Your Slimming Essentials – The Weekly Pinch of Shopping 18.02
The weekend is just around the corner, AND we’ve got a brand new Weekly Pinch of Shopping for you! Do Fridays get any better?
It might be a bit too early to be thinking about Easter, but this week we’ve spotted some cheesy hot cross buns that look totally mouthwatering! You won’t want to wait until April to try these – pop them at the top of your shopping list.
Oooh have you tried the new chocolate buttons from Aero yet? Bubbly and light, scroll down to find out how many you can enjoy for just 127 calories (psst…it’s more than you think!).
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.
Speaking of doing your weekly shopping, did you know our Quick & Easy food planner includes handy pull-out shopping list pages? It’s ideal for planning your meals and organising what you need to buy (plus there are 26 exclusive recipes inside!).
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!**
Morrisons Nourish Apple Kale & Ginger Green Juice – 65 calories per 150ml glass
Fancy a burst of vitamins to start your day? A glass of this Morrisons Nourish Apple Kale & Ginger Green Juice is a perfect addition to your breakfast.
Packed full of fruits and vegetables, this refreshing drink is super high in vitamin C, known for boosting your immune system.
Sweet with apple and mango, this healthy juice has a hint of warming ginger that’ll wake you up and kickstart your day. With goodness in every sip, we can’t think of a better way to bump up your vitamin intake!
Why not double up on delicious green veg and serve a glass of this juice on the side of our Very Green Zingy Kale Salad? It’s gloriously green, with sharp apples, crunchy kale and a zesty lime dressing that brings it all to life.
Morrisons Nourish Apple Kale & Ginger Green Juice is available from Morrisons, priced at £1.65.
Specially Selected Sea Salt & Chardonnay Wine Vinegar Chips – 132 calories per 100g
Chippy tea tonight? Save some pennies (and some calories!) and pick up a pack of these Specially Selected Sea Salt & Chardonnay Wine Vinegar Chips from Aldi instead. The thick cut Maris Piper potatoes turn golden on the outside and fluffy on the inside as they cook in the oven.
These handy frozen chips even include a sachet of punchy sea salt and chardonnay wine vinegar seasoning. Sprinkle over the cooked chips to add the perfect blend of salty and tangy flavours.
Prefer to make your own chips from scratch? We’ve practised and perfected the recipe for healthy homemade chips – they don’t come better than this! You can make our Homemade Oven Chips in the air fryer or your oven; they’ll turn out delicious either way.
Specially Selected Sea Salt & Chardonnay Wine Vinegar Chips are available from Aldi, priced at £1.49.
Cully & Sully A Full Bodied Vegetable Soup – 140 calories per 1/2 pot
Brrrr it’s cold out there! It doesn’t look like it’ll be warming up anytime soon, but a bowlful of veggie soup will keep the chill at bay. Made from carrots, leeks, onions and potatoes, this Cully & Sully A Full Bodied Vegetable Soup is comforting and filling in equal measures.
The hearty broth is a wholesome option for lunch, and it can be heated in a pan or microwaved in its packaging for ultimate convenience. At 140 calories for half a pot, you can add a bread roll to create a nourishing meal that’ll fill you up until dinner.
If you like your soup with a stronger flavour, you’ll love our slimming friendly take on Broccoli and Stilton Soup. Nothing goes to waste with this recipe – throw in every last bit of the broccoli and blend it down into a smooth, creamy soup that’s a delicious balance of sharp cheese and mellow broccoli.
Cully & Sully A Full Bodied Vegetable Soup is available from Sainsbury’s, priced at £1.75 for a 400g pot.
Morrisons Wonky Peas – 67 calories per serving
Whether your veggies are fresh, frozen, dried or juiced, they all count towards your five a day. Peas are one of the most versatile vegetables going – you can cook them into dishes, serve them on the side or blend them into soups.
Like all veggies, peas don’t have to be perfect to be good for you. These frozen Wonky Peas from Morrisons might not be the pick of the crop, but that doesn’t make them any less delicious. Show them a little love and pick up a bag next time you pop to the shop. You’ll be helping reduce food waste, and they’re good for your pocket too – a 900g bag is just 59p!
Throw a big handful into this Minced Beef Hotpot to make a crowd-pleasing dinner that’s oh-so-satisfying. There’s something seriously comforting about minced beef and veggies with that golden potato topping!
Morrisons Wonky Peas are available from the frozen section of Morrisons, priced at 59p for a 900g bag.
Dina Lavash Flatbreads – 149 calories per flatbread
These Mediterranean inspired Dina Lavash Flatbreads are great for adding a little more variety into your lunches. Instead of the usual brown bread or tortilla wraps, why not try loading one up with salad or sandwich fillings?
