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Spiced Cabbage Soup – syn free and super speedy!

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So I was up early again this morning. My body does this sometimes, decides that it’s perfectly okay to wake at 5am! Anyway, I decided to use the time efficiently and make a soup for our lunch today using the other half of the Savoy cabbage from last night’s tea.
Spiced Cabbage Soup – syn free on all plans!
Spiced Cabbage Soup
Syn free on EE, EE SP, Red Days and Green Days
Makes about 4 bowls worth

Ingredients
– Half a head of cabbage, chopped
– One stick of celery, chopped
– One carrot, chopped
– Half a large onion, chopped
– One green pepper, chopped
– 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
– A pint of boiling water
– One chicken stock cube
– Carton of pasatta
– 1 tsp of dried oregano
– 1 tsp of cumin powder
– Black pepper
– Low calorie spray

Method
Spray a heavy bottomed saucepan with low cal spray and heat over a gentle heat. Add onion, celery, carrot and green pepper to the pan and cook until the veg is tender. Stir in garlic. Pour in boiling water and crumble in the stock cube. Stir in pasatta, dried oregano and cumin powder and add the cabbage to the pan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes or so or until the cabbage and other vegetables are tender, season well with black pepper. Blitz in a food processor or with a hand blender until thick and smooth adding more water if necessary. Then serve and enjoy – I will be reheating mine later although when I tested the soup I understood why some people have soup for breakfast because it tasted very nice and I was tempted, lol! Should keep for 3 days if kept in the fridge.
credits : lollysslimmingblog

Slimming World’s honey and yogurt cheesecake

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Ingredients
4 level tbsp extra-light spread
10 light digestive biscuits, finely crushed
500g Quark
250g fat free natural Greek yogurt
4 large eggs
2 level tbsp honey (Greek if possible)
1 tsp ground cinnamon, plus extra to dust
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp sweetener
finely grated zest and segments from 2 oranges
200g fat free natural fromage frais, sweetened to taste
This cheesecake is best made the day before you want to serve it so it has plenty of time to set in the fridge.

Method
Melt the extra-light spread in a pan over a low heat. Add the crushed biscuits and stir to mix well. Spoon into a 22cm non-stick spring-form cake tin, pressing down firmly to make a smooth and even base. Chill until needed.
Preheat the oven to 160C, gas 3.
Put the Quark, yogurt, eggs, honey, cinnamon, vanilla essence, sweetener and orange zest in a large bowl. Beat until well combined and pour over the biscuit base. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until just set and golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely.
Remove the cheesecake from the tin, cover with cling film and chill for 6-8 hours or overnight if possible.
When you’re ready to eat, spread the fromage frais over the top of the cheesecake and dust with the extra cinnamon.
Cut into slices and serve with orange segments.

For more delicious recipes or to find your nearest Slimming World group visit the Slimming World website

Credits : goodtoknow

Slimming World’s low-fat tomato soup

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Ingredients
Low-calorie spray oil
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 sticks celery, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and finely diced
1ltr (1¾ pints) water or stock
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
1tsp artificial sweetener
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
200g (7oz) low-fat natural fromage frais
To serve:
Low-fat natural fromage frais
Finely chopped tomatoes

Method
Spray a saucepan with oil spray and place over a medium heat. Add the onion, celery, garlic and carrot and stir-fry for 2-3 mins.
Add the water or stock, tomatoes and sweetener and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 15-20 mins. Remove from the heat, season well and, using a hand-held blender or food processor, blend until smooth. Return the soup to the pan and stir in the fromage frais.
Ladle the soup into warmed bowls and serve immediately, garnished with a little fromage frais and chopped tomatoes.
credits : goodtoknow

9 Amazing tips for success with Slimming World

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1 Eat clever
Base your meals around basic healthy foods such as fruit and veg, pasta, rice, potatoes, pulses, eggs, fish, poultry and lean meat and low-fat dairy.
Dr James Stubbs, research specialist for Slimming World, says: “By choosing these foods, which are very filling and low in calories per gram, slimmers can eat freely without feeling hungry or guilty.
“Better still, because they’re staple, everyday foods, it’s easy to enjoy all your favourite family meals like spaghetti bolognese, a roast dinner or a stir-fry.”
2 Experiment
When it comes to getting active, try something new.
Leisure centres are introducing new activities all the time, like Zumba, cheerleading, hula-hooping, Bokwa or walking groups.
You might be amazed at what you find – and what you enjoy!
3 Understand your emotions
Dr Jacquie Lavin, head of nutrition and research at Slimming World, says: “Think about the type of situations that often lead you to reach for high-calorie foods.
“Is it when you’re short of time, bored or stressed at work?
“Plan ahead and make sure you’ve always got healthier, more nutritious choices to hand on these occasions.”
4 Get rid of guilt
If you go off track, it’s tempting to beat yourself up and tell yourself you’ve blown it.
Don’t allow yourself to sabotage your success, simply get straight back on track with your health plan and feel confident that the weight will come off again.

