For many of us, couscous is a great staple in our dishes, it bulks them out and makes meals filling, and is even syn free on the SW plan, but the flavoured packets however do have syns.
Aldi's spice infusion couscous in particular has 1 syn for a 50g serving or 2 syns for the whole 100g pack, making it an excellent choice for people who are looking to have a low syn lunch or dinner.
In our short guide below we will cover; why this couscous has syns despite couscous being syn-free, other syn values of Aldi's couscous, some low syn couscous alternatives from other brands and how to make your own syn free couscous dish on the SW plan.
It can be confusing to find out that packet couscous has syns when plain couscous does not, this comes from the fact that packet couscous can often contain oil and extra fat/calories from the flavourings used.
They remain low in syns however, at 1 syn per serving you can happily enjoy them as part of your daily diet, as on average you have a syn allowance of up to 15 syns on the slimming world plan.
These flavoured couscous packets can be paired with your speed veggies or some lean meat to keep them low in syns, or you could even try making your syn-free couscous for an entire syn-free meal which we will get into later.
It’s worth noting that even if you buy plain non-flavoured couscous packets they can still contain syns if they have oil inside. If you are looking to get some packeted couscous from Aldi convenience, we have listed a few other low syn alternatives from the brand below.
Aldi is not the only brand out there with some easy make low syn couscous meals, it’s also worth checking out low-syn alternatives from other brands too.
We have listed a few to try out on the SW plan below.
Since couscous plain and made up yourself is syn free, it makes sense to cook your own rather than buy packeted flavours to save you some syns, you can even make some up in bulk and use it for quick lunches/dinners and meal preps.
To give you a little inspiration for your SW syn free couscous, we have a couple of our best syn free couscous recipes to get you started below.
This syn-free ham, veg and couscous meal can be a quick mid-day lunch and gets your required veggies in for the day too, the whole recipe serves four people.
For people who want a more interesting lunch with varied cuisine, you can make this Morrocan style couscous easily at home with a few simple steps for a syn-free meal, this will serve around 4 people.
Overall, although the Aldi spice infusion couscous does have syns, it contains a very little amount just like other brands, making a great low syn snack or addition to a meal.
We always recommend making your couscous to keep things syn free in our recipes above, this can be paired with an SW friendly chicken recipe or some speed veg.