New Slimming World Shopping Essentials – 4/8/17

Over in our Facebook group (where we now have over 242,000 members 😱 it keeps going up each week!), one of the hot topics of each week is spotting new products that are Slimming World friendly!

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Not all of you are in our Facebook group (you should be!), so I thought I’d add it to the website as a weekly feature.

Lots of stuff this week, including the return of a now infamous sausage!

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NEW Less than 5% Protein Food Shop Hamper

Our friends at Protein Food Shop have put together an extra special hamper at an extra special price.

In the less than 5% Hamper we have…

  • 2.5kg Chicken Breasts – Syn Free
  • 400g 5 % Pork Mince – Syn Free
  • 400g 5 % Beef Steak Mince – Syn Free
  • 400g Chicken Breast Mince – Syn Free
  • 400g British Turkey Breast Strips – Syn Free
  • 500g Rindless Back Bacon – Syn Free (when you remove the fat)
  • 2 x 170g Gammon Halfmoons – Syn Free (when you remove the fat)

You can grab this very special offer over on the Protein Food Shop website.

 

We also have a competition running to win 2 of these new hampers & vouchers. Enter now!

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Candy Floss Grapes and Strawberry Grapes – Free Food

These were first developed by grape breeders (Yes there is such a thing!!) in California a few years ago, and now they’re back.

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The Candy Floss grapes look and smell like a regular grape, but have a sweet taste very similar to candy floss.

Whilst they’re not a speed food, they are free, so they’re a much healthy alternative to reaching for that bar of chocolate.

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They are also available in a Strawberry flavour.

Tesco currently have a 400g punnet of each available for £2.00, and if the past couple of years are any indication, other supermarkets will also be stocking them.

They’re a great grab and go option to help keep you on track if you fancy something a bit different. You could even use them in our Syn Free Melon & Berry Bowl

Syn Free Berry Bowl - Shopping Essentials

Tesco Romanesco Cauliflower

If you’ve not tried it yet, Romanesco looks similar to regular cauliflower, but green in colour and has more of a pointy shape.

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Texture wise it’s crunchier, and its flavour is slightly nuttier and not as strong or ‘Cauliflowery’ as regular cauliflower…..and they are a speed food!

Tesco are currently selling them for £1.20 each, but Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Ocado are all selling them, with Waitrose selling the baby variety.

Tesco Emperor Lemons

These super-sized lemons aren’t normally sold in the UK due to their availability, but following excessive rain in Spain this year the crops have increased greatly.

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Tesco have taken advantage of this wet weather and they are going to be stocking these extra large lemons, which will be appearing on shelves thus Summer. They’re twice the size of a normal lemon and they’re a speed food too!

Tesco are selling packs of 4 for £1.75.

Chilli Frylight

Chilli Frylight is BACK! It’ll be available in Aldi from the 10th of August.

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Chilli Frylight is one of two flavours in the “Infuse” range, the other is Garlic and we saw that return a couple of months ago!

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If you want to learn more about the Frylight range, go and take a look at the Frylight website.

Broghies

These have been around for a long time in Ireland, but now they are available in selected Iceland stores outside of Ireland.

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If you’ve not heard of them, they are a crispy alternative to bread, that contains no fat, no sugar and no preservatives.

They work out at less than 20 calories each, and they are on the SW database at 1 Syn each.

You can find out more about them on their website.

Pukka Teas

In last week’s shopping essentials I showed you some new flavours in the Twinings range of flavoured teas.

If you take a wander down the hot drinks aisle of your local supermarket, you can’t fail to notice the increase in varieties of fruit/herbal drinks that are on sale.

This week, it’s the turn of Pukka Organic Teas.

These really are the Rolls-Royce of flavoured tea, offering a delicious range of flavours. (My favourite is Three cinnamon flavour!)

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Pukka Organic Relax Tea

A deeply soothing fusion of organic chamomile, fennel & marshmallow root.

Pukka Organic Mint Refresh

A soothing splash of peppermint leaf with the calm of sweet fennel seed and rose.

Pukka Turmeric Gold

A blend of the finest Indian turmeric, lemon fruit & whole leaf green tea.

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Pukka Blackcurrant Beauty Tea

Juicy blackcurrants with sweet, dark beetroot, hibiscus flowers, rosehips and orange peel.