5 Treat yourself
Nutritionist Jenny Barber says: “Losing weight doesn’t have to mean giving up all of your favourite foods.
“Have a treat every so often, whether that’s a glass of wine, a piece of chocolate or your favourite takeaway every now and again at the weekend.
“If you deprive yourself of something, you’ll only want it more and cravings could make you throw the towel in.”
6 Get your five a day and more
Aim to fill a third of your plate at every meal with fresh or frozen vegetables.
They’ll make sure you feel satisfied and stay feeling full for longer.
7 Focus on your food
If you’re distracted while eating, it’s easy to consume more than you intended because you don’t notice when you’re starting to feel full.
8 Eat breakfast
Research shows that people who eat breakfast are more likely to make healthy food choices throughout the day, and less likely to have snacks.

Dietician Carolyn Pallister says: “Mornings can be very busy, especially if you’ve got kids, but having breakfast doesn’t have to take up lots of time.
“A bowl of muesli or whole-wheat cereal with semi-skimmed milk and a piece of fruit is a healthy and filling choice.”
Credits :http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/dieting/success-stories/staying-slim-for-life-25-top-1526497

Megan McGee loses FIVE STONE to become Slimming World’s Miss Slinky

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A woman who tipped the scales at 17 stone and would take up two seats on a bus says she wants to give hope to others after losing five stone.
Megan McGee, from Middlesex, said she had no self-esteem and hated what she saw in the mirror – prompting her to completely overhaul her diet. She now weighs 11st 12lbs and says she feels like a new woman.
The 25-year-old, who has been crowned Slimming World’s Miss Slinky, joined the group with her mum Sue and started to eat healthy food as well as exercising more.

‘But, in reality, I was a deeply unhappy person – I had no self-worth and no self-esteem.’
The student nurse revealed that she was always bigger than her friends while growing up, but saw her weight increase dramatically after being in an abusive relationship that lasted almost five years.

She said: ‘I stopped doing all the things I used to do like seeing friends and going to the gym, so I became quite isolated. When I started reconnecting with my friends again, I realised that I had become the “fat friend”.
‘I didn’t like going out because I hated the way I looked, shopping for clothes would always end in tears because I had become so embarrassed about my size and could rarely find things I liked to fit.
‘On buses and trains I would feel incredibly self-conscious and humiliated about taking up two seats and invading other people’s space, so much so that I felt like my life had become an inconvenience to everyone around me.’
In early 2013, Megan enrolled in a nursing course and realised she would have to slim down for her new job. In September that year she joined a local slimming group along with her mum Sue.

Learning new ways of making her favourite recipes – like using lean meat and making sauces from scratch – she insists she was able to eat just as much food as before.
She said: ‘I used to skip breakfast or lunch and would end up snacking and grazing all day, now I have regular mealtimes and enjoy wholesome homemade dinners.’
As she slimmed down, Megan became much more active. At her heaviest she found any form of exercise uncomfortable and felt self-conscious about working out.
Now she plays volleyball, goes to Zumba and Body Pump classes at her gym, and has just signed up for personal training sessions.
She has now lost a total of 5st 1lb, dropping from 16st 13lbs to 11st 12lbs and a dress size 22 to a 10/12. Meanwhile, her mum Sue lost 1st 7lbs.
Megan said: ‘I’m definitely still a work in progress, but I feel so much happier in my life and my smile is real now.
‘I feel like I’ve woken up from being asleep on myself for years and I’m discovering a whole new me.’
The 25-year-old has just been named Slimming World’s Miss Slinky 2016.
She said that the slimming group had offered her ‘a glimmer of hope at a time in my life where I didn’t have any.’
Megan added: ‘I’ve got so much joy, hope and excitement in my life and I feel as though I’ve been completely revived, so I’m incredibly proud to have won this title.’
She now hopes that her weight loss story will help inspire others. She said: ‘I want to be an ambassador of hope to those who feel as hopeless as I did.

‘I want to inspire people to be brave enough to take that first step and really embrace the chance to change. There really is nothing to lose and so much to gain.’
Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3417241/Size-22-woman-took-two-seats-bus-loses-FIVE-STONE-win-slimming-award.html

She lost 14 stones after her doctors told her she would die , and is crowned slimmer of the year

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Cheryl Blythe was 31 when she decided she needed to make a change. This came shortly after a doctor told her that if she didn’t do something about her weight, she would be in a wheelchair by age 45. Not such a good thing for a mother of two small children.
It was a near impossible mountain to climb. She was 339 pounds. She couldn’t fit into chairs, she lost breath easily, and she was incredibly unhealthy.
Cheryl actually turned down Gastric Bypass surgery when her doctor offered her this treatment. She wanted to do it the hard way, by learning how to live healthy and setting a good example for her children. What an awesome woman.
How do you from looking like a balloon to a smokin’ hot blonde? Cheryl lost a whopping 200 pounds, without surgery, either. The main reason she got so overweight was because she ate a lot of burgers and fries. So that’s what she decided to change: her diet.

