Your Slimming Essentials – The Weekly Pinch of Shopping 02.09
Can you believe the first Weekly Pinch of Shopping of September is here already? We’ve got an exciting bunch of nifty sweet and savoury finds – a new month has never tasted so good!
Summer’s not quite over yet, and we just know the fresh Strawberry Daiquiri mocktail we found in Aldi will go down a treat at your next garden party. A budget-friendly sunshine tipple, it’s the ideal accompaniment to wash down the NEW crispy, tikka-coated Kievs we spotted in Iceland.
Calling all with a sweet tooth! We can’t get enough of the NEW GÜ dessert flavours. Have you tried their oh-so-indulgent Salted Caramel Cookies and Cream pot yet? You need to…
Speaking of doing your weekly shopping, we’re so excited that our brand new food planner is OUT NOW! The Pinch of Nom Family Meal Planner is our most family-friendly food planner yet – it’s ideal for planning your meals and organising what you need to buy (plus there are 26 exclusive new recipes inside!). You can order your copy here.
Don’t forget to let us know if you’ve tried any of the recipes from Pinch of Nom Comfort Food! We’d LOVE to know which dishes are your favourites! If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, you can order yours right here.
You can share your recipes and photos by posting over in our Facebook group, where you’ll also find our members having a good old chat about lots of these shopping items too. You can join the group by clicking here. Make sure to let us know if you spot any yummy looking, slimming-friendly new products on the supermarket shelves – we might just feature them in our next article!
Our Weekly Pinch of Shopping list aims to show you slimming-friendly products that you can find online or in one of your local supermarkets. We try to make it as easy as possible for you to pick up these items as part of your usual weekly shop, and we’ll always include the calorie information and the RRP for you.
Please remember that, although all prices are correct at the time of writing, supermarkets can change their prices often, so this should be used as a guide only.
Along with our favourite new finds from the supermarket shelves, each week we include details of the Aldi Super 6. Every fortnight Aldi discounts a selection of 6 fruits and veggies that you can pick up for a fraction of the price. This week we’ve given you a reminder of the current selection, so hurry down to Aldi to pick up some bargains before a fresh selection goes on offer next week!
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**A note on our shopping list: we do not take payment, promotion or gifts for including any of the items mentioned in these articles. We bring them to you because we love them and hope you will too!**
Fox’s Sugar Free Glacier Moments Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Mints – 8 calories per sweet
Everyone knows strawberry and banana is a winning flavour combo, so we had to pop these fresh-flavoured Sugar Free Glacier Moments sweets from Fox’s in the basket. Only 8 calories per boiled sweet, these fruity candies are ideal to suck on when you’ve got a hankering for an afternoon sweet treat.
Why not try a helping of freshly-sliced strawberry and banana on a stack of our Banana and Chocolate Pancakes? We’ve kept the calories nice and low by using Ready Brek oats to make our pancake batter (trust us, it really works!).
All finished off with a drizzle of Choc Shot, breakfasts don’t come much sweeter than this!
Fox’s Sugar Free Glacier Moments Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Mints are available from Co-op, priced at £1.20.
Biotiful Gut Health Kefir Yoghurt British Strawberry – 88 calories per 115g serving
There’s no denying that strawberries and strawberry-flavoured goodies are essential to British summertime. Light, fresh and fruity for only 88 calories per serving, this Biotiful Gut Health Kefir Yoghurt in British Strawberry is the perfect way to add some sunshine flavour to your day. High in immune-boosting calcium and vitamins, this gut-healthy yog makes for a tasty addition to blended fruit drinks or a bowlful of granola.
Nothing says decadent strawberry indulgence quite like our Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yoghurt. Easy to prepare and so much lighter than you’d expect (only 152 calories per serving!), it’s well worth enjoying a scoop or two while the sun’s out.
With a drizzle of homemade strawberry puree and a crunchy biscuit crumb topping, how can you say no?
Biotiful Gut Health kefir Yoghurt British Strawberry is available from Asda, priced at £1.25 per 350g tub.
