Your Slimming Essentials – The Weekly Pinch of Shopping 20.08
Does anyone else feel like August is flying by?! The good news is that it’s already Friday – and that means it’s time for your Weekly Pinch of Shopping. Woop!
This week we’ve found even more slimming friendly and time saving items that make it far easier to cook a healthy meal at home – so you won’t be as tempted to reach for that takeaway menu.
Rather than a trip to the kebab shop, head to Aldi for some Tex Mex inspired Veggiebabs made from courgettes, kidney beans and red peppers.
They’re so much better for you, really tasty and super versatile.
Do you love an iced latte from the coffee shop? As well as being quite pricey, they can be up to 130 calories, even with skimmed milk.
We’ve found some Nescafe sachets that make it so easy to whip up an iced salted caramel latte at home in seconds – just add water and stir.
At 53 calories per glass you’ll save calories as well as pennies!
Over the last few weeks we’ve found lots of chocolate orange themed snacks, and we’ve found another orangey treat this week too – Terry’s Chocolate Orange Mini Biscuits.
But we’re WAY more excited about these brand new Cadbury Dairy Milk Mint Chocolate Fingers.
They might just be our new favourite treat!
We’ve also dropped in 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 last week’s selection.
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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Our Weekly Pinch of Shopping list aims to show you slimming friendly products 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.
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Plant Menu Tex Mex Inspired Veggiebabs – 77 calories per kebab
Rather than reaching for the takeaway menu when you fancy a kebab, why not try these Plant Menu Tex Mex Inspired Veggiebabs?
They’re made from courgettes, kidney beans and roasted red peppers, with a tasty blend of Tex Mex seasoning.
As well as being packed with veg, they’re only 77 calories each – so much better for you than your usual takeaway kebab.
These are vegan, but if you prefer a meaty version, you could try your hand at our Seekh Kebabs.
Made with 5% lean beef mince and delicate Indian spices, they’re easy to make and so delicious.
Plant Menu Tex Mex Inspired Veggiebabs are available from Aldi, priced at £1.69 for a pack of 4.
Vegetable Creations Smashed Chilli Corn – 123 calories per sachet
If you’re looking for a veggie side that’ll spice up your meals, look no further than Vegetable Creations Smashed Chilli Corn.
The mix of sweetcorn kernels, spicy sweetcorn puree and diced red pepper adds another level of flavour and gentle heat to whatever you serve it alongside.
You get two steam cook sachets that take minutes to cook in the microwave, making this an essential side for midweek meals or even a sunny day BBQ.
Try serving a scoop of this on the side of our Tex Mex Burgers for a tasty dinner with an irresistible kick of heat.
Vegetable Creations Smashed Chilli Corn is available from Tesco, priced at £1.50 for a pack of 2 sachets.
Loyd Grossman No Added Sugar White Lasagne Sauce – 80 calories per 100g
There’s no denying that lasagne is a family favourite dinner, guaranteed to be an all-round crowd pleaser.
It’s not always the most slimming friendly meal however, mainly thanks to the traditional creamy white sauce, which can also take a while to make from scratch.
Loyd Grossman No Added Sugar White Lasagne Sauce has 30% less fat than similar sauces, making it a healthier choice if you’re whipping up a lasagne in a hurry.
Of course, we think it’s hard to beat our own Lasagne recipe, which includes a super easy white sauce that keeps the calories low.
Loyd Grossman No Added Sugar White Lasagne Sauce is available from Asda, priced at £1.00 for a 440g jar.
Remeo Gelato Trentino Blackcurrant Sorbet Lolly – 80 calories per lolly
Made with 40% blackcurrant puree, lollies don’t come much more fruity than these Remeo Gelato Tretino Blackcurrant Sorbet Lollies.
Using only natural ingredients, including blackcurrants from the northern peaks of Italy, these frozen treats have a deep, rich flavour and a vibrant colour.
The sorbet texture is completely unique, making these ice lollies with a difference – they’re more like a dessert, yet so refreshing.
Can’t get enough of the rich, fruity taste of blackcurrants? You’ll love our luxurious yet easy peasy Blackcurrant Mousse.
Remeo Gelato Tretino Blackcurrant Sorbet Lollies are available from Ocado, priced at £3.59 for a pack of 3.
BOL Creamy Corn & Sweet Potato Power Soup – 204 calories per 300g serving
Containing 2 of your 5 a day, 15g of protein and 13g of fibre, it’s no wonder this is called Power Soup!
BOL Creamy Corn and Sweet Potato Power Soup is thick, creamy and full of flavour, with a very mild kick of heat.
