What Are Speed Foods?
Slimming World has fast become one of the most popular and successful healthy eating plans in the United Kingdom. The organisation has been around for years now and accumulate thousands of members every year through member’s success stories.
If you are new to Slimming World, then navigating your way around all of the different terms can be quite difficult. There is a lot to take in. One of the terms that you will come across frequently is ‘speed food’ and you definitely want to include as much of these foods into your diet as possible.
To put it in simple terms, speed foods are going to boost your weight loss and potentially speed it up, too. For each meal that you have, you should aim to have 1/3 of your plate full of speed foods.
There are so many different types of food that are listed under speed foods, so you should have no trouble packing it into your eating plan. In order to get the best results, you should aim to have as much speed food as possible.
List Of Speed Foods To Include As Part Of Your Meal
One of the best things about making homemade soup is that you are able to absolutely pack it full of speed foods. Things like tinned tomatoes, lentils, carrots, peas, root vegetables and mushrooms are all speed foods that can be added to a soup and blended.
The best thing is that you don’t even notice that they are in your meal, so if you are a fussy eater then this is a great way to add some extra speed foods into your diet.
Fruit Salad Ingredients
One thing that many Slimming World members struggle with is a dislike of vegetables. This is not uncommon; some people just don’t like them. If this is the case for you, then you should definitely consider getting your speed foods from fruit salad ingredients.
Cherries, pears, blueberries, grapes and bananas are all speed foods that can easily be added to a fruit salad to give you a speed food boost. If you don’t like vegetables all that much then definitely aim to add as much of these foods to your diet as possible to boost your weight loss.
The great thing about a salad is that it can be incredibly diverse. In fact, you can add it as a side dish to most meals. The other good thing is that you can make sure that it is absolutely packed with speed foods to boost your weight loss.
Celery, lettuce, radishes, onions, cucumber, kale, peppers, rocket, spinach and watercress are all speed foods that you can use to make a delicious salad to add as a side dish to any Slimming World meals.
One of the issues that you might find with Slimming World if you are a fussy eater is that the food can get quite boring if you’re too picky. Fortunately, you can make homemade sauces for pasta and more and get loads of speed foods in them.
Pasta sauces can be made using a whole host of speed foods including mushy peas, tinned tomatoes, all kinds of vegetables and even lentils. Once everything has been processed in a blender you won’t even notice that it’s there.
As you can see, there are so many different ways that you can maximise the amount of speed foods that you are getting into your diet.
Super Speed Food List
Along with speed foods, there are also super speed foods. Super speed foods should be added wherever possible. Not only are they great for boosting weight loss, but they also have other benefits such as boosting energy levels. Here are a few examples of some of the super free foods that you can add to your meals.
- Apples – Apples can be added to all kinds of dishes to get some super speed food into your diet. If you are not much of a snacker, then try to add some apple to your breakfast for a boost.
- Blackberries & Cherries – Again, if you don’t pick at food then a great way of adding these berries into your diet is to make homemade Slimming World smoothies.
- Grapefruit – Grapefruit is a bit of an acquired taste, but if you are a fan then a grapefruit for breakfast is a brilliant way of getting some super free food into your diet.
- Lemons & Limes – Again, a bit of an acquired taste. However, lemons and limes are great in asian inspired sauces and even in fruit salads, so you should have no trouble incorporating these into your meals.
- Melon, Passion Fruit & Pineapples – Exotic fruits are becoming increasingly popular, and melon, passion fruit and pineapple are great examples of some of the more exotic flavours that you can experiment with. These are all great on their own or even added to a fruit salad.
- Different Fruit & Veg – One of the best things about Slimming World is that you can experiment with fruit and vegetables that you have probably never even heard of, let alone tried. Some of the super speed varieties include: Star Fruit, Cashew Fruit, Dragon Fruit, Horned Melon, Loganberries, Prickly Pears, Tayberries, White Currants and more.
Try to add as many of these super speed foods into your diet as you possibly can to get the best results from your healthy eating plan.
Foods Which You Think Are Speed Foods But Aren’t
One of the common mistakes that a lot of new Slimming World members make regards confusion over speed and super speed foods. A lot of people will, understandably, assume that all fruit and vegetables are speed or super speed foods. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Here are some examples of some of the foods which you might think are speed foods which are not.
- Sweet Potatoes – This is a very common misconception. Obviously, sweet potatoes are much better for you than normal potatoes. However, they are not a speed food. They are free, but it is generally best to limit the amount that you have due to the high numbers of carbohydrates.
- Potatoes – Again, many people think that because potatoes are a vegetable that they are speed food. This is definitely not the case. If you want to boost your weight loss then you should limit your consumption of weight loss as much as possible.
- Parsnips – When you consider the fact that parsnip has a texture that is similar to potato when it is cooked, it makes sense that it is not a speed food. However, it is a free food so you should definitely still eat it.
- Sweetcorn – This is one that again, a lot of people find themselves getting confused over. Sweetcorn, either tinned, or on the cob, is not a speed food. Like parsnip, however, it is free so do load up on it to get more vegetables into your diet.
- Mango – Another example of a food that is free but not speed food is mango. Of course, there is nothing wrong with adding plenty of mango to your diet. However, it is high in natural sugars so it is best to limit it in your fruit salads.
- Kiwi – Again, this is another fruit that is quite high in natural sugar. Of course, you can still eat it as it is a free food and won’t go towards your syns, but it isn’t going to do anything to boost your weight loss unfortunately.
These are just a couple of examples of some of the foods that people wrongly assume are free, there are plenty more. When starting out as a new Slimming World member, it is always best to familiarise yourself with free foods, speed foods, super speed foods and syn values so that you get the best results from your healthy eating plan.
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Speed Fruit & Vegetables
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Most other fruit and vegetables, either tinned or fresh can be used as free food to add to your Slimming World meals. Hopefully, you now have a much better idea of the foods that are going to help you to boost your weight loss and achieve maximum results.