Food Shopping – Morrisons/Waitrose – 10th Jan

Hi guys,

Hope you’re well! Here is my post on food shopping this week. It should coincide with my meal plan which was posted yesterday but I went into Waitrose for 10% lamb mince and they didn’t have any but I got distracted and got a few bits as “I was already there”. I’ll be getting some clementines from Aldi tomorrow (£3-4 for a box) as they do the sweetest ones at the moment and I can kill 2 birds with one stone and pick up my prescription as well 🙂

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Fruit and veg: baby potatoes x2, carrots x2, large papaya, conference pears x2, strawberries x2, spinach, celery x2, spring onion, mushrooms, ginger, small pack of bananas, parsley, tarragon, tender stem broccoli, baby corn, leeks, sweetheart cabbage, mangetout, lettuce and onions.

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Everything else: 10pk eggs x2, seafood sticks, sliced ham x2, whole chicken x2, firm tofu, Ryvita Original, Laughing Cow extra light triangles x3, mullerlight yoghurts x4, unsmoked gammon steak, filo pastry (6 syns/sheet), lamb Oxo cubes, mackerel in spicy tomato sauce x2, onion granules. I just realised I forgot to show my Waitrose stuff – I got 6 bags of Popchips (5 syns/25g), fat free raspberry vinaigrette (not sure on syns as of yet but it’s only 9 cals/tbsp) and Kraft light thousand island dressing (half syn/tablespoon) which I’ve been looking for everywhere.

The pop chips were on offer at 99p a bag of 80g I think so I’ve separated it out in 25g mini bags so I don’t overeat (as I did today absentmindedly whilst trying to prepare dinner! Luckily I hadn’t had any syns yet.) They’re so full of flavour as well so thought it was a bit of a bargain. Randomly picked up some gammon steaks for some point in the future and got some extra Ryvita so I don’t have to ferry the pack to and from work. Also picked up the mackerel as it was on offer (it’s so expensive now!). My papaya was a bit expensive at £3.99 (!) but I haven’t had one in so long, plus it’s a speed food, so yeah. I think I need more willpower in general!

Waitrose total: £9.12, Morrisons total: £59.50. Total: £68.62. This week seems very expensive >.< I think some cutbacks may be in order for next week!

Until next time.. x

Meal Plan – Sunday – Saturday (11th – 17th Jan)

Hi guys,

Meal plan for this week. I know I’m a bit behind on the food round ups – I confused myself as the last post was on different days! I will get this up ASAP. Shopping blog to follow tomorrow. In the middle of a flexible syns week. It will start with 75 syns left as of end of Friday.

Sunday – EE
Breakfast: chicken (p) congee with preserved cabbage (s) and chinese mushroom (s)
Lunch: poached chicken (p) with spring onion/ginger/soy dip (s) with garlic fried lettuce (s) with chicken mince (p) and tofu (p) stir fry with mushrooms (s) and rice
Dinner: steak and kidney pudding (I took the highest syn value – 22) with roast potatoes, carrots (s), mushrooms (s) and peas (p)
Snacks: clementines (s), strawberries (s), banana and seafood sticks
Total syns: 22, Remaining: 53

Monday – SP
Breakfast: spinach (s) and mushroom (s) omelet (p)
Lunch: soy salmon (p) with roast carrots (s), peas (p) and garlic fried lettuce (s)
Dinner: SW lamb kebab (2 syns) with lettuce (s), tomato (s), onions (s) and garlic sauce (2 syns) with a wholemeal bap (HEB)
Snacks: celery (s) and houmous (5 syns), ham (p) and cucumber (s), ryvita (HEB) and laughing cow (HEA), clementines
Total syns: 9, Remaining: 44

Tuesday – EE
Breakfast: chicken (p) congee with preserved cabbage (s) and chinese mushroom (s)
Lunch: SW lamb kebab (2 syns) with lettuce (s), tomato (s), onions (s) and garlic sauce (2 syns) with a wholemeal bap (HEB)
College: jacket potato with cheese (HEA) and beans (p)
Dinner: poached chicken (p) with spring onion/ginger/soy dip (s) with garlic fried lettuce (s) with chicken mince (p) and tofu (p) stir fry with mushrooms (s), salmon (p) steamed in preserved black beans (p?) and rice
Snacks: tomato cup-a-soup (4.5 syns), pear (s), clementines (s), boiled eggs (p), seafood sticks
Total syns: 8.5, Remaining: 35.5