She started with the most important meal of the day: breakfast. She would have bacon, mushrooms, eggs and tomatoes, but she would remove all the fat from the bacon. She also cut out sugar.
Lunches went from a chicken sandwich with mayo to a homemade baked potato with chili. After making these changes to her diet and sticking with it, she lost 100 pounds and she was finally mobile enough to exercise. From that point on, it was easy. She worked out hard, and lost the weight until eventually she weighed 140 pounds.
Source: Likes.com

Slimming World Chocolate Cake

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This recipe is made by the amazing Kate from witwitwoo Site, it’s not like eating a slab of Black Forest Gateaux, but it was chocolatey, light and airy and really hit the spot.
Ingredients:
6 eggs
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
70g sugar substitute (eg. Splenda)
60g cocoa powder

Method:
Preheat over to 185°C (fan)
Spray a little Frylight in a loaf tin and line with greaseproof paper
Separate the eggs and in one bowl, mix the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
In another bowl, mix the other ingredients together – the eggs yolks, Splenda, vanilla and cocoa. You may find the mixture a little stiff so it’s OK to add a little splash of water at this stage.
Fold in the egg whites, a little at a time.
Pour mixture into your tin.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Syns : approximately 1-2 syns per slice
Credits : http://witwitwoo.com/

Understanding the importance of speed foods SLIMMING WORLD

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In this video presented by Nikki Ryan aka fopperholic we will see and understand the importance of speed foods in Slimming world, Nikki gets always asked about this all the time. she’s a Consultant and Manager at Slimming World, and also lost 3 stone in 3 months. the best for her is always, speed foods. Sometimes people can get a little confused, or read incorrect information on other sites. “Hence why I decided to make this quick and simple video. It might just be something you can change to boost your losses. Please feel free to share comment or like to help fellow sw members. ”

Credits : Nikki Ryan aka fopperholic

Bride Loses Half Her Body Weight In A Year Prior To Wedding

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This bride-to-be managed to lose HALF of her weight in just one signle year.
Jennifer Ginley, 26, at the time over 19 stone, was triggered by a selection of holiday pictures, but considers herself ready for her wedding.
Before, Ginley had warned her boyfriend Luke of proposing to her to avoid having bad wedding photos.
The Liverpool Echo reports that she was lost 9st 9lbs, going from size 24/26 to size 8/10 in just over a year.
“I knew I wouldn’t be able to relax and enjoy myself,” she said.

“I knew my fiance loved me whatever size I was but I was determined that I wasn’t going to feel that way on my wedding day, so on January 3 I went along to my first Slimming World group.
“After losing five stone I felt fantastic on the day in August and even wore a bikini on my honeymoon, but the best thing is that I finally feel normal – not fat or frumpy.”
She joined Kirkby Slimming World group back in May 2015 along with her mother and sister Christine and began to follow a healthy eating plan together.

Jennifer admitted, ‘Before I lost weight I had a massive lack of belief in myself and I feel like I wasted so many years with fake smiles that hid how unhappy I was.’

‘I was a serial failed-dieter and could never understand how I could achieve so much in other areas of my life, yet I couldn’t control what I ate. My boyfriend Luke and I have been together for more than 11 years and I always used to discourage him from proposing because I couldn’t imagine myself as a bride being the size I was.’
Credits: evoke.ie , www.mirror.co.uk , www.theladbible.com .

Syn Free Metabolism Boosting Chilli Speed Soup

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If you have been on Slimming World for a while, no doubt you have heard all about tomato speed soup, the soup that resembles Heinz tomato soup and if you haven’t been on Slimming World for long, no doubt you will see it soon. If you want to find out about it now, just search the internet for ‘Slimming World Speed Tomato Soup’ and you’ll find lots of links to take a look at!
So not only does this version contains the majority of the speed food ingredients in the original recipe but it also contains chilli and spices like chilli are thought to raise metabolism by up to 50 percent for up to three hours after eating, due to increasing your heart rate! Can’t be bad!

Metabolism Boosting Chilli Speed Soup
Syn free EE and EE SP
Makes 2 big bowl fulls!

Ingredients
1 carton of pasatta
1 tin of carrots, drained
1 tin of baked beans
1 chicken stock cube
1 pint of water
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt or garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon of chilli powder
1 teaspoon of cumin powder
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
Method
Place all ingredients in a heavy bottomed pan – don’t worry if at this stage it looks pretty disgusting, lol – take a hand blender and blend all the ingredients together until smooth and thick. Heat as much as is required.
It really is very tasty, even my two year old quite likes it when she’s in the mood, lol!
Credits : lollysslimmingblog