Chocolate Macaroon is coming back!!!

Look what’s coming back! For a limited period from 24th July, my favourite Chocolate Macaroon HiFi Light bars are coming back! I can hardly wait – these are a great fix for those of us who love Bounty Bars, as they’re only 3 syns each or you can have two of them as your Healthy B choice. Delicious!!!

Please note, I am NOT a Slimming World consultant, and this is not a commercial advert – I am not paid or compensated in any way for mentioning these bars, I just happen to love them and am REALLY excited that they’re coming back, even for a limited period, and thought others might be too!

If anyone would like me to mention stuff on their behalf, feel free to contact me and make me an offer, but I will always give my honest opinion, good, bad, or indifferent, of any products I mention on my blog.

What I ate this week…

My first weigh in after rejoining and erasing my history at Slimming World…

As part of my wiping the slate clean, I thought I’d share my food log for this week. Because I’m a very visual person, I’ve included pictures. If an area of text is blue, you can click on it to be taken to the recipe, but I’ve included a breakdown of all the stuff in the meals too, just for ease of reference. Enjoy!

HEA: 350mls skimmed milk (used throughout the day in drinks)
HEB: 2 x HiFi Light bars

BREAKFAST: 2 x HiFi Light Bars (B)
LUNCH: Mushroom omelette (SP)
Eggs (P), mushrooms (S)
DINNER: Sticky chilli salmon with stir fried veg and noodles
Salmon (P), carrot, onion, mushroom, courgette, spinach (S),
1 tbsp honey (2.5 syns), noodles (F)
TREAT: 18 x Mikado sticks (9 syns)


HEA: 300mls Alpro Coconut & 20g reduced fat cheddar
HEB: 40g oats

BREAKFAST: Coconut-PNB porridge with strawberries
40g oats (B), Alpro coconut (part A), 1tbso reduced fat PNB (4 syns), strawberries (S)
LUNCH: Salad
Eggs, ham (P), mixed salad leaves, beetroot, cucumber,
radishes, apple (S)
DINNER: Meatballs in tomato sauce with pasta and cheese
<5% fat beef mince (P), onion, garlic, courgette, chillies, red pepper, mushrooms, spinach, passata (S), dried mixed herbs, spices, condiments (F)
Topped with 20g Reduced fat Cathedral City cheddar (part A)
TREATS: 2 x HiFi Light bars (6 syns), Fruit Pastille ice lolly (2.5 syns)

HEA: 175mls skimmed milk & 32g reduced fat feta
HEB: 60g wholemeal bread roll

BREAKFAST: bacon buttie
Bacon medallions (p) and wholemeal roll (HEB),
with 1 tbsp ketchup (1 syn)
LUNCH: roast chicken dinner
Chicken, peas (p), potatoes (f), swede, carrot, baby corn, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, roast BNS (s), syn free gravy (onion and oxo) (s/f), Asda smart price Yorkshire pudding (2 syns), butter bud (in potatoes) (0.5 syns)
DINNER: salad
Eggs, chicken (p), mixed salad, radish, apple, cucumber, beetroot (s), reduced fat feta (half HEA)
Ruffle bar (6 syns)
Milky Way crispy rolls (6.5 syns)

HEA: 300mls Alpro coconut and 32g reduced fat feta
HEB: 2 x Weetabix

2 Weetabix (B) with Alpro coconut milk (part A), strawberries and passion fruit (s)
Mixed salad leaves, beetroot, radish, carrot, apple, lemon juice (s),
14g box raisins (2), eggs and tuna (p)
Leftover veg and chicken fried in FryLight (0.5 syns for butter bud)
46g standard Yorkie bar (12.5), banana (f)

HEA: 200mls Alpro coconut milk and 230mls skimmed milk
HEB1: 40g oats
HEB2: 60g wholemeal bread roll
BREAKFAST: Coconut-PNB porridge with raspberries
40g oats (B1), 1tbsp reduced fat peanut butter (4 syns), 200mls Alpro coconut milk (part A), raspberries (S)
LUNCH: Chickpea and chorizo soup with wholemeal roll
Onion, garlic, red pepper, chilli pepper, passata (S), SW chorizo style sausage, chickpeas (P), stock cube (F), 60g wholemeal bread roll (B2)
DINNER: “Burger and chips”
SW chimichurri burgers (P), roasted butternut squash, sautéed mushrooms and courgette, cherry tomatoes (S), balsamic vinegar (F)
Crisps (6.5), mint Options (1.5), lollipop (1.5)

HEA: 300mls Alpro coconut and 175mls skimmed milk
HEB 1: 60g wholemeal bread roll
HEB 2: 2 x HiFi Light bars

BREAKFAST: Lemon and lime curd with strawberries
Lemon zest and juice, lime zest and juice, strawberries (S), eggs, quark (P), sweetener (F)
LUNCH: Chickpea and chorizo soup with wholemeal bread roll
Onion, garlic, red pepper, chilli pepper, passata (S), chickpeas, SE chorizo style sausages (P), stick cube, herbs, spices (F), 60g wholemeal bread roll (B1)
DINNER: Lime and coconut chicken with stir fried veg
Lime juice, garlic, chilli pepper, red pepper, onion, carrot, baby corn, mushrooms, courgette (S), Alpro coconut milk (part A), spices (F)
SUPPER: 2 x HiFi Light bars (B2)
Double chic chip cookie (10)
Sunbites sweet and salted popcorn (3)
Options salted caramel (1.5)

