New Slimming World Shopping Essentials – 7/7/17

Over in our Facebook group (where we now have over 225,000 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.

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This week, we’ve found even more new products that are perfect for the warmer weather that lots of us are experiencing this week ☀️ Huzzah!

Firstly though, I’d like to introduce Tony…if you’re a member of our Facebook group, you may have already met!

Tony - New Slimming World Shopping Essentials - 7/7/17

This is Tony Carr ❤️ He’s the newest addition to Pinch Of Nom team.

He’ll be online in our Facebook group to answer/help with fitness questions, as well as penning some pieces on the website too ❤️

A lot of you have chosen to supplement your journeys with fitness. Tony is THE man when it comes to fitness – he’s a PT to the stars (seriously!). He’s also a really, really nice guy.

We may know quite a bit about food, but we’re no experts on fitness, so it always helps to have someone who knows what they’re talking about!

Tony is also one of the guys behind Protein Food Shop, who we have partnered up with to bring you some fab deals on meat and other things to help you on your way.

Protein Food Shop NOM! BBQ Hamper

We do love a good BBQ, and it finally looks like we’re going to get some nice weather, after a rather Autumnal week! Nearly 500 of you have ordered, and if you want one you best be quick!

PFS BBQ - new Slimming World shopping essentials

Our friends at Protein Food Shop, have put together an extra special hamper at an extra special price! If you’re wondering what the sausage are like, you should really check out our review!

syn free soft boiled eggs | Slimming World

6 x Pork & Leek Sausages – 1.5 Syns each
16 x Traditional Pork Chipolatas – 0.5 Syns each
16 x Cumberland Pork Chipolatas – 0.5 Syns each
8 x Classic Grill Burgers
2 x Smokey BBQ Chicken Breasts – Syn free
2 x Piri Piri Chicken Breasts – Syn free
1KG of Premium Rump Steak – Syn free
2.5kg Prime Chicken Breasts – Syn free

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

Cherries – Free Food

It’s that time of the year when Cherries come into season here in the UK.

cherries - new slimming world essentials pinch of nom

I do love cherries, and have to remind myself that they’re a free food and not a speed food.

Lots of the supermarkets have them on offer at the mo, so grab a bargain!

If you need help working out what is a speed food, why not check out our Slimming World Speed Food List!

Slimming World Speed Food List

M&S Tre Colori Pomodoro Tomatoes

I love tomatoes! That deliciously evocative scent as you open the packet.

M&S tomatoes - new slimming world essentials pinch of nom

For me, that smell brings back childhood memories of my Grandad’s greenhouse, picking bowl after bowl of those little red jewels.

They’re at the heart of any tasty salad for me, giving a wonderful, fresh flavour. They come into their own when you roast them, too.

There’s currently a huge range of tomatoes available. Bang in season, they taste amazing and obviously they’re a very versatile speed food, too.

We found these from M&S, Tre Colori Pomodoro. (Bonus points if you can translate Tre Colori!) Three appetising colours, packed full of flavour, and the bonus is, they’re speed foods, too.

Morrisons Eat Smart Frozen Lean Minced Beef

We’ve seen this pop up in our Facebook group quite a few times now, but sadly the opinions aren’t too favourable.

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From what we hear it has a bit of a weird texture and those that have tried it have been far from impressed. One of our members even took it back to the store to complain.

Of course, it’s up to you if you want to give it a go but personally we’d go for fresh rather than frozen every time.

You could even try some of Tony’s mince from Protein Food Shop.

M&S Sushi Snack pack

Staying with Marks and Spencer, we found these sushi snack packs in the chilled section, alongside the higher Synned sandwiches. (For example, a chicken salad sandwich in the fridge opposite is listed on the database at 19 Syns! YES!! 19!!!!)

M&S Sushi - new slimming world essentials pinch of nom

In days gone by, I’d have happily eaten a chicken salad sandwich, plus a bag of crisps and possibly a brownie or other sweet treat as a meal deal.

