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Many years ago now I was a member of weightWatchers and attended weekly meetings. I lost a whopping 6 stone with my time there by following the points plan and became a gold member.
It goes without saying that I am a big fan of WeightWatchers and found it all ever so ever to follow, however now, several years I do have an eating disorder but we are talking many years down the line!
Because of following WeightWatchers for so long from time to time I do buy a few of their products and I love soup and so when I spotted this in my local B & M store costing just 49p a can I grabbed a couple as I had never tried this before and was curious to do so.
The can holds 295g of the soup and it has a ring-pull to the top of it which I find very handy! The labelling is mainly purple and on the front of it along with a picture shown of a bowl of soup we are clearly told that it is WeightWatchers From Heinz Chicken Soup and that it contains 2.3g of fat in a can, 92 calories per can and that the value of it is just 2 points for a can (great at a glance points there if following the plan!). Other information on the back of the can includes being told a bit about the product, cooking instructions, ingredients a full nutritional chart are all stated, along with the size being given (as I have listed already) and contact details for the manufacturer are also clearly given.
The Soup Itself:
Well cold and from the can the soup is light yellow in colour with little bits of visible chicken pieces in it. Its quite runny and to heat this up you can pop it in a saucepan and heat it over your hob or do as I do and bung it in a dish in the microwave for about two and half minutes (I'm lazy and this method gives me less washing up lol).
It smells like chicken soup should and thickens up a little and one can gives a really large and filling portion.
Taste wise, well I don't mind it. Its a bit watery I guess, there isn't a lot of chicken floating in it (in fact you need to search for it to be honest!) and it is a little too salty for my liking but it is tasty enough but nothing special. This is supposed to have some sort of spices in it though I can't detect any of those to be honest, my only wish was that it wasn't so salty and so I can never finish a whole can of it in one sitting for that reason!
However this is a low calorie food and like I say filling and with my eating problems sometimes just consuming healthier foods helps so I will continue to buy them and look forward to trying other flavours from this range in the future...I just hope they are less salty than this!
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This soup comes in a small tin with a purple label, on which is a photo of a bowl of soup and the Weightwatchers logo. It has a ringpull lid so you don't need a tin opener.
Inside, the soup looks thick - not quite as thick as condensed but certainly not watery or runny. It looks like cream of chicken soup - a rich cream colour flecked with bits of chicken.
I usually just pour it into a mug and blitz it in the microwave for a couple of minutes, there's not much in the tin so I don't see the point of using a bowl or saucepan. Once heated, the consistency of the soup isn't as creamy - I always give it a good stir to ensure that any little lumps are removed. I prefer soup to be a bit thinner so I'm glad the consistency changes when it's heated.
The soup tastes creamy and has a strong chicken flavour. If this was in a tin that didn't say Weightwatchers, I honestly wouldn't know any difference between this and the non low-fat soups. I do like it but maybe I just got used to eating it while I was on Weightwatchers and have been brainwashed! But all joking aside, when I eat the likes of Heinz soup I genuinely don't notice much difference in taste.
I have seen people complaining that there isn't much actual chicken in this soup but to be honest I don't think it's any worse with regard to chicken content than other brands. The only thing I don't like is that some of the chicken bits are brown - and I hate brown chicken meat, yuk. That would be the only complaint I have about this soup. What you see is what you get, and it's great for a very quick lunch if you're in a rush.
Obviously if you're not calorie-counting then by all means buy a more regular brand. But if you are trying to lose weight, I would definitely recommend this over the likes of the Cup A Soup slimming soups, which I find pretty vile.
This soup costs around 72p for a 295g tin. It's worth 1.5 Weightwatchers points.
Thanks for reading.
Heinz Weight Watchers Chicken Soup
Description: Manufacturer: Heinz / Type: Soup
Christmas is fast approaching and like so many others, I am desperately trying to eat healthy foods and lose the extra few pounds that I have managed to put on over the last few months. I am not really sure how this happened, but suddenly I hate the scales and am looking for foods that will be healthy and low fat, rather than creamy and comforting!
So, enter the Weight Watchers range from Heinz. They do a handy variety of tinned soups which makes it easy to grab one and take it to the office for lunch. I actually bought 2 295g tins of this soup from my local Poundland, but you can expect to pay in the region of £0.65 from supermarkets.
The soup comes in a predominantly purple tin with the brand name on the front and a picture of the soup - at this stage I do have to point out that the picture is significantly more appealing that the actual soup was!
The tin has a pull off lid so you won't need a tin opener. It can be heated up in a pan or put in the microwave for around 2 minutes. Make sure that you stir the soup half way through cooking and don't overheat as it is bad enough already without heating it too much!
The soup is yellow, which was a little strange as I expected it to be a cream colour. It is also quite thin and doesn't look very creamy.
When you taste it, you may think of chicken stock as that is what the flavour reminded me of. It was quite salty and has a strange and somewhat artificial aftertaste.
Nutritional value per 29g tin is as follows;
So although it doesn't taste great, there is no doubt that this soup is better for you than the Heinz classic varieties, but unfortunately, it isn't very nice so you may have a hard time eating a whole bowl full. I really didn't like the similarity to chicken stock, and found that the overall impression of the soup was too thin and too salty.
