New Slimming World Shopping Essentials – 8/9/17

Over in our Facebook group (where we now have over 270,000 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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Kiwi Berries

Every so often, we discover a more unusual fruit or vegetable to show you. After all, variety is the spice of life so it’s good to see something a bit different.

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These Kiwi berries have been around for a while, but they’re coming into season, so we thought we’d highlight them again.

They’re pretty much what they sound like, mini kiwi-fruits.

The fruit of the kiwi berry plant is similar to the familiar kiwi fruit, only its skin is smooth (not fuzzy) and the fruit itself is much smaller and sweeter.

Definitely free, but not speed. They’d be nice as a treat instead of a bunch of grapes.

They’re available from Ocado at £2.50 for a 170g punnet. We have also seen that they’re available in Tesco priced at £2.50 for 125g.

Wonky peppers

Each week we try to bring you some different fruit or vegetable options. Sometimes it may be something new or a bit out of the ordinary, and sometimes it may be something that’s just coming into season.

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This week we have Wonky Peppers. They may not have the perfect shape, (who has? Not me!) but they’re beautiful on the inside.

Peppers are incredibly versatile, and best of all, they’re speed!
There’s no difference whatsoever in the flavour, but a pleasing difference in the price.

syn free diet coke - pepsi max chicken - featured | Slimming World - shopping essentials

Whether you’re using them to make soup, now that Autumn is here, or adding them to our new Diet Coke Chicken or even our Cajun Dirty Rice these peppers will work really well.
Syn Free Cajun Dirty Rice | Slimming World - Shopping Essentials

Wonky peppers are on sale in Morrisons, priced at £1.17 for a 750g bag.

Tesco Seasonal Passion Fruit Kiwi Pineapple Grapes

This seasonal tropical fruit selection is new to Tesco this week.

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Out of the four fruits in this selection, only the passion fruit is Speed, but the rest are Free Foods, so these would be a great grab and go snack or lunch option.

It’s a 230g pot, which is a pretty good size, and they are £2.00.

If you’re in any doubt about what is (or isn’t) Speed then take a look at our Speed Food list

Slimming World Speed Food List - Shopping Essentials


My first experience of Lychees was when I ordered them as a dessert in a Chinese restaurant.

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They were tinned, which is no good for Slimming World, as tinned fruit has a Syn value.

Thankfully, you can buy Lychees fresh from the fruit and vegetable aisle of most large supermarkets.

They’re similar in size to a plum, with a rough skin that you peel.

Lychees are delicately perfumed, juicy and sweet.
They are free, but not speed.

Currently available in Morrisons priced at £1.50 for a 170g punnet of fruits.

Asda Wholemeal Flour Dusted Sliced Rolls

As we all know 60g of any wholemeal bread equals your daily HEB allowance.

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However, rolls can be a bit tricky, because you’re never going to get a roll that is 100% accurate all the time, but if you trim it down to 60g then they are fine to use.

We like to save any bits we chop off and freeze them for a handy supply of wholemeal breadcrumbs whenever we need them. Great for recipes like these Low Syn Monk Fish Bites with Tartar Sauce.

Low Syn Monk Fish Bites with Tartar Sauce - Shopping Essentials

These wholemeal rolls from Asda are pre-sliced, so all you need to worry about is adding your favourite Syn Free/Low Syn filling. They are £0.65 for a pack of 6.

Lidl Rivercote Flatbread Thins Multi-seed

These have been around for a while now, but they have recently been added to the Healthy Extras list.

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You can have 3 thins for your HEB option, and they’re a great accompaniment for our Syn Free Chicken Liver and Bacon Pate.

Syn Free Chicken Liver and Bacon Pate | Slimming World - Shopping Essentials

Seriously Strong Spreadable Lighter with Caramelised Onion

It seems to be quite hard to get your hands on this at the moment…..

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It’s a spreadable Scottish Extra Mature Cheddar with sweet caramelised onion, and it has 30% less fat than the Seriously Strong Original Spreadable.

It looks like it’s only available in Morrisons currently, but it is on offer there at £1.00 for a 125g pot.

