Over in our Facebook group (where we now have over 688,847 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.
Lidl Pick of the Week
The Budget supermarkets are always a great starting point when looking for fruit and vegetables at a bargain price. Stores such as Aldi and Lidl have weekly special offers on seasonal produce. This week we’ve chosen Lidl.
- Little Gem Lettuce – brilliant for serving our Syn Free Prawn Cocktail
- British Gala Apples – why not try our Low Syn Pork & Apple Burgers
- Cooked Beetroot – have you made our Syn Free Beetroot & Mint Hummus yet?
- Babyleaf Spinach – versatile speed veg – add to so many dishes or a salad.
Prices range from 39p a pack to 89p a pack, subject to availability until 10th October 2018.
Asda Protein pots
I’m often out and about when hunger strikes, and invariably it happens when I haven’t planned ahead. It can be all too easy to reach for a chocolate bar or a bag of crisps to stop the tummy rumbles.
The trouble is, 5 minutes later you’re hungry again and you’ve wasted a pile of Syns on something you didn’t really need. I usually try to grab something on plan and high in protein, to keep me feeling full for longer.
Asda Protein Pots are perfect for this. A single portion of ready to eat chicken pieces. You can eat them straight from the pot, and I’d add a punnet of cherry tomatoes, or an apple for a bit of speed food too.
All three flavours work out free using the Syns estimator. They’re available in Asda for £1.00 per 80g pot.
Fridge Raiders Fire Grilled Ham/Chicken
Protein is a great way to satisfy your growling tum if you’re hungry. If you’re nowhere near a branch of Asda, you might be able to find these Fridge Raiders pots in your local supermarket.
They’re available in two varieties, fire grilled ham and fire grilled chicken. Both were on offer this week at £1.00 per 50g pot in Asda.
These would be brilliant scattered into a prepared salad if you have forgotten your lunch and need a quick fix. They work out free when checked on the Sys Estimator.
Asda Vegetarian Beetroot Risotto
We love beetroot for it’s earthy flavour and vibrant colour. It can add a fresh look and taste to so many things.
The colour was what initially caught my eye when I spotted this Asda Vegetarian Beetroot Risotto in the chilled section this week.
This Asda Vegetarian Beetroot Risotto is made with a creamy mascarpone & beetroot sauce and topped with crumble of feta cheese.
It works out at 5 Syns per pack using the Syns Estimator and costs £2.30 for a 380g pack.
Asda Italian Meal Maker Paste
I spotted this on the shelves in Asda this week and bought a pot for myself to find out more.
It’s described as an Italian meal maker paste – a versatile creamy tomato paste to create a collection of recipes.
There are recipe ideas on the packaging for several recipes, including an Italian vegetable tray bake, a Bolognese, Italian meatballs, Pizza topping and so on.
You could even keep it really basic and stir it through cooked pasta, or couscous, for a quick and easy meal.
1 or 2 tablespoons of the paste are needed for most recipe suggestions, and the pot contains a suggested 9 servings.
The only limit to this product is your imagination! Using the Syns Estimator, this works out at 0.5 Syns per 21g serving and costs £1.50 for a 190g pot.
Oxo Red Wine Stock Pots
We use stock pots in lots of our recipes, as they’re a quick and easy way to impart bags of flavour into a recipe.
As with stock cubes, normal stock pots are free and a store cupboard ingredient. (Check the SW app for Gravy pots, which are not free!)
Knorr and some supermarket own brands have had red wine stock pots in their range for a while, but now Oxo have brought out their own version.
The great thing about stock pots is that they’re jellified, so they melt straight into the dish that you’re making.
We use red wine stock pots in our amazing recipe for Syn Free Cuban Beef. They offer all of the flavour of cooking with red wine, but without the hefty Syn count.
At the moment, these only appear to be available in Asda, having done a quick search on supermarket websites.
However, they’ll probably be rolled out to other supermarkets before too long. A pack of 4 x 20g Oxo Red Wine Stockpots costs £1.49.
