“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Soups „
Heinz Weight Watchers Spiced Lentil Soup 295g
Description: Manufacturer: Weight Watchers / Type: Soup.
I am trying to watch what I am eating which means that low fat lunches are on the menu for me. I picked up some Weight Watchers soups as a convenient and low fat option which provide a hot lunch in minutes.
These tins of soup have predominantly purple labeling with the Weight Watchers logo on the front and a picture of the soup. The tins have a pull off lid which is handy as it means that you don't have to hunt for a tin opener.
A 295g tin of this soup costs around £0.55 from supermarkets but I bought 3 tins for £1 from my local Poundland so it is worth looking out for these there.
You can warm these soups up in a saucepan or do what I did and put them into a microwave for around two and a half minutes (stir half way through cooking)
I was surprised by how thick this soup was as normally find that the Weight Watchers soups are a little thin. There are also loads of chunks of potato through it. The soup is a brown colour and smells quite appetising when it is warming up.
The soup has a deliciously spicy aftertaste which complements the lentils really well. Though there are plenty of potatos, they don't overpower the soup and the taste of the lentils comes through well. Each mouthfull is thick and warming and I found it really filling too. It was well seasoned and you could taste the pepper, meaning that I didn't have to add anything to it, which was also good.
Each 295g tin contains the following;
This is actually a very good effort from Weight Watchers, possibly the best one that I have tried so far. Of course, a tinned soup is never going to be as tasty as home made, but if you are short of time and looking for something healthy in a hurry, then this is a pretty decent option.
I will definitely buy this soup again, a tin kept me feeling satisfied right up until dinner time and unlike some spicy soups, this one had a genuine kick to it that was tasty and warming. If you can manage to buy this soup at Poundland then it is a bargain too!
I'm not actually eating the Weight Watcher's soups to lose weight or because I am counting calories. Firstly Mr Lools filled my cupboards with these soups as they were on special offer so firstly I am trying to use this stock up. Secondly my current uncomfortable pregnant state means that I can't face large meals and have to graze, therefore soup makes a great pre lunch snack and the Weight Watchers range are the perfect size for that and also quite light unlike most normal brands of soup which are just too much. I have probably consumed around 6 tins from my stash and came across a new flavour this morning..... spiced lentil and potato. I was a little apprehensive trying this flavour as my past experience with the Weight Watchers range had shown that the traditional flavours (tomato, chicken, etc) were tasty and the less traditional such as chicken and noodle were less than tasty. However Spiced Lentil and Potato did not follow this trend and was another great tasting flavour.
The Weight Watchers tomato 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. This image shows the soup is a brown colour and chunky with pieces of potato floating in it. Being honest looks less than appealing but it is the taste than matters after all.
The heating instructions on the can says the soup takes 2 minutes 30 seconds in a 700W microwave. I give the soup 1 minute 30 seconds, stirred and then another minute. This soup is extremely thick and probably needs another 30 seconds longer than stated to ensure it is fully heated through.
From Asda a 295g can costs 54p as a standard price. Mr Lools bought my supplies of Weight Watcher soups whilst Asda had 3 cans for £1 offer on. Asda still have this offer running so at 33p a can this is definitely worth stocking up on if you like the Weight Watchers range.
***Spiced Lentil and Potato Soup ***
The scent of this soup once cooked is very appealing. The scent is warm and hearty with a slight spicy tomato type smell. The soup is a brown red colour with small cubes of potato inside of the soup and is chunky as the soup also contains lentils.
The taste of the soup is really very pleasant. The initial taste of the soup is slightly of tomatoes with a savoury, hearty flavour to it. The spiciness then becomes apparent. This is not overpowering and a mild spicy flavour as opposed to burning your mouth type of spicy. The potatoes also have this light spiced flavour.
The potatoes in the soup are very pleasant however I did find that they were slightly undercooked for my liking and hard when biting into these pieces.
In general the Weight Watchers soups are extremely thin consistency wise. I was extremely surprised at the consistency of this soup as this is a very thick soup. The soup is chunky but as there are a fair amount of lentils in this soup it makes it very thick.
Per 295g tin:
Slightly higher calorie than the other Weight Watchers soups (which are mostly under the 100 calorie mark) however is so much more filling than the other soups from the range. I was extremely surprised that I could not actually finish the whole bowl.
Although this is not one Weight Watcher's "traditional" soup flavours it beats the trend and is still very nice and one of the better flavours from the range. The consistency of the soup is very thick and despite being a low calorie soup is really filling. This is almost too filling for me and defeats the purpose of me having these soups as a light snack to graze on as I currently can't eat larger sized meals, but for slimmers this makes a great lunch choice!!