Your Slimming Essentials – The Weekly Pinch of Shopping 16.04
In this week’s Weekly Pinch of Shopping, we’ve found the perfect throwback to one of our favourite childhood dinners…with a vegan twist!
Try the new dino-shaped Quorn Roarsomes for a quick and simple tea that’s fun as well as flavoursome.
For a falafel-style feast, we’ve also found some pumpkin and chilli bites that make a great wrap filler for an outdoor picnic or an easy lunch with a pile of fresh mixed salad.
If you’d prefer something meatier, we’re bringing you low fat chicken chipolatas that are tipped as a ‘roast dinner’ in a sausage!
We’ve also found a variety of sweet treats, including chocolate coated pumpkin seeds that are full of goodness, and a box of fruity Twister ice creams that we think are the ideal treat to cool you down as the weather warms up.
Plus, we are featuring an indulgent cinnamon bun flavoured latte which would go perfectly with a delicious sticky toffee flavoured biscuit or two.
We also have a reminder of the Aldi Super 6 week this week.
Aldi discounts a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables every fortnight, so we give you the rundown and inspiration to make the most of these budget ingredients.
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.
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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Twister Peek-a-blue Ice Lollies – 66 calories per ice cream
Twister Peek-a-blue Ice Lollies are a refreshing, tasty frozen treat that we can’t wait to tuck into on a hot day!
They’re a real taste of summer, and slimming friendly too.
Fruity melon, strawberry-lemon, apple-blueberry combine into a medley of flavour that’s a great choice for outdoor parties, summer days or even as an afternoon snack.
At only 66 calories per lolly, not only are they low fat but they’re also brightly coloured with a variety of textures and shapes.
They’re gluten free and contain no artificial colours or flavours, so they’re well worth adding to your slimming essentials basket!
Perfect after a fresh salad like our Courgette Ribbon, Lemon and Feta Salad.
Twister Peek-a-blue Ice Lollies can be found in most supermarkets for £1.90 per box.
Gosh Sweet Pumpkin and Chilli Bites – 210 calories per portion
Fancy a change to falafel in your lunchtime wrap?
These Gosh Sweet Pumpkin and Chilli Bites are simple, quick and can be used in a variety of ways!
They’re naturally gluten free, vegan and free from the top 14 allergens so are convenient to have in the fridge if you have a few different dietary requirements to cater for.
You can eat them cold, but we like them warmed up and stuffed into a lunchtime wrap or sandwich with fresh shredded lettuce and a dollop of yoghurt dip.
Alternatively, try over a bed of Nando’s Spicy Rice and your favourite steamed veggies for a more substantial meal.
Asda and Sainsbury’s stock these Gosh Sweet Pumpkin and Chilli Bites for £2.80 per pack.
Refreshers Choos Sharing Bag – 78 calories per serving
This Refreshers Choos Sharing Bag is full of fruity, fizzy sweets that really hit the spot!
Because they’re in a handy share bag, you can keep them in the car or in your desk drawer for those moments you need a quick grab and go treat.
With lemon, strawberry, apple, pineapple and raspberry, there’s a delicious flavour for everyone!
They have a soft texture which sets them apart from other sweets, and they’re gluten free and suitable for vegans.
Why not share a bag on movie nights alongside a delicious Marshmallow Bar?
We’ve spotted these Refreshers Choos Sharing Bags at Tesco for £1 per 150g bag
Nutrilicious Crunchy Coated Pumpkin Seeds – 172 calories per bag
When you’re reaching for a quick snack, it’s sometimes tempting to grab a sugary bar of chocolate or high-fat crisps.
With these Nutrilicious Crunchy Coated Pumpkin Seeds, you get satisfying crunch and smooth chocolate all in one for the best of both worlds!
Pumpkin seeds are nutritious and packed with protein give you a boost of nutrients and antioxidants.
What better way to get some extra goodness than wrapping them in rich dark chocolate?
