Well it's that time of year where we're all on a mission to lose those extra Christmas pounds. In September last year, I started Weight Watchers, and am now continuing to fight the fat. During cold January, 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, 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. The soup itself is an orange colour and has a very smooth consistency; so there's no bits. The soup isn't thick, and yet it's not too think either; it's a perfect consistency.
The soup starts off with quite a plain-ish tomato flavour but then after a second or so, the sharpness of the tomato kicks in. There's definitely a slight 'kick' in the sharpness - I mean it's not very strong, but there is a bit of oomph in the flavour. I would definitely describe this soup as being full flavoured. It goes great with a slice of bread and a packet of crisps.
Heinz make this soup for Weight Watchers, and to be honest I can't identify any difference between Heinz's usual Tomato Soup and this one that they make for Weight Watchers. Perhaps this one is slightly less saltier, but that's about it really. I had expected to be a bit watery compared to the 'real version' but it's not watery at all. Plus this soup only has 2 Weight Watchers points per can.
All in all I would definitely recommend this soup! It's filling and comforting, and is a great low point snack.
Thanks for reading!
When I was a weight conscious teen I happened upon the Weight Watchers range in my local Co-Op. The WW's tins of soups were next to the 'normal' tinned soups, with the only difference in packaging being the WW logo. The front of the tin looked fairly nonthreatening and didn't scream DIET FOOD at you off the shelf ;). With a picture of a bowl of tasty looking soup with several tomatoes seemingly dancing round the river of red, luscious soup it certainly looked inviting.
With this soup being gluten free and suitable for vegetarians this also seems like another 'bonus.' But don't be fooled, read on to find out why you should avoid them like the plague ;).
In comparison to other tinned soups the WW's range didn't pack a lot of punch when it came to calories - which is the obvious selling point. However with 1.7g of salt and 8g of sugar per tin (surprisingly) this might not be the healthiest of the soups. To me calories aren't a big deal. As long as you're not munching your way to 19,000 calories (or even 4,000-5,000) and so long as you do enough physical activity to burn off the excess energy you consume then I don't think you need to cut corners when it comes to soups.
I think that Heinz are clever cookies. Their WW's range is targetted at women who are made to feel bad about everything they put into their cake holes, so they make absolutely everything they can into a Weight Watchers range, knowing that it will sell. Well they certainly got me on the end of their hook.
To me a 'diet' isn't just for Christmas, it's for life. Someone who is overweight, obese or morbidly obese needs a lifestyle change and a re-wiring about the way they see/think/feel about food. These Weight Watcher products and 'diets' don't seem long lasting at all, which is what people need. They need to learn to use their will power and stick to their guns when it comes to snacks and food. The equation of putting more in than you burn off is true so the same should be applied when trying to lose weight; do more, eat less and effectively these 'diets' teach that, but they don't teach you can be 'normal.' No, of course you have to eat all their branded foods.
Anyway, getting off my soap box, I was very disappointed with this product. For a start it wasn't cheap at all. I can't remember what I paid but my memory tells me around the 65p mark and on a quick Google I'm told per tin it's around 75p in Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Waitrose - to name but a few. I think you'd have to be off your head to buy it at that inflated price! Price aside the texture and taste of the soup was awful. Imagine drinking a warm, watered down virgin Mary - except remove any flavour you might get. It tasted like twice watered down tomato soup.
Overall I think these Weight Watcher's products are a con. They're just watered down or half a packet of what you'd normally get - if people exercised a little more will power and self restraint then there wouldn't be a market for these silly products in the first place. I will NEVER buy from this range again because I might be fooled once, but not twice ;).
Heinz weight watchers tomato soup is a lower calorie alternative to normal soup. It has much less sugar and salt compared to normal tomato soup so is also a much healthier alternative, as people usually do not realise the amount that is added!
There are around 80 cals a tin and retails at around 75p for 295g.
- Product -
As it is weight watchers, you may think that the taste is compromised, especially as it does not have the added salt and sugar of traditional Heinz tomato soup, but the taste is still rich and a nice strong tomato flavour. I would say that I actually prefer this soup to the alternative as it does not have so much of a strong tomato taste which can sometimes be overpowering.
The consistency is not as thick as traditional Heinz, but is not thin and watery.
- Packaging -
The packaging has the purple colouring of most weight watchers products, with the weight watchers logo above the Heinz logo. It has a picture of the product, and a picture of the ingredients of the product (primarily tomatoes). It is simple but is effective as it still stands out on supermarket shelves.