HEA: 200mls Alpro coconut milk and 230mls skimmed milk
HEB 1: 40g oats
HEB 2: 60g wholemeal breadroll

BREAKFAST: Coconut-PNB porridge with strawberries
40g oats (B1), 200mls Alpro coconut milk (part A), 1tbsp PNB (4), strawberries (S)
LUNCH: Chickpea and chorizo soup with wholemeal bread roll
Onion, garlic, red pepper, chilli pepper, passata (S), chickpeas, SE chorizo style sausages (P), stick cube, herbs, spices (F), 60g wholemeal bread roll (B2)
DINNER: Pork loin steaks with veg and onion gravy
Pork (P), roast BNS, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts, onion (S), stock (F), 1tbsp honey (2.5) (honey-glazed roast carrots)
SUPPER: Hard boiled eggs (P), Apple (S)
Sunbites sweet and salt popcorn (3)
Lollipop (1.5)
Salted Caramel Options (1.5)

Week 87 Weigh In

We’re almost at Xmas – just one more weigh in before Xmas Day. Do YOU have a plan in place? I talk about my own plans in this video (as well a giving my weigh in results, as usual), and it might give you food for thought (get it? Food for thought? LOL! Apologies, I just love punning!), so go right ahead and watch it. Get yourself a cuppa and sit with your feet up for ten minutes while I chat to you.

Week 83 Weigh In / Recipe: Corned Beef Stew

Hello, and welcome back for this week’s weigh in update video!

This week’s challenge was to have fish four times, which I did. It was kind of an odd one for me, because I don’t usually eat much fish, but I did it anyway. Next week’s challenge is to do 30 minutes of Body Magic (i.e. exercise) every day – this one will be a doddle, because I am ALWAYS on the go – actually, I picked up another Platinum Body Magic certificate in group today (yup, that’s the top Body Magic award, and I have multiple!).

Anyway, here’s the video, so you can see how I did this week…

The recipe for the lemon curd/pudding I mentioned in the video can be found HERE.


F = Free food (eat as much as you like)
S = Speed food (these should make up at least a third of your meal)
P = Protein free food (eat as much of these as you like!)
HEa = Healthy Extra A (a daily allowance of dairy produce)
HEb = Healthy Extra B (a daily allowance of a product with fibre)
# = a number denotes roughly how many syns are in foods used

15095502_10157631215120386_3608130670568288673_nCORNED BEEF STEW
1 – 1.5 syns per portion

Amounts depend on how many portions you want to make

  • Prince’s Reduced Fat Corned Beef (3 syns per can)
  • Potatoes (F)
  • Swede (S)
  • Carrot (S)
  • Onion (S)
  • Beef Oxo cubes (F)
  • Water (F)
  • Smash – optional (F)


  • Chop up the veg and the corned beef, and chuck it all in the slow cooker.
  • Add enough water to just cover everything.
  • Crumble a couple of beef Oxo cubes into the slow cooker, and give everything a good stir.
  • Switch on your slow cooker and leave it all day (if starting it in the morning ready for your evening meal).
  • If you want it a little thicker, add a spoonful or two of Smash and stir it through before serving.

I serve mine with extra speed veg – usually broccoli, cauliflower, baby corn, and brussel sprouts, but you can just as easily eat it as it is, for a hearty, warming meal.

One can of Prince’s reduced fat corned beef is three syns, so if you use one can for two portions, they’ll be 1.5 syns each, or if you stretch it to three portions, they’ll be 1 syn each. I tend to make it with more swede, carrot, and onion than potato, just to keep the speed element high, in case I don’t have time to add extra veg on the side.


Week 81 Weigh In

A couple of non-scales victories this week, and a couple of very nice surprises too!

It was also a taster session this week to celebrate the Miss Slinky/Mr Sleek award, so loads of yummy foods were there to try (and my consultant, Andy, made chicken chow mein right there in group for us to try – OMGs is was DELICIOUS!).

Last week’s challenge was to try a different HEB choice every day, which I did:

  • Friday – 3 slices of Kingsmill wholemeal crustless bread (made into cinnamon French toast).

  • Saturday – Asda wholemeal bread mix (made into a pizza base – I used my HEA allowance on that too).

  • Sunday – 40g oats (made into overnight oats with berries).

  • Monday – 30g Chia Seeds (soaked overnight in some unsweetened almond milk from my HEA allowance, and a little vanilla essence, served with berries).

  • Tuesday -2 Weetabix (mixed with syn-free yoghurt and served with berries).

  • Wednesday – 2 HiFi Light bars.

  • Thursday – 2 level tbsp sunflower seeds (which I had as a snack with an apple and some ham and pease pudding roll-ups).

This week the challenge is to try a new recipe every day of the week. That will really be a challenge, but it will certainly get me out of a rut! I think we’re all guilty, sometimes, of eating the same things all the time.

You can find the recipe for the lemon curd/pudding I made for the taster session HERE.


Week 78 Weigh In

14702273_10157468144690386_1189629469249582460_nYou can find the recipe for my 2-syn Mini Xmas Parcels (which were very popular at the taster session this morning) HERE.

And the recipe for my corned beef hash is HERE.

And just because I can, here’s a picture of the stuff I tried at the taster session this morning at group. I tried (clockwise from top) tomato and basil soup (all speed food), cous cous cake (less than half a syn), pork and sage stuffing ball (free), Xmas cake (less than half a syn), chocolate orange mouse (less than half a syn), fritata (free), mini quiche (free), and in the centre is a falafel (free).