Perfect for quick midweek lunches, it can be heated on the hob or in the microwave – and you get all that veggie goodness for just 204 calories per serving.
If you’re always looking for new soup recipes, make sure you’ve tried our Cream of Tomato Soup and Croutons.
It’s silky smooth, packed with veg and just 222 calories per serving.
BOL Creamy Corn and Sweet Potato Power Soup is available from Ocado, priced at £3.00 for a 600g pot.
Nescafe Gold Iced Salted Caramel Latte Instant Coffee Sachets – 53 calories per glass
A refreshing iced latte is such a treat, but buying them from coffee shops can be pricey and not so slimming friendly.
Nescafe Gold Iced Salted Caramel Latte Instant Coffee Sachets make it easy to whip up an ice cold glass at home – you simply add cold water and pop in a few ice cubes.
At 53 calories per glass, this is a much lighter version than a traditional milky iced latte, but it still hits the spot with that lovely sweetness from the salted caramel flavour.
Why not enjoy a glass alongside a slice of this Tiramisu Swiss Roll? Rich and chocolatey with that hint of coffee, it’s perfect for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up!
Nescafe Gold Iced Salted Caramel Latte Instant Coffee Sachets are available from Sainsbury’s, priced at £1.50 for a pack of 7 sachets.
Terry’s Chocolate Orange Minis Biscuit – 130 calories per 25g serving
Obsessed with all things chocolate orange? These Terry’s Chocolate Orange Minis Biscuits are a mashup of the classic chocolatey segments and crunchy, golden biscuit.
Made with real orange oil, you get that yummy burst of citrus, creamy, smooth chocolate and irresistible texture from the biscuit pieces in the middle.
When you fancy something sweet, these will satisfy on every level – and you can have 25g for just 130 calories, so you can stay on track and still enjoy these with a cup of tea.
If you love these flavours, you need to try our Chocolate Orange Baked Oats for breakfast – guaranteed to get your day off to the best possible start!
Terry’s Chocolate Orange Minis Biscuits are available from Ocado, priced at £1.50 for a 115g bag.
Ashfields Habanero Chilli Beef Sizzle Steaks – 122 calories per 85g serving
Matured for 21 days, these Ashfields Habanero Chilli Beef Sizzle Steaks are tender and full of flavour.
Coated with a Habanero chilli rub, they have a good kick of heat to them – and you won’t have to worry about preparing the spices or marinating the steaks yourself.
Simply open the pack and pan fry, grill or barbecue the sizzle steaks. They’re ideal for steak sandwiches or slicing and serving on a fresh green salad.
If these sound a bit too spicy for you, maybe you’d prefer our Balsamic Steak and Feta Salad?
The steak only needs a couple of minutes in the pan so this dish is on the table in no time.
Ashfields Habanero Chilli Beef Sizzle Steaks are available from Aldi, priced at £2.99 for 300g.
Jacobs Mini Cheddars Strathdon Blue Cheese – 129 calories per pack
We’ve all heard of Mini Cheddars but what about Wee Cheddars? These tiny packs of Jacobs Mini Cheddars Strathdon Blue Cheese are small, but pack a mighty punch of flavour!
Made with real cheese from local cheesemakers, the cheese is stirred into the dough and then baked rather than fried to make these snacks a healthier option.
Each little pack comes in at less than 130 calories, making them a great option when you’re craving something crunchy and cheesy.
Fancy making your own crunchy cheese snacks? These Cheese and Pickle Twists are super easy, and just 41 calories each.
Jacobs Mini Cheddars Strathdon Blue Cheese are available from Morrisons, priced at £1.00 for a pack of 6.
Cadbury Dairy Milk Mint Fingers – 109 calories per 4 fingers
This brand new flavour of the classic chocolate biscuit might just be our new favourite treat.
Cadbury Dairy Milk Mint Fingers have got it all – creamy chocolate, crunchy biscuit and that irresistible pop of mintiness!
There are so many flavours of these finger biscuits around at the moment, from white and dark chocolate to the popular chocolate orange.
These are dreamy with a cuppa, and anyone who loves mint chocolate is sure to be a fan!
Prefer cake to biscuits? No problem – we’ve got you covered! How about giving our Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Cream a try?
Cadbury Dairy Milk Mint Fingers are available from Tesco, priced at £1.50.
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 selection:
- Salad Tomatoes – 20 calories per 100g
- Sweet Pointed Peppers – 44 calories per 100g
- Cucumber – 45 calories per 100g
- Sweetcorn – 86 calories per 100g
- Green Beans – 31 calories per 100g
- Easy Peelers – 35 calories per 100g
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