We’ve seen them in dark chocolate, milk chocolate and even creamy white chocolate varieties!
If you find yourself reaching for chocolate, try our slimming friendly Chocolate Brownies!
Nutrilicious Crunchy Coated Pumpkin Seeds can be found at Ocado for £1.25 per 30g bag.
Nescafe Gold Cinnamon Bun Latte Instant Coffee – 80 calories per mug
A silky smooth coffee shop latte is a real treat, but the calories can quickly add up.
Not only does this Nescafe Gold Cinnamon Bun Latte Instant Coffee only set you back 80 calories, but you can rustle it up in your own kitchen!
With the recognisable flavour of cinnamon and spice, it’s a warming and sweet option that makes a lighter latte that can be enjoyed at home, at work or anywhere you have access to hot water and your favourite mug.
Another coffee shop favourite with a slimming twist is our indulgent Pumpkin Spice Latte:
Boxes of Nescafe Gold Cinnamon Bun Latte Instant Coffee are available at most supermarkets for £2, but they’re currently on offer for £1.50 at Sainsbury’s.
The Jolly Hen Chicken Chipolatas – 102 calories per 2 sausages
A slimming sausage that’s succulent and juicy can be hard to find, but The Jolly Hen Chicken Chipolatas prove that it’s not only pork that makes the best bangers!
Not only are they gluten free and dairy free, they’re also freezer friendly.
It’s worth popping a pack into your slimming essentials basket for those days you’re running low on motivation and just need something simple, hearty and fast.
They’re described as all the flavours of a roast dinner packed into a scrumptious sausage, with classic rosemary and thyme flavours.
Tesco and Ocado stock The Jolly Hen Chicken Chipolatas for £3 per pack.
McVitie’s Hobnobs Sticky Toffee Pudding Flavour – 92 calories per biscuit
The crunch of a classic Hobnob, with a sticky toffee twist! These McVitie’s Hobnobs Sticky Toffee Pudding Flavour are one of our favourite break time treats.
They’re suitable for vegetarians with no artificial colours or flavourings.
Keep a packet in the cupboard for easy snacking at only 92 calories per biscuit.
Because they have a distinctive flavour, we’ve found that they’re satisfying and really hit the spot when you need a mid-morning moment of luxury.
We’ve also seen these biscuits in a chocolate brownie variety that we can’t wait to try – is there a better combination than a biscuit and a fudgy brownie?
For a warming toffee pud, try our Toffee Apple Pies!
Pick up a packet of McVitie’s Hobnobs Sticky Toffee Pudding Flavour at most supermarkets for around £2.35 a pack.
Quorn Roarsomes Crunchy Dinosaurs – 176 calories per 2 dinos
How cute are these Quorn Roarsomes Crunchy Dinosaurs?!
They’re a throwback to our childhood dinners, but these ones aren’t just for the kids! At only 88 calories each, they’re low in calories, crispy and delicious.
These crunchy Quorn dinosaurs are high in protein and fibre to keep you feeling fuller for longer, and suitable for vegans.
We can’t WAIT to get our hands on them, and they’re exclusively available in Iceland from this week.
You can cook them straight from frozen in only 15 minutes for ultimate convenience, and serve with Rustic Potato Wedges and a pile of garden peas for a nostalgic dinner that couldn’t be easier.
Quorn Roarsomes Crunchy Dinosaurs are brand new to Iceland for £2 per bag.
REMINDER Aldi Super 6 Fruit and Veg Selection
We love Aldi’s selection of fresh fruit and veggies, and each fortnight they choose six of them 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 selection and some meal inspiration to give you some ideas on how to make the most of the Super 6!
- Brown Onions – 40 calories per 100g
- Unwaxed Lemons – 17 calories per 100g
- White Mushrooms – 22 calories per 100g
- Sweet Potatoes – 86 calories per 100g
- Tenderstem Broccoli – 40 calories per 100g
- Romaine Lettuce Hearts – 17 calories per 100g
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