Your Slimming Essentials – The Weekly Pinch of Shopping 21.10
It’s our favourite day of the week! It’s almost the weekend AND it’s time for a BRAND NEW Weekly Pinch of Shopping. With Halloween right around the corner, we’ve spotted some seasonal treats to get you in the spirit this week.
You won’t want to miss the rich and creamy pumpkin soup we’ve found at Sainsbury’s – it’s made with real double cream, but it’s just 74 calories per serving!
We’ve got sweet snacks covered too…how tasty do these honeycomb flavour Mini Rolls sound?
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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.
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. There’s a fresh selection this week, so scroll down to find out what’s included, along with some ideas on how to make the most of the ingredients.
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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!**
Sainsbury’s Spiced Stanley Plum Yoghurt – 186 calories per pot
Made with West Country milk, this Spiced Stanley Plum Yoghurt from Sainsbury’s Autumn Edition range is not to be missed. With a thick, creamy texture and a deep, rich plum flavour, it’s exactly what you fancy on a cosy autumnal day.
Whether as part of your breakfast, enjoyed as a snack or saved for after dinner, you’ll want to save this luxurious yoghurt for just the right moment. At 186 calories, it’s a little more indulgent than other, lighter yoghurts, but well worth it for every spoonful of that lovely plum flavour.
Imagine a big dollop of this yoghurt served on the side of our Chocolate Waffles. Now that’s a breakfast that’ll make you jump out of bed in the morning!
Sainsbury’s Spiced Stanley Plum Yoghurt is available from Sainsbury’s, priced at 95p.
Sainsbury’s Cheese & Chilli Chutney Pinwheels, Autumn Edition – 45 calories per pinwheel
There’s always time in your day for a crunchy pastry treat with a cheesy twist. These Sainsbury’s Cheese & Chilli Chutney Pinwheels are a flaky, flavourful little pick-me-up that you can reach for any time you feel a bit peckish.
Ready to eat fresh from the packet, the butter-enriched pastry is layered with Cheddar and Red Leicester cheese, with a chilli and tomato chutney. Golden, crisp and only 45 calories each, they’re a treat for your taste buds.
Grab some light puff pastry and have a go at making your own pinwheel pastries – these Pizza Swirls are so much fun to rustle up. We’ve given ours a ham, cheese and tomato filling, but anything goes (just remember to adjust the calories, if you’re counting).
Sainsbury’s Cheese & Chilli Chutney Pinwheels, Autumn Edition are available from Sainsbury’s, priced at £2.95 for a pack of 8.
Harry Ramsden’s Salt and Vinegar Crispy Chicken Breast Fillet Strips – 229 calories per 1/4 pack
Forget about nuggets or breaded chicken, these Salt and Vinegar Crispy Chicken Breast Fillet Strips are our new obsession. Part of the Harry Ramsden range at Iceland, the frozen chicken pieces come coated in an unmissable salt and vinegar flavoured batter.
They cook in the oven in just 20 minutes, and you can pop them in the air fryer too. Either way, you’ll be left with juicy, tender chicken and a lovely light yet crispy coating. At 229 calories for a quarter of the pack, there’s room to add a handful of Homemade Oven Chips on the side.
For a taste of the chip shop without having to leave your house, we highly recommend this Fish and Chip Pie. Don’t worry, we didn’t forget to add the salt and vinegar!
Harry Ramsden’s Salt and Vinegar Crispy Chicken Breast Fillet Strips are available from Iceland, priced at £4.00 for a 500g bag.
Iceland Cheddar Cheese Hash Brown Bites – 221 calories per 1/5 pack
Believe us, you definitely want to pop some of these Cheddar Cheese Hash Brown Bites in your trolley the next time you’re in Iceland. We’re talking crunchy little mouthfuls of shredded potato, mixed with mature cheese and pre-fried for extra crispiness.
Whether you oven bake or air fry them, these hash brown-inspired nuggets are perfect for adding onto your Full English breakfast, or serving on the side of your favourite simple dinner recipes.
