Sweet potatoes are not speed

I’m trying out an SP day today, where I’m only allowed to eat Speed and Protein foods.

The idea is that, although it’s not a required part of the Slimming World food optimisation plan, it is meant to speed up your weight loss. And I’ve been in a bit of slump recently, and need something to re-ignite my progress.

The problem is that it’s not as easy as it would first seem to do an SP day. There are a lot of free foods out there (potatoes, pasta, and so on) that are not speed. It’s worth checking the membership book, because I was surprised at some of them.

For instance, every now and again people in my class talk about swapping out potatoes for sweet potatoes when making chips – so it might be easy to assume that sweet potatoes are speed – but they aren’t. Neither are parsnips, sweet corn or peas.

And when it comes to fruit, there are loads that are free but not speed, including blueberries, cherries, kiwi, mango, pomegranate, bananas, grapes, and pineapple. So I need to be really careful when picking out fruit to eat, especially those pre-cut fruit pots from supermarkets that often have grapes and pineapple in them.

The food planning is the tricky bit. Dinners will probably be okay because I can have a steak and salad, or some chilli and roasted vegetables. However lunches pose more of a challenge to my imagination. There are only so many times I can eat salad and cold meat before my taste buds shut down. And I’m not much of a fan of soup. So if anyone has any ideas for SP meals let me know.

5 thoughts on “Sweet potatoes are not speed

  1. Oooops – it appears the comments haven’t been working correctly, and people’s comments have been blocked as spam. Sorry about that! I’ve changed a couple of settings, and it hopefully should work now. Email me at get [at] itoff.me if you have further trouble.

    Thanks to Hayley who suggested butternut and celeriac. For butternut, I have a strange disliking of its texture, so I might give that a miss – but I’ll definitely try the celeriac. I’ve had lovely celeriac soup in the past, but didn’t know it would make a good mash. Thanks for the top tips!

    • Hi Marie. Butternut Squash is a speed food (and a free food). My wife loves roasted butternut, but I’m not a fan myself – I don’t really like the texture!

  2. Lucy says:

    Hi, I like your blog 🙂 I’ve been considering getting back to SW for a while now and I think this was the push I needed/ I agree, I get super fed up of cold meat and salad, and tbh I’d rather eat something veggie for lunch as it’s cheaper! I always struggle with lunch ideas…

    • Hi Lucy! One of my favourite things to have for lunch is leftovers. When we cook lovely syn-free dinners, we try to do a bit extra that can be used for lunch at work the next day. Reheated spag bol, chilli or stir-fry is much more exciting than a salad!

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