There is also hardly any chicken to be found, and what there is, is tiny chunks that don't taste of anything much.
I wouldn't buy this again, even though it is quite healthy. Yes it is convenient but your taste buds deserve better, next time I think I will go for a nice fresh salad!
Heinz Weight Watchers Chicken Soup
Description: Manufacturer: Heinz / Type: Soup
As with all products in the Heinz Weight Watchers range, this soup comes in a purple can with the logo on the front and a picture of the soup too.
The 295g tin cost me £0.67 from a local supermarket though I have seen them on offer in Poundland so it is worth keeping an eye out for them. You can buy them in most supermarkets and there is a variety of flavours in the range.
The tin comes with a handy pull off lid so that you don't need a tin opener. You can either heat gently in a saucepan or put the soup in the microwave for around 2 and a half minutes (stir and check half way through cooking).
The soup has a slightly yellow colour, and while it is thinner than Heinz's normal chicken soup, is thicker than some other Weight Watcher's brands. It is quite smooth looking with some small (very small!) pieces of chicken floating through it.
The soup has quite a pleasant taste but isn't as creamy as the normal Heinz one, and is quite salty - I have read another review that mentions the salty taste so this is perhaps something that Heinz could look to improve.
The consistency is quite nice, not too thin and very smooth.
Nutritional value per 29g tin as follows;
In summary, this was an okay soup but could do with having less salt added to it. It wasn't as nice as the Heinz original chicken soup though and I would probably buy that one in future. Having said that, it was very healthy, but I did find that it wasn't as filling as some brands.
Served with a chuck of decent bread, this soup was an okay lunch, if not an extremely tasty one, so a decent enough options for those who are trying to reduce their calorie intake.
I was tidying up my cupboards in preparation for when Mr Lools and I eventually do move house and was quite shocked to find over 20 tins of Weight Watchers soup hiding in one of the kitchen cupboards. Then it came back to me I had stockpiled after a mass "bargain" purchase from Asda when the soups were on special offer back in May.
Since falling pregnant my usually small appetite has got smaller. I have never been able to eat a large meal but now I get full extremely quickly. I'm aware I really do need to eat, so have started grazing rather than the traditional three meals a day routine. My large supply of Weight Watchers Soups are a perfect "snack" which usually I will have as a pre "lunch" warm up or a mid afternoon snack. Chicken soup is one of those which I am always in the mood to have morning, afternoon or even on an evening.
***Packaging and Cooking Instructions ***
The Chicken Soup comes in a 295g can. The can has a ring pull so these are handy to take to work etc as you do not need to have a can opener to hand. The label on the soup stands out with the bright purple Weight Watchers branding. There is also an image of the Chicken Soup in a bowl which looks quite appealing.
Once removed from the can the soup takes 2 minutes 30 seconds in a 700W microwave. So a quick and easy snack or light lunch.
A 295g of Weight Watchers Chicken soup costs 57p from Asda. Compared with the own brand equivalents you do pay slightly more for the soup as this is from Weight Watchers. But Asda on a number of occasions have offered 3 tins for £1, therefore take my advice and stock up as these are very handy to have in your cupboards.
The colour of the soup is not the most appealing. It is a light creamy yellow colour and reminds me slightly of custard. There are some very small pieces of chicken in the soup but not a lot, therefore if you like quite a chunky soup then this one from Weight Watchers probably isn't for you, especially as the consistency of the soup is not very thick. All of the soups from the Weight Watchers range are quite thin however the Chicken Soup is one of the thicker consistency soups in my opinion and not watery like some of the soups are.
Once warmed the soup has quite a strong scent of chicken but not as strong as the cream of chicken soup from Heinz or the chicken soup from Baxters. The scent of the soup is quite meaty and hearty.
The soup has a definite chicken taste to it. As soon as you put the soup in your mouth you taste chicken. I did find that this soup from Weight Watchers is not at all creamy like some chicken soups are and is more salty than many chicken soups. The benefit of the soup not being so creamy is that it does not get sickly or too rich but the more you eat the salty taste is emphasised.
A 295g of Weigh Watchers Chicken Soup contains
Calories and fat wise this soup is very good and for those on the Weight Watchers diet it only contains 1.5 points which is reasonable as a filling snack or light meal like lunch. Previously I had never checked the salt content of these soups because I assumed as they were Weight Watchers the soup would be healthy. But after eating this for my lunch (well part of), I did feel that the soup was very salty and I felt thirsty all afternoon I was surprised that the salt content was quite high in comparison to the size of the tin of soup.
Personally I quite like the soups from Weight Watchers as they are a decent size and are not extremely heavy and make you feel too full after eating. However, especially for those with larger appetites you would definitely need to eat this with a bread roll or something quite filling as the soup is not the thickest and not the most filling as a standalone meal. I love chicken soup and this Weight Watchers chicken soup is a good example of chicken soup. My only criticism is that it does taste slightly salty and leaves you thirsty after eating.