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In September last year, I started Weight Watchers, and am now continuing to fight the fat - especially after all those Christmas calories I ate. In the winter, there is nothing more comforting and filling than a bowl of soup to warm you up. So when I came across this Weight Watchers' Tomato Soup in Poundland, I decided to give it a go.
The soup comes in a can with a ring pull - no need for a tin opener, which means that this is great for when you are on the go. To be honest, whilst I love raw carrots, I hate cooked carrots and anything else to do with carrots if they are not raw. So I wasn't expecting to enjoy this soup - but was curious to give it a go because I thought I may surprise myself.
The soup itself is an orangey 'carrot' colour and has a very smooth consistency; so there's no bits. The soup is very thin - in fact it's quite watery. The soup itself is very bland in taste. There is a small hint of carrot, although there is not much of a flavour there at all although it was very sweet - too sweet and artificial tasting for my liking. Whilst it was ok - I didn't really enjoy it.
All in all I would recommend this soup if you like carrot and corriander and are doing the Weight Watchers diet! It's not the best soup from Weight Watchers, although if you like carrots, then go for it. It's filling and comforting, and is a great low point snack. Plus it's quick and easy to make.
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I was really, really bored with the chicken soup in the Weightwatchers range, so I decided to buy this instead, and it's now become my favourite.
It comes in a tin (obviously) with a purple label, which has the WW logo and a picture of a bowl of soup on it. Nothing spectacular, looks a bit cheap and nasty in my opinion.
Once opened, the soup looks a bit watery at the top so I would suggest giving it a good shake before you open it. It has a ringpull lid so there's no need for a tin opener.
This can be microwaved or heated up on the hob. Word of warning - if you heat it in the microwave, make sure your bowl/mug with something eg. a plate. I find that this soup tends to bubble a LOT when it's being heated up (I hesitate to use the word 'explode') and unless you cover it, you could end up with a microwave that has soup all over the inside of it!
Once heated, the soup appears much thicker and is a nice mix of chunky carrot and lentil. It may be a little bland for some people and I personally find I have to add a tiny bit of salt to it. But it is tasty and hearty. It's also filling because of the starchy vegetables. It does taste mostly of carrot so avoid if you don't like them.
I buy this soup regularly as it's quick and easy for lunchtime. It feels healthy and nutritious and makes a nice change from your usual run of the mill chicken and tomato.
This costs around 72p for a 295ml.
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I really like to take soup to work on cold winter days , like today. I also like to try, in vain mostly, to eat healthily. Some of the soups which I really love can often be not that healthy when you look at the nutritional information.
Weight watchers soups are a god send. not only are they low calorie, they have a wide range of flavours and types. I have previously tried their cream of tomato soup, tomato and basil and minestrone, all of which I really enjoyed.
Today was the turn of the carrot and lentil, one I had not tried before. I have to say in comparison to their other soups, this was a little disappointing.
The cream of tomato soup is quite creamy and thick. This however was much mroe watery and runny.
There was a lot of carrot and not much lentils, which probably would have helped to thicken it up abit.
The taste was nice, if abit too sweet maybe, and I did enjoy it. However I feel that it wasnt up to their usual standard and I wasn't particularly full afterwards!
If I'm honest, I did the whole going to Weight Watchers meetings and point counting years ago and it didn't really work for me.
HOWEVER, I didn't lose my faith in their products. I lost 3 stone (after having my first child) eating Weight Watchers soup (+ 2 slices of low cal bread) for lunch, as part of a calorie controlled diet. I went from a size 20 to a 12.
For the benefit of all of you on a WW diet this soup is 1 and a half points (86 cals).
This is my favourite flavour of the WW soup. A blend of sweet carrots, red lentils and onions. It isn't too bland and has texture which, thank god steps away from soups which are watery and leave you as hungry as you were before eating. Also, lentils are a good source of protein, fibre and folic acid.
I had another baby just before Christmas and want to lose 3-4 stone, I've remained faithful to my old friend and have stocked up the cupboards... I've also successfully introduced my other half to it.