The ridiculous thing is, that would have used up half a week’s worth of Syns, just for one lunch! Fortunately, the sushi is great value, Syns-wise.

The Sushi snack packs work out at 1 Syn, according to the SW database, so it’s definitely worth a try, for a delicious, high protein and low Syn snack.

Don’t forget, we have a saying here at Pinch of Nom; If it swims, it slims!

M&S 0% Fat Greek Style Yogurts

A decent, low Syn yogurt is a treat, especially when you’re following the Slimming World plan.

It can make you feel as though you’re enjoying a decadent, luxurious dessert, whilst staying fully on plan.

M&S Yogurt - new slimming world essentials pinch of nom

Marks and Spencer really are on a roll with their SW friendly products at the moment, and these are no exception.

M&S 0% yogurt - new slimming world essentials pinch of nom

A delicious combination of Greek yogurt, layered over a fruit compote. Somehow, that jammy layer of compote makes a dull yogurt far more interesting!

At the moment, these are available in two yummy flavours;

  • Raspberry & blackberry for 1.5 Syns
  • Strawberry & Rhubarb for 0.5 Syns

Coke Zero  Vanilla

Regular readers will remember that we featured Pepsi Max Ginger on our shopping essentials list a few weeks ago.

coke zero vanilla - new slimming world essentials pinch of nom

It would appear that flavoured Coke/Pepsi soft drinks are becoming increasingly popular.

Coca Cola recently launched Coke Zero Vanilla to add to their range.

We originally featured it back in March, but there was limited availability.

The good news is that Coke Zero Vanilla is now available in Tesco, so it’ll be rolling out to other supermarkets very soon!

R Whites Diet Lemonade

Yes we know this isn’t new, but the 330ml cans have recently undergone a bit of a rebrand, so if you’re looking for it on the shelves you’re keeping an eye out for a new white and blue design, not the more traditional yellow and green stripes.

r whites lemonade - new slimming world essentials pinch of nom

We’re not sure if this new design is being rolled out across all R Whites products, as we’ve not really heard much about it, but we thought it worth a mention.

Nairns Snackers

We mentioned these Salt and Vinegar Snackers in last weeks round up so we thought we’d share our ‘snackables’ idea with you.

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Members of our Facebook group will hopefully have seen Kay’s amazing results on the scales this week!

If not, you can read all about it here.

my epic slimming world week

In this article, Kay gives details of her food diary for the week, and explains how she often keeps her Healthy Extras for late night snacks like these Nairns Snackers to munch on while managing the Pinch Of Nom website.

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My version of Snackables!

This homemade ‘snackables’ platter idea includes Healthy Extra A cheese, lean ham (free), pickled onions and mini gherkins (Speed) and a bag of Nairns Snackers.

Tesco Satay dipping sauce

Nom Nom Nom! Chicken Satay. One of those naughty but nice dishes that we thought we’d have to give up when following the SW plan. Not so!!

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So many of you have posted pictures in our Facebook group of your amazing results when making the delicious 1 Syn Chicken Satay!

Satay - New Slimming World Shopping Essentials - 7/7/17

We’ve recently discovered this Tesco Satay dipping sauce.

Whilst not quite as low in syns as our Pinch of Nom home-made Satay recipe, this sauce comes in at 1 Syn per tbsp, which really isn’t too bad at all!

Thanks to Wendy from our Facebook group for the tip!

Hellmann’s Ketchup sweetened with honey

Tomato ketchup is a cupboard staple in most (all?!) households around the UK.

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Children enjoy it with virtually everything, apparently it’s the perfect condiment. (Although I have my doubts about some combinations!!). We were really pleased to discover this new product.

There have been so many articles in the news lately about trying to reduce how much sugar we consume.

hellman's ketchup sweetened with honey - new slimming world essentials pinch of nom

Some sugars are well hidden, with foods containing a surprising amount that’s not always obvious.

Hellmann’s website tells us that their ketchup, made with natural ingredients, is only sweetened by honey and filled with even more tomatoes!

