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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
We love fruit and veg! We also love great prices, so it’s a bonus when you find both together.
Stores like Aldi & Lidl are famous for their low prices, so it’s always worth looking at their weekly offers.
This week, the Super 6 range from Aldi includes;
- Grapes – try freezing them for a tasty snack
- Mini Pears – make our 3.5 Syn a Slice Pear & Almond Sponge
- Mini Apples – for our Low Syn Pork & Apple Burgers
- Plums – use plums instead in our Low Syn Apple & Blackberry Crumble recipe
- Mini Easy Peelers – pop into packed lunches
- Mini bananas – for yummy Low Syn Banana & Peanut muffins
All of these are available now from Aldi, prices range from 45p to 69p per pack. Prices are valid until Wednesday 12th September while stocks last.
Co-op Shredded Swede
We received an email from a member of our Facebook group this week, to introduce us to a new product.
John sent us details of Co-op Shredded Swede and described it as his new favourite speed food. Praise indeed!
We’ve seen lots of vegetable alternatives, such as Boodles, which are butternut squash noodles, and Courgetti Spaghetti.
Apparently shredded swede is good for stir-fries, hash browns or rostis and as an alternative to pasta.
You could even use the swede instead of sweet potato to make SP rostis. It costs 79p per pack from Co-op stores.
Aldi Frozen Butternut Squash Chunks
Before embarking on my Slimming World journey, I wouldn’t have looked twice at a Butternut Squash.
It was one of those oddly-shaped vegetables that I would resolutely ignore as I pushed my trolley around the supermarket.
Nowadays, I know that Butternut Squash (or BNS for short!) is a pretty versatile vegetable, and best of all, it’s a speed food.
We use it in our fabulous 2 Syn Chicken Korma Curry recipe. If you haven’t tried this yet, what are you waiting for?!
Aldi are now selling frozen BNS chunks, so all the peeling and dicing has been done for you, all you need to do it cook it. It costs 69p for a 500g bag. Bargain!
Aldi Frozen Raspberries
Frozen produce is a real money saver. It’s convenient and ready prepared, so the only work you need to do is take what you need from the freezer and defrost it.
There’s no waste either, as it won’t go off.
Whilst frozen raspberries are not a new product, this new pack size from Aldi offer superb value for money.
A small punnet of fresh raspberries often costs around £2.00, even in the height of the season.
This 350g bag of frozen raspberries costs £1.49 in Aldi.
M&S Bursa Figs
Fresh figs have a taste and texture that’s pretty unique. I’d never tried one until a holiday in Spain one year.
My only previous experience of figs was in the fig roll biscuits my grandad used to have with a cuppa, and I didn’t like those, so it put me off!
When ripe, they are sweet and juicy, as they have a naturally high sugar content.
They work brilliantly when paired with a contrasting flavour, such as salty prosciutto ham, for a classic Italian antipasti dish.
You can enjoy figs as they are, full of flavour, a great fibre-provider too. You can even have 275g of cooked/pureed fresh figs as a Healthy Extra B choice.
A punnet of Bursa Figs (on average you get 6 fruits) costs £2.75 from M&S. They’re also included in the buy 2 for £4.00 promotion.
Aldi Four Seasons Super Tasty Supermix
When I’m out and about, I try to visit as many supermarkets as I can finding products that will feature in our weekly Shopping Essentials list.
There’s a shiny new Aldi store that’s opened on a new retail park not far from my house, so I went for a nosey!
Aldi are always expanding the range of products they stock, so if you haven’t been in for a while, it’s worth having a mooch around sometime!
Now that the children are back at school, I can browse the aisles in peace and quiet.
Aldi Four Seasons Super Tasty Supermix is a combination of grains and vegetables which cooks from frozen. There are several varieties;
- Brown Lentils with Tahini – 1.5 Syns per 100g
- Giant Couscous & Vegetables – 1.5 Syns per 100g
- Thai Style Vegetables – 0.5 Syns per 100g
- Three Bean Stir Fry – 4.5 Syns per 100g
Syn values are taken from the Slimming World website. Each 500g pack costs £1.49 in Aldi.
M&S Skinny Salads
We love it when we find a way to make the humble salad more exciting. There are plenty of brilliant ideas on the Pinch of Nom website for salads too.
Not just a few limp lettuce leaves for us, that’s for sure. Check them out here.
These two varieties are listed on the Syns Online database.
- Coronation Potato Salad – 3 Syns per 230g pack
- Sweet Potato Salad – 5 Syns per 225g pack
The following products have had their Syn values calculated using the SW Syns Calculator.
- Potato Salad – 4.5 Syns per 225g pack
- Beetroot, Apple & Pink Cabbage – 5.5 Syns per 225g pack
- Smoky Chipotle Slaw – 7.5 Syns per 215g pack
The M&S Skinny Salads are priced between £1.00 and £1.50 per pot.