I had plans to have lunch at my grandad's house today and while I was shopping in Wilkos beforehand, I realised I hadn't got any food to take with me for lunch (his fridge is full of Marks & Spencer's cottage pies and nothing else, and I didn't fancy one of those), so I decided to buy some soup. In their Weight Watchers (from Heinz) section I noticed they had carrot and lentil soup. I've never had this, but I love Baxter's carrot and coriander soup and I looked on the back of the can and spotted that there was only 86 calories per can, plus it was only 57p, so I thought I'd give it a try.
When I opened the can there was a nice faint smell of... vegetables, really. On pouring the bright orange soup into the microwaveable jug my first thought was unfortunately "it looks like sick". A bit off-putting really, but I figure lots of soups look like sick so it's unfair to mark it down for that. I usually like to have creamy, smooth soup, with no or few bits, and if there are bits I usually blend them out. This soup has lots of visible bits, mostly orange in colour so I'm guessing that's the carrot. I couldn't really see any bits that I would point out as being lentils, but I thought maybe they were hiding. The liquid bit of the soup is thick, which was a pleasant surprise as for only 86 calories I was expecting it to be kind of like water with chunks of carrots in it. Although I'm generally put off by bits, my grandad doesn't have a blender (no need when you only eat cottage pie), so I just got on with it.
How to heat:
The guidelines are to heat the soup for 1 and a half minutes in the microwave, take it out, stir it and then heat it for a further 1 minute. I did exactly this, and the soup came out nice and hot.
You can also heat the soup on the hob - "do not boil or overcook as this will impair the flavour".
I got my soup, paired it with a slice of my grandad's big fat white bread (otherwise known as Kingsmill Love To Toast) and set to eating it.
The taste test:
This soup is lovely!! I could see lots of bits in the soup which usually puts me off, but the texture of the bits was so soft that it really didn't matter to me (call me lazy but I don't like to have to chew my soup). I thought there would be whole lentils inside the soup but they were mushed up. The flavour was a bit like vegetable soup, but a bit more carroty and in general much better than vegetable soup! I'm not sure how to explain the flavour fully, but it's delicious and you should try it!
I dipped my bread into it, but sadly it just reminded me how terrible white bread is (wholemeal bread dipped in soup is lush), so I didn't really enjoy that - but white bread lovers would probably think otherwise.
The soup felt quite filling at the time, but 2 hours later my stomach was REALLY grumbling, so it perhaps doesn't fill me up as much as other soups usually do. With 295g per can, compared to my usual 415g in Baxter's soups (which I usually halve), you don't have the choice of having half the soup, so it's probaly less value for money, and also there are times when 295g of soup just wouldn't be enough.
It's good for a tasty lunch, but you need to eat it with bread, or something else, as on its own it isn't really that much (I will have 2 slices of wholemeal bread next time). The soup only has 86 calories so it's both a low calorie and healthy option, perhaps ideal for those on a diet (hence it being Weight Watchers), but you definitely don't have to be on a diet to appreciate how yummy this soup is.
And now the boring stuff......
Nutritional stuff, per can:
Calories - 86
Protein - 3.8g
Carbs - 16.8g
(of which sugars) - 4.7g
Fat - 0.4g
(of which saturated) - 0.1g
Fibre - 2.1g
Sodium - 0.8g
Salt equivalent - 2.0g
water, carrots, lentils, Swedes, onions, modified cornflower, concentrated tomato puree, flavourings (contain wheat, celery, mustard), salt, herb extract, spice extracts, yeast extract.
**Allergies** Contains gluten, wheat, celery and mustard.
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Heinz Weight Watchers Carrot & Lentil Soup
Description: Manufacturer: Heinz / Type: Soup
If you read my reviews, you will know that myself and Mr Siamese eat a lot of tinned soup. I prefer to make my own, but because we both work full time shifts, I often find that I just don't have the time. I like the convenience of tinned soup, it is easy to keep in a drawer or locker, heats up in the microwave in minutes and provides a hot and relatively healthy meal.
