Your Slimming Essentials – The Weekly Pinch of Shopping 02.07
We’re back with another Weekly Pinch of Shopping that’s bursting with summer flavours and family favourites.
As we enter July we’ve been searching for food to help us make the most out of the summertime.
The weather might be unpredictable, but we’ve found some great snacks for any occasion!
How about a creamy strawberry pudding that the kids can help to make? We’ve found Angel Delight Unicorn Strawberry Dessert Kits that are so easy – just add milk.
And if you like the idea of a kit that contains almost all the ingredients to make your meal, you’ll love the Wagamama Pad Thai Meal Kit.
You just need to add whatever veg or protein you want and you’ll be able to recreate the flavours of your favourite restaurant from your own kitchen.
We’ve got snacks covered too with a healthy spin on tortilla chips. Hippeas Chickpea Tortilla Chilli Kicks are crunchy crisps made from chickpea flour that’s packed with protein.
Of course we couldn’t forget to include a few sweet treats! If you’re crazy for anything chocolate orange we’ve found a retro classic you’ll love – Wagon Wheels Orange!
We’ve also included a roundup of this week’s brand new Super 6.
Every fortnight Aldi discounts a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables so we’re giving you the rundown, along with some inspiration on how to make the most of them.
Please remember that all prices are correct at the time of us writing this article and so they should be used as a guide only.
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Angel Delight Unicorn Strawberry Dessert Kit – 168 calories per serving
Fancy whipping up something sweet for dessert?
Kids and big kids alike will love this Angel Delight Unicorn Strawberry Dessert Kit. So simple to make, just add milk and get whisking!
Mix each layer of the pudding individually and then spoon into a glass serving bowl for a frothy, strawberry flavoured sweet treat for the whole family.
The kit even includes the sprinkles for the top!
If you’d rather make your own layered dessert from scratch, you need to try our luscious Black Forest Desserts.
Layers of chocolate cake, mousse and cherries – this is irresistible and tastes so indulgent (but it’s only 305 calories a serving!).
Angel Delight Unicorn Strawberry Dessert Kit is available from most supermarkets, priced at £1.60. A Dinosaur Chocolate version is also available.
Heck Reduced Fat Pork Sausages x6 400g – 210 calories for 2 grilled sausages
Heck have done it again with these Reduced Fat Pork Sausages!
Lower in calories, these sausages still deliver on flavour.
If you’re a big fan of their chicken sausages and chipolatas, you’re going to love these.
Made in small batches to ensure high quality, two grilled sausages are just 210 calories.
Why not pop them in a casserole or make a simple sausage sandwich for Sunday morning brunch?
These would be perfect chopped up in our Spicy Sausage Pasta! It can have as much or as little of a kick as you like – just adjust how much chilli you add in.
Heck Reduced Fat Pork Sausages are available from Sainsbury’s, priced at £3.00 for a pack of 6.
Itsu Yoghurt Rice Cakes – 80 calories per rice cake
Who doesn’t love a yoghurt coated rice cake?
They’re satisfyingly crunchy and subtly sweet, making them one of our favourite snacks!
These individual packs of Itsu Yoghurt Rice Cakes are a handy grab and go version, so you can reach for a healthy snack no matter where you are.
They’re only 80 calories per rice cake, but they’ll fill you up without being full of fat or other nasties.
If you’re looking for even more snack inspiration why not try these Double Choc Chip Cookies? At just 40 calories each they taste too good to be true!
Itsu Yoghurt Rice Cakes are also available in milk chocolate and dark chocolate versions from Waitrose, priced at 89p for a 34g bag.
Peperami Vegeram Pep’d Up Chick’nless Bites 40G – 134 calories per 40g bag
Packed with plant protein, these Peperami Vegeram Pep’d Up Chick’ nless Bites are a great meat free swap!
The bitesize pieces coated with a tikka style glaze deliver on flavour, and the whole 40g bag comes in at just 134 calories!
Whether you’re veggie or not, these tasty bites are handy for snacking or rustling up easy lunches like salads or wraps.
You could even stir them through your favourite pasta!
Why not try adding them to our Fakeaway Fried Rice instead of the chicken?
This recipe is absolutely full of veg, so filling and delicious.
Peperami Vegeram Pep’d Up Chick’nless Bites are available from Ocado, priced at £1.29 for a 40g bag.
Wagamama Pad Thai Meal Kit – 229 calories per serving
There’s something so satisfying about making your favourite restaurant meals in your own kitchen!
This Wagamama Pad Thai Meal Kit means you can make your own version at home, any time you fancy it!
The kit includes rice noodles, sauce and garnish, so you can add any vegetables and whatever protein you like.
This makes it so easy to put your own twist on the recipe and still recreate the familiar flavours of eating out.
If you love the sound of this you should give our Chicken Pad Thai recipe a go!
It’s on the table in 20 minutes, just 276 calories a serving and full of Thai flavours.
Wagamama Pad Thai Meal Kit is available from Morrisons, priced at £2.00.
Quaker Vibrant Oats Summer Fruits – 145 calories per sachet
There’s no denying that porridge is the ultimate winter warmer breakfast, but this fruity version is great for summer too!
Quaker Vibrant Oats Summer Fruits is flavoured with raspberry and peaches, and gets its pink colour from beetroot and paprika.
