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I quite like cuppa soup and so you will often find a box in my cupboard - most of the time 'Cream of Vegetable'. However, last time when stocking up, as I am trying to lose wait, I went for the lower-fat option; Slim A Soup: Minestrone. These are quite often on offer; I think mine was part of a 4 for £2 offer or something or other.
The Slim-A-Soup is very easy to make - simply tear open a sachet, add some boiling water (around 250ml) and then stir. Make sure you stir well otherwise the contents will remain at the bottom of the cup. Sometimes I find that even if I think I have stirred it well enough, there will always be some stubborn clumpy bits at the bottom.
If I'm being honest, the soup itself looks 'not-that-nice'. It is brown in colour with little 'rings' (noodles) and various vegetables (carrots, peas etc) floating around.
The soup has a watery texture with soft noodles and (sometimes) chewy vegetables. It has to be said though, that the carrots do taste like carrots, which I was quite surprised at. There are also some mini croutons which are lovely and crunchy. However, I do think that there could be more croutons - there's never enough, although I guess they have to only put so much in order to keep the calorie content down.
I have quite a big appetite and I find that I am always very hungry at dinner time. I find that if I am not full after my evening meal or sometimes before my main meal, I will have one of these Slim-A-Soups to fill me up and so that I don't snack of 'naughty foods' instead.
Each cup (one sachet) will provide you with 61 calories which I think is very good - especially if you have it as a snack. There is 3.7g of fat (of which 0.6g is saturated) and 1.20g of salt in a cup. So all in all, it is quite a great little snack for those of you on low calorie diets. More good news; this soup contains no artificial colours and no artificial preservatives; however I'm sure there has got to be something 'bad' in this cups of soups.
I would definitely recommend these soups! I much prefer the 'Cuppa Soups' although these are ok if you are on a diet. They don't taste fantastic, but they're ok.
There are 4 sachets in each box and so I think that they are good value for money, considering that I paid just 50p for one box (so 12.5p per cup).
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Needing something different to my sandwiches for lunch, I decided to nip into my local Somerfield and picked up a box of Batchelors Slim a Soup Minestrone.
I hadn't had a cup a soup for years and from what I remember they were relatively unappealing but I thought I would give it a go.
One thing I would say is that there is a vast price difference between these depending on which shop you are in. The box contains 4 satchets and in Somerfield they are currently £1.47, whereas in Tesco they are 87p!
Each satchet of the soup contains approximately 58kcals and is 1.2g of fat, which makes them a good low calorie snack.
The soup itself is a powder with various bits of dried vegetables, noodles and croutons in it. It is best to stir continuously when adding the boiling water as otherwise you will end up with a sticky sludge at the bottom of the mug and a weak tasting soup!
The taste of the soup itself is surprisingly good and with the additions of noodles and croutons, makes a satisfying snack. I could not believe the amount of people who passed my office and said how nice it smelt!
Since that first pack I have had a soup most days at work and i'm still really enjoying them. A great tasty snack.
Batchelor's minestrone Slim a Soup........
I picked up a good few boxes of these Batchelor's Slim a Soups the other day as they were on a special offer of 2 boxes for £1 in my local Co-Op.
I am not sure if this offer is still on but these cup a coups will generally be on some sort of special offer or another. I think normally there are about 80 pence per box so although on a special offer is not overly special.
Per box there are 5 sachets of the slim a soup powder, individually housed within a paper packet. The outer cardboard box looks different to regular Cup a Soups because the blue colouring is a much lighter shade indicating the "slimming" variety. However apart from this change the design is pretty standard for a Batchelor's Cup a Soup.
The Minestrone is my favourite of the Slim a Soups as the taste is just as nice as the non slimming variety. They still have lovely crunchy croutons in along with tiny pasta type rings that are always left at the bottom of every cup and need to be scrapped out with a spoon after drinking the soup.
The soup itself is easy to make up and only needs the contents of the sachet pouring into a mug and then boiling water poured on top. A really good stir making sure all the powder from the bottom of the mug is mixed up will ensure no lumps are left in the soup.
