Your Slimming Essentials – The Weekly Pinch of Shopping 09.07
We’re back with the latest Weekly Pinch of Shopping, and this week we’ve found a selection of delicious vegetarian and vegan friendly products for you to try!
Even if you’re not veggie, these snacks and side dishes can be added to your favourite meals or served alongside meat and fish to create tasty, slimming friendly dishes that the whole family will love!
We’ve found frozen staples like Heinz Classic Beanz Burgers that can be cooked straight from the freezer for a quick and easy dinner on busy days.
And why not serve them with some oven chips that have been given a spicy twist?
McCains Spicy Chilli Chipotle Ridge Chips come with sachets of seasoning to sprinkle over the chips before cooking!
We’ve also found some healthy, on-the-go breakfast options and a few snacks to share in front of the TV this weekend (who’s watching the footie?!).
For a special treat, we’ve discovered a vegan ice cream from Wicken Kitchen that’s got real pieces of cake and rainbow sprinkles mixed in – every scoop feels like your birthday!
We’ve also included a reminder of this fortnight’s Super 6. Every fortnight Aldi discounts a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, so we’re giving you the rundown of what’s available before the selection changes again next week!
Please remember that all prices are correct at the time of us writing this article, so they should be used as a guide only.
Make sure that you make a note of your favourite products so that you can pick them up with your weekly shopping. Our second food planner is perfect for this as it will really help you to plan out your meals and keep track of exactly what you’re eating or need to buy.
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Ben’s Original Caribbean Rice 250g – 196 calories per portion
When you need to get dinner on the table fast, Ben’s microwavable rice pouches come in so handy.
Ben’s Original Caribbean Rice is ready in just two minutes, and it’s packed with flavourful beans, peppers and spices.
Inspired by the flavours of the Caribbean, this steamed long grain rice is the perfect side dish for a quick and easy lunch or dinner.
Pair it with stir-fried veggies, pack it into a wrap to make a burrito or sprinkle it over a salad.
Why not try serving it alongside our juicy Jerk Chicken to really celebrate the taste of the Caribbean? It’s so easy to make and delicious served with rice!
Ben’s Original Caribbean Rice is available from Morrison’s, priced at 99p for a 250g pouch.
Mezeast Spicy Chilli Paste 200G – 38 calories per tablespoon
For instant Middle Eastern flavour, this Mezeast Spicy Chilli Paste is quick and convenient.
It’s a harissa paste made from roasted spices and aromatic herbs, and it will take your food to the next level!
We absolutely love harissa! It has a delicious kick of heat but also so much flavour.
Used to create dressings, marinades and drizzles, just adding one tablespoon of this into your dish will instantly create a deep, rich taste.
These Sweet Potatoes with Feta and Harissa are the perfect recipe to try with this!
The sweetness of the potatoes is delicious topped with salty feta and the spicy harissa. So good!
Mezeast Spicy Chilli Paste is available from Tesco, priced at £2.50 for a 200g jar.
Heinz Classic Beanz Burgers – 184 calories per burger
These plant based burgers are a great meat free alternative for a Friday night burger night!
Heinz Classic Beanz Burgers are made from beans, tomato, mushrooms and mixed spices, which means they’re full of protein and still only 184 calories each.
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or just trying to eat a little less meat, these burgers are so handy to have in the freezer.
They cook from frozen in under 15 minutes on the grill. Then load them onto a burger bun with crisp lettuce and a slice of juicy tomato.
For another vegetarian twist on a burger, have you tried these Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa?
They’re so filling and the salsa goes with so many different dishes.
Heinz Classic Beanz Burgers are also available in Texan and Italian flavours from Ocado, priced at £2.00 for a pack of 2.
Actimel Supermix Mango Goji Berry Turmeric – 28 calories per 100ml
Looking to start your day with a boost of vitamin D and immune supporting cultures?
These little bottles of Actimel Supermix Mango Goji Berry Turmeric drink will brighten your mornings.
Fermented for over eight hours, these yoghurty drinks contain three strains of live cultures that are rich in vitamins D and B6, setting you well on your way to your daily recommended intake.
Flavoured with fruity mango and superfoods goji berries and turmeric, these are a little boost of goodness with no added sugar and 0% fat.
Pack one of these with one of our tasty Breakfast Muffins for a nutritious and filling breakfast on-the-go!
Actimel Supermix Mango Goji Berry Turmeric is available from Sainsbury’s, priced at £2.75 for 8 bottles.
Nairn’s Chocolate Orange Oat Biscuits – 48 calories per biscuit
The current craze for all things chocolate orange continues with these Nairn’s Chocolate Orange Oat Biscuits!
We’re still loving this flavour combo and it’s even more delicious in the form of a crumbly, oaty biscuit.
