New Healthy Extra B Discoveries

Healthy Extras are a fantastic feature of the slimming world plan and in my opinion, are the key to Slimming World’s success. They ensure we have enough fibre and calcium in our diets, and also happen to unlock options that most slimming plans tend to steer clear of - Carbs and Dairy.

It can be easy enough to get into a routine with your healthy extras, with many of us sticking to the usual cereal bars or sandwich. In this post, I list a couple of new discoveries that can be enjoyed for your healthy extra B options, which will hopefully give you some inspiration for shaking things up.

Lizi’s Granola

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but Lizi’s Granolas have a lot of potential for an any-time-of-the-day snack - particularly the Belgian chocolate one! For your healthy B choice, you can have 30g of any of the above flavours - Belgian Chocolate, Macadamia and Mango, or Treacle and Pecan.

Alpen Protein Cereal Bars

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Alpen’s cereal bars have long been a favourite on the slimming world plan. Alpen have recently released the Alpen protein cereal bar in two flavours: Chocolate and Berries & Yoghurt, which have about twice the protein of your average cereal bar, keeping you full all morning. You can have one Alpen Protein bar as your healthy B choice.

Biona Organic - Rye and Rice Breads

The Biona range have a lot of options for your healthy B choice, Many of their offerings are also wheat free, which allows you to get all the soluble fibre you need without the bloating that typical wheat bread can cause for some. Here are three worth a look:

  • Biona Organic Rye Bread - 70g for your healthy B Choice

  • Biona Organic Pumpernickel Bread - 70g for your healthy B Choice

  • Biona Organic Rice Bread - 60g for your healthy B Choice

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Irwin's High Fibre Bread Range

Widely available in supermarkets such as Tesco, Iceland, and Sainsburys is the Irwins range, with a lot of their high fibre offerings counting as healthy extra B choice. The rolls are a nice change from the typical sandwich, and can be used for burgers and such without the need to syn!

  • Irwins 7 seeded bread - 1 slice for your healthy extra b choice

  • Irwins Softee wholemeal brown rolls - 1 roll for your healthy B choice

  • Irwins High fibre brown rolls - 1 roll for your healthy extra b choice

Karg’s Crackerbreads


If it’s a bit of crunch you’re craving, look no further than Dr. Kargs Crispbreads - Tomato Mozzarella or Chia & Oats. These are Organic, and delicious. You can can have one large crispbread for your healthy B. These are delicious topped with Philadelphia Light and fresh basil.

Boka Cereal Bars


Boka Cereal Bars are a delicious snack or breakfast on the move. Choose between Strawberry, Apple and Cinnamon or Caramel (my preference for max indulgence). You can have one Boka cereal bar for your Healthy B choice.

Have you come across any new healthy B choice lately that your fellow slimmers might enjoy? Let us know in the comments below!

Beer-braised Chicken, Chorizo and Sweet Potato Casserole ft. SkinnyBrands Premium Lager

It’s not the first time I’ve mentioned my sheer delight that we can still have the odd beer on Slimming world. And when we opt for low-calorie beers, the syns can go even further.

That said, none of us really want to have to compromise on flavour. SkinnyBrands Premium Lager is 100% the most flavourful low-calorie beer I’ve tasted yet and I’m confident this is down it being 4% ABV, 89 calories (4.5 syns) per bottle. It's also lgluten free and vegan friendly if you’re so inclined. I’ve re-purchased this a few times since finding it late last year.

Skinny Lager is widely available in the UK and Ireland. In Ireland, currently it can be bought in Donnybrook Fair and over 150 pubs nationwide.

In the UK, a few options also:

While delicious on its own, I recently used this beer to liven up my chicken dinner and it really was the most mouthwatering soul food I’ve had in some time. Made a change from the usual stocky sauces I’d put together and felt like a real indulgence despite remaining very low syn. Check out the recipe for this low syn chicken dish below.

Skinny Lager 4.5 syns


Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 35 mins

Serves: 2

Syns per serving: 4 with skin off or 6 with skin left on (pictured)


  • 4 chicken thighs (Free)

  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard (1 syn)

  • 1 large onion, sliced

  • 2 large handfuls of baby leaf spinach

  • 40g reduced fat chorizo, sliced (4 syns)

  • 1 large sweet potato, cut into chunks

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp thyme

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1/2 bottle of SkinnyBrands Premium Lager (2.5 syns)

  • 1/2 cube of chicken stock


  1. In a saucepan, boil the sweet potatoes

  2. Spray a pan with frylight (or equivalent) and put on a medium heat.

  3. Add the chicken to the pan, searing for a few minutes each side until browned.

  4. Add onions, garlic, mustard and herbs and stir well

  5. Add the lager and crumbled stock cube to the pan

  6. Increase the heat until it reaches a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer

  7. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

  8. Add sweet potato and transfer to a casserole dish.

  9. Sprinkle chorizo on top.

  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes on 180 degrees.

And there you have it, the ultimate combination of chicken and beer. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!