Asda Jumbo King Prawns
When I saw these in the freezer cabinet this week I had to do a double take! They are huge!
Part of the Extra Special range in Asda, these uncooked, frozen Jumbo King Prawns are massive.
They are harvested from the east coast of India, described as succulent and subtly sweet. If you love prawns they’re definitely worth a go.
Prawns are a delicious way to enjoy seafood, they’re free and a P food too. Perfect for this Syn Free Pork & Prawn Sui Mai recipe!
Asda Extra Special Jumbo King Prawns cost £4.00 for a 300g pack.
Tilda Basmati & Quinoa/Smoked Quinoa
Tilda is a name that has long been associated with rice. I wrote about two new Tilda rice products in last week’s Shopping Essentials list.
Well, another day, another shop…this week I’ve found some more products in this new range.
Quinoa provides protein and fibre, making it a great choice to pair with rice for a filling and substantial accompaniment to a meal.
The smoked quinoa offers a new angle on flavour, too! This might work well with our Syn Free Kedgeree recipe.
Dry, uncooked rice and quinoa are both listed as free foods on Syns Online. Priced at £2.49 for a 375g box in Asda.
Asda 70% Reduced Fat Salad Cream
I’m always on the lookout for new dressings to liven up a salad. I usually use balsamic vinegar and cracked black pepper, as recommended by Teresa, one of our moderators. It’s quick and easy to do.
I even washed out an old frylight bottle and filled it with balsamic vinegar, which makes it even easier to dress your salad leaves without ending up with a puddle of balsamic on your plate.
This Asda 70% Reduced Fat Salad Cream is another great choice and it’s on the SW app as 1 Syn per tbsp. It costs 59p for a 420g pack.
Quaker Super Goodness Nutri Boost
Lots of people in our Facebook group enjoy granola. Some use it as a breakfast choice, especially if they’ve found one listed as an HEB choice.
Other members have posted in the group when they’ve used granola to make a dessert option, with yogurt or quark and fresh fruit.
Quaker Super Goodness Nutri Boost granola is not listed as an HEB, so the Syn values are 5 Syns per 25g serving.
It’s available in 3 flavours; Pumpkin & Sunflower Seeds, Pecan Nuts & Hazelnuts, and Apple & Raspberry. A 400g bag costs £2.99.
Asda Low Sugar Granola
We’re staying with Granola choices for now, as there always seem to be new products appearing on the cereal aisles, and I found two more this week!
These new Low Sugar Granola choices from Asda are available in two flavours, Multigrain Nutty Granola, which is 5.5 Syns per 25g and Strawberry, Blueberry & Almond Granola which is 5 Syns per 25g.
Sadly neither flavour is listed as a Healthy Extra B choice, as they don’t provide enough fibre to be used as an HEB.
They are super tasty though, and perfect for a breakfast choice, perhaps with some yogurt and fresh fruit.
The Asda Low Sugar Granola flavours are priced at £1.97 for a 500g bag.
Waitrose Cooks’ Ingredients Flavours
There has been something of a shockwave following the Slimming World announcement about changes to Syn values of flavoured yogurts a couple of weeks ago.
If you missed the announcement, you can catch up here.
We’ve been asked the same question several times in the Facebook group about alternatives, to avoid using that precious Syn on a yogurt! (Although to be honest, I don’t mind using a Syn if I fancy a yogurt!)
I spotted these in Waitrose and thought they’d be ideal to add flavour to Syn free natural yogurts, or Syn Free Greek yogurts, or plain quark.
These flavours offer something a bit more unusual instead of vanilla, orange or almond.
How about Rhubarb, Elderflower or even Raspberry flavour? A few drops, with a teaspoon of sweetener or a few drops of liquid sweetener, will give you fruit flavoured yogurts that are Syn free! Each flavour costs £1.00 from Ocado.
Fanta Zero Blood Orange/Pink Grapefruit
If you love Fanta Zero Orange, or Fruit Twist, then have a look at these! Two brand new flavours have joined the Fanta Zero range, and they are a-maz-ing!!