Wednesday – SP
Breakfast: slow cooker breakfast casserole with bacon (p), mushrooms (s), spinach (s), beans (p) and eggs (p) and wholemeal toast (HEB)
Lunch: poached chicken (p) with spring onion/ginger/soy dip (s) with garlic fried lettuce (s) and salmon (p) steamed in preserved black beans (p?)
Dinner: SW lamb kebab (2 syns) with lettuce (s), tomato (s), onions (s) and garlic sauce (2 syns) with a wholemeal bap (HEB)
Snacks: celery (s) and houmous (5 syns), pear (s), clementines (s), boiled eggs (p), ham (p)
Total syns: 9, Remaining: 26.5. Used this week = 78.5

Thursday – EE
Breakfast: slow cooker breakfast casserole with bacon (p), mushrooms (s), spinach (s), beans (p) and eggs (p) and wholemeal toast (HEB)
Lunch: chicken (p) congee with preserved cabbage (s) and chinese mushroom (s)
College: jacket potato with cheese (HEA) and beans (p)
Dinner: pan fried scallops (p) with mussels (p) and vermicelli with spring onion (s), broccoli (s) and peas (p)
Snacks: tomato cup-a-soup (4.5 syns), seafood sticks, banana, pear (s), strawberries (s)
Total syns: 4.5, Remaining: 100.5 (New Flexible Syn Week)

Friday – SP
Breakfast: slow cooker breakfast casserole with bacon (p), mushrooms (s), spinach (s), beans (p) and eggs (p)
Lunch: SW lamb kebab (2 syns) with lettuce (s), tomato (s), onions (s) and garlic sauce (2 syns) with a wholemeal bap (HEB)
Dinner: Roast chicken (p) with roast carrots (s), cabbage (s), broccoli (s) and peas (p)
Snacks: clementines (s), pear (s), boiled eggs (p), celery (s) and houmous (5 syns), ryvita (HEB) and laughing cow (HEA)
Total syns: 9, Remaining: 91.5

Saturday – EE
Breakfast: slow cooker breakfast casserole with bacon (p), mushrooms (s), spinach (s), beans (p) and eggs (p)
Lunch: ryvita (HEB) with laughing cow (HEA) with ham (p) and cherry tomatoes (s)
Dinner: chicken and leek pie (1.5 syns) with roast potatoes and carrots (s)
Snacks: seafood sticks, banana, mullerlight, boiled eggs (p), clementines (s)
Total syns: 1.5, Remaining: 90

I will more than likely add a few more syns here and there – final totals will be in my Round Up posts. I decided to revamp some of the dishes I grew up with and made them more SW-friendly as I was feeling a bit nostalgic. It might seem a lot of food but it’s usually eaten “family style” so there’s a small portion of each dish with rice. I may make some soup as well to really make it feel like one of our family dinners but I’ll have to see if I have any time during the week!

Until next time.. x

Top Up Shop – Sainsburys – Thursday 8th Jan

Hi guys,

Just a quick one. I got some extra meat as I didn’t manage to pick any up from Morrisons on Sunday. I popped into my Sainsburys Local near work to get a wholemeal roll (as I left mine at home as I was in a rush!) and noticed they did 5% beef mince. It’s a tad bit pricier as they don’t have Morrisons 3 for £10 offer but I guess I don’t have to buy as many.

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Just bought some bacon and some mince (one to use, one to freeze). Bacon was 2 for £5 and the mince was £3.70 each, so a total of £12.40. Looking forward to making my cottage pie now. I might try the breakfast casserole at some point as well. I think I need to take stock of what frozen meat I have as I’ve kind of lost track and it’ll save me from duplicating purchases before they’re used up 🙂

Until next time.. x

Weigh In Wednesday (7th Jan)

Hi guys,

So weigh in was yesterday. I was feeling apprehensive beforehand as I’d upped my exercise from pretty much nothing to walking 2.2 miles 4 times a week. Alongside this I’ve been doing Extra Easy SP most days and pretty much increased my water intake to 3L (usually I drink 0.5-1L).

