Pesto is a staple cooking item to have at home, whether you whip up a quick pesto pasta or make some pesto chicken, it saves you time, but since this is not a syn free food in the slimming world, you have to ensure you are tracking it.
Aldi's pesto has typically 9 syns a serving for their green pesto, this can differ by a few syns however if you choose their red pesto, this makes their pesto very high in syns and should only be consumed within moderation.
Down below, we've composed a short guide that will take you through why pesto is so high in syns, syn values, low syn alternatives from other brands as well as how to make your own SW friendly pesto.
You might be shocked to learn that Aldi's pesto pre-made sauce has 9 syns a serving, but pesto is very high in calories, having on average 150-175 calories a serving.
This is because its main ingredients are olive oil, nuts and cheese, which are all high in fat, it should be noted that all of the ingredients are very healthy for you, however, and most of the fats inside are unsaturated too.
You would only be able to have a serving and a half of pesto before using up all of your daily syn allowance for the day. However, you can always choose reduced-fat pesto which has about 3 syns less if you are looking to save more syns.
If you find Aldi's pesto to be too high in syns there are other low syn alternatives to choose from which we will list below to add to your shopping basket.
If you are a lover of pesto, don't be alarmed by its syns since you can always make your syn free version at home.
We've listed the recipe below.
To conclude, there is no reason as to why you can't enjoy pesto on the slimming world plan as long as you have enough room in your syn allowance, pesto is very good for you and full of healthy ingredients despite the high calories.
We would recommend however switching to reduced-fat pesto if you want to take off some syns or try making a syn free version at home!