Over in our Facebook group (where we now have over 686,490 members – it keeps going up each week!) one of the hot topics of each week is spotting new products that are Slimming World friendly, for our New Slimming World Shopping Essentials list!
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available for pre-order!! The book will feature 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use! Each recipe has been taste tested by twenty members of the Pinch of Nom community to ensure that they are amazing. The book will be released on the 21st March 2019, and if you pre order now you won’t be charged until it’s released.
Pre-Order Our Cookbook Now!
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available for pre-order!!
The book will feature 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
Each recipe has been taste tested by twenty members of the Pinch of Nom community to ensure that they are amazing.
The book will be released on the 21st March 2019, and if you pre order now you won’t be charged until it’s released.Check out our cookbook page for more information!
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-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.
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.
Aldi Super 6 Fruit & Vegetables
Our first choice this week is the Super 6 selection from Aldi. Budget supermarkets are a great way to stay on track and save a few pennies on fresh produce while you’re at it.
Here are this week’s Aldi Super 6 Fruit and Vegetable choices;
- Little Gem Lettuce – for our Syn Free Prawn Cocktail
- Garlic – try this Syn Free Lemon & Garlic Chicken Tray Bake
- Sweetheart cabbage – serve with Syn Free Roast Beef & Gravy on Sunday
- Chantenay carrots – dip into Syn Free Caramelised Onion Hummus
- Mangetouts – ideal in our Half Syn Firecracker Chicken
- Kale – for perfect comfort food Syn Free Bacon, Spring Onion & Kale Hash
All of the Super 6 choices this week are Speed Foods, so you’ll be zooming your way to a good weight loss if you food optimise 100% too!
This selection is in Aldi stores now and prices are either 39p or 49p per pack, subject to availability.
Uptons Jackfruit Original/Bar-b-que
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of weeks, you’ll know that Slimming World announced some changes to the plan recently.
The most talked about change was for…ahem…yogurts. If you missed the announcement, you can read about it here.
Here is a change that you might have missed – canned jackfruit was added to the meat replacements list as a free food.
If you’ve never heard of it, jackfruit is a healthy vegan meat replacement that tastes like pork. You can use it in our fabulous Syn Free Pulled Pork & BBQ Sauce recipe.
Upton’s Jackfruit is now available in Sainsbury’s in two varieties, Original Jackfruit and Bar-b-que Jackfruit.
Both work out as free on the Syns Estimator. It costs £2.50 at the moment, usual price £3.00.
Paul’s Finest Quinoa Meals
There seems to be boom in vegetarian products appearing on the supermarket shelves recently. This is great for those who prefer not to eat meat, offering many more options.
Paul’s Finest Quinoa Meals are new to the chilled cabinet and look quite interesting. I’m not sure who Paul is, but he has a selection of flavours to try in these new meal pots.
We’ve put them through the Syns Estimator and got these Syn values;
- Mild Curry – Free per 250g pot
- Ratatouille – 1 Syn per 250g pot
- Tajine – Free per 250g pot
It will be worth keeping an eye to see if Slimming World add these to the database. Currently on offer in Sainsbury’s at £1.50 per pot, usual price £2.00.
ASDA Taco Mixed Beans
We love beans! They are so versatile, and can be used in so many recipes or served as a side dish. Packed with protein, they are a free food too.
Someone posted these Asda Taco Mixed Beans in a spicy tomato sauce in our Facebook group this week, so we thought they were worth a mention here too!
A 395g can costs 65p, so it’s well worth grabbing a can to keep in the cupboard!
Kings Protein Bites
People often ask for ideas about quick ‘grab and go’ snacks that won’t break the Syns bank. I spotted these protein bites in the fridges at Sainsbury’s this week.
They looked pretty good so I’m sharing them here too!
Kings Protein Bites are available for meat eaters and vegetarians. The outer box packaging for these describes them as a ‘Flexitarian’ range.
They’re not on the app, but we’ve worked out the Syns using the Estimator on the SW website.