As I mentioned in my blog post yesterday or the day before I was feeling really rubbish and bloated. Weighed in today and I hit 219lbs with a 1lb increase.

I admit I’m a bit bummed but I’m hoping my body will settle and I can get going with this weight loss. It’s only eight months away until my wedding so I need to get a shimmy on 🙂

Until next time.. x

Fri – Mon Round Up (2nd – 5th Jan)

Hi guys,

Just a quick round up of my food for you guys. I’ve found it a little bit hard to jump back on the wagon, despite wanting to desperately! Anyone else find that after indulging over Christmas, it’s hard to be really disciplined with yourself again? It’s crazy. Especially as I wanted to try the new EE SP plan so hardly any carbs on top of that was a bit like torture the first couple of days. However, I am back on the wagon now. Sunday seemed to be a little turning point and I’ve made sure I’m really organised with my food for this week so my head is most definitely in the game!

Friday

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Breakfast was a yummy mushroom (s) and spinach (s) omelet (p) with 15g vintage cheddar (half HEA) – yum.

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Lunch was carrot (s) and coriander soup with a wholemeal roll (HEB) with 30g Phili light (half HEA) and ham with strawberry infused water and 2 clementines (s)

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Snack: Ham (p) and cucumber (s) in a wholemeal roll (HEB) with light salad cream (3 syns) with extra cucumber (s) and 25g wasabi peas (4.5 syns)

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Dinner: ‘blackened’ steak with the fat removed (p) with swede (s) and carrot (s) mash with sprouts (s) and bacon (p)

Total syns: 7.5

Saturday

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Breakfast: two fried eggs (p) with two slices of bacon (p) with mushrooms (s) and spinach (s)

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Lunch: soy salmon (p) with carrot (s) and swede (s) mash with celery sticks (s) and a clementine (s) with strawberry and cucumber infused water

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Snack: ham (p) and cucumber (s) parcels with light salad cream (3 syns) and clementine (s) with strawberries (s) and 25g wasabi peas (4.5 syns)

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Dinner: “Pizza” – 2 wholemeal rolls (HEB x2) with 50g mozzarella (HEA), tomato puree, ham (p), green beans (s), mushrooms (s), 8 olives (1.5 syns) and carrot chips (s)

Total syns – 9

Sunday

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Snack: 24g salt and vinegar hula hoops (6 syns) – was disappointed with the flavour. Anyone else think they just taste of potato?

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Dinner: soy salmon (p) with roast carrots (s), broccoli (s), green beans (s) and peas (p)

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Snack: 2 clementines (s) and half a bag of jelly tots (4 syns)

Total syns – 10

Monday

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Breakfast: spinach (s) with 3 eggs scrambled (p) with 2 slices of 400g wholemeal toast (HEB)

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Lunch: chicken (p) pieces with Ainsley Harriot Spice Sensation Couscous (1.5 syns) with broccoli (s), green beans (s), cherry tomatoes (s) and peas (p). 2 boiled eggs (p) and a cup of tea with a splash of milk (0.5 syn). Not sure if my couscous was off but it tasted very strange so ended up just eating the chicken and veg.

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Snack: two boiled eggs (p) with celery sticks (s) and 2 tbsp jalapeno houmous (5 syns) with strawberry & cucumber infused water

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Snack: 2 clementines (s) and 2 boiled eggs (p)

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Dinner: beef (p) stew with carrots (s), onions (s), celery (s) and mushrooms (s) with pickled beetroot (s) and pickled cabbage (s) with sweetheart cabbage (s), baby corn (s) and mangetout (s) with half pack of jelly tots (3.5)

Total syns – 11.5

That’s all for now guys. Weigh in tomorrow so hopefully I’ll have lost at  least some of that Christmas weight!

Until next time.. x

 

Food Shopping – Morrisons 04.01.15

Hi guys,

Here’s my food shopping post as promised. I went to Morrison’s yesterday as I had my £5 voucher I collected just before Christmas and wanted to get it used up. I also stocked up on a few bits and pieces so this shop was a bit higher. I think I will need to do a tiny top up shop mid-week though as when I went there was no beef mince so I am currently missing the main part of my cottage pie.

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Fruit & Veg: packet of frozen peas, family pack of mushrooms, 2 punnets of strawberries, a head of sweetheart cabbage, a bag of sweet pears, two bags of carrots, a head of broccoli, head of celery, swede, mangetout/baby corn pack, onions, red onions, dwarf beans and smoked garlic.