We’ll take a few of these bites served with one of our Turkey Burgers. Cheesier and crispier than chips, they’ll be delicious with our juicy, light burgers, Each one is just 176 calories and so much more flavourful than the turkey burgers you’ll find in the supermarket.
Iceland Cheddar Cheese Hash Brown Bites are available from Iceland, priced at £2.00 for a 550g bag.
Morrisons Nourish Mexican Chipotle Jackfruit Meal Pot – 295 calories per pot
A hero for busy days, it never hurts to have a microwavable meal in the fridge. This veggie-friendly Morrisons Nourish Mexican Chipotle Jackfruit Meal Pot is packed with protein, and it’s only 295 calories for the whole pot.
Inside is a rich tomato soup, with pea protein, kidney beans and jackfruit to keep you feeling full until your next meal. Finished with cocoa to enrich the Mexican-inspired flavours, this is a tasty way to get in 2 of your 5-a-day. Heat it up in the microwave for an easy, speedy lunch.
If you’re looking for more flavour-packed vegetarian dishes to add into your weekly meal plan, you can’t go wrong with this Roasted Vegetable and Pesto Tart. It’s a colourful, crunchy tart made with filo pastry, filled with homemade pesto, and topped with a rainbow of roasted vegetables – and it’s just 201 calories per serving.
Morrisons Nourish Mexican Chipotle Jackfruit Meal Pot is available from Morrisons, priced at £1.99.
Shloer Zero Sparkling White Grape Juice – 4 calories per 100ml
We all know that alcohol is full of hidden calories, so when you’re trying to stay on track, it can be best to choose another option. Shloer is well known for being an alcohol-free refreshment, but now it’s (nearly) calorie-free too.
Fruity and fizzy, this Shloer Zero Sparkling White Grape Juice will make sure you don’t feel like you’re missing out on the fun. For just 4 calories per 100ml, you can pour yourself a few glasses, and there’ll be no chance of a sore head the next day!
Treat yourself to a glassful of citrus flavours and make a jug of our Homemade Lemonade for your next get-together. Seriously refreshing, it’s really easy to prepare in advance – just make the syrup ahead of time and top it up with water when you’re ready to serve.
Shloer Zero Sparkling White Grape Juice is available from Tesco, priced at £2.40 for a 750ml bottle.
Heck Pork Sausage Dippers – 270 calories per 2 dippers
These Heck Pork Sausage Dippers are so much fun. The tender pork shoulder sausages are rolled in a gluten free, crispy crumb and baked until they’re golden brown. Designed to be popped onto a skewer, they’re perfect for dipping into your favourite condiment.
Each 2 dippers works out at 270 calories, with 23g of protein. Ready in less than 20 minutes, they’ll cook in the oven or air fryer…the only difficult decision is whether to dip them in ketchup or mustard!
Talking of dippable sausage snacks – have you tried our Sausage Rolls? They’re seriously easy to make, and there’s even a vegan version right here.
Heck Pork Sausage Dippers are available from Tesco.
Go Ahead! FibreJacks Raspberry Multipack – 139 calories per flapjack
A GoAhead treat is always a slimming-friendly staple, and these new FibreJacks are no exception! We’ve spotted these raspberry flavour ones in Asda this week, although they’re also available in a blueberry version.
High in fibre, the little bars of baked wholegrain oats are perfect for a mid-morning tea break. Syrupy sweet, with teeny pieces of raspberry, they were made for enjoying with a cup of tea and your feet up. Individually packaged, they’re so handy to have in the cupboard.
Next time you’re craving oaty deliciousness, you need to make our Fruity Flapjack Pizza. There’s no mozzarella on this pizza – instead, the chewy flapjack base is topped with sweetened cream cheese and a rainbow of sliced fresh fruit.
Go Ahead! FibreJacks Raspberry Multipack is available from Asda, priced at £1.75 for a pack of 4.