- Overall -
Lovely healthier alternative to traditional tomato soup.
I really enjoy soup, as I feel it's a guilt free, healthier option for lunch than a sandwich or anything too "carby". If I don't have time to make my own, I often opt for the fresh soup available in the supermarket fridges, such as the Covent Garden range etc. However, these brands can often be expensive, and so I have lately been trying out some tinned soups.
I am always horrified at the amount of sugar and fat in tomato soup, especially as I always automatically assume all soup is healthy. For example, in a tin of Heinz cream of tomato soup, there is 59cals, 5g of sugar, and 3g of fat, per 100g. These tins come in 300 or 400g sizes, so that's about 200cals and a massive 9-12g of sugar in a tin. Despite the weight watchers soup also being manufactured by Heinz, the nutritional value is much different. The tins are a smaller 295g size, and are 29cals, 2.8g sugar, and 0.5g fat per 100g. That equals 76calories a tin - pretty guilt free. I always find that the larger tins are often a bit too much, especially tomato soup, as it can often be quite rich, and so I appreciate these smaller tins as they are more manageable.
As there is such a difference in nutritional value, I was concerned that they had compromised on taste. However, I was very much surprised. The WW tomato soup is not as rich and sickly as the Heinz classic variety, and still offers that strong tomato flavour. The soup is smooth but also quite thick in consistency, and so it fills you up easily. It is also very easy to make, either on the hob, or stick in the microwave for 1 ½ mins, followed by a further 1 minute. This soup is free from artificial flavours and preservatives, and suitable for vegetarians.
Since trying this soup, I am definitely converted. I always have a few tins in the cupboard, to eat when I like. I find that they are much cheaper than the fresh soups I usually go for, and whereas I usually only eat half a carton of the fresh and end up wasting the rest, these are the perfect size. I found that they do tend to be quite expensive when compared with the other tins, at about 70p per tin. Larger supermarkets now also stock multi packs of this soup, at about £2.50 if I remember correctly. Definitely worth stocking up!
after starting a diet i purchased nearly every weightwatcher item i found that id eat. i love soup handy to keep in cupboard tomato being my fave i usually buy shops own but find the standard size of a tin is too much for 1 helping but half isn,t enough so this size is ideal n tastes yummy not so creamy as others but no biggie is a deffo in the trolley every week now a bit expensive but most ww products tend to worth it anyway
Although I am not actually on a diet, I recently decided to try and cut the fat and calories a little from my diet.
I am a great lover of Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup (who isn't?) but I am aware that, for a tin of soup, it is quite calorific and high in fat because of the cream. So I was really keen to try the Weightwatchers version when I spotted it in my local supermarket, especially once I discovered it was made by Heinz.
I had no idea that Heinz had any connection with Weightwatchers, but I have since discovered that Weightwatchers produces its own range of food, some of which are under the Heinz brand. The Weightwatchers diet plan, which is extremely popular, works on a points system so that all foods are allocated a number of points, and dieters are allowed a certain number of points per day. This soup has 1 point, so even if you have no knowledge of Weightwatchers this has to be good!
* Fat and calories *
This 295g tin has 1.5g fat and 75 calories. This compares very favourably with the Heinz original version, which has 9g fat and 171 calories - so the WW version is significantly healthier. Although this sounds good, it did set alarm bells ringing - surely this would mean the soup would have less taste too?
* The tin *
I was pleased that the WW soup came in a 295g tin as I find the more familiar 400g soup tins to be a little too much - especially the Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup as it is so rich. The WW tin is unexciting to look at and it doesn't have the same nostalgic pull as the original Heinz tin. The label is purple in the main, with a bowl of soup pictured at the bottom.
* How do I look? *
The tin has a handy ringpull and, on opening the soup, I was pleased to see that the soup was exactly the same colour as the Heinz original version and a similar consistency, although maybe a little thinner. But it certainly wasn't runny as I had half expected it to be. I felt this was a good sign, and I heated the soup up feeling a lot more optimistic about the taste than I had previously - especially as the smell was also similar to the Heinz full-fat version.
* The Taste Test *
Deep down, I did think the soup would disappoint and could never live up to the full fat version. But on first taste I was extremely surprised - and in a good way! Amazingly, I think the taste is almost the same as the original Heinz soup - a little less rich and creamy perhaps but certainly it compares very favourably. In fact, I am not 100% sure I would tell the difference in a blind taste test! The soup is beautifully smooth and still quite creamy, with that lovely rich tomato taste. It is a great comfort food and a lovely, warming treat.
