Are you counting the right syns?

I have started eating a bit of bread now with my Slimming World diet, normally I don’t have any, opting instead for Alpen Light bars to make up my healthy extra.

The first time I had some slices I knew I had to Syn them, I had already had my healthy extra allowance. I made a pretty fundamental mistake though, I was counting the Syn value of the bread, which for the sake of argument is 5 Syns in total.

But if I normally had bread and Synned out by eating two Alpen Light bars, I would have had 6 Syns (because they are 3 each).

The lesson is that when you are Synning food that would normally be a healthy extra, be sure to Syn the maximum value, not the first one you think of – it could help answer some awkward questions at your next weigh in!


Using Smash to Thicken Sauces

I have made a few dishes with passata and found that the sauce I made with it was nice but a little bit watery.

After looking for some tips I found one which works really well, Smash, which is free (unless it is the buttery one which has syns).

All you have to do is sprinkle in enough and keep stirring until your sauce is the desired thickness. I was worried when I first did this that my sauce would taste of potatoes but it didn’t at all.

This is much better than using cornflour or flour — which has syns, or my old favourite roux which is made by cooking butter and flour together, super tasty but full of syns!


Avoid temptation – Buy bacon with the fat cut off.

On the Slimming World diet bacon is free on extra easy, so long as all visible fat is cut off and it is cooked appropriately.

In theory this sounds excellent, grill up as much bacon as you want and just leave the rinds – easy peasy!

But we all know the rinds are one of the more delicious parts of this already delicious meat, so my suggestion is to buy bacon with the rinds already cut off. That way it is never going to be an issue and you can never “forget” to remove them.