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confused about syns at nando's

S: 11st6lb C: 11st1lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 26.6 Loss: 0st5lb(3.13%)
#1
went to nando's for lunch today, thought i would have 1/4 chicken (asked for the breast because i prefer the meat) with 2 plain corn on the cobs, take the skin off and diet coke. i thought this would be pretty much free (Although the peri-peri sauce is half a syn for a tablespoon but still low syn) however when i checked the syns later it was 6 for a breast and 2 for a leg.... where are these syns coming from? i removed the skin but am i missing something? are they injecting some sort of syns into the meat to make it tastier?!

do you think the syns where in the skin... im trying to count my syns really accurately this week so what does everyone think i should count it as? im coutning the peri peri as 1 just confused about the meat...
 
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vikki73

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S: 12st12lb C: 9st12lb G: 10st7lb BMI: 22.3 Loss: 3st0lb(23.33%)
#2
Hi if the chicken was just plain and not marinated the syns will be for the skin. Hope you enjoyed it! :D I wouldn't have thought of nandos for a low syn meal!
 
S: 11st6lb C: 11st1lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 26.6 Loss: 0st5lb(3.13%)
#3
yes but surely if it was the skin the leg would have been the same??
 
S: 11st6lb C: 11st1lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 26.6 Loss: 0st5lb(3.13%)
#4
should i or shouldn't i...

ok so i had my nando's today - the book counts the chicken as 6 syns but i took all the skin off and in total am counting it as 3 syns (for peri-peri sauce at .5 syns tblspoon and any little bits of skin that might have slipped through) and the sweetcorn was free (EE)

and even if i counted the full 6 syns including the skin i wouldn't have had any more than 8 absolutely max...

anyway theres a curly wurly in the fridge calling out for me (6 syns) who votes i should go for it?
 
S: 11st6lb C: 11st1lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 26.6 Loss: 0st5lb(3.13%)
#6
thats confirmation enough for me... im gonna go for it
 

karenk

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S: 12st8lb C: 11st1lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 28.3 Loss: 1st7lb(11.93%)
#7
Just had a look on the nandos website and if you look at how to make your own peri peri chicken, it shows 100g of melted butter as part of the marinade. Would assume if they make the marinade the same way in house its the marinade that adds the syns on.
 
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#10
I bet that a curly wurly that was in the fridge lasted FOREVER!!!
 
S: 15st11lb C: 15st4lb G: 11st11lb BMI: 39.1 Loss: 0st7lb(3.17%)
#11
in the newest book they have taken out the chicken from the syns and just show the sauces and chips. so do what i do take skin off and have it with the med salad - no feta and enjoy hon
 
S: 21st4lb C: 17st11lb G: 11st1lb BMI: 42.7 Loss: 3st7lb(16.44%)
#12
Just had a look on the nandos website and if you look at how to make your own peri peri chicken, it shows 100g of melted butter as part of the marinade. Would assume if they make the marinade the same way in house its the marinade that adds the syns on.
Oh my life.... I never thought about the marinade... why would you put butter in a marinade for heavens sake!!
 

2bSlimmerMe

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S: 15st1lb C: 12st4lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 27.8 Loss: 2st11lb(18.48%)
#14
Very good place for a low syn meal out :D.
I counted some of my feta as my HEa (I did get asked why I left so much of it though lol)
What do you syn the wing as? That's one of my favourite treats!
 

melissa87

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S: 14st11lb C: 13st5lb G: 10st0lb Loss: 1st6lb(9.66%)
#17
Was just having a look through here. My C says that all meat/chicken has to have the fat/skin removed before cooking as otherwise the fat from it seeps in to the meat! I couldn't believe it, i also roast a chicken with the skin on, if you take the skin off the top of the breast goes hard :(
 
#18
The fat doesn't seep into the meat. If you roast a chicken the fat drains off. You can see it in the pan.

There is some fat inside the chicken, mainly around the legs, but that can easily be seen, even with a cooked chicken, and trimmed off before you eat it.

Of course you can't roast a chicken if you take the skin off, unless you use a roasting bag, or put something else over the breast to stop it drying out.

As long as you take off the skin and any fat that you see, that should be OK.

After all, there is no such thing as fat-free meat - even the leanest meat has some fat in it.

Actually, there's no such thing as a fat-free diet, either - not if you want to stay alive! Some fat in your diet is essential.
 

melissa87

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S: 14st11lb C: 13st5lb G: 10st0lb Loss: 1st6lb(9.66%)
#19
The fat doesn't seep into the meat. If you roast a chicken the fat drains off. You can see it in the pan.

There is some fat inside the chicken, mainly around the legs, but that can easily be seen, even with a cooked chicken, and trimmed off before you eat it.

Of course you can't roast a chicken if you take the skin off, unless you use a roasting bag, or put something else over the breast to stop it drying out.

As long as you take off the skin and any fat that you see, that should be OK.

After all, there is no such thing as fat-free meat - even the leanest meat has some fat in it.

Actually, there's no such thing as a fat-free diet, either - not if you want to stay alive! Some fat in your diet is essential.

I know! Thats what I thought, when my c said it I couldn't believe it! She also said that if you are cooking a ham, you have to remove the fat on the top of that aswell! And if you are cooking bacon, you have to take all the fat off before you can't just remove it after! Which I do anyway cos I buy WW bacon but still its all a bit tedious! lol
 
S: 16st5lb C: 11st6lb G: 9st0lb BMI: 25.8 Loss: 4st13lb(30.13%)
#20
Wow, I thought it was low syns! I always have half a chicken- leaving the skin of course, and the fino salad and at one point I had that once a week for about a month and had a good loss every single week so I'm really suprised!

Maybe because I usually only have about 6syns a day I was just lucky enough not to go over my weekly allowence?
 


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