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.
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 35 mins
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
In a saucepan, boil the sweet potatoes
Spray a pan with frylight (or equivalent) and put on a medium heat.
Add the chicken to the pan, searing for a few minutes each side until browned.
Add onions, garlic, mustard and herbs and stir well
Add the lager and crumbled stock cube to the pan
Increase the heat until it reaches a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer
Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
Add sweet potato and transfer to a casserole dish.
Sprinkle chorizo on top.
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!