New Slimming World Shopping Essentials 3/5/18

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We always try to include a range of Free Foods, some Speed Foods and a few exciting ways to use your Syns allowance in our Shopping Essentials round up.

Every week we search supermarkets and food websites to bring you a selection of new products and special offers to help you stay on plan with Slimming World.

Slimming World always recommend having 1/3 Speed Food with every meal 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 - Slimming World Speed Food List

ASDA Crinkle Cut Butternut Chips

Crinkle cut BNS chips - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Butternut squash, or BNS for short, is a really versatile vegetable. You can dice it, slice it, roast it…the list goes on! Asda were one of the first stores to introduce Squaffles, a lattice-cut disc of butternut squash, and Boodles, which are BNS noodles.

Butternut Squash is also a speed food, so it’s a fab way to fill your plate with 1/3 speed at meal times. Crinkle cut BNS chips give your plate a bit more ‘meal appeal’ too!

You can pick them up from Asda in the prepared veg fridge on the fresh fruit and vegetables aisle. A 400g pack costs £1.25

ASDA Watermelon, Apple, Strawberries & Blueberries

Asda watermelon, apple, strawberries and blueberries - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Most supermarkets sell prepared fruit in one form or another, either individual pots, larger packs or platters.

They’re a great way to stay on track if you’re out and about, to have as a dessert, or just to dip into as a snack at anytime.

Fruit selections can often be a mixture of free and speed, but this fruit tray contains watermelon, apple, strawberries and blueberries, all speed foods.

This fruit pack costs £1.75 for 190g and is available from Asda.

ASDA Mild Pea Shoot Salad

Asda Pea shoot salad - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

The range of prepared salad bags can be quite mind-boggling when you’re in the fresh fruit and veg aisle. Gone are the days of a few wilted, floppy leaves looking a bit sorry for themselves!

This Mild Pea Shoot Salad contains a selection of Baby Spinach, Pea Shoots , Baby Red Leaves for a fresh and crisp salad.

Ready prepared salads are one of the quickest ways to add some speed food to your meal. Perfect for serving with our incredibly popular Syn Free Enchilada Lasagne!

Slimming World Shopping Essentials
Syn Free Enchilada Lasagne

So, forget about the boring lettuce, try this Asda Mild Pea Shoot Salad instead. It costs just 70p for a 90g bag.

ASDA Beetroot, Baby Spinach & Baby Kale Salad

Asda Beetroot Spinach Kale salad - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

As I mentioned earlier, there are many different salad bag selections out there to choose from, and here’s another one!

Asda Beetroot, Baby Spinach and Baby Kale salad contains beetroot, a dark red shredded vegetable with a sweet flavour and crisp texture, baby spinach, a dark green leaf with a mild, creamy flavour, and baby kale, another green leaf, with an earthy flavour.

Slimming World Shopping Essentials
Syn Free Crustless Quiche Lorraine

Try serving a handful of this salad with our Syn Free Crustless Quiche Lorraine for lunch!

Salad bags are ideal for a quick and simple speed food boost. This selection is available from Asda, priced at 70p for 120g.

Tesco Farmhouse Mixed Vegetables

Tesco Farmhouse mixed veg - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

When you’ve been preparing a delicious meal for the family, you need a side dish to serve with it. This Tesco Farmhouse Mixed Vegetable selection is just the job!

A classic mix of carrots, garden peas and broccoli and cauliflower florets, individually frozen so that they don’t clump together.

This would be great served with our scrummy Syn Free Bacon, Onion and Potato Bake.

Slimming World Shopping Essentials
Syn Free Bacon, Onion and Potato Bake

Carrots, cauliflower and broccoli are all speed foods, and peas are protein, as well as being free, so this mix is fine to enjoy on an SP day, too.

Tesco Farmhouse Mixed Vegetables costs 75p for a 400g bag. You can find it here, on the Tesco website.

Morrisons The Best Sweet Minted Baby Beetroot

Morrisons Minted beetroot - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Beetroot is usually associated with a jar of pickling vinegar, which can sometimes have quite a sharp flavour. It’s a simple, colourful and flavoursome addition to a salad.

Personally, I love beetroot in any shape or form, whether pickled in vinegar, shredded in a salad or roasted. We already know that Beetroot is amazing combined with mint in our amazing Syn Free Beetroot and Mint Hummus.

Slimming World Shopping Essentials
Syn Free Beetroot & Mint Hummus

This week I discovered The Best Sweet Minted Baby Beetroot in Morrisons…and loved it! It has a much more mellow flavour than a standard jar of pickled beetroot.