It is on the SW database at 3 Syns for 25g, but it doesn’t mention anything about it being an HEA, so it may be worth contacting SW directly to ask if it is likely to be added to the Healthy Extras list.

We’re looking forward to trying this, as we think it would be a great addition to a cheesy pasta dish, like our Syn Free Cajun Chicken Pasta.

Syn Free Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta | Slimming World - Shopping Essentials

Arla Protein Fruit Quark – Passionfruit & Papaya flavour

Arla launched a range of three fruit Quarks in raspberry, strawberry and blueberry flavours in 2015.

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Higher in protein than standard yogurts, they’re on the database at 1.5 Syns each.

There’s also a Mango, Kale and Lime flavour Arla Protein low fat Quark, which is 2 Syns on the app.

Now Arla have launched a new flavour – Arla Protein Passion Fruit & Papaya Low Fat Quark.

As the app lists all Arla fruit quarks at 1.5 Syns, we’re assuming this will be the same, but please bear in mind this may be different if and when it is given an official Syn value.

Can I have this on an SP day?

According to advice given by Slimming World;

“As these are branded foods (and they have Syns) they do not receive a ‘P’ symbol. Members may choose Arla Protein and count the Syn value when on SP but these flavoured varieties have Syns because they are higher in calories than plain quark.

To really boost weight loss on SP stick to plain quark and other foods shown in your food optimising book which have the S or P symbol, leaving your Syns for treats that you can’t do without, such as crisps, chocolate or wine. Thanks, SW.”

But if you have any doubts please ask your consultant for more information.

You can get these from Ocado priced at £1.25 each, currently on offer at 3 for £3.
Tesco have the same offer, too.

Bovril Beef Stock Cubes

These aren’t new, but we thought it would be worth mentioning they are now available in Ocado.

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You can also pick them up from Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisonls for around £1.20 for a 12 pack.

They are perfect in stews, soups, pies and hotpots, like our Syn Free Minced Beef Hotpot.

syn free minced beef hotpot | slimming world - Shopping Essentials

Reeses Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups Minis

These are exactly like the regular size Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, just a mini version. They are a peanut butter filling enclosed in a chocolate cup, and they come in a 226g sharing pouch.

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Currently they are available from some Tesco stores, for £3.75 a bag.

Please note, these are not on the app yet but work out at 7 Syns for a 25g portion, when using the online calculator.

Terry’s Chocolate Orange Minis Toffee Crunch

Terry’s Chocolate Orange has been around for years. We’re all familiar with that iconic orange packaging and the round shape, made up of chocolate segments, with the phrase ‘Tap it and unwrap it’.

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There have been additions to the range, including popping candy!
Now there’s another new flavour to sample.

Terry’s Chocolate Orange Minis Toffee Crunch – Delicious mini milk chocolate segments, flavoured with real orange oil and packed full of toffee crunch pieces.

These segments work out at 1 syn per piece.
Available from Ocado, they cost £1 for a 125g bag.

Curly Wurly Squirlies

I love a Curly Wurly. It’s my go-to chocolate treat in the evening when I’ve saved a few syns.

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I keep mine in the freezer. Partly to hide them from my teenage children, and partly so that I can snap them into little pieces.

Somehow breaking them into little pieces and eating them one piece at a time makes them all the more enjoyable.

It takes longer to chew too, so your 6 syns treat can last you all evening!

Well, now Cadbury’s have saved me the bother of having to break my Curly Wurly bar into bits with these – Squirlies!

Bite-sized pieces of delicious Curly Wurly caramel pieces covered in Cadbury milk chocolate.

They’re currently on offer in Morrisons, at £1 for a 110g bag. (Usual price £1.82)

They’re on the database at 6 pieces for 5 syns.

Green & Black’s Velvet Dark Sea Salt Carton

In last week’s Shopping essentials list we brought you some delicious Green and Black’s chocolates.

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This week we have another variety in the same range – Green and Black’s Velvet Dark with Sea Salt.

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These individually wrapped chocolates expertly combine Green & Black’s Velvet Edition dark chocolate with delicate flakes of Anglesey sea salt.

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The box contains 12 chocolates and can be found in Tesco for £3.00, these work out at 3 Syns per chocolate using the Syns Calculator.

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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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