This soup comes in a purple tin with the Heinz Weight Watchers logo on the front and a picture of the soup
I paid £0.59 for a 295g tin, though it can often be found on offer too. Available from most supermarkets.
The tin comes with a pull off lid which is great as it means that you don't need a tin opener, you just open and pour. You can either put it in a saucepan and warm gently, or do what I do and put it into a microwavable dish. Then just put in the microwave for around two and a half minutes, stirring half way through.
The soup is a great colour, and much thicker than you might expect (I tend to find the Weight Watchers soups quite thin, this is better than most). It is a warm orange shade and quite smooth, though it does have some carrot chunks to add texture.
It has a rather sweet taste and you are able to taste both the carrots and the lentils. It is quite well seasoned too, though is improved by a decent sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper.
Nutritional info is as follows;
Per 295g tin;
This soup is great for those watching their weight, and a whole tine eaten without bread is low in calories and fat and yet quite filling. I prefer to eat half a tin with a decent chunk of fresh bread but that is a personal choice.
Out of all the Weight Watchers soups, this is probably the nicest one that I have tried. It is sweet and yet savory and quite appetising. You don't feel that you are eating diet food, which is always good!
I do recommend this, not nearly as good as home made soup of course, but for what it is, it is a decent enough alternative.
I'm not mad keen on a lot of the Weight Watchers soups but I love this Carrot And Lentil one because it's so filling and yummy.
It's bright orange and tastes exactly the same if you warm it up in a saucepan or nuke it for a couple of minutes. The soup is bright orange and looks like it's going to have a strong carrot flavour, you can see that there are loads of lentils in the soup and they look nice mixed in with the soup.
It tastes proper warming and has got a rich vegetable flavour, it's weird because it doesn't actually taste of carrots but you can tell there are loads of them in it. I think the lentil flavour comes through in the soup more and also with there being so many lentils it in it makes the soup seem thicker than it really is.
THe soup is quite thin but it's still thicker than a lot of them from Weight Watchers, the lentils bulk it up a bit though and I do think it's deffo the most filling one out of the range. It's got a nice herb taste that isn't too strong but is there to give a bit of flavour to the soup because carrots and lentils haven't got much of a taste of their own.
I do like this soup but always put a bit of extra salt in it because it always tastes a bit bland until I do that but I reckon that's because of Weight Watchers being a healthy eating brand that they don't add as much salt as full fat soup.
The tins are smaller than normal sized tins of soup and are the same size as the inidividual soups that Heinz do, a tin of this Carrot And Lentil soup costs about 65p and that's not bad compared to other brands but it would still be cheaper to make your own if you know how to.
After trying a can of the clear chicken and noodle soup from Weight Watchers which I can only call a somewhat traumatic experience I decided that I would not try anything new for a while when using up my Weight Watchers stockpile of soups and went for one of my old faithful; Carrot and Lentil. I love carrot and lentil soup and when I have time I will always make a big homemade batch of soup up. But if the supplies of homemade have run dry I have to opt for shop bought. This is where I struggle as Weight Watchers seem to be one of the only brands that include a carrot and lentil variety in their range.
The carrot and lentil soup comes in a 295g can. The can has a ring pull rather than having to open with a tin opener so is a very handy tin if you like your food on the go. The tin has a purple logo which is consistent with the Weight Watchers branding and colours. There is an image of the soup on the front of can. The soup is bright orange and appears quite thick. On reflection the soup looks a lot thicker on the image on the front of the can than it actually is.
The heating instructions on the can says the soup takes 2 minutes 30 seconds in a 700W microwave. As the soup is quite thin I feel it takes around 2 minutes to heat as if you leave it on for the full 2 minutes 20 you often find that you have had a slight soup explosion.