Nairn’s recipe uses 35% less sugar than similar biscuits, and it’s wheat-free too, using only natural wholegrain oats.
For just 48 calories each, these biscuits are a healthier treat, best enjoyed with a lovely hot cup of tea!
If you’re not a chocolate orange lover, you might fancy one of these Apple Pie Cookies instead. They’re crumbly, sweet and can even double up as breakfast!
Nairn’s Chocolate Orange Oat Biscuits are available from Waitrose, priced at £1.00 for a 200g pack.
Eat Real Sour Cream & Chives Sharing Quinoa Chips – 132 calories per serving
Snacks are better shared with your friends and family.
Whether you’re gathering around the TV this weekend for the football or Wimbledon finals, or relaxing with a film night, these Eat Real Sour Cream & Chives Sharing Quinoa Chips will be a hit!
Super crunchy, these crisps are made from quinoa flour, mixed with rice flour, pea flour, lentil flour and corn flour to create a gluten free snack that’s vegan friendly.
They don’t lack in flavour either, and can be enjoyed alone or with your favourite dip.
Did you know that quinoa is packed with protein? We love it in this Summer Pineapple, Lime and Feta Quinoa Salad – it’s bursting with fruity, fresh flavours.
Eat Real Sour Cream & Chives Sharing Quinoa Chips are available from Asda, priced at £1.00 for an 80g bag.
WK Kellog Kids Raspberry Strawberry Beetroot Bar 5X22g – 84 calories per bar
These Kellog Kids Raspberry Strawberry Beetroot Bars are too good to be just for the kids! The oaty bars are a great source of fibre that the whole family will love.
Made from wholegrain oats, fruit and veg, they’re a handy, healthy grab and go snack – great for lunch boxes!
These little bars are suitable for vegans, free from artificial flavours, colours and preservatives and just 84 calories each.
If you’re looking for more fruit themed snack ideas, how about this Strawberry Pancake Traybake?
Serve it for breakfast, brunch, dessert or with a cup of tea! It’s just 55 calories per serving!
WK Kellog Kids Raspberry Strawberry Beetroot Bar is available from Tesco, priced at £2.49 for a pack of 5.
Pollen + Grace Juicy Raspberry Granola + Chia Pot – 259 calories per pot
If your days are feeling a little busier than normal, it can be tricky to make sure you find the time to make a healthy, nutritious breakfast.
Rather than reaching for highly processed convenience food, why not try this Pollen + Grace Juicy Raspberry Granola + Chia Pot?
Completely plant based and 100% natural, this breakfast pot is a good source of fibre and high in Omega-3.
You get a juicy layer of raspberry and chia, topped with crunchy oat and coconut granola. It’s tasty, wholesome and handy.
Prefer to prep your breakfast the night before? Overnight oats are such a time saver. We love these Tiramisu Overnight Oats – they have a hit of coffee to kickstart your day!
Pollen + Grace Juicy Raspberry Granola + Chia Pot is available from Ocado, priced at £2.30 for a 175g pot.
McCains Spicy Chilli Chipotle Ridge Chips – 243 calories per portion
Who doesn’t love chips? Take your oven chip game to the next level with these chunky, crinkle cut, McCains Spicy Chilli Chipotle Ridge Chips.
They come with little sachets of chipotle seasoning that adds a punch of spicy chilli flavouring.
Simply sprinkle it over the frozen chips and then pop them into the oven to get all golden and crispy.
For a more slimming friendly version, why not try your hand at making these Chipotle Hasselback Potatoes?
They take a little longer to cook than frozen oven chips but they’re so tasty and just 161 calories per serving.
Also available in BBQ and Chimichurri flavours, McCains Spicy Chilli Chipotle Ridge Chips are available from Tesco, priced at £2.99 for a 762g pack.
Wicked Kitchen Birthday Cake Ice Dream Treat – 137 calories per scoop
Every day can feel like your birthday when you treat yourself to a scoop of this vegan ice cream!
Made from coconut oil, with real pieces of vegan sponge cake, Wicked Kitchen Birthday Cake Ice Dream Treat is so sweet and creamy – all for 137 calories per scoop.
With rainbow sprinkles swirled through, this plant based ice cream is perfect for scooping onto a cone or serving alongside a fruity pie or pudding.
For a real treat, serve a scoop on top of these Pear and Ginger Crumbles when they’re fresh out of the oven!
Wicked Kitchen Birthday Cake Ice Dream Treat is available from Tesco, priced at £2.50 for a 500ml tub.
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 fortnight’s Super 6 selection:
- Spring onions – 32 calories per 100g
- Beef tomatoes – 20 calories per 100g
- Baking potatoes – 63 calories per 100g
- Red peppers – 31 calories per 100g
- Grapefruit – 43 calories per 100g
- Watermelon – 33 calories per 100g
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