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Nandos for Lunch unsure of Syns

Discussion in 'Slimming World - Eating Out' started by rm247, 27 February 2014 Social URL.

  1. rm247

    rm247 Full Member


    I am very new to Slimming World and when out shopping today I stopped in nando's for lunch, trying to be good I got a half chicken & removed the skin so the Syns would be minimal and as a side ordered the Sweet Potato Mash. I believed that this would be a superfree food as it was obviously a veggie. However When I now checked the slimmign world website it states the mash is a terrible option because it's got other ingredients mixed in with it. What it doesn't say however is how many Syns it actually includes.

    I have tried searching the website for actual numbers to no avail.
    Can anyone help me?
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  3. Sweet potatoes are not superfree. They are free on green and EE, and can be a healthy extra. Mash in a restaurant would often have milk and butter in it, which would push up the syns, but difficult to know by how much.

    I would stop worrying about what is done, which can't be undone, draw a line and start afresh tomorrow. Maybe cut down on syns a bit for the rest of the week. But in the end, it is only one meal, so don't beat yourself up about it!
  4. IMetThePieman

    IMetThePieman Full Member

    1/2 chicken (with skin on) is 17.5 syns.

    I can't find any syns for the mash. Just forget about it - today is a new day and you can start anew. As AnnaFaraday says, watch your syns for the rest of the week and enjoy the plan!
  5. lickthelid

    lickthelid Lives here....

    It would only be this if you actually ate the skin though and OP didn't so its free. From what I can see other brands of sweet potato mash come in around 4-5 syns a portion and nandos portions aren't exactly huge so even if you went top end on the syns that's not too bad. Obviously there is no superfree which isn't ideal but it's not possible 100% of the time.
  6. Princess_Stevie

    Princess_Stevie Gold Member

    I still don't think it will be free just by removing the skin. The skin is where all of the fat is, and when you cook chicken with the skin on the fat will leak into the rest of the meat. I always thought that skin needs to be removed before cooking.
  7. I have never heard of this - if you roast a chicken with the skin on, then remove the skin, the breast of the chicken is no more fatty that it would have been if the skin hadn't been there. That's my experience anyway.
  8. lickthelid

    lickthelid Lives here....

    I found this perspective quite interesting because it has occurred to me before that maybe cooking it in its skin is akin to cooking it in fat so I looked it up on syns online and it just says "skin removed". Some listings specify cooked without (presumably additional) fat so if they meant removed before wouldn't they have to say otherwise they would mean cooked without fat (additional) and without fat (naturally occurring in the skin). I've always taken it to be removed and not eaten. After all who roasts a chicken without skin? And what about rotisserie chickens? They give a syn value of 4.5 per 100g including skin.
  9. Princess_Stevie

    Princess_Stevie Gold Member

    Perhaps I am just more cautious then! But there's no way I could count something as free after it'd been cooked skin on. It's where all of the fat is! But each to their own, and if it works for you then great - if it isn't broken, don't try and fix it kinda thing.
  10. lickthelid

    lickthelid Lives here....

    I no longer have to worry as a newly born again vegetarian! No fat concerns for me :) the husband can have the lot. Mwahahaha
  11. Lucy6226

    Lucy6226 Member

    It's 17.5 on green, but only 5.5 on original or extra easy...I have mine with corn and salad, both free! :)
  12. LianneJane5687

    LianneJane5687 Full Member

    My consultant also says you have to remove skin/fat before cooking!
  13. lickthelid

    lickthelid Lives here....

    But again...who takes the skin off a whole roast chicken? Before it's cooked I mean. Like PS says if it ain't broke and each to their own.
  14. Willbeslimjen

    Willbeslimjen Gold Member

    As far as I am aware sw line is so long as you remove visible fat before eating you can cook it with the skin on
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