* High on taste *
At about a third of the calories and under a fifth of the fat content, I think this is a really fantastic product and has made me rethink low fat products, which I always assume will be low on taste! And I never thought I'd say (or rather type) this, but I actually think I will be buying this in the future instead of the original. Heinz has done an amazing job of recreating its famous soup with only a fraction of the fat and calories, without losing any of the taste and comfort value of the soup.
* What's in it? *
I'm listing the ingredients below for anyone who is interested - interestingly the original version contains a lot more tomatoes as well as cream - the WW version must use more water which helps reduce the fat and calories!
List of ingredients.
Tomatoes (58%), Water, Modified Cornflour, Sugar, Salt, Dried Skimmed Milk, Vegetable Oil, Milk Proteins, Sweetener - Acesulfame Potassium, Spice Extracts, Herb Extract, Citric Acid
Continuing the healthy eating theme; a couple of days a week I like to have soup for lunch, espsecially if I know I'm going out for dinner that night.
I've tried the general heinz tomato soup, cup a soup etc but this one is only 1 weight watchers point so I decided to give it a go.
Its not too bad on the wallet, at the moment Tesco have a deal on where its 57p instead of 66p for a 295g can. Their 4 pack is actually £2.91 making it cheaper to buy them on their own.
The cans are 295g which contains 74 calories and 1.4g of fat.
To cook you can either warm it on the hob or put it in the microwave for a couple of minutes. Its very easy to do, not exactly rocket science.
My main issue with healthy eating, especially soup, is thinking it won't fill me up. This soup is pretty thick and while I wouldn't say it fills me to the brim (it is only soup after all) it does a pretty good job of satisfying me. If you have a piece of wholemeal bread or something with it, and a snack in the afternoon, I'm usually full until dinner.
I really like the taste of this soup. I tend to go for the plainer soups as I'm quite fussy, but if you like branching out they have quite a wide range and I think some of those may be even more filling due to their extra ingredients.
Sometimes I do wish the can was a bit bigger. Its only soup and its pretty good for you so they could get away with making biggers tins. I would probably prefer that. Failing that you could always have two, but that's quite a lot of soup! Hear my plea Heinz, make bigger tins!!
If it's made by Heinz, I thought it's got to be worth a try, as the only tomato soup I like is by Heinz (I find other brands too watery/sweet etc, or maybe it's the nostalgia hit of being given a big bowl of that steaming red stuff by my mum, home from school for lunch, curled up on the sofa in front of Crown Court!)
I'm doing Weightwatchers at the moment, and I've found lunchtimes to be trickiest. If I'm not careful I nip to the kiosk on the corner for a bacon sarnie or Greggs for a pasty. Normal sandwiches get very boring - especially the sensible low-cal ones I should be eating- and soup is recommended by Weight Watchers as a 'filling food'. It also hit the spot nicely during the cold and snowy weather we had this year.
1 Weightwatchers point, 74calories in a 295g tin (which fills a normal sized mug).
Suitable for vegetarians. No artificial colours or preservatives.
Allergy warning: contains milk.
Contains 58% tomatoes, which is pretty good as soups go, I think.
Very good taste and texture. A dead ringer for the usual Heinz cream of tomato soup. Easily heated in the mug in a microwave. Low calorie and low fat but quite filling; I normally have a slice of bread with mine, and that's fine for me for lunch. A classic comfort-food soup.
Thoroughly recommended whether you are officially doing WeightWatchers or not.
I recently have been on a bit of a soup-hype, if there is such a hype! I've been testing out new flavours, filling up the cupboards with tin upon tin and buying stock cubes to save money and create my own. Along this process I have also been trying to watch my weight so finding out that Weight Watchers make soup was quite a discovery for me!
I stocked up on a couple of their soups. I mainly stocked up on these tomato soup flavours, I'm already a huge fan of Heinz tomato soup (can it really be beaten?) so thought I'd give this a go. The can isn't huge but its contents fit well in a mug and only amount to 74 calories! Hurrah!
I was expecting a really thin, runny soup when I opneed the can to be honest. I thought it would be quite different to the traditional Heinz soup. The thickness of the soup for me was not a problem however. It is a little thinner in its consistency to traditional Heinz soup but not off-puttingly so! I think it has a little bit of a sweeter tang to it which I wasn't keen on when I first tried it, but quickly forgot about this and was able to enjoy the soup.