Hippeas Chickpea Puff Snacks Smoky Bacon – 87 calories per pack
These chickpea-based puff snacks in smoky bacon from Hippeas are a handy grab-bag solution when you’re in the mood for a quick snack. Only 87 calories per packet, these bacon-seasoned baked bites are high in fibre and free from gluten and palm oil; that means they’ll fill you up nicely with no hidden nasties along the way. Winner!
An easy way to enjoy bacon without going off track, our light yet satisfying Cheesy Bacon Flatbreads are a lunchtime go-to. We love them at home or on the go when we’re in a hurry – they’re much lower in calories than fast food versions.
Our top tip? Ramp up the cheesiness by using a more mature cheddar, if you fancy it (just be sure to adjust any calories accordingly, if you’re counting!).
Hippeas Chickpea Puff Snacks Smoky Bacon are available from Waitrose, priced at £1.00 per pack.
Harvest Morn Fibre Now Lemon Drizzle Bars – 80 calories per bar
Sweet, zesty and filling, these Harvest Morn Fibre Now that we’ve spotted on the shelves at Aldi will steal the show in any lunchbox. We’re featuring lemon drizzle this time, but there are ‘blueberry’ and ‘birthday cake’ editions available in the range too. Sit back, relax and take your tea break up a notch with a lemony treat for only 80 calories per bar.
It wouldn’t be right to talk about lemons without mentioning our ultra-zingy Lemon Sponge Traybake. Using a list of simple ingredients, this fluffy sponge cake arrives bursting with flavour in less than 40 minutes. The real kicker is in the tart lemon curd topping – we don’t mean to brag, but it is simply the zest!
Harvest Morn Fibre Now Lemon Drizzle Bars are available from Aldi, priced at £1.19 for 5 bars.
Morrisons Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms – 99 calories per mushroom
We’ve got three words for you: Garlic. Stuffed. Mushrooms. These stuffed giant mushrooms from Morrisons come filled to the brim with a moreish garlic, herb and red onion crumb. An easy way to add an extra-special touch to your plate, simply pop them in the oven for 25 minutes until they’re golden and crisp on top.
If you’re as obsessed with garlic as we are, why not plate these garlicky mushrooms up with our Creamy Garlic Salmon for a full on garlic fest? A fishy twist on our hugely popular Creamy Garlic Chicken recipe, this midweek dinner comes loaded with comforting flavour for next to no effort.
You can find the full recipe in our fourth cookbook, Pinch of Nom: Comfort Food. Don’t worry if you don’t have a copy on your shelf yet – you can grab yours here.
Morrisons Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms are available from Morrisons, priced at £1.99 for 2.
Waitrose Cooks Ingredients Stir Fry Veg Mix – 42 calories per serving
You can’t beat the flavoursome convenience of a crunchy stir-fry, and we love how handy this mix of chopped stir-fry veg from Waitrose is. With bean sprouts, chestnut mushrooms, red peppers, spring onions, baby corn and sugar snap peas in every frozen bag, you can enjoy a nutritious, colourful midweek dinner at a moment’s notice. Simply pop them in your wok for 10 minutes until they’re piping hot. Easy peasy!
Ready in under 20 minutes, our Broccoli and Mushroom Stir-Fry is another super convenient, veggie-filled option. By combining a simple mixture of easy-to-find ingredients to make our sweet and spicy stir-fry glaze, this filling noodle dish is a batch-friendly dream. Feel free to bulk it out further with stray veggies – our sticky sauce never fails to give them a new lease of life!
Waitrose Cooks Ingredients Stir Fry Veg Mix is available from Waitrose, priced at £1.80.
The Infusionist Mocktails Strawberry Daiquiri Juice Drink – 27 calories per 150ml
A seriously refreshing range of sweet and zesty tipples, we’re loving Aldi’s selection of Infusionist mocktails. We’ve gone for the Strawberry Daiquiri juice drink, but you can grab Piña Colada or Mojito alcohol-free options if they’re more up your street. Flavoured with strawberry puree, lemon and blackcurrant juices, each sip comes bursting with berry deliciousness for only 27 calories per glass.
