Your Slimming Essentials – The Weekly Pinch of Shopping 14.08
You’ve been asking for it…so we listened…our weekly slimming essentials list is BACK.
This is the Weekly Pinch of Shopping!
We’ve had a little look around for some low-calorie products that we think you’ll love, as well as alternatives to higher calorie ingredients and items that are perfect for when you’re running low on time.
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We’ve tried to show you slimming essentials that are available in a wide range of stores so that you can pick them up during your weekly shop, and to make things really convenient we’ve also listed any relevant nutritional info and the RRP.
Please do remember that all prices are correct at the time of us writing this article and should be used as a guide only!
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Your Slimming Essentials – Meat-free beef Oxo cubes – 8 calories per 100g
We use stock in so many of our recipes, but if you’re cooking for vegetarians or vegans, you often have to miss out on the meaty stock flavour.
Oxo have recently introduced these meat-free beef Oxo cubes, so you can add a rich beefy taste with no artificial preservatives to your veggie cottage pies and stews and more.
We think these meat-free beef Oxo cubes are great for those looking to reduce their meat consumption or just widen their pantry options when cooking.
You could substitute the vegetable stock pot in our Veggie Keema Pie!
We’ve spotted a 12-pack of these in Tesco and Asda for around £1. A great slimming essential!
Your Slimming Essentials – Iceland Ready Cooked Bang Bang Chicken Breast Strips – 126 calories per 100g
Iceland often has different varieties of precooked, flavoured chicken strips that are low in calories and really easy to toss in a salad or sandwich for extra flavour and a protein hit.
These Iceland Ready Cooked Bang Bang Chicken Strips are so handy to have in the freezer for those days when you fancy something fast and fuss-free!
This slimming essential has a rich Chinese flavour, and would be ideal for a quick dinner alongside Fakeaway Fried Rice and some steamed veggies.
You can also pop these Iceland Ready Cooked Bang Bang Chicken Strips in a wrap for lunch in a pinch without even having to turn the oven on!
You can get these from Iceland at £3 for 400g.
Your Slimming Essentials – Dash Water Peach Infused Sparkling Water – Calorie FREE
This Dash Water peach infused sparkling water could well be our new go-to summer drink.
It’s super refreshing and the best thing is that it contains no sugar, sweeteners or calories.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Dash Water is helping to tackle food waste by using only surplus fruit or peaches deemed too imperfect for supermarkets.
We can definitely get behind a product that tastes good and does good!
We found this Dash Water peach infused sparkling water in Ocado for £1.29 a can and they’re also currently on offer in Sainsburys at £2.75 for 4 cans – bargain!
Your Slimming Essentials – Alpro Vanilla-Almond Desserts – 90 calories per pot
We’re firm believers that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice all of your favourite foods on your slimming journey!
We came across these Alpro Vanilla-Almond Desserts the other day and they’re the perfect way to help curb your sweet tooth.
Dairy free, gluten free, 100% plant-based and suitable for vegan diets, these Alpro Vanilla-Almond dessert pots come in at just 90 calories.
We LOVE the flavour combo of vanilla and almond, but if you’re not a fan then these tasty desserts are also available in chocolate and hazelnut – we’ll take one of each please!
You can grab them from Sainsburys or Tesco at £1.50 for two pots.
Your Slimming Essentials – Iceland Lemon Slices – 16 cal for 80g
We love these Iceland lemon slices because they’re freshly frozen meaning no more food waste or leaving a lonely looking lemon half in your fridge for days!
You have a pre-chilled slice to pop in an Elderflower Gin Fizz to keep it cool, or for a speedy garnish for Creamy Lemon Chicken or Lemon Drizzle Cake!
You can also get sliced limes, which can be used in recipes like our Mexican Corn on the Cob.
You can grab a 350g bag of these Iceland lemon slices for £2.
Your Slimming Essentials – Smooze Fruit Ice – 102 calories each
We’ve seen some scorching weather recently, and sometimes all you’re craving is something fruity and iced to cool you down!
Instead of reaching for the full-sugar lollies, try a Smooze! Fruit Ice.
One of the members in our Facebook group, Nicola Longhurst, spotted these Smooze! Fruit Ices and we think they’ll be great for hot summer evenings and picnics in the sun.
Vegan, gluten and nut free, they’re a great slimming essential for a number of dietary restrictions, and they’re only 102 calories each!
Available in a range of coconut flavours, you can bring a touch of the tropical to your back garden this summer!
We found the Smooze! Fruit Ices in Sainsbury’s and Tesco from £2.50 for a 5-pack.
Your Slimming Essentials – Heinz Chilli & Lime Salad Dressing Spray – 2 calories per spray
Hate soggy salad? Heinz’ Salad Dressing Spray could be the answer you’ve been looking for.
At just 2 calories per spray and with absolutely no artificial colours or flavours, these handy sprays come in a variety of flavours, but our favourite HAS to be the Chilli & Lime.
It’s such a quick and easy way to jazz up some boring salad leaves, or why not try it spritzed over our KFC Rice Box to add a zingy twist?
The Heinz Salad Dressing Spray comes in Chilli & Lime, Balsamic Garlic and Raspberry & Balsamic.
You can get them from Morrisons at £1.50 per bottle.
Your Slimming Essentials – Smirnoff Seltzer Orange & Grapefruit – 72 calories per can
We all love a cheeky little drink at the weekend, but alcohol can be packed full of hidden calories which means it’s not always ideal on your slimming journey!
This Smirnoff Seltzer Orange & Grapefruit is really fruity and refreshing and comes in at just 72 calories per can.
It’s super convenient for enjoying in the garden, with a picnic or even just at home and we LOVE it served with our Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad.
If you prefer a sweeter taste, then these cans are also available in Raspberry & Rhubarb and you can find both flavours of Smirnoff Seltzer at Sainsburys for £1.85 a can.
Your Slimming Essentials – Magnum No Added Sugar – Vanilla Caramel – 154 calories each
Magnum ice cream is rich and decadent, and usually firmly OFF the table when you’re following a slimming plan, but now you can get your hands on those creamy chocolatey, treats with no added sugar!
The vanilla caramel flavour has a sweet, salted caramel sauce running through so they are ideal for caramel lovers.
At only 154 calories each and naturally gluten free, these Magnum no added sugar ice creams will hit the spot but with a whopping saving on sugar and fat.
Ideal as a dessert or a mid afternoon pick-me-up, we’ve found these Magnum no added sugar ice creams in all the major supermarkets including Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Ocado, priced from £3.50 for a box of 3.
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