I just realised I have talked a lot about slimming world shopping lists for specific stores but I never got around to doing a generic, syn free shopping list which applies across the board. Shame on me! Time to put it right :)
So it may be overdue but better late than never! Here is a list of recommended slimming world shopping list items:
- Meat is free when you remove all visible fat! I would always go for:
- Extra lean mince (less than 5%)
- Baked ham
- Beef Steaks
- Lambs Liver (not everyones fave but high in iron and delicious with garlic 'n onion)
- Turkey Mince / Fillets
- Whole Chicken or chicken pieces (syn the skin if you're having it)
- All fish is free, I read before that its ideal to have one white fish per week (such as cod/hake) and one oily fish such as mackerel or salmon.
- Quorn products such as mince, sausages, etc
- Linda McCartney sausages - low syn or no syns for the rosemary ones!
I like to refer to these as the apocalyptic necessities. Great to have at hand and have a long shelf life, so you can buy them in bulk without worrying about them going off!
- Tinned / Chopped or Plum Tomatoes
- Tinned Chickpeas
- Tinned Ravioli
- Baked Beans
- Butter beans
- Kidney Beans
- Tinned Tuna/Salmon in brine
- Eggs, and lots of em
- Milk (skimmed or semi skimmed is best)
- Cheese (rule of thumb - the stronger the better as you will use less! Reduced fat cheese goes further too)
- Philadelphia light
- Fat free cottage cheese or Quark
- Fat free natural yoghurt
- Fat free flavoured yoghurts such as Muller Light or Activia 0%
Herbs and spices
These are super important for adding flavour and variety to your slimming world meals, also helpful for staving off cravings.I recommend these as staples:
Stock Cubes and Stock Pots
Cumin, Turmeric, Gara Masala
- All types of potatoes can be enjoyed, I tend to get rooster potatoes for chipping and baby potatoes for more dainty dishes!
- All types of plain rice are a good choice, just try to avoid the frozen rice or those which require microwaving since these may have oil added, or even sugar.
- As regards pasta / noodles most dried varieties are free, but fresh pasta must be synned.
- Cous Cous and Quinoa are also free and delicious!
Thinking of Healthy B - friendly foods here you will want to look out for high fibre breads, cereals and cereal bars. There are many more cereals which you can use, however I find the below more dynamic in terms of the ways they can be enjoyed:
- B Free Gluten Free Wraps (excellent for a pizza base)
- Wholemeal bread (rule of thumb - 2 slices from a 400g loaf and at least 6% fibre)
- Weetabix (Try Weetabix muffins!)
- All Bran
- Bran Flakes
- Porridge Oats (Overnight oats are a must-try)
- Ryvita Crackerbreads
Fruit and Veg
With the odd exception, you can't go wrong when choosing your fruit or veg. One surprise for me was to find the Avocado was quite high in syns. Personally my staple veg that I know I will eat and will fill me up would be:
For fruit, it's best to load up on speed fruits but most fruits are free. my favourites are:
- Berries of any type
- Easy Peeler Mandarins
As promised you can find the downloadable link for this list here
If there is anything that you find absolutely essential which I've left off the list, do let me know in the comments :)