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Chilled items: 10pk of eggs, low fat cottage cheese, 2 packs of beef shin, honey roast ham, chicken pieces, 3 packs of salmon, plain quark, Philadelphia Lightest, Laughing Cow extra light, Mexican jalapeno houmous (2.5 syns/tbsp), Sundried tomato and basil houmous (2.5 syns/tbsp)

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Everything else: 4 pack of baked beans, Ryvita original (4 – HEB), wholemeal rolls (1 – HEB), multipack of hula hoops (24g pack – 6 syns), Jelly Tots (42g pack – 7.5 syns), Kinder Chocolate (12.5g bar – 3.5 syns) and Strawberry Straws (25g – 1/3 pack – 4.5 syns)

So yeah I felt like treating myself to some sweet stuff just to keep the edge off! The jelly tots bags are quite big so as I don’t want a massive sugar rush I will be halving the bags as that’s more than enough for a sweet treat.

My shopping came to a total of £55.12 before my voucher and £50.12 after. I would have saved a little bit if they had the mince I wanted on the 3 for £10 offer but I did turn up quite late on Sunday afternoon so it’s more my fault than anything! Also OH came with me which means I spent less time trying to make sure I had the best deal as food shopping with him is like taking a toddler sometimes. He always prefer a straight in and out but I have to make sure I have everything! So I think next week’s shopping will be a little better when I’m not being rushed 🙂

Until next time.. x

Meal Plan – Sunday – Saturday (4th – 10th Jan)

Hi everyone,

I don’t think I’ve ever gotten as many views as I have since new year, ever. I hope you’ve been finding my posts helpful!

I’ve done my meal plans based on SP days and I’ve decided that as and when I need if I fancy anything not speed or protein I’ll just change to an EE day (unless it’s a college day as the only healthy thing seems to be jacket potatoes)

Sunday (I got up really late and haven’t felt very hungry so just one meal and a snack) – SP plan
Dinner: soy salmon (p) with broccoli (s), green beans (s) and peas (p)
Snacks: roast carrot chips (s), boiled eggs (p), salt and vinegar hula hoops (6 syns)
Total syns: 6

Monday – SP Plan
Breakfast: wholemeal toast (HEB) with baked beans (p), scrambled eggs (p), mushrooms (s) and spinach (s)
Lunch: chicken (p) salad with Ainsley Harriot Spice Sensation Cous Cous (1.5 syns), cherry tomatoes (s), green beans (s) and broccoli (s)
Dinner: beef stew (p) with carrots (s), celery (s), onions (s) and mushrooms (s)
Snacks: clementines (s), pear (s), boiled eggs (p), celery sticks (s) and houmous (2 tbsp – 5 syns), ryvita (4 – HEB) with philadelphia extra light (110g – HEA) with cherry tomatoes (s)
Total syns: 1.5

Tuesday – EE Plan
Breakfast: mushroom (s) and spinach (s) omelet (p) with baked beans (p)
Lunch: SW quiche (p) with ham (p), broccoli (s), green beans (s) with pea and ham soup (p) with a wholemeal roll (HEB)
College: jacket potato with beans (p) and cheese (HEA) and a tomato soup (4 syns)
Dinner: beef stew (p) with carrots (s), celery (s), onions (s) and mushrooms (s)
Snacks: clementines (s), celery sticks (s) with houmous (5 syns), boiled eggs (p)
Total syns: 9

Wednesday – SP Plan
Breakfast: Ryvita (4 – HEB) with 55g Philadelphia extra light (half HEA) and cherry tomatoes (s)
Lunch: SW quiche (p) with ham (p), broccoli (s), green beans (s) with pea and ham soup (p) with a wholemeal roll (HEB)
Dinner: beef stew (p) with carrots (s), celery (s), onions (s) and mushrooms (s)
Snacks: boiled eggs (p), clementines (s), carrot chips (s), celery sticks (s) with houmous (5 syns), milk (half HEA – 125ml) for tea
Total syns: 5

