Your Slimming Essentials – The Weekly Pinch of Shopping 26.03
In this week’s Weekly Pinch of Shopping, we’ve got some surprisingly low calorie savoury options including a handy jar of spicy slaw that’s perfect for topping sandwiches and jacket potatoes. We’ve also got some brilliant low fat bangers that remind us of summer barbecues despite the chilly weather!
For a fakeaway feast, we’ve found an ultra thin and crispy salami pizza that we think you’ll LOVE. It’s meaty, cheesy and the whole pizza comes in at only 438 calories! Serve with some Homemade Oven Chips for the perfect Friday night dinner.
We’ve sorted your sweet craving this week with some creamy, high protein peanut butter ice cream bars, fruity sweets and Rice Krispies bars that are packed with pretzels and salted caramel – how good do they sound?!
If you’re a fan of fruity jams and preserves, you won’t want to miss the Aldi special buy we have found this week: blackcurrant and passion fruit flavour curds that are great for spreading, baking with and even just dolloping into porridge at only 50 calories per tablespoon!
It’s also another brand new 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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Ainsley Harriott Caribbean Butternut Squash Cup Soup – 81 calories per sachet
A bowl of steaming hot, nutritious soup is one of our favourite lunches, but sometimes starting from scratch isn’t possible if you have a long day away from home! These Ainsley Harriott Caribbean Butternut Squash Cup Soup can be made up with just a mug of hot water, so as long as you have a kettle you’re good to go.!
Coconut milk, thyme, turmeric and curry spices combine for a delicious Caribbean flavour that’s low fat and only 81 calories per serving.
Serve alongside a Caramelised Cheese and Onion Toastie for a more substantial lunch, or make some croutons to sprinkle on top from our Creamy Tomato Soup and Croutons recipe.
Ainsley Harriott Caribbean Butternut Squash Cup Soups are available at Asda and Morrisons for £1 per box of 3.
Maynards Bassetts Fruit Smoothie Jellies – 76 calories per 6 sweets
Sweets aren’t usually the first choice when you’re following a slimming plan, but these Maynards Bassetts Fruit Smoothie Jellies are a fruity option that are bright and colourful as well as tasty!
This jellies mix includes banana & strawberry, pomegranate & berry, pineapple & lemon and mango & passion fruit flavours., and they all sound so good there won’t be any fighting over the best ones! Not only are they a lower calorie option at only 76 calories per 6 sweets, but they’re also free from artificial colours and flavours.
Each sweet contains 13% fruit purees, and are a source of extra Vitamin C which helps combat tiredness and fatigue. Which one’s your favourite flavour?
For a more substantial fruity dessert, try our slimming friendly twist on a classic Trifle:
We’ve spotted these Maynards Bassetts Fruit Smoothie Jellies in Tesco priced at £1 per 130g bag.
Aldi BBQ Chipolatas – 50 calories per chipolata
These Aldi BBQ Chipolatas are a real taste of summer! Lean pork mixed with smoky BBQ spices and ready to pop on the grill or stove, it’s hard to believe these sausages are only 50 calories each.
You could try them in a Slow Cooker Sausage Casserole for a smokier flavour, or simply enjoy them in a sandwich for breakfast with a dollop of ketchup. Because they’re thinner than standard sausages, they cook faster which we think makes them great for rushed mornings when you need something hot and fast.
If you have more time to prep the night before, you can pre-cook and add them chopped to Breakfast Muffins for a grab-and-go option!
The peri-peri flavoured chipolatas are spicy and succulent with the perfect amount of heat, which we think would be delicious tossed through Nando’s Spicy Rice!
A 10-pack of Aldi BBQ Chipolatas is available for £1.99.
Grenade Peanut Nutter Ice Cream Bar – 137 calories per bar
Peanut butter ice cream bars with a layer of luxurious caramel? Yes please! These Grenade Peanut Nutter Ice Cream Bars are indulgent and creamy, and low in sugar.