They taste best warm, so pop them in the oven for a couple of minutes or blast in the microwave for 10 seconds before serving. We bet they’d be delicious packed with Coronation Chickpeas, or smeared with this Hummus Style Dip.
For a super speedy lunch idea that packs in ALL the flavour, you need to give these Cheesy Bacon Flatbreads a try. Melty cheese and salty bacon…do we need to say anymore?
Dina Lavash Flatbreads are available from Morrisons, priced at £1.25 for a pack of 6.
Goodlife Vegetable Firecracker Melts – 237 calories per melt
Looking for a veggie alternative to enjoy with your stir-fry? If you like your food nice and spicy, these Goodlife Vegetable Firecracker Melts are for you! They’re little rice cakes that come filled with yummy veg, including broccoli, peppers and edamame beans, with an oozy centre of fiery chilli sauce.
At 237 calories per melt, these are both versatile and slimming friendly. Serve them with a salad, in a burger – anything goes!
If you enjoy veggie snacks that have a kick to them, we’ve got you covered with these Cauliflower Hot Wings. The heat comes from a hot sauce made with Sriracha and chilli powder, and we’ve included a cooling yoghurt dip for the perfect balance of spiciness.
Goodlife Vegetable Firecracker Melts are available from Morrisons, priced at £2.00 for a pack of 2.
Raspberry & White Chocolate Yoghurt – 107 calories per pot
Perfect for snacking, this Raspberry and White Chocolate Yoghurt from Sainsbury’s is a skyr style treat that will fill you up and satisfy your sweet tooth. Higher in protein than traditional yoghurt, skyr is an Icelandic dairy product with a delicate mild flavour.
Thick and creamy, this decadent tasting yoghurt is surprisingly slimming friendly – just 107 calories in each pot. Enjoy it on its own, or add some fresh berries for a delicious breakfast option that’ll fill you up until lunchtime.
Raspberry and white chocolate is such a dreamy flavour combination! If you love it too, be sure to give this White Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Coulis a try. It’s 147 calories of total deliciousness – and the perfect end to any meal.
Raspberry & White Chocolate Yoghurt is available from Sainsbury’s, priced at 70p per pot.
Morrisons The Best Mini Focaccia Onion & Garlic – 68 calories per focaccia
Not your typical bready nibbles, these The Best Mini Focaccia from Morrisons come in a delightful onion and garlic flavour. They’re crunchier than traditional focaccia, which makes them great for dipping and scooping.
Enriched with Italian olive oil, these crisp breads are ideal for adding some crunch into your lunchtime! Serve them with soup, salad or a homemade dip like our Spinach and Pesto Dip.
Packed with fresh spinach and punchy basil, the flavours will go hand in hand with the onion and garlic infused focaccia. Delicioso!
Morrisons The Best Mini Focaccia Onion & Garlic is available from Morrisons, priced at £1.65 for a pack of 5.
Aero Melts Milk Chocolate Sharing Bag – 127 calories per 12 sweets
Your favourite bubbly chocolate is now in button form! These new Aero Melts Milk Chocolate Sharing Bags have just hit shelves and we can’t wait to give them a try. The melty discs of chocolatey goodness come in a milk chocolate and a caramel flavour – and you can enjoy a satisfying serving of 12 buttons for just 127 calories.
Airy yet indulgent, we can’t think of a better treat to snuggle up in front of the telly with!
If you’re a self confessed chocoholic, why not go for an even more decadent tasting pud? Our Chocolate Mud Pie might sound, look and taste luxurious, but it’s only 125 calories per slice. Finished off with a dusting of dark chocolate, this is definitely a showstopper bake!
Aero Melts Milk Chocolate Sharing Bags are available from Morrisons, priced at £1.00.
M&S Extremely Cheesy Hot Cross Buns – 181 calories per bun
Easter may be a way off, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sneak in a few early treats. The supermarkets are already stocked up for the season, with rows of chocolate eggs and shelves of squidgy hot cross buns.
A twist on the traditional lightly spiced fruit breads, these M&S Extremely Cheesy Hot Cross Buns are savoury, buttery and surprisingly slimming friendly. At 181 calories each, they’re a yummy addition to breakfast, lunch or supper – serve them warm to get the most out of those incredibly cheesy flavours.
If melted cheese and bread is your kind of heaven, why not add this Cheesy Chilli Toastie into your meal plan for the week? Gooey, melted cheese and a kick of fiery chilli – yes please!
M&S Extremely Cheesy Hot Cross Buns are available from Ocado, priced at £1.65 for a pack of 4.
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:
- Chestnut Mushrooms – 17 calories per 100g
- Baking Potatoes – 63 calories per 100g
- Cherry Tomatoes – 18 calories per 100g
- White Grapes – 69 calories per 100g
- Asparagus Tips – 25 calories per 100g
- Mango – 60 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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