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Easy Peasy Low Syn Apple Strudel

Low Syn Apple Strudel

Christmas is my favourite time of year for many reasons, one of which is (of course) the food! However, growing up a lot of the classic Christmas sweet treats like Christmas pudding and even Christmas cake were not my cup of tea! The thing that I could never get enough of though, was a classic Apple Strudel which was always on offer in my house at this time of year. This year, however, I’m trying to stick to my healthy ways without compromising on the things I love! That’s why I’ve made this Low Syn Apple Strudel! Continue Reading…

10 Surprising Things About the Second Trimester

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Back at the end of my first trimester, I wrote a post about the things that no one tells you about it! Well, I’m now into my third trimester, and whilst I felt more prepared for the second leg of my pregnancy there were still a lot of surprising things that I just didn’t expect. Although the second trimester is much more talked about than the first, it’s still important that we communicate with one another, and most importantly that we make sure that everyone realises that there is no right way to be pregnant! If there is one thing I’ve taken from the last few months of my pregnancy, it’s that I simply cannot compare myself to other people during their pregnancy without doing my head in. That being said, here are some of the most surprising things that I found in my second trimester that might just make your time make a bit more sense…

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16 Slimming World Christmas Recipes

Slimming World Christmas Recipes
It’s nearly Christmas and this time of year is all about food, family and fun! It can be a tough time for slimmers because Christmas food is not traditionally very health. That’s why I’ve put together this round up of Slimming World Christmas recipes to make this time of year that bit easier for you. These are all either low syn or syn free and will look great around your Christmas table, or as part of your Christmas party! Continue Reading…

Scott Simplissimo Chef Review

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If you’re like me and love a kitchen gadget, but aren’t sure whether to add a Scott Simplissimo Chef to your collection, then here’s everything you need to know! I’ve outlined all of the pros and cons below, giving you my insight into whether it’s worth the investment and whether it’s the right addition to your kitchen cupboards.  Continue Reading…

Chunky Winter Vegetable & Rice Soup

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It’s officially winter which means it’s time for warm nights in with loved ones, Christmas planning and enjoying plenty of hearty, healthy food. This Chunky Winter Vegetable & Rice Soup is thick, packed with nutritious veg and it’s mega filling, almost a cross between a vegetable stew and soup – perfect for keeping you healthy throughout the winter season. I’ve been laid up with a cold for the past week (not ideal when you’re seven months pregnant!) so I’ve been looking for ways to pack as much nutrition into my diet as possible, which is where this soup has come from. It’s a fantastic source of protein, vitamins and healthy carbs, plus the kick from the chilli really helps to clear your head if you are suffering from a cold! 

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McDonald’s Slimming World Syns List

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Ok, so we all do our best to be healthy all the time, but sometimes you want to treat yourself or simply don’t have any other choice, and on those occasions, a bit of fast food can come in handy. That’s why I’m sharing this McDonald’s Slimming World Syns List with you, to help you keep yourself accountable and keep track of your syns even if you’re going over them! On Slimming World, life needs to be about flexibility and compromise, so there is nothing to stop you having the occasional trip to McDonald’s, but if you do don’t be afraid to syn it! You may have gone over your daily total, but at least you’ll stay in control!  Continue Reading…

1.5 Syn Orange Drizzle Cupcakes

1.5 Syn Orange Drizzle Cupcakes - Slimming World - Baking - Taster Evening - Recipe - Low Syn - Cake
Baking on Slimming World can be just as much fun as it is when you’re making super high syn treats, you just need to have the right recipe! These 1.5 Syn Orange Drizzle Cupcakes are my latest Slimming World bake and I’m super pleased with them. They’re perfect for a taster evening or as a low syn sweet treat to get you through to dinner time. Made with fresh orange juice and zest, they’re simply packed with flavour and the drizzle gives you the most delicious sticky sweet texture. All in all, I’m super pleased with how these have turned out and hope you enjoy them as much as I do!  Continue Reading…

Syn Free Peri-Peri Chicken Pasta

Syn Free Peri Peri Chicken Pasta - Slimming World - Dinner - Recipe - Easy
Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a big pasta lover and that there is nothing I like more than a pasta dish with a really interesting sauce! This Syn Free Peri-Peri Chicken Pasta is the latest in a long line of big flavour pasta recipes and I’m totally loving it. It was inspired when I whipped up one of those ‘whatever you have in the fridge’ lunches, which included a bit of Nando’s Mild Peri-Peri Sauce. I was instantly inspired to create a healthy pasta recipe with all of those gorgeous flavours…so here we are! 

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Nando’s Slimming World Syns List

Nandos Slimming World Syns
Going out to eat when you’re trying to be healthy can be tough, but with a little bit of planning and a touch of self-control, it doesn’t have to be a disaster for your diet. If you’re on Slimming World and looking to go out to eat, one of the best things you can look for is places that do grilled meats or fish, because grilling typically uses less oil and you often ask for healthier side dishes like steamed veg or potatoes. This is one of the reasons that Nando’s is actually a great choice if you’re following the Slimming World plan because it has a surprising number of low syn choices on the menu as you can see below on this Nando’s Slimming World Syns ListContinue Reading…

Low Syn Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake

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I recently found myself becoming totally nostalgic for some of my childhood puddings, the ones that my grandma cooked better than anyone else! I was meandering down this happy train of thought when I remembered the pineapple upside down cake she used to make so well, which despite not liking pineapple one bit I used to wolf down in no time at all! It got me thinking whether there was any way I could make a similar kind of cake as a Slimming World friendly option. That was the start of this Low Syn Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake which, although you might not believe it when you see it, is totally Slimming World friendly!  Continue Reading…