Polenta on Slimming World: Syns and How to Enjoy It

Updated on 
4 August, 2023

How to Enjoy Polenta on Slimming World: A Guide to Low-Syn Options

Polenta is a staple cornmeal dish to have in the Winter month, and an easy meal to make whether you pair it with chicken or enjoy it as a porridge on its own, but how many syns does this cornmeal dish have on the slimming world plan?

Is Polenta Okay To Eat On Slimming World?

Polenta has varying syns according to how it is prepared and used, but on average you can expect a 100g portion when made with water to have between 3.5 and 5 syns a serving. 

We've discussed in further detail below how much Polenta you can have on the plan, some syn values of different polenta dishes, alternative low syn options and an SW recipe using polenta for a syn-friendly meal idea!

How Much Polenta Can I Eat On Slimming World?

At around 3.5-5 syns for a simple polenta and water porridge, you could have between 300-400g of Polenta before using all your 15 syn daily allowance.

Polenta is a great weight loss dish to have on the slimming world plan thanks to it being low in calories yet high in fibre and protein, this makes it filling and a great alternative to other high-carb sides like rice or pasta.

Syn Values Of Polenta Dishes

Polenta and polenta dishes have a huge variety of different syn values according to how they are made, we've listed some general syn values of this food below.

  • Ready Made Polenta - 3.5 syns for 100g.
  • Cornmeal (Polenta), Cooked in Water, no Added Fat - 5 syns for 100g.
  • Pizza Express Polenta Chips - 12.5 syns.
  • Italfresco Ready Made Polenta 500g - 3.5 syns.
  • Lidl Italiamo Polenta Pronta 1000g - 3.5 syns.
  • Sainsbury's Polenta 400g - 4 syns for a 100g serving.
  • Holland & Barrett Paradiso Polenta 500g - 9 syns.
  • East End Cornmeal (Polenta) Fine 1.5kg - 16 syns.
  • Polenta Valsugana Express Quick Pre-Cooked Polenta with Cheese 70g - 12.5 syns for 100g.
Syn Values Of Polenta Dishes

Low Syn Alternatives To Polenta

If you find Polenta to be too high in syns, there are plenty of other low-syn alternatives to check out as a side dish.

  • Aldi Inspired Cuisine Mashed Potato 450g - 10 syns for 200g.
  • Iceland Frozen Mashed Potato 908g - 5 syns for 100g.
  • Porridge Oats - 5.5 syns.
  • Scott's Porridge Oats Original 1kg - 7 syns.
  • Delicious Alchemy Rice Flake Porridge 450g - 7.5 syns.
  • Morrisons Free From Rice Flakes Porridge 450g - 7 syns a serving.
  • Cream of Wheat Instant Hot Cereal Maple Brown Sugar 350g - 6.5 syns a serving.

Slimming World Polenta Soul Food Recipe

If your looking for a slimming world friendly syn dish you can make with polenta as a side, we've put together an excellent SW recipe below with cornbread for an easy dinner.


  • 250g polenta.
  • A teaspoon of baking powder.
  • Four eggs.
  • Seasoning.
  • Low cal cooking spray.
  • Six spring onions.
  • 250g of sweetcorn.
  • 280g of fat free fromage frais.


  1. Start by heating your oven to gas mark 3 then spray a baking tin and mix the polenta and baking powder then season.
  2. Now beat your egg in a bowl with the fromage frais and pour in the polenta mix with the sweetcorn and spring onions.
  3. Bake in a muffin tin for 40 minutes until they are browned and enjoy!

Final Words

To conclude, Polenta is a great low syn carb to have on the slimming world plan, having between 3.5-5 syns for a 100g serving, allowing you to have around 300g before using all your 15 daily syns.

Slimming World Polenta Soul Food Recipe

We recommend making polenta recipes such as cornbread at home to save syns with syn-free ingredients like fat-free fromage frais to save syns.

If you find Polenta porridge to be too high in syns we suggest switching to normal porridge oats which can be used as your healthy extra B to save syns.

Jennifer is a certified nutritionist and weight loss coach with a Master's in Nutrition from Cambridge. With over 10 years experience, she shares healthy recipes and science-backed slimming tips on SheCooksSheEats to help people reach their wellness goals. Jennifer stays up-to-date by regularly attending conferences and continuing her nutrition education. She aims to provide research-backed advice to inspire balanced, happy living.
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