- Chicken – 0.5 Syns per pack
- Vegetarian – 2 Syns per pack
They cost £1.00 for a 35g pack from Sainsbury’s. If you paired them with a salad bag, or even just a punnet of cherry tomatoes, you’d have an tasty, on-plan option for a snack or even a light lunch.
Fridge Raiders Chicken Skewers
Fridge Raiders have been around for a long time, but as with many successful products, the range has been expanded to appeal to more people.
Here at Pinch of Nom we were all about the skewers this summer, when our Syn Free Chicken Kebab recipe went viral!
Everyone had a go at making this, it seemed. If you missed out, why not try it for yourself! Plenty more kebab ideas on the website, too!
Fridge Raiders Chicken Skewers are a handy, protein-rich snack. As we know, protein is really important when following Slimming World, as it keeps you feeling fuller for longer.
These skewers are made from 100% seasoned chicken breast.
There are two varieties, Slow Roast, which is 0.5 Syns per skewer, and Smoky BBQ, which is free. Both were calculated using the Syns Estimator on the SW website. They cost £1.30 each from Sainsbury’s.
Tilda Basmati/Brown Basmati & Wild rice
Tilda have launched some new products using a blend of Basmati Rice and Wild Rice to create some tempting new ways to serve what could be considered a bland product.
The addition of wild rice just makes a dish seem a bit more exotic. It would be delicious in our 1 Syn Rice & Peas recipe. As with all dried rice, this is free food.
A 375g box of Basmati or Brown Basmati with Wild Rice costs £2.49 in Asda.
Uncle Ben’s Rice Cups
Uncle Ben’s has always been a brand synonymous with rice. Plain packets, boil in the bag, or pouches that you can ping in the microwave, that familiar orange packaging is known to us all.
If you’re rubbish at cooking rice, or can’t get the quantities right, so you end up cooking enough to feed the entire street, these rice cups could be for you.
Uncle Ben’s Rice Cups come in 3 flavours;
- Egg fried rice – 1.5 Syns per pot
- Mexican – 2.5 Syns per pot
- Long Grain – 1 Syn per pot
If you’re after a quick and easy side dish for your main meal, check them out! They’re available in Asda for £1.25 for 2 x 125g pots.
Rude Health milk alternatives
Many people shy away from cow’s milk and look for non-dairy alternatives, so the market is being flooded with new products to investigate.
Almond milk and coconut milk are two of the more familiar alternatives, but different choices are becoming a more common sight on supermarket shelves.
Why not try one of these dairy alternatives in our Syn Free Tropical Rice Pudding?
Rude Health have launched a range of refreshing alternative drinks that can replace dairy milk in your diet.
These include Oat drink and Tiger Nut drink, to name but two. Several of the products are listed on the Slimming World database.
- Oat Drink – 2 Syns per 100mls
- Tiger Nut Drink – 3 Syns per 100mls
- Almond drink – 3 Syns per 100ml
There are none of these listed as an HEA choice on the database. The Tiger Nut drink costs £2.50 per litre, the others cost £2.00 per litre, all from Sainsbury’s.
Walkers Oven Baked Sticky Barbecue crisps
Sometimes you just can’t beat the crunch of a decent bag of crisps.
If you feel as if you’re missing out, it’s worth ring-fencing a few Syns to indulge in a bag of proper crisps from time to time. After all, that’s what Syns are for, to stop you feeling deprived.
Walkers have added a new flavour to their Oven Baked range, Sticky Barbecue. The oven baked selection have 50% less fat than regular crisps, so they’re a bit healthier, too!
They work out at 5.5 Syns per bag on the Syns Estimator.
Ben n Jerry’s Moophoria
Do you love ice cream? You are not alone! Ice cream is always a big talking point in our Facebook group.
We’ve seen lots of Slimming World friendly ice creams appearing in the freezers, including Halo Top and Breyers.
Ben n Jerry’s Moophoria range has arrived in Tesco, to fight it out for freezer space with the other brands.
There are two flavours, Caramel Cookie Fix and Chocolate Cookie Dough, both equally yummy and very more-ish.