With a whopping 6.9g protein per bar and less than 1g of sugar, these ice cream bars are packed with peanuts, caramel sauce and chocolate. We love that they’re individually wrapped too so you have a pre-portioned sweet dessert ready to grab from the freezer whenever you fancy.
They’re suitable for vegetarians and can be enjoyed by those watching their sugar intake. If you’d prefer a fruitier ice cream, our Winter Berry Ice Cream can be enjoyed all year round and is made with just a handful of simple, fresh ingredients.
Tesco stock these Grenade Peanut Nutter Ice Cream Bars for £5 per pack of 4 individual bars.
Baxters Spicy Slaw Deli Toppers – 50 calories per 100g
You can’t beat a dollop of freshly made creamy coleslaw, but sometimes it’s hard to find the time to make it from scratch. If this sounds familiar, this Baxters Spicy Slaw Deli Toppers is the slimming essential for you!
Perfect for scooping on top of a jacket potato or adding to a sandwich, this jar is a quick and easy alternative to homemade Coleslaw.
Made with shredded mixed vegetables in vinegar and gluten free, it’s worth keeping a jar of this veggie slaw in the cupboard within easy reach for adding an extra kick to a KFC Fakeaway, or add a dollop of the Red Slaw variety on top of Pulled Pork with fresh wholemeal rolls.
Jars of Baxters Spicy Slaw Deli Toppers can be found in most supermarkets for £1.50 per jar.
Blackcurrant Curd & Passion Fruit Curd – 49 calories per tablespoon
Lemon curd is one of our go-to sweet spreads for desserts, but when Melanie W shared these Aldi Special Buy Blackcurrant Curd and Passion Fruit Curd with us, we realised that the possibilities are endless!
Brightly coloured and the perfect spreading consistency, these fruit curds can be used simply slicked on toast, in baking or even as they are to add a burst of sweetness to porridge and rice pudding.
Try substituting the lemon curd in our Mini Lemon Curd Cakes, or adding a layer of blackcurrant curd to our Mini Strawberry Sponges to mix up the cake varieties!
Aldi Special Buy Blackcurrant and Passion Fruit Curds are available for £1.35 per jar,
M&S Ultra Thin Salami Firenze Wood Fired Pizza – 438 calories per whole pizza
An ultra thin, crispy pizza with all of your favourite toppings sounds like a thing of the past when you’re following a slimming plan, and takeaway versions are usually high in calories and fat. With this M&S Ultra Thin Salami Firenze Wood Fired Pizza, pizza night is back on the menu!
Baked in a wood-fired oven, this ultra-thin Italian pizza base is topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, salami and herbs. Not only that, it’s ready in only 8 minutes in the oven!
One pizza serves one and the whole thing is under 450 calories., Ibut if you’d like to make it go even further, you could halve the portion and serve with some of our best ever Italian side dishes. Try Cheesy Garlic Bread and a fresh Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Salad!
One M&S Ultra Thin Salami Firenze Wood Fired Pizza costs £3.
Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Squares Salted Caramel Pretzel Bar – 133 calories per bar
A new addition to the Rice Krispies Squares range, these Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Squares Salted Caramel Pretzel Bars bring extra indulgence and crunch for a delicious marshmallowy treat that’s only 133 calories!
They are American style, with a rich salted caramel sauce and crumbled pretzels mixed in for extra texture. These bars are pretty substantial for the calories, so you could even cut one in half and eat it throughout the day, or try it broken up over your favourite low fat yoghurt as a mid afternoon pick-me-up.
If you love marshmallows and want to make your own at home, you must try our Marshmallow Bars!
We’ve spotted 4-packs of these Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Squares Salted Caramel Pretzel Bars at Asda for £1.99.
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 refresher of this fortnight’s selection. For some meal inspiration to give you some ideas on how to make the most of the Super 6, take a look at this previous article!
Mini Easy Peelers – 35 calories per fruit
Spring Onions – 32 calories per 100g
Limes – 30 calories per 100g
Mangetout – 33 calories per 100g
Baby Potatoes – 75 calories per 100g
Courgettes – 17 calories per 100g
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