Mashed potato is a staple side to many of our meals, whether your making a homemade Shepard's pie or pairing it with some SW speed veg and protein, but most importantly, is mashed potato syn-free on the plan?
When homemade, with no butter, mashed potato is syn-free on the slimming world plan, making it a great side to have to make dishes more filling. Store bought mashed potato like Tesco mashed potato however has syns, since it often contains extra ingredients in its mix such as milk and butter.
In our syn guide below we will discuss in more detail how many syns mashed potato has, some syn values as well as a slimming world mashed potato recipe to make your own syn free version at home.
At around 5 syns a serving, mashed potato when store bought can be high in syns, allowing you to have up to three servings before using all of your 15 syn daily allowance.
Mashed potato made plain at home with no milk (or used as your healthy extra A) and butter is syn-free.
Potatoes themselves are classed as syn free on the plan, making them a great side whether mashed, made into chips or boiled.
Tesco mashed potato has 8 syns per serving, making this mashed potato very high in syns and consuming over half of your 15 syn daily allowance, we, therefore, suggest making your own at home instead.
This store-bought mashed potato is high in syns due to the butter and milk which raises the fat content, for example, a half pack serving has nearly 4g of fat.
Mashed potato has varying syns when store bought according to the ingredients, we've listed some general syn values below so that you can compare.
If you find mashed potato to be too high in syns, you can still enjoy this food by making your mash at home with SW friendly ingredients.
We've listed a syn-free recipe below for you to try at home.
To conclude, mashed potato when made at home with SW ingredients is syn free, however, store-bought mashed potato like Tesco mashed potato has syns since it is made with extra ingredients like milk and butter, which raises the fat content.
In order to save syns, we suggest making your own mash at home or looking at other instant mashed potato mixes like smash, we have a syn guide to this mix here.