Slimming World on a slim budget!
When looking for an eating plan that is simple to follow and weight loss focused, Slimming World is often a popular choice. The freedom that it allows to those following the plan is one of the main reasons for it’s growth in popularity. Slimming World and other similar plans might not be for everyone, but if you have decided to start following the Slimming World plan, you might have noticed a painful jump in your grocery bill. Today, we are going to be sharing some tried and tested tips to help you follow the Slimming World plan (even if you’re on a slim budget!)
- Meal Plan
Considering that there are so many types of food that you can eat in plentiful amounts on Slimming World, it can be difficult to not venture into the shop and emerge laden down with a vast array of healthy fruits and vegetables with no real plan as to turning all of these vegetables into an actual meal. To avoid the walk of shame, aka: the walk from the fridge to the bin to dump all of the worse-for-wear produce you bought with the best of intentions - meal planning is essential. I use the Nonna Diary Meal Plan Pad for this as it allows you to clearly plan and organise your meals for the week. Meal planning serves two purposes on Slimming World - 1. It helps you to reduce your grocery shopping bill as you are only buying what you plan to actually eat and 2. Planning your meals for the week is a sure fire way to help you stay on plan. I use websites like Pinch of Nom and Slimming Eats to find fun, new meals that are also Slimming World friendly.
2. Meal Prep
Meal repeating is not only okay, it’s encouraged! I usually alternate between an easy breakfast like yoghurt and fruit and a fancier breakfast like an omelette. I also make sure to make enough dinner so that I have leftovers to freeze or eat for lunch the following day. Once you have your meals planned, make a shopping list. I use the Nonna Diary Shopping List Pad to write out my shopping list. Make sure to include some healthy snacks to avoid a late night run to the nearest corner shop for a bar of Dairy Milk! Have a quick look in the press and the freezer to make sure that you aren’t buying duplicates of things you already have at home and head off to the shops!
3.Utilize the Freezer Space
Meals like Spaghetti Bolognese or Chicken Curry can be made in large portions, popped into freezer friendly tubs and stashed in the freezer for a day when you can’t be bothered cooking. Doing this kills two birds with one stone - you have meals easily available to grab when you might otherwise fall off plan and you save money on food shopping at the same time. Frozen vegetables and fruit can be a great option also, and are usually great quality and just as good, if not better than the fresh versions. If you’re the only person in your house following the Slimming World Plan, things like bread and wraps can be difficult to consume before they go bad. No big deal - just pop them in the freezer and take out as you want to use them!
There are certain snacks that are considered “staples” by Slimming World followers. Fiber-One and Skinny Whip bars, Hartley’s Sugar Free Jelly, Skinny Pop, Halo Top Ice-Cream are all really satisfying, on plan treats, but they can be significantly more expensive than unhealthier versions. But have no fear - Aldi is hear! Take your time to walk through the aisles at Aldi and Lidl and you might discover some products are eerily similar to some famed Slimming World favorites. These dupes are often the exact same product, just with a different brand name and price tag!
5. Tiktok/Instagram Ideas
Sometimes it can be hard to come up with new meal ideas all the time. Tik tok & Instagram are the holy grail for new and easy to follow ideas and can help you plan lots of new dishes and all within plan.
6. Shop around
It can get overwhelming getting used to the new plan you are following - so be kind to yourself and know that after a few weeks you will be able to rattle off all your favourite food syns by heart! Once you get used to your new meal plan, it's worth shopping around between stores to see the different options. The pocket friendly spots like Aldi & Lidl often have so much similar yet cheaper choices that will fit perfect with your plan.
There are many reasons that we might end up not following an eating plan, but expense doesn’t have to be one of them! If you plan your meals, and shop around for the best prices, there’s no reason that you can’t achieve your goals!