From Asda a 295g can costs 54p as a standard price. I bought my supplies of Weight Watcher soups whilst Asda had a 3 cans for £1 offer on. I was in Asda yesterday and they have this offer running again so at 33p a can this is definitely worth stocking up on if you like the Weight Watchers range.
***Carrot and Lentil Soup***
When the soup is poured from the can to the bowl it is a bright orange colour which has some chunky pieces of carrot in but the soup is relatively smooth. When the soup comes out of the can it is quite watery and you find that the water lies on the top of the can and the carrot and lentil pieces then follow out of the tin when you pour and then sink to the bottom of the bowl.
Once heated the soup has a really pleasant hearty vegetable scent. The soup once warmed and stirred appears less watery however consistency wise it is still a lot thinner than many homemade soups or regular soups from Heinz. If you have had Weight Watchers soups before you will expect this however if this is your first experience of Weight Watchers soups you may be quite surprised at how thin the soup is.
The taste of the soup is fantastic. The initial taste is quite sweet and there is a definite taste of carrot. You can then taste the lentils alongside the carrots which gives the soup a more wholesome hearty taste and the soup tastes less sweet. I also felt that there was a very slightly peppery taste to the soup, which became more apparent as you eat more of the soup.
Although the soup is quite thin I found that I am full up after eating a bowl of this soup and makes the perfect sized light lunch. If eaten with a bread roll it is definitely a filling lunch.
Per 295g tin:
This is probably my favourite soup from Weight Watchers. The consistency is slightly thin but taste and scent wise, this soup makes a great light lunch or snack. It's not as good as home made as are most things that come out of a can, but it definitely is a feel good soup. Carrot and lentil in my opinion is the new chicken soup!
I'm not on a diet however occasionally I do like to watch what I'm eating and when I'm going through this kind of phase I often turn to the weight watchers products. They do a huge variety of things including soups, meals, jams and spreads, drinks, cakes, sweets and snacks! Recently I've tried a range of their soups and one I am particularly fond of is the Lentil and Carrot soup.
The weight watchers soups can be found in every single supermarket really however we buy them from Tesco as it is the store we shop at most. The soups can be found alongside all of the other soups from brands such as Baxtor's and the well known Heinz! They are usual on the middle shelf so are very easy to find however in asda I am pretty sure they are kept up on a higher shelf! Each tin of soup weighs 295g and costs 75p which I find is quite expensive. A regular tin of soup is 400g so this is quite a big difference.
The tin is fairly attractive. There is a bright label on it which has an image of the glorious soup inside. It is viewed to be in a bowl and it looks really quite thick! There is all the usual information around the label including product information, nutrition, ingredients and how to contact the weight watchers company if you have a problem. The tin is easy to open too and can be done simply with a tin opener!
You can either heat the soup up on the stove in a pan, or in the microwave however I opt for the latter as it is less time consuming and easier. To heat it up simply pop it in a microwavable bowl and depending on your microwave settings pop it in for the designated time given on the label. For my particular microwave I give it 3 and ahalf minutes and by this time it is piping hot. On one or two occasions I have heated it up way to much so it has burnt and turned in to a thick gloop! Not very appealing at all.
After it has been heated a faint carrot soup smell fills the air. It is more carrot smelling than lentil to me! It is easy to pour out and I noticed it wasn't as thick as it looked on the tin however it wasn't runny or watery too much. I give it a little mix before digging in! the taste is quite delicious. It tastes lentilly at first however it then turns into a lovely carrot taste. The texture is good too it is not to thick but not runny either! It is not overly filling though and I find my self eating a sandwich with it or sometimes two or three slices of bread. If you are following the weight watchers diet though its not recommended you eat the accompaniments or definitely not in those quantities.
One tin of the soup contains a brilliant 91 calories and 0.4g of fat!
Weight watchers from Heinz Carrot and Lentil soup, this is delicious and low in points. The tin capacity is 295g, the points total is 1.5, calories 86, with less than 1g of fat. This product is suitable for vegatarians and contains no artificial colours or preservatives, it does contain gluten, wheat, celery and mustard.