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Pukka Organic Three Chamomile

A perfect combination of three types of organic chamomile: Egyptian, Croatian and Hungarian flowers.

Pukka Organic Green Tea Collection

A pick ‘n’ mix of five different varieties of Matcha Green Tea. (Supreme Matcha Green, Clean Matcha Green, Mint Matcha Green, Ginseng Matcha Green, Wonder Berry Green.)

Pukka Organic Ginseng Matcha Green Tea

Organic whole leaf green tea with red ginseng and pure green matcha.

Oh, by the way, for anyone who is wondering, ‘What’s Matcha?’ – it’s powdered green tea leaves!

Available in Tesco at £2.00 per pack, Sainsburys (£2.00), Asda (£1.99), Morrisons (£2.47) and Waitrose (£2.50) although the range stocked will vary from store to store.

Blend Bros Sugar Free Sauces

There are some new sugar free savoury sauces hitting the shelves this Summer. Blend Bros, have brought 4 different sauces, in 250ml plastic squeeze bottles.

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They’re not on the database yet, but all of them are 5 calories a tablespoon, so we suspect (bearing in mind sauces are not given any sort of free food allowance) they may be around 0.5 Syns per tablespoon.

Having said that, until they appear on the database, please check yourself using the online calculator.

The Sweet Chilli Sauce is a blend of red chilli, garlic and ginger, giving a sweet and tangy sauce.

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The Piri Piri Sauce is a blend of Birds Eye Chilli, paprika and red pepper.

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The Smoky BBQ is a sticky and sweet sauce, made ups of tomato, paprika and mustard.

The Ketchup is a sugar free version of an old favourite. It’s sweet and tangy with a subtle spiciness.

These will be coming to your local Asda sometime this Summer, but you will also be able to get them directly from the Blend Bros website sometime soon.

The Saucy Fish Co Frozen range

You may remember we posted a 1 Syn Smoked Haddock and Cheese Gratin recipe a few weeks ago, using the Saucy Fish Co Smoked Haddock with Vintage Cheddar & Chive Sauce.

Shopping Essentials 1 Syn Smoked Haddock and Cheese Gratin | Slimming World

Up until now the range has only been available in Sainsbury’s, but now AmazonFresh are selling the whole Frozen range.

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The products include Salmon with Chilli, Lime & Ginger Dressing, Sea Bass with Salsa Verde, Smoked Haddock with Vintage Cheddar & Chive Sauce as well as two different types of fishcake.

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The Smoked Haddock one is on the SW database at 1 Syn per 135g portion, but the other products do vary so please check the database yourself for accurate Syn values.

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J20 Fruit Fusion Frozen Smoothies

Well, I’m sure you’ll agree, July was a bit of a washout, especially once the schools broke up! We’re hoping August will be better.

Sunny days, with the promise of barbecues, garden gatherings, maybe the odd cocktail for the adults?

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On a hot day, you can’t beat an iced lolly, and we thought these lollies from J20 would fit the bill!

J2O Orange & Passionfruit Fruit Fusion Frozen Smoothies

These aren’t on database, but work out at 4 Syns on the snack calculator.

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One of the original J2O bottled juice flavours, these iced smoothie lollies contain 25% fruit juice and all natural flavours.

Please remember they are not on the database, so please check the Syn values yourself using the online calculator.

J20 Apple & Mango Fruit Fusion Frozen Smoothies

These are 4 syns each on the database.

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Another of the original bottled blended fruit juice flavours. These smoothie lollies contain 30% fruit puree, and all natural flavours.

These come in a box of 3 lollies, and are currently on offer in several of the major supermarkets;

  • Ocado – £1.24
  • Tesco £1.50
  • Asda – £2 per box, 2 boxes for £3.00

McVitie’s Orange Digestives Nibbles

McVities have added an orange variant to their Digestives Nibbles range.

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These milk chocolate coated, orange flavoured biscuit balls are 517 calories per 100g, and all varieties of Digestive Nibbles are on the SW database at 6.5 Syns per 24g serving.

They come in a 120g bag, and are available in Ocado, Waitrose and we’ve heard that Morrisons are also stocking them.

Goodnessknows Bars

We mentioned these a couple of weeks ago, and we now have some more info you.