I ate a can of this soup for lunch and was still pretty hungry after, I now eat it with a small sandwich and some side salad which does the job nicely. There's something also quite satisfying about knowing that you're eating something low calorie. I always feel better for having done so after anyway! The soup is also very easy and quick to prepare- the microwave is an amazing invention isn't it?
As well as all of this, the cans are pretty cheap too with cans laregely being about 70p and available in most supermarkets. I managed to find these in a local poundshop on a 2 for £1 deal- absolute bargain, a very cheap meal.
I trust Heinz as a brand and their products always seem high quality and will definitely be buying more of these soups in the future. There are other such flavours in the Heinz Weight Watchers soup range such as Mushroom, Chicken, Lentil and carrot etc. Unfortunately I can't comment on these as I have yet to try them- something that I will be doing soon!
Heinz Weight Watchers Tomato Soup
Oh dear I put on weight over Christmas so the slimming campaign has started in earnest! I bought three cans of Heinz Weight Watchers Tomato Soup from Sainsbury's at a cost of 60p per can. The tins are 295g and the label states it has 74 calories and 1.4g fat. It is suitable for vegetarians.
The tin has a ring pull on the top so no hunting around with a tin opener. The can is quite small but quite enough for one person or two if they are not very hungry! The soup is a nice orangy red colour, It is a bit thinner than the Heinz cream of tomato soup but still has a nice flavour.
You can heat it up in the microwave or use a saucepan. I put mine in a saucepan and found that if you add a tablespoon full of 0% fat Greek yogurt, it makes it taste much creamier without adding lots of calories. It is a tasty snack with a thin slice of wholemeal bread.
When I bought my cans in Sainsbury's, I was given a 50p voucher off my next purchase of three cans and have used it already. Although not as nice as the cream version it is a reasonable alternative and I'll be taking a can to work for lunch. I'll also try adding it to casseroles.
Heinz Weight Watchers Tomato Soup
Description: Manufacturers: Heinz / Type: Soup.
Lately I have been trying to keep an eye on my weight, knowing that the excess of Christmas is just around the corner. I have been eating soup quite a lot and thought that the Heinz Weight Watcher tomato variety would be worth trying.
It comes in a predominantly purple can with a photo of the soup on the front along with the Weight Watcher logo. These tins of soup can be found in most supermarkets and a 295g tin will cost around £0.60. I have also seen them in Poundland retailing at 2 tins for £1.
There is a ring pull which means that you don't have to use a tin opener, and the soup can be warmed in a saucepan or put into the microwave.
The soup is a good colour, a warm and rich looking red but is quite a lot thinner than some other brands. It is a smooth soup and smells quite sweet as it is warming up.
The taste is not as tangy as it could have been, and after a few mouthfuls it became quite boring. It also tasted like it needed salt so I had to add more than I usually would.
I had this soup with some brown bread so it was filling enough, but because the tin is quite small and the soup quite thin, I am not sure if it would be filling enough without bread to accompany it. One 295g tin contains 74 calories (and 0.4g of fat) so it is good if you are looking to save calories, but not so good if you have to scoff loads of bread to fill yourself up!
In summary, this soup wasn't great, but then again, diet soups tend not to be. I think that if you have the time, the best option is to make your own vegetable soup, which will always be a lot tastier than anything you will find in a can. For convenience, this soup did the job, even if it wasn't particularly exciting, so it gains 3 stars for that reason.
Heinz Weight Watchers Tomato Soup
Description: Manufacturers: Heinz / Type: Soup
This soup is part of the Weight Watchers range so you can be assured that it will be healthy. It comes in a purple can with the Weight Watchers logo on the front of it. It also has a picture of the soup. Sadly, in this case, the picture is better than the actual contents!
I bought 2 295g tins of this soup from my local Poundland - and yes, you have guessed it, I paid just £1! How I love that shop!
The tin has a pull off lid so no need to look for a tin opener. I popped in into the microwave for 2 and a half minutes (stir half way through cooking) but you can also use a saucepan to warm this soup, if you want to.
It is a rich red colour and in comparison to Heinz, seems a little thin. I think that I was hoping that the taste would be similar to Heinz too, so this may be why I felt let down.
It tasted slightly bland in my opinion, and needed salt and pepper adding too. It was okay, but not as creamy or piquant as I would have liked. Imagine a watered down and slightly plainer version of Heinz and you get the idea.
