Friday, 27 July 2012

Vegan Slimming World

Yes - That's right. After my short lived attempts with the Maximum Weight Loss diet before getting pregnant I've decided to give this a go. As a vegan it's always hard to know which plans are actually going to be workable, but I'd heard good feedback from others so was reasonably confident I could make it work for me.

At my first class I brought the '50 Free Green Recipes' book to help me get my head around meals - in fact many of the meals in this book are already vegan, or could be if you don't add the yoghurt they suggest etc.

I made the 'Oriental Mushroom & Noodle' soup which was really nice, as well as an asparagus risotto - but equally a few of the recipes haven't been that nice and won't be repeated.


My problem initially is that yes they suggest you follow the 'Green' plan If you are vegetarian, but every remotely interesting meal suggestion contains Quorn (which contains egg in case you didn't know). They have a great online service for members but it seems much of the food we commonly eat in our house wasn't listed - so I didn't know what was a 'free' food and which had syns! I did well my first week (lost 4lbs) however felt my food was a little boring. The great thing is now I've done the hard work and calculated the syn value for some common vegan 'meat' and 'cheese' replacements - so the coming weeks I can get a little more creative :)

Free Foods

Linda Mcartney mince, red onion & rosemary sausages and Fry's traditional sausages are all syn free.


Fry's 'Chicken' burgers - 2 syns each

Fry's Hot Dogs - 2 1/2 syns each

Fry's Traditional Burgers - 1/2 syn each

Fry's 'Chicken' Nuggets - 3 1/2 syns per 100g

Redwood's Chicken pieces - 8 syns per 100g

Redwood's Duck pieces - 7 1/2 syns per 100g

Redwood's Bacon Rashers - 3 syns per 100g

Redwood's Sausages - 7 1/2 syns per 100g

Cheezly Super Melting - 13 1/2 syns per 100g

Linda Mcartney Original Sausages - 2 syns each

Pure Sunflower Spread - 4 syns per tablespoon


If you're vegan and just starting slimming world I hope that helps! I'm still trying to get my head around replacement 'dairy' products. Soya milk & almond/ hazelnut Alpro can be used as a healthy extra - but there's no such thing as totally fat free soya yoghurt :(


  1. thanks! this is really helpful!

  2. really helpful, thank you

  3. so glad I clicked on your site

  4. I'm newly vegan (vegetarian 22 years & done slimming works green twice) want to do it again but am unsure on how to do it vegan friendly

    1. In the 50 free green recipes book many of the meals are already vegan, or could be made vegan really easily by leaving something off and replacing it with one of the syn free foods I mentioned in the post. It's been a while since I've done it but in the pack they give you when you start in the green plan section it does mention things like soya 'milks' and 'cheeses' too

  5. Non dairy cheeses have gone off the healthy extra list now, but the Alpro and Blue Diamond Low fat almond milks are great. The ones that are around 29 cal for 200 ml, you can have almost a litre of these as a H Ex A choice

  6. this is so useful to me, I've been vegetarian since I was four and made the decision to go vegan the same week I had already committed to starting slimming world and I was really wondering what I was going to eat.
    Just to comment to the anonymous above that I only got my book a week ago and dairy free and Soya cheese are still listed as both a/b healthy extras...
    thank you for the pointers, will defintiely be buying the 50 free green recipes next week. so glad I found your site!

    p.s. I'm not trying to be anonymous I just dont have an account on any of the options!


  7. Hiya, found this as I searched for help finding a vegan cheese for my A choice. I've already lost almost 5 stone in 12 months, along the way going from part-meat eater, to just fish, then vegetarian and recently vegan, but really struggling with my A choice as I don't drink milk anyway so the soya milk is not an option for me. Any advice for me please?

    1. Hi, sorry it has taken me a while to get back to you - haven't been on the blog much. Are you following the extra easy plan or the old green one? On the old green plan I was allowed redwoods cheezly 35g I think (it's called Vbites now), but not sure if that is allowed on extra easy. I usually use my EE A choice for 1 litre of unsweet almond milk to make sauces and creamy soups. I find the app a bit useless for finding vegan foods - best would be perhaps to give your leader the details for some vegan cheezes and ask her to clarify as it used to be allowed on green?

    2. Hi! :-) have you heard of the oatly drinks? They come in little cartons and have a chocolate flavour. I'm the same, would never drink soya milk - but these chocolate drinks are amazing and a healthy choice a :-D they're listed on the website now if you have membership. It's the oatly chocolate oat drink 225 ml. I'd definitely give it a go!

    3. Yes I'm a fan of Oatly :)

  8. Anyone know the syns in a frys schnitzel, bit bigger than a chicken burger, don't want to under syn it, help! :)

  9. This is so helpful, thank you!