Easy to cook - on the hob in a saucepan, it is recommended to stir whilst heating but do not boil or overcook as this will impair the flavour. Alternatively the product can be microwaved (category E - 850W), by emptying into a microwaveable container and cover, heat on full power for 1.5 minutes, stir then heat for a further minute. There is no difference in time is cooking on the hob.
Unused contents can be stored in a suitable covered container, but must be kept refrigerated and used within 2 days.
The lentils really help to bulk out this low points meal, my favourite option is to have with weight watchers danish bread at half a point a slice, have 4 and in total that is a 3.5 point meal - ideal.
Really tasty - no hint this is a diet food.
I really fancied a bowl of home made carrot and ginger soup for lunch only when I went to the fridge the carrots were past their best, I don't know about you but if I definitely want a certain meal then I can't settle until I've had it and anything else will seem unsatisfying. My car is in for its service so I couldn't get to the shop for carrots, I looked in the cupboard for inspiration when I noticed a tin of Weight Watchers Carrot & Lentil soup which I'd bought in Wilkinsons a while ago and hadn't tried.
I know from experience that the Weight Watchers soups are usually either delicious or, more often unfortunately, totally inedible and full of salt. Let me advise you now that this one definitely falls into the delicious category and I cannot believe I haven't tried it before!
The soup is thick and rich with small lumps of carrot floating around in it as well as lots of deliciously soft looking small lentils. I love the autumnal orange of this soup and think it looks tasty and almost home made, it also smells very good and not at all synthetic or tinny which I find is a problem with many of the Weight Watchers soups.
Tasting it I couldn't believe this was a dieters soup. It's tastes richly of vegetables, namely carrots and tomatoes, but these flavours blend rather well with the seasoning in the soup and neither of them are overpowering in any way. The lentils give the soup a lovely creaminess as they go rather soft during the heating process and while the flavour of the lentils isn't really discernible, they certainly add body to the soup.
I found this to be a very filling and substantial soup, I ate mine with a warmed pitta bread and this was perfect for scooping out the last new lentils from the bowl and seemed to soak up each individual flavour in the soup. The tin I bought was 295g and contained just 1 1/2 Weight Watchers points for the whole tin, to put this into context for you non dieters I am allowed 20 points a day so 3 points for lunch (the soup and pitta bread) slotted into my plan very nicely and allows me to save a few points for treats. For those of you not following this diet there are 86 calories in a tin, which is pretty much the same as a standard Cup-A-Soup and this is so much more satisfying.
In this cold wintery weather, I often find I crave hot, comforting food . Now, most of the time I have time to cook something from scratch, but sometimes, I'm pushed for time and can't be bothered , so having a cupboard full of quick fixes and tins is handy.
I always have soups . Ton's of them, and yesterday my hungry eyes saw this one Weight Watchers Carrot and Lentil Soup, purchased ages ago and looking lonely and forlorn in my cupboard . I could go into passionate description of the packaging, but really, its a tin, with a picture of soup, and a Weightwatchers logo . The tin is 295 grams, enough for a nice large bowl.
The packaging tells you how to heat it up - complete with microwave instructions . I just chucked mine into a pan, poked it about a bit, and ate it when it was hot with some nice crusty bread.
The soups a lovely summery orange colour, with small chunks of carrot and lentil inside. There's a whiff of tomato in the smell, and the soup tastes a little of tomato too , with a hint of coriander perhaps. Its a lovely thick texture , aided I feel by the yummy lentils which seem to melt in the mouth, and it feels satisfying to eat, unlike some thinner soups . I found that it was quite filling, although I was dipping bread into it too, but at 86 calories per tin, it would also be ideal for a snack mid afternoon .
Being weightwatchers, its also low in fat (less than 1G) and only one and a half weight watchers points per tin . However, it does contain 2g of salt, which seems a lot . I think I will buy some more of this, as the weather is still cold, and its a lovely warming, satisfying bowl of soup., and at only 86p, its a real bargain .