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Which supermarket should you do your Xmas shop with?

Whilst we’re 100% behind supporting the High St and Farmer’s Markets, when it comes to the festive season and its onslaught of houseguests, it’s good to have a stocked freezer.

But you might be surprised at the difference in fat, sugar and calories between supermarket brand Xmas produce.

Nuyoo.co have compared holiday items from five major supermarkets (Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Morrisons), to see which supermarkets fared the best, comparing the same portion size each time.

Asda’s mince pies were the most calorific of all supermarkets included in the research, weighing in at a whopping 280 calories per mince pie. That’s 48 calories more than the lightest option: a 232-calorie mince pie from Morrisons.

The biggest calorie differences were for stuffing (120 calorie difference), pigs in blankets (34 calorie difference between Morrisons and Tesco’s versions) and cranberry sauce (a difference of 65 calories).

The biggest game-changers, or Christmas purchases with the largest sugar content difference, were cranberry sauce (where switching to Morrisons from Sainsbury’s could save you 17g of sugar!), mince pies (8g difference per mince pie) and Christmas cake (8g of sugar difference).

The seasonal foods with the biggest difference in fat content were stuffing (where Waitrose’s stuffing managed to pack 14.8g more fat than Sainsbury’s version), pigs in blankets (2.8g difference in fat content per portion) and Christmas pudding (3.8g difference between Asda and Morrisons).

Food for thought…

SM reviews… Gifts from Personally Presented

Editor writes: “I struggle with gifts for my mother. Not only because she travels such a lot that her house is stuffed full of ‘curios‘ (ie tat!) from far-flung countries but also because she is prone to the dreaded ‘gift rehoming’ if something you’ve bought isn’t to her taste. In short: a nightmare! 

So when I was invited to check out Personally Presented – a website which is filled with lovely items which can all be personalised – I thought ‘heck, let’s start with the toughest cookie. 

The website allows you to search by person (ie Dad, Grandad etc) or by interest, occasion, gender – even by price if you’re doing Secret Santa. 

I started in the ‘foodie’ category of interests (cos even fuss-pots need to eat, right?) On the first search page, I spotted a lovely kids’ baking set with those hipster metal pails for ingredients and uber-cute engraved rolling pins. In short, an amazing gift for my kids, or any of their cousins, my godchildren or my kids’ friends. But not for their grandmother.

Next I spotted a really cute tray for dips, which my other half has been asking for since we were at a (child-free) friend’s house and they produced olives and nibbles on something similar. Snack envy, as it were. My mother would most likely just banish it to the back of the kitchen cupboard.

Then I saw a slate two-tiered cake stand, which I really coveted for myself. So many times I’ve presented cakes at mums meetups on the pop-up cardboard thing the bakery supplied and essentially have just ended up with soggy cardboard. This might have worked for my mother, except that she’s on some crazy no-sugar diet. #Whatever.

But then – the holy grail of gifts – I have literally never seen one of these anywhere before (and I’m sure my mother wouldn’t be able to say she could have got one cheaper in a streetmarket in Marrakech). What was this amazing thing? Well – a rolling pin. How is that so special? It could be personalised (in my case with the kids’ names) with inverted writing so that when you roll out pastry the message appears! Genius! And only 15quid with no extra charge for the engraving. 

I’d definitely go back to Personally Presented’s site (even for easier to shop for people!) – I do dabble with personalised gifts from Not On the High St but the product quality varies so much and I do find wading through all the options quite draining… “

Slick Mummy readers can get a 10% discount on all Personally Presented personalised gifts by using the code: slickmummy10

The code expires on 10/12/17



Take the hassle out of Xmas Shopping

Just to preface, we’re not offering to do your shopping for you, but if you do find yourself trekking up and down the High St (or to the North Pole and back) with little ones in tow, the following might make the whole experience a bit more joyful…

  • Snowjoggers: we love these cute, sporty little booties and whilst Slick Mummies mostly only wear trainers to the gym, we think these have just the right balance of style and comfort. Get them in festive silver or snowflake pattern and put a spring in your step.                                     
  • Pacapod Changing Bag: we nearly fainted when we saw these gorgeous and super practical changing bags, with separate ‘pods’ for botties and for bottles. Step out in style knowing that everything is neatly packed and never have to rummage around for wet wipes whilst negotiating a department store changing table ever again. So clever, so sleek… Go for the Snow Queen look with the Sequoia bag in Linen or the uber-opulent Firenze bag in Putty.                           
  • Molskine Notebook: in this modern day and age, we still love scribbling a good list. Grab one of these large page Moleskine pads in festive red and jot down who had made it onto Santa’s ‘good’ and ‘naughty’ lists this year…   
  • Seasalt Stripe Mittens: warm, colourful and leave one’s fingers free for wiping noses, swiping credit cards and dialing a Taxi home…                                                            
  • The Quinny Yezz Stroller: super lightweight and deliciously colourful, this stroller is easy to fold and can be carried over the shoulder if your offspring decides to walk (or rummage the rails!).  We adore the Green Curve colourway – for a bit of ‘xmas tree chic’ …  
  • Lavolio tinned sweets: decadent candy for adults, in a handbag friendly ‘sticky proof’  and super-girlie tin,perfect  for a little sugar fix along the way. We love the Arabian Nights selection, with roses, violets, lemons and almonds coated in a sugar shell.