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    Food tweaks

    Hi
    I have joined again (chickened out in May!!) and was just wondering what is classed as allowed and what not as tweaks.

    I totally understand cous cous cake, lasagne crisps, and chick pea nuts not being allowed as obviously they are just a licence to overeat (I have never tried any of them so if they arent easy to overeat I apologise)

    The ones I am wondering about are using cous cous or smash for coatings on things like onion rings, SW KFC and scotch eggs or as a base like smash pizza.

    for the coatings such a small amount is used and you are eating nutritious free food along with it.... the smash pizza a step too far?? Or is it all totally not allowed unless it is syned or eaten as intended.

    I hope this ramble makes sense!!

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    Re: Food tweaks

    Hiya at my group we were told if ur having a smash pizza often (like daily) then to syn it, but if its a treat then its ok as free food

    With the scotch eggs/ kfc its such a small amount its still free ( which im very pleased at cos I makes these once a week each)
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    2. Are couscous cake, Smash pizzas and lasagne-sheet ‘Doritos’ Free?
    You might be disappointed to hear that they’re not. Because changing the use of a food can make it easier to over-eat, to protect your weight loss they become Synned.

    When foods like pasta, rice and grains are used in their original form they’re low in energy density (calories), bulky, appetite-satisfying foods. Pasta, couscous and rice are usually the main ingredient in a meal packed with other Free Foods – giving it sufficient bulk to be satisfying as a meal in itself. However, when ground down, used as flour (like in couscous cake), used as a sauce thickener (like Smash), seasoned crisps (like Doritos) or puréed (like smoothies) they’re often used as additions to a main meal… and on top of your day’s Syns. It is a very effective way of adding a lot of extra calories in a non-bulky way, and as such would then be counted as Syns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catlouise83 View Post
    Hiya at my group we were told if ur having a smash pizza often (like daily) then to syn it, but if its a treat then its ok as free food

    With the scotch eggs/ kfc its such a small amount its still free ( which im very pleased at cos I makes these once a week each)
    thanks Catlouise83, that makes sense.

    Do you use smash for eggs and kfc or does any free instant mash work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatchworkPuss View Post
    This is from the SW website

    2. Are couscous cake, Smash pizzas and lasagne-sheet ‘Doritos’ Free?
    You might be disappointed to hear that they’re not. Because changing the use of a food can make it easier to over-eat, to protect your weight loss they become Synned.

    When foods like pasta, rice and grains are used in their original form they’re low in energy density (calories), bulky, appetite-satisfying foods. Pasta, couscous and rice are usually the main ingredient in a meal packed with other Free Foods – giving it sufficient bulk to be satisfying as a meal in itself. However, when ground down, used as flour (like in couscous cake), used as a sauce thickener (like Smash), seasoned crisps (like Doritos) or puréed (like smoothies) they’re often used as additions to a main meal… and on top of your day’s Syns. It is a very effective way of adding a lot of extra calories in a non-bulky way, and as such would then be counted as Syns.
    Hmmm so looking at this using smash as a coating would be syned as you would use more for that than you would using it as a thickener for gravy...thank you.

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    Smash is not designed to be used as a coating, it's designed to be made into mashed potato. Eaten as mash, it's free, eating as a coating it's a syn and a tweak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaylou View Post
    Smash is not designed to be used as a coating, it's designed to be made into mashed potato. Eaten as mash, it's free, eating as a coating it's a syn and a tweak.
    thanks, I will be synning breadcrumbs instead :-)
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    Re: Food tweaks

    I have smash pizza and have decided I wont syn it as long as it is part of a meal. If I stop loosing weight then I wont eat it but I am so far loosing weigh fine I wont try the rest of the tweaks incase I like them lol xx
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    Hi, just to add my two penny worth - I love making SW scotch eggs and SW KFC chicken but use my HEX B allowance for the 'breadcrumbs', either 2 x slices of w/meal bread, or I find hammering a bag of flavoured Ryvita minis makes really lovely, crunchy 'breadcrumbs'! Hope that helps! x
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devon_Dumpling View Post
    Hi, just to add my two penny worth - I love making SW scotch eggs and SW KFC chicken but use my HEX B allowance for the 'breadcrumbs', either 2 x slices of w/meal bread, or I find hammering a bag of flavoured Ryvita minis makes really lovely, crunchy 'breadcrumbs'! Hope that helps! x
    thanks I will use my HEb or syn breadcrumbs ...cant have ryvita or any crispbreads (long story) so will avoid them

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    Quote Originally Posted by debsxdiet View Post
    I have smash pizza and have decided I wont syn it as long as it is part of a meal. If I stop loosing weight then I wont eat it but I am so far loosing weigh fine I wont try the rest of the tweaks incase I like them lol xx
    that's a good attitude, I am doing the same with my tweaks that are imposed by dietary restrictions, if I stop losing I will address then then

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    Re: Food tweaks

    Quote Originally Posted by paganflossy View Post
    that's a good attitude, I am doing the same with my tweaks that are imposed by dietary restrictions, if I stop losing I will address then then
    I think thats sensible at tge end of the day as long as we loose weight thats the main thing and if eating a smash pizza once ever so often stops me ordering a 16 inch pizza it is all good xx
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    Re: Food tweaks

    Using cauliflower as a pizza base instead of smash is completely free and your getting g your super free too and its bloody lovely!
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    Re: Food tweaks

    Yeah its gorgeous. I finely chop one head of a cauli, zap it in the microwave for about 5 mins, mash with a fork and add an egg. I have a proper pizza stone so I put it on there and form a pizza shape. Oven for about 10-15 mins then take out, add toppings of choice (passata, peppers, ham and hex cheese normally) and pop back in oven until golden.
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