Grow To Eat: Essential Tips For A SW Friendly Garden
Anyone on the Slimming World (SW) way of eating knows that at least a third of your plate needs to be filled up with speed foods, these being fruit and veg. Of course, you can purchase these from the supermarket, but when increasing the amount of fruit and veg you eat it’s vital that you also make sure that it’s of the best quality, and doesn’t have too many nasty fertilisers and pesticides as well. Something you can do by growing ( at least some) your own food to eat at home. A topic you can read all about in my post below.
OK, so potatoes aren’t speed vegetables, but they are free and as someone with some experience of SW knows they are essential for bulking up meals, feeling full, and getting plenty of fibre. In fact, SW chips or wedges made in the oven or the air fryer are super simple and taste just as good as the real thing. Something that makes you feel as if you are having a treat when, in reality, you’re not endangering your weight loss.
Of course, as they are such a great SW option, it certainly makes sense to grow your own potatoes, but a lot of people can be put off from this. The main reason being that it can seem like a lot of work. After all, you have to turn the soil, plant the potatoes, and then dig them up when they are ready, all things that can be hard on your back.
Happily, there is a much easier way of growing potatoes that you can use, and it’s to plant them in tubs. Yes, by using containers, you negate a great deal of the hard shovelling and digging directly into the ground. You can even cut holes in the side of the tubs toward the bottom so you can easily remove the potatoes once they are ready! No digging required! This being something that makes growing your own potatoes for delicious SW recipes much easier!
Another crop that you can grow much more easily in pots rather than directly into the ground are carrots. Of course, carrots make a great side dish for any meal you are serving up on SW, and they can be chopped fine and added to ragu sauce for extra flavour and sweetness without syns as well.
Growing carrots in pots can make it much easier.
The trick to growing carrots in tubs is making sure that the container you pick is large enough, anything over 12 inches long should be fine. Also, be sure that they get at least 8 hours of sun a day as well. If you want the best crop, that is!
Now, many citrus fruits are speed fruits, although you do need to be careful of them if you are going for the SP version. Of course, if you live in the UK, you may think that you can’t grow citrus at home, because we just don’t get enough sun. This isn’t necessarily the case, though.
In fact, you certainly can grow things like lemons, oranges, and mandarins in the UK, if you use the hydroponics kits that sites like nutriculture.co.uk sell. The reason being that using a nutrient solution rather than planting in the soil it will allow you much better control of all the things your citrus trees need to thrive.
The best news here is that you can expect full-size fruits and not the micro kind, and even maximize your crop by using a hydroponic method. Something that means you will have a garden full of delicious fruits for a syn free snack, or to be used in recipes like the duck and orange salad featured on pinchofnom.com which is only 0.5 syns on Slimming World!
I know it is hard to believe, but SW is a way of eating that allows you to have all sorts of delicious items with absolutely no guilt. One of the best of these is the simple pleasure of a ripe strawberry, something that is delicious on its own, cut up over cereal, or even combined with a Muller Light and meringue as a great way to quench a sugar craving.
Sadly, strawberries, just like any soft fruit, can be pretty expensive at the supermarket, something that can mean we don’t get as many as we’d like. Of course, if we grow our own in the garden, we can have an almost endless supply during summer at a fraction of the cost, and so creating a strawberry patch is definitely a good idea.
In fact, as avogel.co.uk suggests, any patch of land in your garden that gets a fair bit of sunlight will do for growing strawberries, although you can get a more abundant crop by growing them in either tiered pots, or vertical containers. Just remember that while you will need to water them regularly, too much can be a bad thing. Oh, and be sure to pick the flowers on the plant when they come out as this will lead to juice fruits later on as well.
Another SW staple, especially in the summer is a nice salad, something that you can add other free food to like this potato and bacon one here.
The good news about growing salad is that it’s another pretty easy crop to get your head around. In fact, plenty of salad leaves can be cut for use and then will continue to grow, something that will give you a constant supply!
Lastly, tomatoes are one of the best fruits to have on a SW diet, as not only can they be used raw in salads, and sandwiches, but they can also be cooked up and made into some pretty delicious pasta sauces for an entirely syn free meal.
Happily, tomatoes are super easy to grow at home too. In fact, as you can see from the post at growfruitandveg.co.uk, you don’t even need any garden space to produce them as they can be planted in pots on windowsills. The key thing being that you move them around to get as much sunlight as possible.
Of course, with them being on the window sill, they are much easier to tend and harvest as well. Something that means whether you want them to ensure your plate is a third full with speed food, or you just want a syn free snack on the go, they are an excellent addition to a SW friendly garden, indoors, or out.
This is a collaborative post.