They’re pretty new, so availability may be patchy for a little while yet.
I was able to find the 2 litre bottles when I popped into my local Asda this week, but they hadn’t taken delivery of the 330ml cans when I asked.
I know that Asda branches around the country are stocking them as I’ve spotted them on Instagram!
(If you’re on Instagram and you’re not following us, make sure you look us up – pinchofnom)
So, back to the Fanta Zero! It’s available in 2 brand new flavours, Pink Grapefruit and Blood Orange, and both are free.
I bought both to try and confirm that they’re very good! The 2 litre bottles are currently on sale at £1.25 each in Asda.
Rice Krispies Fun Size Squares
Eagle-eyed members of the Facebook group may well have spotted these earlier in the week. Rice Krispies Squares Fun Size mix.
The full size bars can be anything up to 8 Syns each, which some people may not want to use on a snack.
These fun size squares are enough to give you a taste of that chewy, crispy treat, without making a huge dent in your daily allowance.
If you love this sort of thing, why not try our Low Syn Chocolate Rice Crispy Bites. They’re so good, and only 1.5 Syns each!
The Delightfully Chocolatey and Caramel & Chocolate flavour fun size squares are 2.5 Syns each, and the marshmallow flavour are 2 Syns each, using the Syns estimator.
I found these in Poundstretcher and B & M stores priced at £1.00 per pack this week.
Jaffa Cake Mini Rolls
As I’ve just mentioned above, I popped into Poundstretcher earlier in the week for a look around.
There are lots of products here that may not be available in other shops, so I took note of these to share here.
These Jaffa Cake Mini Rolls are the real deal. Made by McVities and complete with a smashing jaffa orangey swirl, they’re covered in dark chocolate.
They work out at 5 Syns each using the snackulator and cost 79p for a pack of 6 mini rolls.
I spied these out in B & M stores this week. I’d popped in to buy my daughter’s Reese’s Advent Calendar, as I left it too late last year and missed them.
These are a real indulgence, but if you love Reese’s, or peanut butter and chocolate, you’ll find it hard to say no to them!
Chocolate biscuit, stuffed with Reese’s peanut butter and coated in milk chocolate.
They work out at 5 Syns each using the Syns Estimator on the Slimming World Website and cost 95p for a pack of 6 in B & M.
Cadbury Halloween Bonfire Logs Mini Rolls
We’re starting to see those seasonal treats appearing in the shops now that Autumn is in full swing.
We have Halloween and Bonfire night up first, with themed cakes, sweets and biscuits which are hard to resist.
If you are aware of the Syn values, you can enjoy an occasional treat within your daily allowance.
After all, that’s why Syns exist, to stop you feeling deprived. As the saying goes, it’s a lifestyle change, not a diet!
If you fancy making some of your own Halloween treat ideas, have a look here! These Cadbury Halloween Bonfire Logs Mini Rolls are coming out at 6 Syns each using the Syns Estimator. You can buy them from Ocado, priced at £1.00 for a pack of 5.
Pro 2Go High Protein Bars
High protein foods are really important to help keep you feeling full. They are also essential if you exercise, to help the growth and repair of your body.
We sometimes get questions posted to the Facebook group about protein shakes and bars.
There are many free protein foods available when you’re following the Slimming World plan, such as meat, fish, eggs, pulses and so on.
Some people choose to use proprietary protein products (an unintentional tongue twister!) to help boost their protein intake.
These Pro 2Go bars are available from supermarkets and health food shops, and have comparatively high levels of protein. Available in 4 flavours;
- Peanut & Milk Chocolate
- Coconut & Milk Chocolate
- Blueberry & White Chocolate
- Apple & Cinnamon
The Pro 2Go bars are 10.5 Syns each on the Syns Estimator. They come at quite a hefty price, too, costing £1.80 for a single bar in Asda.
Fallen off the wagon and need some motivation, or want to help others on their journey?
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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?
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.