All these bars are made with real fruit, whole nuts and dark chocolate, and they are  available in packs of 3 x 34g bars.

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They may be a little high Syn wise for some, but if you’re a fan of fruit and nut bars these might be worth the Syns.

Please bear in mind that these are not on the database yet. These were worked out using the online calculator,  so you may want to check the Syns yourself.

Apple, Peanut & Almond

Made with apples, peanuts, almonds, dark chocolate, these are 157 calories per bar, which works out at 8 Syns when using the online calculator.

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Cranberry & Almond

Cranberries, almonds and dark chocolate, make up this one. At 153 calories per bar they work out at 7.5 Syns a bar, using the online calculator, which is slightly less that the peanut one.

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Blueberry & Almond

This cereal bar packed with sweetened blueberries and almonds, then dipped in dark chocolate is 154 calories a bar. As with the cranberry one, it works out at 7.5 Syns a bar.

All 3 varieties are available from Tesco for £1.50 a box.

Cadbury Mini Rolls – Limited Editions

There have been many different types of Cadbury Mini Roll around, from the original  to mint to raspberry. Now we have 2 more flavours to add to the collection for a limited time only.

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Each roll is 120 calories, which when run through the online snacks calculator works out at 6 Syns each.

However, please bear in mind that this may change if and when they are given an official Syn value, and of course if you are in any doubt please check the Syns database or the online calculator yourself.

Cadbury Honeycomb Mini Rolls

On the inside, these look slightly different to the regular Mini Rolls, as the sponge is a light orange in colour.

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The filling is a rich honeycomb flavour and the whole thing is covered in milk chocolate.

Cadbury Chocolate Hazelnut Mini Rolls

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These are a chocolate flavoured sponge, filled with a hazelnut flavour filling, and coated with milk chocolate.

Porky Lights

You may remember the buzz around the sausages when they were first out, I thought they were amazing, we’d even buy them by the case!

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Then #sausagegate happened, which we don’t need to go into detail about, as it was pretty well documented in the press and we even ended up in the Daily Mail 🙈

To cut a long story short, due to concerns, Slimming World advised the Syn value would change from 0.5 Syns each to 4.5 Syns each, and pulled them from the Syns database.

Fast forward to last week when Porky Whites launched a new “version” of the Porky Light sausage, as well as some other “Porky Lights” products;

  • Chuck Burgers
  • Flat sausages
  • Sausagemeat

According to Porky Whites, the recipe for the sausages hasn’t changed… yet looking at the new packs, the nutritional values have changed.

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The calories in a Porky Light sausage have risen from 78kcal to 108kcal each, and there is more fat in each sausage.

There’s also been a slight wording change on the packaging (see the image below). They are no longer a “low fat” sausage, they’re “lower” in fat.

porky lights have changed

Would I buy Porky Lights sausages again? Probably not.

In my opinion, Porky Lights just aren’t as nice as I remember them to be. The skins were tough, they weren’t juicy and the texture seems to have changed too.

Maybe it’s because I’ve tried lots of lower fat sausages since? There’s now quite a choice, where when Porky Lights first came out there were very few.

I thought it might just be me, so I asked members of our Facebook group for their opinion and the majority agreed with me. Someone even had some older Porky Lights in the freezer, and she said there was a dramatic difference.

The chuck burgers on the other hand, were pretty nice!

What the official Syns for the new Porky Lights sausages will be we’re yet to see. As the nutritional values have changed then they’ll probably rise. To what, I don’t know.

Porky White’s are estimating they’d be 2.5 Syns each, but given the changes, I’m really not sure. I think I’m going to wait and see what Slimming World say. Obviously it your choice if you want to try them again or not.

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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?

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.

Kay

12 Comments
  1. Would love to try the broghies, I checked online it says my local Iceland stock them but looked and no where to be found

  2. The strawberry grapes were lovely, but were tiny. These ‘novelty’ varieties are not around for very long, but are becoming easier to find each year.

  3. where can I get the Broughies please? I’m in Glasgow and been unable to to get my hands on them. I really would love to try them. BTW I love this site x

    1. Hi Amanda
      Broghies is a small company, gradually rolling out across the UK. Iceland stores are beginning to stock them. They have a Facebook page, just search the Broghies page. It looks as though they’re pretty responsive to messages/enquiries. Hope that helps.

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