If you’re partial to a crunchy snack, you’ll know that crisps are not just about potatoes anymore.
Crispy snacks can be made out of many different things, including lentils, vegetables, corn and other grains.
M&S have added a couple of new options to their snacking range recently. Salt & Vinegar Brown Rice & Kale Popped Chips are 5 Syns per 23g bag.
The Soy, Ginger & Chilli Quinoa Waves are 4.5 Syns per 22g bag. Both are listed on the Slimming World database and cost 70p per pack.
Aldi Brooklea Greek Style Raspberry Yogurts
Yogurts are a staple of Slimming World for many of us, so I’m always on the look out for new yogurts that are SW friendly.
The biggest mistake that people make is to assume that fat free equals Syn free, but this isn’t always true.
These raspberry yogurts are a new flavour for the Aldi Brooklea Greek Style Fat Free 0% Added Sugar range.
Just like the other flavours in the range, Lemon, Coconut & Vanilla and Strawberry, the raspberry flavour 125g pots are now 0.5 Syns per pot. They cost 99p for a pack of 4.
M&S Skinny Mousse
When you’re bored with yogurt and you fancy a change, it’s always worth looking around for an alternative. These Skinny Mousse pots from Marks & Spencer might be worth a try.
The Skinny range is a selection of low fat and low sugar products which offer a healthier alternative to some of the everyday foods that are available.
Being lower in fat and sugar means that these products are also lower in Syns.
Skinny Mousse is available in two flavours, chocolate and strawberry.
When I checked the Slimming World app, the Strawberry flavour is 4.5 Syns per 70g pot and the Chocolate flavour is 4 Syns per 70g pot. They cost 60p each.
Aldi Flower & White Meringue Drops
Several people have shared these meringues in our Facebook group this week, so we decided to share them here too!
If you have a sweet tooth, meringues are a great way to give you an intense sweet hit without using too many Syns.
We first featured meringue drops from Flower & White in one of our Shopping Essentials articles last year.
At the time they were only available online, but these drops of deliciousness are now in the middle aisles at Aldi.
There are two flavour combinations, either lemon & plain, or raspberry & vanilla. They come in a 100g box which costs £1.99.
They work out at 0.5 Syns on the snackulator. As they’re in the middle aisle baskets, they may not be around for long, so grab them while you can.
Go Squeezy Super Concentrate
Staying hydrated and drinking plenty is really important when you’re following the Slimming World plan.
Finding ways to ‘pimp up’ your water can make drinking it a much more palatable experience.
We’ve featured several cold infuse tea bags over the last few weeks, but if they don’t float your boat, you could try these Go Squeezy Fruit Juice concentrates.
They’re available in three flavours;
- Strawberry & Watermelon
- Lemon & Lime
- Apple & Blackcurrant
All flavours work out as Syn free. As it’s a super concentrate, the bottle is tiny, but will make 30 glasses.
Great for keeping on standby in your bag and adding a squirt to a bottle of water. Another middle aisle bargain from Aldi, priced at 99p a bottle.
Rowntrees Fruit Pastille Froots
According to the weather folk, last Friday was the official end of the meteorological summer and Autumn has started.
As far as I’m concerned, you can eat ice cream and lollies all year round, so I’m including these here!
Rowntrees Fruit Pastille Froots are on the Slimming World database for 3 Syns each. They’re a yummy combination of ice cream and sorbet, covered in a fruity shell layer.
You get 6 lollies in the box, 3 x orange flavour and 3 x blackcurrant flavour. They cost £1.49 in Aldi.
M&S Strawberry Flavour Teacakes
Teacakes come in two varieties as far as I’m aware. There’s the fruity bun type that you slice and pop into the toaster before spreading with butter.
These will set you back, on average, 10 Syns for the teacake alone, plus 2 Syns for a level teaspoon of butter, which won’t go far, will it?!
Then there are the chocolate, mallow and biscuit teacakes, which are approximately 5.5 Syns each.
Fortunately, these M&S Strawberry Teacakes are on the Slimming World database for 4 Syns each.
They are filled with strawberry marshmallow on a crumbly biscuit base, covered in milk chocolate. They cost £1.65 for a pack of 16 teacakes.
Heineken Alcohol Free Lager
Alcohol has a high Syn value, which is something that you soon realise when you’re following the Slimming World plan.
A consultant once said to me that I should think of alcohol as the liquid equivalent of cream cakes.
This Heineken 0.0 Alcohol Free Lager is listed on the Syns Online database at 3.5 Syns per 330ml. It’s priced at £4.50 for a pack of 6 cans in Morrisons.
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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.
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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 via Waterstones or Amazon, you won’t be charged until it’s released.Check out our cookbook page for more information!