Nutritional info is as follows;
Per 295g tin:
This soup tasted like a diet food so wasn't as appetising as it could have been. It was okay but nothing special and next time, I will return to Heinz instead. I would only recommend this if you are trying to save calories, if not, then treat yourself and go for Heinz, and avoid this one!
Wieght Watchers have a range of products to help you reduce your fat intake when on a diet. Many of these are designed to allow you to eat like you normally would. For the canned soups Wieght Watchers have joined forces with Heinz to create a low fat yet tastey soup, however I feel they have fallen a bit short.
The Tomatoe soup is made up of 58% tomatoes and the rest is ingredients such as water, sugar, salt, spices etc. It is very low in saturated fat although it does contain quite a bit of sugar which is reflected in the 1 wieght watchers point given per can.
I feel the way they have reduced the fat it to reduce the size of the can however it still costs 66p for a 295g can. It costs 82p for a 400g of normal Heinz tomato soup which contains 84% tomatoes.
This difference in ingredients is reflected in the taste. Although the Wieght Watchers one does not taste bad it is a lot thiner and has a weaker, watery taste. I think I would rather have the normal stuff, it is not that much worse and you get more for your money.
I'm not the biggest Soup drinker, but I like the odd bowl. Since I am back on my diet, I picked a few of the Weight Watcher Soups up in the Supermarket the other day. Although they are more expensive than other tins of Soups and often smaller, then that is not what I normally go for, but perhaps it is psychological, as I get to eat this whole tin in the 1 go.
The tin size is 290g and costs around 70p. There is sometimes offers on, but not that much to be honest. I think this end up on offer more in the new year when the Weight loss items are normally getting pushed.
The tin just looks like most tins. It has a paper wrapper and it is bright enough to stand out on the shelf. There is a nice looking picture of the Soup in a bowl, and the Weight Watchers branding is hard to miss. Weight Watchers is made by Heinz, so you have the Heinz brand there as well. Got a ring pull opening, so that's another point in favour for this.
The Soup looks kida runny when you pour it out. It is an orangy colour, and not that thick, but it is pretty tasty. You can certainly taste the Tomato taste in this, and although it doesn't taste very seasoned, you can always add your own dash of Salt and Pepper. It would be nice if it was slightly thicker, but it's alright and you even get a slight creamy taste in this.
This whole tin only has 74 calories, so you can have this and a Sandwich for lunch, or have more in the evening. Due to the amount of calories it is more filling than a lot of other snacks around this calorie value.
A good Soup that doesn't taste like a nasty diet product.
I'm still working my way through my stash of Weight Watchers soups that Mr Lools bought on special offer. So far it seems that the traditional flavours are the best by far and the more "adventurous" flavours shall we say have just not hit the mark. So when it came to eating a tin of Weight Watchers tomato soup I was confident that I would enjoy.... And I was proved right.
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. The soup is bright red and appears quite thick in consistency but smooth and is a good reflection to how it actually looks unlike some of the other soups from this range.
The heating instructions on the can says the soup takes 2 minutes 30 seconds in a 700W microwave. The soup is thicker and because of this it is safe to leave in for 1 minute 30 and then 1 minute. Some of the thinner soups in the range this is not the case and the soup ends up exploding in the microwave.
From Asda a 295g can costs 54p as a standard price. Mr Lools bought my supplies of Weight Watcher soups whilst Asda had a 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.
***Tomato Soup ***
Once heated the soup has a very pleasant creamy tomato aroma. The soup is bright red and consistency wise is smooth and does not have large "bits" in like some soups do. I personally prefer soups with a smooth consistency. The soup is less watery than some of the other Weight Watchers soups and in fact has a reasonably thick consistency for a smooth tomato soup.
I was actually very surprised at the taste of the soup as it is far more creamy than expected especially for a "diet" soup. The soup is smooth and has a strong creamy tomatoey taste which is relatively sweet however not overly sweet like some tomato based soups are. I like the fact the soup is not at all salty yet has quite a savoury taste to it. The tomato flavour is very strong but doesn't have an overly tangy or bitter taste to it.
Per 295g tin:
Another great soup from the Weight Watchers range which makes an excellent choice as a light lunch or snack. A great tomato soup that is not too sweet and bitter or too salty and heavy. For larger appetites you will definitely need to eat with bread, but it suits my needs perfectly.