I have been off and on doing Slimming World for a few years now and even though I don’t always feel motivated, I do try to be as good as I can at home as I feel like this is the easiest place to be better with my food.
I’m always on the look out for new foods and things which are low syn and the Heck range is one of my absolute favourites as most of the food in the range is pretty low syn, especially some of their sausages. I’ve tried a whole load of different sausages from them including the simply chicken*, naked chicken*, naked pork* and the majestic* sausages. The naked ones are just skinless which means they are even leaner and even lower in fat and syn value.
The Naked Pork sausages taste like traditional sausages and unlike a lot of other low syn sausages they don’t go dry once you’ve cooked them which is great, but the chicken one’s are a great alternative especially when you cut them up and use them in things like casseroles or wraps and sandwiches.
The majestic one’s are a little bit special and these were released for the Royal Wedding mixing American Mustard and Sweet Ginger (get what they did there?!) but I’m sure they’ll be around for a while, if not there’s still a version in the normal collection which has pork and marmalade.
Heck don’t just do sausages though and I was seriously impressed with these Chicken Italia burgers* which has basil, tomato and mozzarella in them, although the later wasn’t that prominent as my cheese hating boyfriend didn’t even notice. These burgers kept their shape perfectly when cooking which was great and again like the sausages they didn’t go dry when cooked and the taste was so nice considering they’re such low syn. Personally I find the key to a good sausage or burger is the seasoning which Heck nails.
Syn Values: Simply Chicken Sausages 0.5 syns for 2 sausages/ Naked Chicken Sausages 0.5 syns for 2 sausages each/ The Majestic Sausages 3.5 syns each/ Naked Pork Sausages 4 syns each
I am a huge popcorn fan and find on Slimming World you can use a lot less syns having a bag of popcorn compared to crisps so this is what I tend to favour when I want to reach for a savoury snack. The Metcalfe Skinny Popcorn in Sweet and Salty tends to be what I reach for as the bags are pretty generous in size and are only a few syns. I love the mixed sweet and salty as I find if I have just one or another then it can get a bit boring but mixing it up is perfect. Despite being low syn you still get a lot of flavour in the popcorn.
Syn Values: Skinny Sweet & Salty 3(17g bag) .5 syns/ Skinny Sea Salt (20g bag) 4 syns / Skinny Cinema Sweet (25g) 5.5 syns
Mr Lee’s Noodles* are something pretty new to me but have been so convenient to take to work for lunch as they just need boiling water to them before you eat. You need to shake the packets quite a bit before adding the water to ensure the flavour mixes into the product enough but there’s enough flavouring in them that that no one could complain they’re bland. I even made the rookie mistake of using the cool water tap at work the first time I had one so I had to pour the water out meaning I lost a lot of flavour particles and it still tasted really good.
I’ve had quite a few different flavours to try and my personal favourites are Hong Kong Street Beef which had tasty cubes of beef and the Zen Garden Vegetables which was a great non-meat alternative.
Syn Values: Coconut Chicken Laksa 3.5 syns/ Dragon Fire Vegetables 2 syns/ Tai Chi Chicken 2.5 syns/ Warrior Fighting Shrimp 3 syns/ Zen Garden Vegetables 1.5 syns/ Hong Kong Street Beef 3.5 syns
As it’s that bit warmer I’m always on the look out for cool treats and these Claudi & Fin frozen yoghurt lollies* are just 1.5 syns each and made with 100% natural ingredients. The company was founded when the owners were looking for lollies for their kids and realised how much sugar was in all the supermarket options so they wanted to create their own. The 9 mini pack which I have comes with three of each flavour including mango, strawberry and apricot & peach and they’re so creamy as they’re made from Greek style yoghurt, whole milk and real fruit. My favourite is the mango flavoured lolly as it’s both sharp but fresh and creamy.
They’re quite small in size but they’re perfect for a warm afternoon snack at just 32 calories each but you can get slightly larger lollies in the Mango and Strawberry flavours which are 3 and 2.5 syns which is still really good for a larger lolly. It isn’t just me who loves them as Slimming World have features them in the latest magazine.
Syn Values: Mini lollies 1.5 syns