It’s important to mention that this beetroot is in a mint flavoured marinade and is not Syn Free. Having said that, it’s only 0.5 Syns per half a pack, which is fine.

Morrisons The Best Sweet Minted Baby Beetroot costs £1.25 for 150g.

Off The Hook Crayfish Tails

Off the hook crayfish - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

We have a little saying here, ‘If it swims, it slims!’  Fish and seafood are great foods when you’re on Slimming World, and we usually get good losses when we include some in our weekly meal plans.

These Crayfish tails are a delicious alternative to prawns in a salad, why not try this recipe for prawn cocktail, but using crayfish tails instead.

Slimming World Shopping Essentials
Syn Free Prawn Cocktail

You can also use them in place of prawns in any of our fishy recipes. These Off The Hook cooked and peeled crayfish tails are free, and crayfish is also a protein food.

Available in Tesco, priced at £3.50 for a 120g pack. You can also pick them up here, on the Tesco website.

Asda Edamame, Asparagus & Mint Burgers

Asda Edamame asparagus mint burger - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

With a bank holiday fast approaching, and summer allegedly on the way, many people will be brushing down the barbecue for it’s first outing of the year.

Asda have joined the party with a new range of frozen vegetarian/vegan friendly burgers, the first of which are these Edamame, Asparagus & Mint burgers. They’re 4.5 Syns each on Syns Online.

Vegetarian burgers made with kale, spinach, green beans, broccoli, chickpeas, edamame soya beans, sunflower seeds, asparagus, mint and cracked black pepper.

They carry the Vegan Society logo, so they’re suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.

These Edamame, Asparagus & Mint Burgers are available from Asda, priced at £1.50 for a pack of 2 burgers.

Asda Beetroot & Spinach Burgers

Asda Beetroot & Spinach burgers - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Asda have launched another variety of vegetarian/vegan burger this week too, with these Beetroot and Spinach burgers.

Prepared using beetroot, spinach and a sprinkle of sunflower seeds, these make another tasty alternative if you don’t eat meat.

The sunflower seeds make the Syn count slightly higher, listed as 5 Syns each on the Slimming World app.

If you’d like to save a few syns, you could try these Syn Free Halloumi Cous Cous burgers as a vegetarian meal choice.

Slimming World Shopping Essentials
Syn Free Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers

Asda Beetroot and Spinach Burgers cost £1.50 for 2. You will find them in the freezer section.

Asda Mushroom & Kale Sausages

Asda Mushroom Kale sausages - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

If you thought the new vegetarian/vegan range from Asda was all about burgers, then you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

They’ve also introduced some sausages to the range, which are also approved by the Vegan Society.

The first new variety are vegetarian sausages made with mushrooms, kale, green lentils and brown rice. Again, these have a sprinkling of sunflower seeds to add some texture.

Slimming World have already listed these on the app at just 2.5 Syns each. You’ll find them in the freezer at Asda, priced at £1.50 for 6 sausages.

Asda Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato & Red Pepper Sausages

Butternut squash, Sweet potato & red pepper sausages - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping EssentialsMore goodies from Asda for the vegetarian/vegans amongst us! These Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Red Pepper sausages sound really good, I’m looking forward to trying them.

These sausages are also listed on the Syns Online app at 2.5 Syns each. They are made with butternut squash, sweet potato, spinach, red pepper and sunflower seeds.

Available in Asda, a pack of 6 sausages costs £1.50.

Quorn Pieces 500g

Quorn offer - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Quorn has been around for such a long time now, it’s become a convenient choice for vegetarians due to it’s versatility.

It will readily take on other flavours, so it’s great for cooking with, whether you choose the Quorn mince, or Quorn pieces.

We have already highlighted several new vegetarian/vegan choices for this week’s shopping, but we just wanted to draw your attention to this offer.

These Quorn products aren’t new, but if you’re a vegetarian, they’re pretty essential, and they’re on offer at half price this week in Iceland. Bargain!

You can get a 500g pack of Quorn Mince or Quorn Pieces for just £1.39 each, rather than the usual cost of £2.79 each. You can also find them here, on the Iceland website.

Kelloggs Super Granola Cocoa – New HEB!

Kelloggs granola cocoa - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

We often get questions in the Facebook group about which granola options can be used as an Healthy Extra B choice.

This week we have a new granola that’s been added to the Healthy Extras list. Not only that, this one is chocolatey! Whoop!

