Thursday, 30 June 2016

Hartley’s Mixed Berry Glitter Jelly


Hartley’s Mixed Berry Flavour Glitter Jelly brings extra sparkle to your favourite fruity jelly. With endless ways to create magical landscapes for birthday parties and children’s celebrations, the only limit is your imagination!

Hartleys sent me a sparkly party kit to try out the glittery jelly for myself! I have never really made jelly in my adult life, so have absolutely no moulds or anything, so I was pleased they had included a cute matchign blue one in the box!  Way more excited that I should be, I boiled the kettle and got ready to make up a batch.

Super easy to follow instructions on the pack meant it was really simple to add the water to the powder and mix and stir.  I could see the sparkles in the mix already so was excited to see how it came out.  The flavour was already smelling nice and strong too. 

After a few hours in the fridge it was ready to turn out.  Beautifully rich blue sparkly jelly with a beautiful wobble!  Yummy tastes plus sparkles is always a winning combination!

Hartley's Glitter Jelly is available in Strawberry, Raspberry and Mixed Berry. According to the Slimming World online syn calculator it is 7 syns per serving.

Find out more about the Jelly here

L x

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Slimming World Friendly Recipe:- Sweet Chilli & Mango Chicken Breast & Spicy Rice

This fragrant chicken dish is perfect for Summer BBQs (and even indoor grills when the great British weather lets us down!) It pairs perfectly with a salad and spicy rice.

Extra Easy Syn Value:- 3 per serving

Healthy Extras:- None

Serves - 2

You will need-

100ml Rubicon mango juice
4 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp minced garlic
1 red chilli, thinly sliced, optional
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts mini fillets
Salt & Pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
Spicy Rice
2 cups of brown rice
1 cup sweetcorn
1 stock cube
Salt & pepper
1 onion diced
1 red pepper diced
1 tbsp dried chillies


In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients except the coriander. Cover and leave to marinate overnight or for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat a grill to high heat. Arrange the breasts on a foil lined tray, baste with any left over marinade and cook for 8-10 minutes on either side.

For the rice, fry off the pepper, onion and sweet corn with fry light in a pan. 

Add 2 cups of rice to 4 cups of water, I used a coffee cup. Bring to the boil and them simmer until all of the water is absorbed, which is usually around 20 minutes.  You’ll need to stir it regularly to prevent it from sticking. Serve with salad and a wedge of lime

L x

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Review: Overhang Revitalisation Drink

When you're not feeling yourself it can really hold you back. Whether it was a heavy night the day before or if you're generally feeling run down it can be easy to reach for caffeine drinks.  I try to avoid sugar and caffeine rich drinks as not only are they high in syn value but they seem to make me feel worse than I did before once they wear off! I recently discovered an amazing and natural revitalisation drink that's that surprisingly works well and tastes delicious.

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This authentic, uplifting drink is created using a secret family recipe that's over 100 years old.  Made from the delicious and zesty combination of orange, lime, ginger and milk thistle with added vitamins and botanicals helps your body return to its former glory, whenever you need it.

Some revitalisation drinks can taste awful being filled with loads of herbs and little other flavour, but overhang tastes like a normal bottled drink you could get from the supermarket.  The flavour combination is interesting as the ginger is strong but I really like it with all the other flavours in the drink.  I would happily drink this as a normal drink, the revitalisation is an added bonus without the nasty caffeine buzz!

Overhang is available from Holland & Barrett at £2.49

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

7 Slimming World Dinner Recipes From Around The Web

Lasagne by One Busy WAHM

"Lasagne is one of those wonderful comfort dishes that never disappoints. Traditionally, it’s made with a rich mixed meat bolognese, creamy white sauce and lots of cheese which is delicious, but not so good if you are watching what you eat. Just because I am working on weight loss this year, it doesn’t mean I want to give up on my favourite things. Instead, I’m finding ways to adapt my favourite recipes and make them not only healthier, but so good the whole family will enjoy them!"

Asian Chicken Meatballs by Slimming Eats

"This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, Whole30, paleo and Slimming World (SP) and Weight Watchers friendly
Slimming Eats Recipe

Extra Easy –1.5 syns per serving
Original – 1.5 syns per serving"

Groovy Chicken Masala Skewers on Naan Bread w/Yoghurt and Mint Dressing by One Busy WAHM

"Summer temperatures are finally upon us… and with that comes long, lazy dinners in the garden. You’ve gotta soak up the light, warm evenings whilst they last! Finding quick and nutritious dinners the whole family will enjoy can be challenging, and I don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen any longer than necessary. Bursting with flavour and nutrition, this masala and mango marinated chicken with salad can be on the plate in under 20 minutes. #winner."

Bean & Rice Burritos

"Taken from our new recipe book Veggie Deluxe, these clever egg wraps pack in all the fun and flavour of a Mexican burrito – and with no high-Syn tortillas in sight, they’re absolutely Free!"