Wheyhey Salted Caramel
We featured the individual Wheyhey pots when they first appeared in shops earlier this year as a Shopping Essentials Top Pick. It’s available in two flavours, Salted Caramel and Chocolate.
The individual pots contain 100mls of ice cream and are listed on Syns Online at 5 Syns per 100ml.
Oddly, the app then lists the 500ml pots as 4 Syns per 100ml. Personally, I’d take the higher Syn value to protect my losses, but of course, as always, the choice is yours.
Mallow & Marsh Salted Caramel/Cranberry Marshmallows
Mallow & Marsh is a ‘posh’ brand of marshmallows. Forget your boring bags of pink and white fluffy shapes, these are a little bit different!
You may have spotted their raspberry, coconut or vanilla marshmallow bars, coated in chocolate, which are gorgeous. (So I’ve heard.)
They also do bags of chocolate coated, marshmallowy goodness, but the chocolate pushes the Syn value higher.
Now, Mallow & Marsh have released these ‘naked’ marshmallow cubes, without the chocolate coating.
They come in two delicious new flavours, Salted Caramel and Cranberry. Both flavours work out at 0.5 Syns per marshmallow on the Syns Estimator.
An 85g pouch costs £2.50 from Sainsbury’s.
Yes! Fruit Bars
Yes! Fruit Bars are described as a unique treat, and they certainly sound it!
There are four or five flavour combinations, but the ones containing nuts and chocolate are higher in Syns, so I’ve chosen to focus on the lower Synned options.
The first is Lemon, Quinoa and Chilli flavour. Lemon, combined with exotic chilli and crunchy quinoa, all tied together with juicy apple in a chewy snack bar.
The second is a Beetroot & Apple, featuring juicy apple, rich beetroot, and crispy almonds. Both bars come out with a value of 6 Syns per bar using the Syns Estimator.
Yes! bars count as 1 of your 5 a day. They’re high in fibre and they’re gluten and lactose free, as well as being suitable for vegans. They cost £2.75 for 3 bars in Sainsbury’s.
Cadbury Roses Hazel Whirl Cake Bars
Cadbury Roses are a familiar sight for most of us, with their iconic blue tin and red rose motif. More recently, Cadbury have made individual cakes with various fillings, taken from their classic chocolates collection.
This time it’s the turn of the Hazel Whirl. The cake bars are made up of chocolate flavoured sponge with a hazelnut flavour topping, covered in milk chocolate.
If you love chocolate cake, and could do with a fix, why not try our scrummy Low Syn Chocolate Brownies for a delicious treat.
Cadbury Roses Hazel Whirl Cake Bars are in Sainsbury’s and cost £1.00 for a pack of 5. We’ve calculated them to be 5.5 Syns each using the Syns Estimator online.
Do you remember DipDabs from childhood? A paper packet of sherbet with a lolly to lick and dip in so that the sherbet stuck to it.
I certainly do, but it was only recently that I realised I’d always called them the wrong name!
I can’t have been the only one who called them Dib Dabs, with a B, rather than Dip Dabs, with a P! Anyway, I digress.
If you like to save a few of your Syns for a sweet treat, you might want to have a look here.
Many of the members from our Facebook group make up treat bags to stay in control of their Syns when the late night snack monster attacks!
These DipDab Softies are soft, strawberry & lemon flavour lolly shaped, chewy, gummy sweets. You can have 1/4 of the 160g bag for 7 Syns, according to the Syns Estimator online. Sainsbury’s are selling them at £1.00 for a 160g bag.
Lindor Lindt Mint
Our last selection for this week is going to be popular. Lindor Lindt truffles are always a temptation, and there’s now a mint flavour to add to their already extensive range.
If you love the combination of chocolate with mint then these are for you! They work out at 4 Syns per chocolate on the Syns Estimator, which is in line with the other flavours, too.
You can pick up a box of the Lindor Lindt Mint chocolates from Tesco, where they’re on offer, priced at £3.50. (Usual price of £4.89 applies after 16.10.18)
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?
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?
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.