Individually portioned into sachets, you can use your favourite type of milk or even water to make this porridge in just 2 minutes.
Or why not try making overnight oats?
Start your day as you mean to go on with a healthy breakfast that’ll keep you filled up and fueled until lunch.
Keep breakfast interesting by trying out other oat recipes like these sweet and zingy Lemon and Blueberry Baked Oats.
Also available in a Forest Fruits flavour, Quaker Vibrant Oats Summer Fruits is available from Morrisons, priced at £2.40 for 6 sachets.
Hippeas Chickpea Tortilla Chilli Kicks – 202 calories per 40g serving
This crunchy snack is made from chickpeas – but not as you’ve ever had them before!
With plant protein and nothing artificial, these Hippeas Chickpea Tortilla Chilli Kicks deliver a flavourful punch, without any nasty ingredients.
Made from chickpea flour they have all the crunch you expect from a tortilla chip and are perfect for scooping, dipping and serving as a snack or side.
This flavour has a decent kick of chilli too – great if you like your snacks nice and spicy!
You could use these instead of Doritos to make the crunchy coating in our KFC Zinger Burger Fakeaway.
It’s better than the real thing!
Hippeas Chickpea Tortilla Chilli Kicks are available from Ocado, priced at £2.00 for a 130g pack.
Morrisons The Best Low Calorie Pink Grapefruit Tonic Water – 5 calories per 250ml
Is there anything more refreshing than the sweet bitterness of pink grapefruit?
The answer is yes and it’s this thirst-quenching sparkling drink.
Morrisons The Best Low Calorie Pink Grapefruit Tonic Water is what summer is all about.
Made with sparkling spring water and pink grapefruit extract, it’s delicious served ice cold straight from the fridge.
Enjoy on its own or use it as a mixer for your favourite gin – we think it’d be perfect with other citrus flavours like orange or lemon gin.
Serve a glass of this tonic water alongside this BLT Pasta Salad for a dreamy summer lunch.
Morrisons The Best Low Calorie Pink Grapefruit Tonic Water is available from Morrisons, priced at £1.35 for a 500ml bottle.
Graze Salted Caramel Wow Bakes 5x24g – 86 calories per bake
If you find yourself craving chocolate in the afternoon, reach for one of these Graze Salted Caramel Wow Bakes instead.
At 86 calories each, with just 4g of sugar, it’s a healthy swap that tastes delicious.
These cake bars are packed with almonds and pumpkin seeds for extra goodness.
They’re sweetened with chicory root which is naturally sweet and full of fibre, making them satisfying and better for you than similar snack options.
Prefer to make your own? This Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Cream is so easy, delicious and only 122 calories per slice.
Graze Salted Caramel Wow Bakes are available from Sainsbury’s, priced at £1.35 for a pack of 5.
Wagon Wheels Orange – 163 calories per wheel
We’re loving chocolate orange everything! Everybody’s favourite wheel-shaped treat is back with an orangey twist.
These Wagon Wheels Orange will delight the whole family.
The classic combination of biscuit with that marshmallow and jammy orange centre, all coated in a layer of chocolate is hard to beat.
A Wagon Wheel has it all. Make yourself a cuppa, sit back and enjoy!
Have you had a go at making your own Jaffa Cakes yet? What are you waiting for? These are so fun to make!
Wagon Wheels Orange are available from Iceland, priced at £1.00 for a pack of 6.
NEW Aldi Super 6 Fruit and Veg Selection
We love Aldi’s Super 6 selection of fresh fruit and veggies. Each fortnight they choose six different items for a special offer where you can pick them up for much less than the normal price.
Here’s our rundown of this fortnight’s selection and some meal inspiration to help you make the most of the Super 6!
Spring onions – 32 calories per 100g
With a much milder taste than regular onions, spring onions make a tasty addition to summer salads and stir fries.
You can eat them raw or cooked and they make a great garnish! Try them in this flavour-packed Stir-fried Beef with Ginger and Spring Onion recipe.
Beef tomatoes – 20 calories per 100g
These huge tomatoes are juicy and flavourful, with more of a bite to them than other tomato varieties.
Add a generous slice into a burger at your next BBQ – they’re the perfect size to sit inside a burger bun. We love them with our low calorie Turkey Burgers!
Baking potatoes – 63 calories per 100g
These are ideal for making jacket potatoes!
Whether you pop them in the microwave or let them bake in the oven, they’ll get fluffy on the inside with a nice crisp skin.
We like to serve with a fresh green salad or load up with a topping like Chilli Con Carne!
Red peppers – 31 calories per 100g
So versatile, red peppers can be added into so many different dishes.
With their slightly sweet flavour, they’re delicious raw in a salad but you can throw them into stir fries, soups, sauces and so much more.
Have you tried our Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Soup yet?
Grapefruit – 43 calories per 100g
Bitter yet sweet, grapefruit is so refreshing! It’s full of vitamin C and typically enjoyed at breakfast.
We think it makes a great addition to a fruit salad, where the flavour cuts through the sweetness of berries and other fruits.
Try it in this Festive Fruit Salad – it’s too good to be just for Christmas!
Watermelon – 33 calories per 100g
Watermelon is such a summer flavour! So juicy and refreshing, nothing beats sitting in the sunshine and enjoying a slice.
The whole family will love these little Watermelon, Feta and Mint Bites.
Trust us – fruit and feta is such a tasty combination!
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