Bulgur Wheat, Onion, Sage and Sausage Stuffed Chicken by Slimming Eats

"Tender Chicken Breast stuffed with Bulgur Wheat, Onion, Sage and Sausage is a delicious combination. I made these for the family for Easter Sunday and plates were cleared all around. I served them with my syn free Garlic and Herb Roast Potatoes, Syn Free Gravy and Maple Glazed Carrots. Then some baby spinach just quickly sauteed in a pan with a little spray oil. Try this yummy combination or served the chicken with your own choice of sides."

Chicken & vegetable spring rolls  by Slimming Eats

Makes 6 spring rolls
Green – 7 syns for 2 spring rolls (leave out the chicken)
Original – 7 syns for 2 spring rolls
Extra Easy – 7 syns for 2 spring rolls 

Beef Stew & Dumplings by Slimming World

"For the ultimate comfort food on a cold night, you can’t beat a good stew – and our light dumplings steal the show!"

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Slimming World Friendly Euro 2016 Snack Ideas!

Like it or not there is going to be a lot of football around for the next month! It can be really easy to snack on synfull treats during this time, so I have compiled some of my favourite low syn snacks, perfect for in game grazing! 

 Low syn Kettle chip style crisps

Extra Easy Syn Value:- 1.5 per serving

Healthy Extras:-  none

Crisps really are a guilty pleasure of mine and on the whole I avoid them as much as possible.  These crisps taste just like kettle chips! Potatoes are free on the EE plan and the oil is 6 syns for all of the crisps, which I divided up to at least 4 portions, making them 1.5 syns each potion. These crisps taste like your hand cooked Kettle chips- divine!

Get the recipe HERE

Gooey & Cheesy Warm Bacon Dip with Garlic Flatbreds

Extra Easy Syn Value:- Syn Free

Healthy Extras:- 1/2 of dip is your A

This is an amazing hot dip that goes perfectly with these flatbreads.  To save even more syns you can just dip plenty of veg!

Get the recipe HERE

Spicy Wedges

Extra Easy Syn Value:- Syn Free

Healthy Extras:- None

These wedges go great with any meal but are also perfect as a side with dipping sauce

Get the recipe HERE

Scotch Eggs

Extra Easy Syn Value:- Syn Free

Healthy Extras:- B

I love scotch eggs, even better when using low fat pork to get it syn free! 

Get the video recipe HERE 

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Slimming World friendly- Mediterranean Vegetable Cauliflower Couscous

Cauli couscous is a low-carb, low-calorie and gluten-free alternative to rice or couscous. It is made using only grated cauliflower and thankfully larger supermarkets have started to sell it ready made, making it easier than ever to prepare!

Tesco Cauli Cous Cous 

I have found 2 ways to cook the ready made cauli rice. If you are cooking it to serve there and then the the best way to cook is to stir fry. If, like me, you are making up a batch for lunches, you can microwave in a heatproof bowl, covered with cling film, for three minutes on High. This can be done at the point of eating and mixed in with the veg

You will need-

1 pot cauliflower couscous
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
4 tablespoons diced red pepper
4 spring onions, sliced
1 red onion, finely sliced
150g cherry tomatoes
1 pinch salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 dash balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 courgette, chopped
1 red pepper finely chopped
Fry light
1 lime


Preheat oven to gas mark 7, 220 or 200 for fan ovens.

Prepare a non stick shallow roasting tin by spraying with frylight. Place all the veg, including garlic cloves, into the dish.

Sprinkle with smoked paprika and balsamic vinegar and the juice of half a lime

Roast vegetables until tender for approx 45 minutes. Stir halfway through the cooking time.

If you are cooking this to serve immediately, then the the best way to cook the cous cous is to stir fry. If, like me, you are making up a batch for lunches, you can microwave the couscous in a heatproof bowl, covered with cling film, for three minutes on High. This can be done at the point of eating and mixed in with the ready cooked veg

Squeeze the rest of the juice over the finished dish 

L x

Monday, 18 April 2016

Review:- The Ilchester® Cheese Snacking Net

The Ilchester Snacking Net from Ilchester Cheese is a handy net full of individually wrapped portions of Britain’s favourite cheeses – perfect for lunchboxes, popping in the office fridge, or tackling those pre-dinner hunger pangs.

As a Slimming World member I have to be careful of my cheese intake and I'm limited to 30 grams a day as a healthy extra.  These cheeses come in 20g portions so are perfect to help limit me, popping one and a half in my lunch box or on top of food.   Cheese is one of my favourite things and I love to try all different varieties.   This net is perfect for me as it holds a great selection including British favourite Mature Cheddar, creamy Red Leicester, smoky Applewood®, nutty Jarlsberg®, childhood classic Babybel®, and tangy Edam.

The Ilchester® Snacking Net is now available from Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Morrisons, Waitrose, Tesco and Co-Op at an RRP of £2.75.