Kelloggs Super Granola is made up of mixed cereal & cocoa clusters with sunflower seeds, almonds and cashews. 35g of this counts as an HEB choice, or 7.5 Syns.

You can grab a box from Tesco, priced at £3.80 for a 570g box. You’ll also find it here, on the Tesco website.

Danone Light & Free Poma-berry

Danone Light & Free Poma-Berry - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials
Danone Light & Free yogurts are pretty popular in Slimming World circles, as they are sugar free, although they do contain naturally occurring sugars.

More importantly for some, they are gelatine free too. All flavours in this range have now been recalculated by Slimming World at 0.5 Syns per pot.

This Pomaberry flavour has been added to the range and it’s really tasty. The fruity flavours come from pomegranate, blackberries and raspberries.

This flavour combination would be fab in our Low Syn Unicorn Eton Mess.

Slimming World Shopping Essentials
Low Syn Unicorn Eton Mess

It’s not a smooth yogurt, (I know that’s an important consideration for some people!) as it has some small fruit pieces and the raspberry and blackberry seeds.

A pack of 4 Danone Light and Free Pomaberry Yogurts is half price at the moment, costing £1.25 instead of the usual £2.50. Price valid until 15.05.18. You can find it here, on the Tesco website.

ASDA Low Cal Jelly Pots

Asda Low Cal jelly pots - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping EssentialsOne of our Facebook Group members, Kayleigh, alerted us to these new Asda Jelly pots a few days ago, so we thought we’d check them out!

They are available in 4 flavours, Raspberry, Strawberry, Blackcurrant and Orange, and all flavours are now confirmed as 0.5 Syns per pot on the Slimming World website.

These would be a good choice to satisfy a sweet tooth, and they’re also suitable for vegetarians. They cost 47p per pot in Asda.

Propercorn Chocolate Popcorn

Propercorn Chocolate Popcorn - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

I adore popcorn, and I’m a bit of an early adopter when it comes to trying new flavours. This Propercorn Chocolate Popcorn looks really good, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a pack to try.

The blurb says that this is hand-popped, butterfly corn in a rich blend of Fairtrade cocoa and demerara sugar for a sweet, chocolatey hit.

When I read the ingredients the alarm bells started clanging, I assumed that this popcorn would be really high in syns. It works out at 6.5 Syns per bag, which is pretty good really.

Propercorn Chocolate Popcorn is available from Ocado and costs 80p for  26g bag.

Del Monte Sicilian Lemon Smoothie Stick

Del Monte Sicilian Lemon Smoothie sticks - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Those of a certain age will remember a famous advertisement on the TV for fruit juice, ‘The Man from Del Monte…he said YES!’ Well, as soon as I saw these I said YES too!

Lemon has to be one of my favourite flavours, I’ll choose it over pretty much anything else. (Except chocolate, obviously!)

Del Monte Sicilian Lemon Smoothie Sticks are made using real fruit. They come in a pack of 3 lollies, which costs £2.50 from Ocado. They are on the Syns Online app at 4.5 Syns each.

Green & Black’s Velvet Fruit Orange

Green & Black's Velvet fruit orange - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping EssentialsHere’s a new twist on a traditional chocolate orange flavour. Green & Black’s make some delicious flavour combinations, some of which we have featured in previous Shopping Essentials articles.

Chocolate and orange is a favourite mix of flavours, in fact we have several recipes on the website, including these gorgeous Low Syn Chocolate and Orange Biscuits.

Slimming World Shopping Essentials
Low Syn Chocolate and Orange Biscuits

I spotted these new chocolates on the Ocado website this week, whilst searching for items to include on the shopping list.

If you like the combination of dark chocolate and orange then these might be just for you!

A packet of Green & Black’s Velvet Fruit Orange chocolates costs £3.29 and the Syns work out at 6.5 Syns per 8 pieces.

Shopping Essentials Top Pick

Our Shopping Essentials Top Pick is a featured highlight of the week. This week we’ve chosen two Top Picks for you!
The first of our Top Pick choices this week is Milkybar Wowsomes. You can find out more about them here.

Shopping Essentials Top Pick – Milkybar Wowsomes | Slimming World

As if that wasn’t enough for you, we have a second Top Pick selection as a bank holiday bonus – Iceland Ice Cream Sandwiches!

These look a-maze-ing and will be fab for that warm and sunny weather that we are always promised on a bank holiday weekend! You can read all about them here.

Shopping Essentials Top Pick – Iceland Ice Cream Sandwiches | Slimming World

Like this? Check out our other Slimming World Shopping Essentials.


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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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