Thursday – EE Plan
Breakfast: SW quiche (p) with ham (p), broccoli (s), green beans (s) with pea and ham soup (p) with a wholemeal roll (HEB)
Lunch: beef stew (p) with carrots (s), celery (s), onions (s) and mushrooms (s)
College: jacket potato with beans (p) and cheese (HEA) and tomato soup (4 syns)
Dinner: SW cottage pie with 5% beef mince (p), onions (s), mushrooms (s) and carrot (s) and swede mash (s) with cabbage (s)
Snacks: clementines (s), pear (s), strawberries (s), boiled eggs (p).
Total syns: 4

Friday – SP Plan
Breakfast: SW quiche (p) with ham (p), broccoli (s), green beans (s) with pea and ham soup (p) with a wholemeal roll (HEB)
Lunch: chicken (p) salad with Ainsley Harriot Spice Sensation Cous Cous (1.5 syns), cherry tomatoes (s), green beans (s) and broccoli (s)
Dinner: SW cottage pie with 5% beef mince (p), onions (s), mushrooms (s) and carrot (s) and swede mash (s) with cabbage (s)
Snacks: pears (s), strawberries (s), celery (s) and houmous (5 syns), roast carrot chips (s), ryvita (HEB) and laughing cow extra light (HEA)
Total syns: 6.5

Saturday – SP Plan
Breakfast: mushroom (s) and spinach (s) omelet (p) and baked beans (p)
Lunch: SW cottage pie with 5% beef mince (p), onions (s), mushrooms (s) and carrot (s) and swede mash (s) with cabbage (s)
Dinner: breaded (HEB) chicken (p) with carrots (s), broccoli (s), green beans (s) and peas (p)
Snacks: ryvita (4 – HEB) with Laughing Cow extra light (6 – HEA) and cherry tomatoes (s), boiled eggs (p), pear (s)
Total syns: 0

It’s a bit repetitive this week as I’m eating on my own so I need to make sure leftovers are eaten! As usual, I’ve planned a few syns but no doubt I will add to the list as and when I fancy.

My food shop blog will be up tomorrow for you guys 🙂

Until next time.. x

My mason jar filled & ready to go!

 

Trying to make sure I’m drinking enough water. Got this cute mason jar and metal straw over Christmas and I’ve filled it with cucumber and strawberries to give it a bit of flavour. It worked well yesterday so I’m hoping to manage another 2L today and to get over the headache!

Hope you have a great day guys! 🙂

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Meal Plan – Fri & Sat (2nd & 3rd Jan)

Hi guys,

Just a quick meal plan as it’s only to tide me over until I can do a food shop. As I mentioned in my plan for the new year, I will be mixing up my EE and EESP days. I think I’m going to try and have around 4 EESP and 3 EE days – it just depends how I feel. But, I will be making sure if I have an EESP day, I will be following it 100% and if I fancy some potatoes or something, then I’ll change it to an EE day as it makes more sense to me that way!

Friday – SP day
Breakfast: spinach (s) and mushroom (s) omelet (p) with 15g grated cheddar (half HEA)
Lunch: carrot (s) and coriander soup with 30g philadelphia light (half HEA) and ham (p) on a wholemeal bap (HEB)
Dinner: sirloin steak (p) with fat cut off, swede (s) and carrot (s) mash with brussel sprouts (s)
Snacks: 3 clementines (s), half punnet of strawberries (s) and ham (p) and cucumber (s) on a wholemeal bap (HEB) with 2 tbsp light salad cream (3 syns)

Saturday – SP day
Breakfast: egg (p), bacon (p) and mushroom (s) on a wholemeal bap (HEB) with 2 tbsp ketchup (2 syns)
Lunch: soy salmon (p) with carrot (s) and swede (s) mash and peas (p)
Dinner: soy salmon (p) with broccoli (s), green beans (s) and peas (p)
Snacks: ham (p) and cucumber (s) roll ups, 3 clementines (s) and half punnet of strawberries (s)

I’ll add more syns in depending what I fancy. I’ll be doing a shop on Sunday I think so I will have another food shopping post for you.

It’s about 5pm now and I’ve just received my new mason jar (1L) with a metal straw and hole in the lid. I’ve been drinking non stop strawberry infused water and I have the worst detox headache 😦 I can’t wait to feel less bloated and lethargic. I hope these 2 SP days will mean I can start losing the 4lbs I gained over Christmas!

Until next time.. x