New Slimming World Shopping Essentials 7.9.18

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New Slimming World Shopping Essentials 7.9.18

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Slimming World recommend having 1/3 Speed Food with every meal where appropriate 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.

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We’re always searching for a range of Speed Foods, some Free Foods and a few different ways to use your Syns allowance in our weekly Shopping Essentials round up.

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

Aldi Super 6 7.9.18 - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

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.

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Low Syn Pork & Apple Burgers

This week, the Super 6 range from Aldi includes;

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Use plums instead of apples in this recipe for a yummy fruit crumble dessert.

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

Co-op Shredded Swede - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

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.

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Syn Free Sweet Potato & Carrot Rostis

There’s a great recipe for Syn Free Sweet Potato & Carrot Rostis on the Pinch of Nom website.

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

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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.

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2 Syn Chicken Korma

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

Aldi Frozen Raspberries - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

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.

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4 Syn Raspberry Vodka Fizz Cocktail

Fab for Overnight oats, mixing with yogurt for a quick dessert idea, or even indulging in one of our 4 Syn Raspberry Vodka Fizz Cocktails!

This 350g bag of frozen raspberries costs £1.49 in Aldi.

M&S Bursa Figs

M&S Bursa Figs - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

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

Aldi Supermix - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

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 Supermix - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

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

M&S Skinny Salad - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

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.

M&S Skinny Salad - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

Good old Marks & Sparks have a range of Skinny Salads which look super tasty! If you don’t have time to make your own Syn Free Coleslaw, or Syn Free Potato Salad, they could be right up your street.

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

M&S Skinny Salad - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

M&S Skinny Salad - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping EssentialsThe 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.

M&S Crisps

M&S snacks - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

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 snacks - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

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

Brooklea Greek Style Raspberry - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials
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.

We put together a guide to Syn Free yogurts recently, which you can read here.

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

M&S Skinny Mousse - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

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.

M&S Skinny Mousse - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

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

Aldi Flower & White Meringue Drops - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping EssentialsSeveral 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

Go Squeezy - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

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

Rowntrees Froots - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

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

M&S Strawberry Teacakes - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

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

Heineken 0.0 lager - Pinch of Nom Slimming World Shopping Essentials

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.

If you do drink lager, beer or cider, you can find out about Syns info here in our guide. We also have a guide to Wine Syn Values and a guide to Syns in Spirits & Liqueurs.

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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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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    1. Hi Stephanie
      So glad you enjoyed it! We try to include useful items every week, and some slightly more extravagant choices too! 🙂

    1. Hi Amy
      As it states frozen on the app, I would think it’s weighed frozen too. For a definitive answer, you would need to contact the SW Syns Hotline. 🙂

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