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.

Non speed vegetables

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.

Also in the list of non-speed vegetables are:

  • Parsnips
  • Sweetcorn
  • Peas

Non speed fruits

When it comes to fruit, there are even more examples that are free but not speed, including:

  • Cherries
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Mango
  • Pomegranate
  • Bananas
  • Pineapple

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 SP 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.

If anyone has any ideas for SP meals let me know.

12 thoughts on “Sweet potatoes are not speed

  1. Richard January 30, 2017 / 11:16 am

    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!

  2. Marie June 30, 2017 / 8:30 am

    Does anyone know if butternut squash is free? Thanks!

    • Richard June 30, 2017 / 9:34 am

      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!

  3. Lucy August 1, 2017 / 1:26 pm

    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…

    • Richard August 1, 2017 / 1:48 pm

      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!

  4. Holly Victoria Brownlow February 2, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    Blueberries are now considered a speed food

    • Richard February 2, 2018 / 8:50 pm

      Thanks for the update on this Holly!

  5. Lesley March 4, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    If I want to do an SP day can I only eat sp food?

    • Richard March 4, 2018 / 1:29 pm

      Hi Lesley. On an SP day you can only eat Speed and Protein – and no free foods (that aren’t speed). So no free yoghurts or anything. But you are allowed two HEB. And they say to have a 50:50 split of speed and protein, which might seem like a lot of meat.

  6. vivienne coleman March 6, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    just started on slimming world today need o loose 2 stone walk 4 miles a day any idea hw much a week i should be loosing will stick inside sins just want to check whole can of baked beans and 2 large jacket pots no butter is sin free? also nandos fat free yogurt that comes out of there machines any idea how many sins?

    • Richard March 6, 2018 / 4:29 pm

      Hi Vivienne. Thanks for commenting!

      The key to a good weight loss on Slimming World is probably based 90% on what you eat, and 10% on the exercise you do.With good food optimising you should lose on average about 2 lbs a week.

      Baked beans and jacket potatoes are fine – they are both free food, so you can eat as much as you like of them. But remember, you should always make sure a third of your plate is speed food (fruit or vegetables). The speed helps you fill up but without contributing very many calories.

      I did a quick google search about the Nandos fat free yogurt, because I didn’t know. The consensus seems to be that it’s 2 syns for a tub (approx 100g) – based on the sugar content of the yogurt.

      And in case you’re interested, here’s a list of syn values for all the Nandos food: http://fatgirlskinny.net/nandos-syn-values/

  7. Desribe February 5, 2020 / 7:36 am

    Hi, there seem to be confusion between sweet potatoes and yams, and I wanted to know if yams are syn free.
    I am new to slimming world

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