW Low Fat wrap as your Healthy Extra B choice, you’ll only need to count the Syns for the Vivera Veggie Kebab itself!
It costs £2.50 in Sainsbury’s, but is a little pricier from Tesco and Waitrose, where it costs £2.99.
Vivera Pumpkin Sweet Potato Burgers
Veggie burgers these days are made from so many different things!
These Vivera Pumpkin Sweet Potato Burgers are made from pumpkin, sweet potato and soya pieces, seasoned with spices.
We have a recipe on the Pinch of Nom website for these Syn Free Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa. If you haven’t tried these yet, give them a try soon!
The Vivera Pumpkin Sweet Potato Burgers cost £2.69 for a pack of 2. You can find them here, on the Tesco website. They are listed on the Slimming World database at 2.5 Syns each.
Vivera Veggie Fish Goujons
If you’re in the mood for something a bit different, why not try these Vivera Veggie Fish Goujons.
These are made from wheat protein and work out at 2 Syns per goujon. They’re listed on the Slimming World database.
The goujons themselves are quite a decent size, so with a plateful of speed veg they’d make a tasty and satisfying meal.
If you’re a pescatarian, you could try making these Low Syn Monk Fish Bites with Tartar Sauce. They taste immense!
30% Less Salt Unsmoked Gammon Joint
All this research for the shopping articles plays havoc with my shopping budget.
I’m always finding new things and thinking, ‘Well, I have to try it for research purposes!’ I spotted this in Tesco on Tuesday and bought a joint straight away.
Gammon is a super versatile choice for Slimming World, as it’s free once all visible fat has been trimmed off.
You can roast it, served hot as a meal with veg, or as a sliced cold meat. You can use cooked gammon in our Syn Free Pea and Ham Soup.
Of course, the first choice that sprang to mind was our wonderful Syn Free Campfire Stew!
The gammon joint has 30% less salt, as well as having all the fat and rind removed, so there’s no waste, you’re only paying for what you’re using.
Tesco Large Seafood Stick
Seafood sticks are a popular choice with people who follow the Slimming World plan. They’re free food, not counted as a P (protein) food though.
We often see people including seafood sticks in a snacking platter, with lots of free and speed foods on a plate.
These Tesco Large Seafood sticks are huge compared to the standard size. You may not be able to tell from the image above, but if I tell you that a normal crabstick/seafood stick weighs 15 grams, and that these weigh 50 grams, it should give you a good idea!
Roast Potato Seasoning
You just can’t beat a decent roast potato. I don’t even wait until Sunday, as with our Syn Free Roast Potatoes you can enjoy them every night of the week, if you want to. When it comes to comfort food, they are pretty damn good!
This Roast Potato Seasoning from Tesco adds an extra layer of seasoning and flavour. It’s a blend of Salt, Onion, Black Pepper, Rosemary, White Pepper, Rosemary Powder and Thyme.
Groovy Food Co. Dark Agave Nectar
When you start Slimming World, the subject of sugar alternatives and sweeteners often comes up.
Sometimes it’s to replace sugar in hot drinks etc, other times it’s what to use as a cooking ingredient or to add sweetness with fewer calories.
Light and Mild Agave Nectar has been around for a while, but now there’s new Rich & Dark Agave Nectar, too. It can be used in tea or coffee, or to drizzle over fruit, or pancakes. You could even add some to fat free natural yogurt.
Why not make some of our Low Syn White Chocolate Brownies with it?! Groovy Food Dark Agave Nectar has 0.5 Syns per tsp on the Syns Online database. It’s organic and vegan friendly and costs £2.50 for a 250ml bottle. You can find it here, on the Tesco website.
Tesco Xero Cola
Tesco have launched a large number of new drinks in the last week or so. Here’s the first in a long list – their own version of Coke Zero. I bought some to try, and it’s actually pretty good!
It’s available in a six can multipack, or a 2 litre bottle. Described as having an extreme taste, although I wouldn’t say that. It compared pretty favourably with Coke Zero and I’d buy it again!