Sainsbury’s Spiced Pumpkin Soup – 74 calories per 1/2 can
It’s officially pumpkin spice season, so we couldn’t resist adding this Spiced Pumpkin Soup onto the shopping list this week. The vibrant soup is a warming blend of pumpkin, carrots, onion, sweet potato and red chillies, swirled with decadent double cream.
Hearty and wholesome, there are just 74 calories in half of the can – so you can add a bread roll on the side, or enjoy the whole tin to yourself. This has got to be the ultimate autumnal lunch!
Double pumpkin is twice as nice, so why not round off your meal with a slice of Pumpkin Pie? If the thought of creamy spiced pumpkin on a crispy base isn’t tempting enough, this autumn-themed dessert is only 104 calories per slice.
Sainsbury’s Spiced Pumpkin Soup is available from Sainsbury’s, priced at £1.20 per tin.
Cadbury Mini Bonfire Logs, Honeycomb Flavour – 125 calories per log
You won’t want to miss these…Cadbury Mini Rolls have been given a seasonal makeover! These Honeycomb Flavour Cadbury Mini Bonfire Logs have hit the shelves in plenty of time for Bonfire Night.
Each chocolate-covered ‘log’ has a light, honeycomb flavour sponge inside, with (you guessed it) a honeycomb flavour cream swirl. We can’t think of a better chocolatey snack to enjoy all autumn long.
Treat yourself to a bonfire-themed tipple with your Mini Roll and sip on this Firework Fizz cocktail. Made with ginger ale and spiced rum, it’ll warm you right up on a chilly evening. We’re obsessed with the popping candy around the rim of the glass!
Cadbury Mini Bonfire Logs, Honeycomb Flavour are available from Sainsbury’s, priced at £1.25 for a pack of 5.
NEW 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 the rundown of this week’s offering, along with some recipe ideas for you.
Onions – 40 calories per 100g
There are so many recipes that start with a good handful of chopped onions. This staple vegetable adds savoury flavour to a huge range of dishes, and it’s useful for everything from gravy and soup to stews, casseroles and curries.
Often used as a background flavour, not many recipes put the onion in the spotlight. These Cheese and Onion Pasties celebrate the dreamy flavour combo and they’re so easy to make too – perfect for lunch.
Mixed Squash – 40 calories per 100g
It’s squash season and we’re ready to fully embrace the sweet, nutty flavours of all the different squash varieties on offer right now! It’s hard to beat the simplicity of squash that’s chopped up, seasoned and roasted in the oven until golden and caramelised.
Follow the steps in this Butternut Squash Roasties recipe to turn your mixed squash into a tasty side dish – or you could blend up the roasted squash with some stock to turn it into a glossy, thick soup.
Mango – 60 calories per 100g
Juicy and exotic, mangoes are more versatile than you might think. They’re great sliced and packed up for an on-the-go healthy snack, but you can also use them to make everything from salads to desserts.
You’ve probably never tried cooking mango, but it adds so much flavour to this Turkey and Mango Curry. Hearty and warming, it’s ideal for this time of year.
Baby Potatoes – 75 calories per 100g
How cute are these baby potatoes? Harvested before they reach full size, we love using these little potatoes for everything from light salads to the Sunday roast. Boil them, bake them or load them up with flavour like we’ve done in this Chipotle Hasselback Potatoes recipe.
The key is not to cut the potatoes all the way through – you want them to hold their shape as they roast in the oven.
Gala Apples – 52 calories per 100g
Sweet and crunchy, an apple a day is a surefire way to get more vitamins into your diet. You can chop them up and dip slices into peanut butter for a nutritious afternoon snack, or transform them into your favourite autumnal desserts like crumbles and strudels.
We love ours chopped into this refreshing Chicken Waldorf Salad. With sweet apple, crunchy celery and rich walnuts, it’s a classic salad that packs a flavour punch! Psst…you can find more apple recipes right here!
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