The taste of the soup is very nice and strong though the consistency is not at all thick. The colour of the soup is a deep brown and the aroma is very appealing. It is strong in the classic minestrone taste although unlike homemade none of the flavours stood out on their own.
There were bits of dried celery which always float to the top and these have a slightly distinctive taste as do the small pieces of carrot. All in all the thought he flavour is very nice and this is my preferred flavour of Slim a Soup.
There is only 55 calories per sachet in this soup which is brilliant and a small 0.5 grams of saturated fat which does make quite a difference if compared to the regular cup a soup.
I like the taste and although they don't really fill you up they certainly taste good and make it easier to stay away from naughty biscuits.
4 out of 5 star rating and a high recommendation.
Thanks for reading
I love a soup in the winter when it's cold outside and as i'm trying to loose weight I thought these would be perfect.
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I love the new names that Batchelor's have given there soups Minestrone has been renamed "my boyfriend's just found my granny pants-a-soup" which put a smile on my face. You get 4 sachets in a box and they you can get them in most supermarkets in Tesco at the moment they are doing 2 boxes for £1.50 which I thought was a bargin!
~whats sliming about it~
Now i sachet has 58 calories and less than 1% fat with no artificial colour or preservatives which sounds great!
basically get a mug empty the sachets contents in and pour the boiled water from your kettle and stir! SIMPELSS!
It smelt delicious, for a cuppa soup it looks delicious and as always I started drinking it before it was cooled down, burning my mouth!! *LOL* It tastes really nice and I like that it had croutons in it. I have to say with a roll it did nicely for lunch but I think alone it wouldn't have filled me up so seeing as I have a microwave at work I think I might stick to a tin soup as tomato soup has about the same calories!
Why do I drink these ? Well I have never been a great fan of sandwiches and I really don't like bought ones. I know I could make my own lunch to bring to work, but do you know what - by the time I have made it, carried it around and resisted eating it early , it does nothing for me. Anyway , especially in winter it is nice to have something hot.
As I am always wanting to lose a bit of weight , my standard lunch in the office is Batchelors minestrone cup soup ( slim a soup version ) and a bread roll. At around £1 to £1.20 for four sachets that is a cheap lunch.
Very easy to use , toss the contents of a sachet in a cup and fill with boiling water . Stir well , otherwise you get lots of coagulated powder at the bottom and rather tasteless hot water above , and drink.
Do they fill you up ? No not really. Are they good for a diet ? Yes , less than 60 calories per cup and no fat to speak of ( 0.5g per 100g - can't work the percentage out !!
I have tried all the flavours and I thimk minestrone is probbaly the best. It has little croutons in which fool you into thinking you are getting something a bit more substantial together with some dried vegetable - mainly carrot and tomato. That makes it all a bit more interesting.
Because I was writing this review I had a close look at the packet for the first time. The front proudly proclaims no artificial colours or preservatives . The list of ingredients is a bit offputting including tasty items like flavour enhancers ( msg ) emulsifier, stabilisers ( monopotassium phosphate, xanthan gum ) and glucose syrup together with more reconisable tomato, carrot etc. The natural colouring seems to be beetroot powder.
They smell much nicer than they taste - its all a bit boring and artificial.
The packet also says ' a great big hug in a mug ' - a great slogan but not at all how I feel when I have finished one. All I can think is - bring on some real food. Its homemade soup for me from here on.
Batchelor's Slim-a-Soup Minestrone not only offers you a lighter alternative to cup a soups, but also a great tasting alternative too. I am a real lover of minestrone flavoured soup anyway, so the convenience of it only being a boiled kettle away is excellent for me.
The smell of this particular brand of minestrone is out of this world and leaves you with a tricky decision... can you wait for it to cool down before you start drinking it? My answer is usually no and hence the badly burnt tongue on the odd occasion.
The taste is second to none and actually leaves you feeling quite full. However, I usually enjoy it that much that I have another immediately afterwards, just for the taste.
There are far more cheaper alternatives on the market but none of them come close to the same quality as this brand. I highly recommend it to everyone.
Soup is high on my list daily dietary elements at the moment, with the winter ever colder as the days go by. We are still in Autumn but it doesn't really feel like it does it! With this is mind, I have tried a number of soups in the past couple of weeks or so, and one of them was this Slim-a-soup from Batchelors, a brand well respected for their soups.