Every occasion feels special with a serving of our Strawberry Daiquiri. So simple to make, with just a handful of ingredients, they’re the ideal opportunity to crack out the martini glasses. For an added bit of fun at your next summer shindig, pop the mix in the freezer and make a batch of adults-only boozy ice lollies. Just the ticket on a hot day!
The Infusionist Mocktails Strawberry Daiquiri Juice Drink is available from Aldi, priced at £1.49 for a 750ml bottle.
Sainsbury’s Summer Edition Tandoori British Chicken Kofta Kebabs – 168 calories per 2 kebabs
Sainsbury’s have got us again! These Tandoori British Chicken Kofta Kebabs from the fabulous Summer Edition range looked too tasty to ignore. Skewered and ready to grill, these convenient chicken koftas come infused with a finger-licking good tandoori seasoning. At 168 calories for 2 kebabs, these won’t take you off track served with a fresh, crispy salad or rolled up in a wholemeal flatbread.
When it comes to an Indian-inspired Fakeaway night, we love rustling up these slimming-friendly Chicken Tikka Kebabs. By putting together a flavour-rich marinade of Tikka herbs, spices and cooling yoghurt, we’ve recreated restaurant-quality taste for far fewer calories (and they’re cheaper too!).
If you love kebab recipes, visit Our Top Homemade Kebab Recipes article for some drool-worthy inspiration. That’s this weekend’s BBQ sorted!
Sainsbury’s Summer Edition Tandoori British Chicken Kofta Kebabs are available from Sainsbury’s, priced at £3.00 for a pack of 6.
Iceland Tikka Chicken Breast Kievs – 257 calories per Kiev
Who doesn’t love a melt-in-the-middle Chicken Kiev? These oven-baked, crispy-coated Chicken Breast Kievs from Iceland come with an enticing tikka twist. Coated in breadcrumbs and filled with a mildly-spiced masala filling, they’re bursting with curry flavours for only 257 calories each. Pair them with salad, rice or chips for a fantastic Fakeaway feast!
If you fancy Kievs but you’re trying to eat less meat, our Fish Kievs are a dream. While they might traditionally come stuffed with garlic butter, we’ve used a clever combination of reduced-fat spread, herbs and garlic to make our filling as light as possible. You’ll never miss the chicken!
Iceland Tikka Chicken Breast Kievs are available from Iceland, priced at £1.85 for a pack of 2.
GÜ Inspirations Salted Caramel Cookies & Cream – 333 calories per ramekin
Calling all salted caramel lovers! We’ve got the ultimate decadent dessert for you. The new GÜ inspirations pots come in a variety of tempting options, but we had to pop Salted Caramel Cookies and Cream in our basket. Each 333-calorie ramekin comes filled with a layer of burnt caramel on a double chocolate cookie base, finished with salted-butter caramel and topped with crisp caramel biscuit sprinkles.
We’ve topped our Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Cream with a malty, silky cream that tastes so rich, you won’t believe these chocolatey slices come in at just 122 calories per portion. For an easy, slimming-friendly showstopper that never fails to impress, why not prepare one individual round cake instead of several ready-sliced bakes?
GÜ Inspirations Salted Caramel Cookies & Cream is available from Asda, priced at £3.75 for 2 GÜ pots.
REMINDER 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 reminder of this week’s Super 6 selection:
- Radish – 16 calories per 100g
- Mini Bananas – 89 calories per 100g
- Mini Easy Peelers – 35 calories per 100g
- Baby Plum Tomatoes – 18 calories per 100g
- Mini Pears – 42 calories per 100g
- Snack Pack Green Grapes – 67 calories per 100g
**Remember: we do not take payment, promotion or gift for any of the items mentioned in these articles. We bring them to you because we love them and hope you will too!**
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