Tesco Craft Cola
The next new drinks to appear are these Craft Cola drinks from Tesco. These are a little bit different, and will almost certainly be an acquired taste for many, but they make a pleasant change.
I bought the Honey Cola to try out of curiosity. The honey flavour is by no means overpowering, in fact it’s barely discernible, only from a faint aftertaste. Even then, the honey flavour doesn’t linger.
This new range of craft cola is available in three flavours;
SanPellegrino Fruit Tea
We love Sanpellegrino here at Pinch of Nom! It tastes so good, but is it worth spending a few Syns on? The standard cans are 3.5 Syns each. We featured some drinks from Aldi that were remarkably similar, but Syn Free, in a recent Shopping Essentials.
We’ve found these new drinks from Sanpellegrino, made from tea extract, with organic fruit juices and cane sugar. They work out at 2.5 Syns per can using the Snackulator on the Slimming World website.
Tesco Finest Light Pink Grapefruit Tonic Water
I mentioned earlier that there are lots of new drinks available from Tesco this week. This one ticks a lot of boxes for me. Light Pink Grapefruit tonic water from the Tesco Finest range. The glass bottle and label design is reminiscent of Fever Tree mixers.
There’s a bottle of this chilling in my fridge as I write this, and I’m planning on Synning a rather large gin to go with it when I’ve finished writing this article!
I’ve put the nutritional information through the Syns Estimator and it is coming out as free. We’ll keep our eyes peeled to see if it gets added to Syns online and update accordingly if it changes. It costs £1.20 for a 500ml bottle. You can find it here, on the Tesco website.
Tesco Flavoured Sparkling Water
Flavoured water can be something of a minefield in Slimming World terms.It’s quite easy to be caught out by thinking that something is free when it actually has a Syn value.
This is why it’s always advisable to check the Slimming World database first.
These new flavours of sparkling water from Tesco are all syn free, so we’re okay on that front! I’ve checked using the Syns Estimator online and they are coming out as free. There are four new flavours;
- Apple & Elderflower
- Kiwi & Pear
- Vanilla & Cherry
- Cucumber & Mint
Tesco High Fibre Peanut Cake Squares
One of our fabulous Facebook group members shared these in the group last week, so I’ve tracked them down to give you all the information.
Tesco High Fibre Peanut Cake Squares are very similar in appearance to Fibre One bars. These soft peanut cakes, with a vanilla flavoured drizzle are disappointingly small, maybe 4 bites worth, but quite chewy.
They haven’t been added to the Syns Online database, so I’ve used the Estimator on the Slimming World website to calculate the Syn values. Unfortunately, they are not a Healthy Extra B choice and cost £1.25 for 5. You can find them here, on the Tesco website.
Tesco Cereal Bars
We think this may be a repackage, rather than a new product, but it’s still worth highlighting them here, so that everyone is aware.
Tesco cereal bars are similar to Alpen Light bars, so they’re fine to use as a Healthy Extra B choice.
You can have two bars as an HEB, or Syn them at 3 Syns per bar. They’re available in 2 flavours, Chocolate & Caramel and Summer Fruits.
The Chocolate & Caramel flavour have fudge chunks and are drizzled with dark chocolate, whilst the Summer Fruits flavour have a yogurt flavoured drizzle topping.
Spekulatius Thins Almond/Cinnamon
I was very brave this week and ventured down the seasonal aisle for the first time in a while. There are already loads of Christmas products on the shelves, many of which won’t be too Slimming World friendly, of that we can be sure!
As I mentioned earlier, as long as you check the Syn values on products before you dive in head first, you should manage to stay on track! These Spekulatius Thins caught my eye when I saw the word cinnamon, so I took a closer look.
These biscuits look very similar in appearance to the Lotus biscuits that you sometimes get served with coffee, with a thin and crunchy texture. Available in two varieties, Almond or Cinnamon, they cost £1.25 for a 200g pack.
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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.