I've only had mintestrone soup a couple of times before, and although the flavour has never massively appealed to me, I enjoy the bulkier nature of it, having clumps of veg and pasta in it to give a stodgier soup and make you feel like you've had a decent feed.
However, I was quite disappointed with theis soup. Slim-a-soup boasts under 60 calories for the soup, and with a low fat content, it's not surprising that although there is flavour, I wasn'd filled up by this at all. It may be that psychologically I had set this soup to fail before I ave it a go as I'm not a fan of the taste of minestrone soup as a general rule, but whereas I would normally have a feel for some bulk to the soup, this was sadly missing here. I had to have two of the soups to even feel like I'd had something decent at all.
Price-wise it's probably middle of the road. As a powdered soup, expectation are normally lower than a soup already in its liquid/solid form, and you would find with tins of soup. This minestrone soup, however, disappointed and I probably won't be trying it again. This is not to say I won't try another Batchelor's soup, as I have had success with powdered soups before, and perhaps it's just my dislike of minestrone in general that put me off this.
I can't recommend this one as I didn't like it. If you are a particular fan of minestrone, you may like the flavour, but be warned - it won't fill you up.
As Slim-A-Soups are generally 99% fat free, if you're watching your weight they're handy if you fancy a warm snack during the day. The Minestrone flavour is suitable for vegetarians, with each serving providing a miniscule 54 cals and 1.3g fat (of which, 0.5g is saturated).
Open the newly revamped light blue box and you're faced with 4 thin sachets. Tear open a sachet and a lovely powdery smell comes out, which does smell slightly of minestrone soup. The sachet is about one third full of lightish brown powder and tiny dried pieces of vegetable which are green and orange so I can't really tell at this stage which veg is which. I can also spot quite a few small square croutons which look so hard they could break your teeth and lots of small rings which I know are pasta because it says on the box, but if you hadn't already looked on the box you could be forgiven for not knowing what they are!
To make the soup simply tip the sachet into a mug, add boiling water (190ml for those of you who DO measure things properly!), stir well and wait for a few moments. BUT, this isn't how I make mine - first I add the teeniest splash of boiling water and mix the soup granules into it, wait for a few seconds then add the rest of the water and stir for ages. Both the box and sachets declare this soup to be made with easy mix granules. They're lying.
The soup smells really tasty while you're waiting for the granules to dissolve, there's a 'meaty' aroma to it and the smell is surprisingly authentic.
The taste test. Once my soup has cooled down enough so I don't burn the roof of my mouth (this soup stays HOT for ages) it's actually very nice. The soup itself is tasty in a powdery sort of way and DOES taste of minestrone soup, the croutons stay crunchy and the pasta rings are good and tender. The soup is very salty tasting, which is fine by me but if you're not a big salt person you might find it a bit overpowering. The only let down taste wise are the vegetable pieces which uniformly taste of nothing and don't go soft enough for my liking. The pasta and vegetables tend to sink to the bottom of the mug so you need to give it a good stir every couple of mouthfuls so you don't end up with lumps of soggy pasta and veg mixed in your last couple of sips! I can taste a herby/spicy quality to the soup, but I'm not sure where this comes from as the only herb mentioned in the ingredients list is parsley and it doesn't really taste of this.
The major drawback with this Minestrone Slim-A-Soup is the fact that it's not at all filling. It has the thin consistency of a cup of cheap hot chocolate, with just the croutons and nasty veg pieces making it a slightly more substantial. The original Cup-A-Soups (ie. the non-slimming variety) ends up much thicker with the consistency of 'real' soup. I'd class the Slim-A-Soup as a snack rather than a lunchtime meal, although adding a big chunk of crusty bread bulks it out a bit. If you're between meals and peckish this soup is ideal because its low calorie so won't do the diet any harm and its really tasty, however if you're starving have a salad sandwich because Slim-A-Soup won't touch the sides!
I brought mine in Kwik Save for 79p (which I personally think is a bit expensive for what it is) but I've also seen them in Sainsburys, Safeway, Tesco, Morrisons and smaller independant shops.