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Could I count a healthy fruit cake as a "b" choice?

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pandorawithtreaclecolouredhair Mon 12-Mar-18 12:03:07

Made Liz Earle's" Menopause Cake", and it's delicious.
I synned it as 9 and a half syns a slice, but as most of the ingredients are on the healthy extra list, eg dried fruits and nuts and flaxseeds, I wondered whether it might be okay to count it as a HEB plus 3 and a half syns, on the days when I don't have syns to spare?

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Blinkyblink Mon 12-Mar-18 12:08:14

Do you want to lose weight?

If so, don’t try and find short cuts. You’re the only one who is going to lose out.

Blinkyblink Mon 12-Mar-18 12:09:43

Lose out but not actually lose!

Seriously though. If you’re committed to losing weight,. This is not the best attitude to have

Coconuthusk Mon 12-Mar-18 12:09:56

That's like asking, if I have strawberries with a gallon of cream, can I count it as a healthy A?
Or raspberry jam is 50% raspberries so I'll have it on Ryvitta and I've had my healthy and a b. Win!

You don't know how much of the fruit etc you get per slice and all the other ingrediants such as sugar kind of undermine it.

Enjoy it and syn it.

pandorawithtreaclecolouredhair Mon 12-Mar-18 12:15:01

There is no sugar or fat in the cake, and I don't want to lose weight, as I am a target member.

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Blinkyblink Mon 12-Mar-18 12:17:18

Your call then OP!

Seems like trying to find short cuts to me though.

Blinkyblink Mon 12-Mar-18 12:17:55

And there most certainly is sugar and fat in the cake!

pandorawithtreaclecolouredhair Mon 12-Mar-18 12:22:21

Would only be the sugar and fat which occurs in the dried fruit and nuts and flaxseeds.

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Blinkyblink Mon 12-Mar-18 12:24:39

Enjoy it OP, you’re clearly very keen to

Blinkyblink Mon 12-Mar-18 12:25:38

And the soya milk

halfwitpicker Mon 12-Mar-18 12:26:56

God slimming world sounds complicated!

pandorawithtreaclecolouredhair Mon 12-Mar-18 12:29:57

halfwitpicker, no, it's not complicated, and SW members are friendly and helpful when discussing ideas.

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PaddingtonBearHardStare Mon 12-Mar-18 13:57:03

It has to have a certain amount of fibre to count as a B choice

Trills Mon 12-Mar-18 14:01:42

If you've made it yourself you can work it out from the recipe.

Look at the ingredients, divide by how many slices you get from a whole cake.
50g (ish) of dried fruit is your hexb.
Work out the syns for the remaining ingredients.

I'm curious as to what a "menopause cake" is, and what Liz Earle has to do with it (isn't she a skincare brand?)

pandorawithtreaclecolouredhair Mon 12-Mar-18 14:21:01

It contains ingredients which may boost hormones in menopausal women.
The ingredients are dried dates, figs and apricots; brazil nuts, walnuts and flaxseeds (all heathy extras).
The non-HEB ingredients are Earl Grey tea, carrot, beaten egg, cinnamon (all free).
The syns would be unsweetened dessicated coconut( only 1tbsp in whole cake), spelt flour, baking powder and soya milk.
Calories per slice 193, ie approx 9 and a half syns, hence my wondering whether to count as a B plus 3 and a half

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Testarossa1 Mon 12-Mar-18 17:06:15

The thing is, you can only have 1 item off the healthy extra B list per day. So all those things you're listing whilst being a heb, you can only choose 1, not have several different items from it everyday.

RedRedDogsBeg Mon 12-Mar-18 17:12:50

just eat the cake and go for a run/long walk.....lifes too short

Vitalogy Mon 12-Mar-18 17:59:48

Here's the recipe, go for it!

InfiniteSheldon Tue 13-Mar-18 07:25:13

Yes you can do that. 2/3 of the ingredients are healthy extra same as if you bought a wholemeal sandwich out and about you could use it as a healthy extra and take 6 off the syns the New Member book actually gives this as an option. Am going to make that today.

demirose87 Tue 13-Mar-18 07:31:23

I'm doing the diet but I can't stick to it rigidly anymore. If I really want something I forget the syns and calorie count. As long as I don't go over my calories for that day I find I'm still losing.
And I have the occasional treat as Iong as I get back on track next day.

CuriousHedgehog Tue 13-Mar-18 15:26:22

Personnally I would work it all out - so if there is 100g of dried apricot in the whole cake that is 2 HEBs, so if it gets cut into 8 slices that is 0.25 of your HEB, and if there is 100g walnuts that is 6 HEBs so then that is 0.75 syns per slice, so then that is your HEB, work out the calories for everything else and that is your syns. Obviously these are not the actual values, just an example.

demirose87 Tue 13-Mar-18 17:01:07

Have the cake. If you're at target weight you can make occasional allowances.

nikkylou Thu 15-Mar-18 10:21:47

I think if you are actually using your healthy B on the slice it would be ok. Not necessarily recommended. Like it's not recommended I use my healthy A on a Costa coffee but I reason, if it's got an accurate enough milk to be 5.5 syns I can count it...I'm terrible at having it anyway so reason it's better like this than not at all.
I'm not sure on mixing and matching a mix of everything although. There seems lots of things that count that could be in various quantities so I don't think you could be sure that one slice was not too much or too little iyswim.

MilkyCoffeeAndSkinnySyrup Sun 18-Mar-18 23:12:53

If it isn't a B choice, then no you can't. If you want to lose weight, you have to follow the plan 100%. Like the prev poster said, you can't make short cuts.

MilkyCoffeeAndSkinnySyrup Sun 18-Mar-18 23:14:02

I just read this thread. It's up to you then but if you find yourself gaining again, at least you will know the reason why.

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