It has 36% more tomatoes than Heinz Standard Tomato Ketchup, it’s sweetened only with honey, made with sustainably grown tomatoes and has no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives.

All in all it has a lot going for it!

We even made a Half Syn Chicken Pad Thai using it.

Half Syn Chicken Pad Thai - New Slimming World Shopping Essentials - 7/7/17

Weight Watchers Wraps

We initially talked about these wraps way back in one of our January shopping essentials lists! They have now been discontinued!!!

It seems there was a little miscommunication at Weight Watchers HQ. The Weight Watchers white wraps HAVE NOT been discontinued.

I repeat. They have NOT been discontinued. 


You can also use the Bfree Wraps!

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However, there has been a renewed interest in the over the last couple of weeks on our Facebook page. Why? Well, I’ll explain!

We love it when people in the group share their ideas with us. Sometimes these great ideas involve a recipe that somebody has come up with, and this is a case in point!

1 syn corned beef pasties - New Slimming World Shopping Essentials - 7/7/17

Laura F posted this ingenious 1 Syn Corned Beef Pasties recipe a few days ago in our Facebook group.

M & S Spirit of Summer 3 pack Macaroons

In the last few weeks, we’ve featured lots of items in our Shopping essentials from the Spirit of Summer range at Marks and Spencer.

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I’ve got to confess that macaroons are a guilty pleasure of mine! Offering a delicious, chewy, meringue-like texture, with the delicate hint of French almonds.

These beauties come in three delicious summery flavours, 1 peach and apricot, 1 lemon and 1 cherry.

These macaroons are crunchy on the outside, with a fluffy, chewy centre.

Each macaroon is made up of two halves, sandwiched together with an equally seasonal jam filling to match. Apricot, Cherry and Lemon Curd.

They’re not on the database yet, but when we’ve put them through the Syns calculator they come out at 2.5 Syns each.

Please bear in mind this may change when it is given an official Syn Value.

Fox’s Cookie Minis Pouches

Our shopping essentials lists over the past few weeks have featured a range of biscuits, from McVities Digestive thins back in January, to Maryland Cookie thins last month.

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Well, now Fox’s have created a range of mini-cookies. Available from Tesco, these are on the Syns database at 0.5 Syns per cookie for the Dark Choc Chip variety.

Fox’s Chocolatey Minis

Also added to the biscuit aisle in Tesco, another mini cookie treat from Fox’s.

fox chocolatey minis - new slimming world essentials pinch of nom

These are more indulgent, shortcake biscuits, fully covered in milk chocolate.

Unfortunately, more chocolate inevitably means more Syns, but these mini cookies are on the SW database at 1.5 Syns each, so they don’t break the bank.

Liverpool Gin

We originally featured this in our shopping essentials list at the beginning of June.

liverpool gin - New Slimming World Shopping Essentials - 7/7/17

It’s been in Asda stores since the 27th of May, but it’s now available in some Tesco stores, so hopefully will be easier to find!

It’s not cheap at £45 a bottle, but it’s slightly stronger than ‘house’ gin, at 43% abv, so well worth the extra pennies!

Gin is one of the drinks that is better for Syn values if you fancy a tipple. You can find our guide to Syn values in spirits here.

How Many Syns In Spirits & Liqueurs | Slimming World

We also have guides for wine and beer/lager/cider, too!

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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…

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.


  1. I rarely notice new low syn/synfree items in the shops as I tend to stick strictly to my shopping list! So thank you – I love these weekly updates.

  2. Hi Julie
    We’ve heard back from WW that the wraps are not being discontinued (despite some people being told by WW that they are) so you should still be able to get them in most supermarkets

  3. I’ve looked everywhere for the weight watchers wraps, I love in North London, can anyone tell me where they get the wraps please. Thank you

    1. Hi Carolyn,
      We think there has been a supply problem with these, which has led to the stock shortages in stores. Listed stockists include Tesco, Morrisons and Asda. Keep looking, I’m sure you’ll find some soon. 🙂

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