It is so easy to get bored of jacket potatoes on Slimming World because you get stuck on the same fillings.

Actually, if you put a little thought into it a jacket potato is a really versatile meal and there are so many jacket potato fillings you can have that are either syn free or use your healthy extra a allowance.

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When to enjoy a jacket potato?

Perhaps instead of a jacket potato as a meal, you could have it as a side dish to another meal? Just omit the jacket potato fillings and enjoy.

Here are some suggestions you might not have thought of. Don’t forget to add some vegetables or salad to it though if you can for a truly Slimming World friendly meal.

A close up of a plate of food, with Potato and Cheese

How to cook the perfect jacket potato – the best jacket potato recipe

Everyone has their preferences of course but to me, the perfect jacket potato is one which is slow-cooked.

Simply give the potato a few pricks with a fork, season well and give it a few sprays of low-calorie cooking spray (olive oil variety works best) then wrap the potato in foil.

Place wrapped potatoes into the slow cooker and cook for 4-5 hours on high depending on the potato size.

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jacket potato with salt on

How to cook jacket potatoes in the Ninja Foodi

If you have a Ninja Foodi then this is the best way to make jacket potatoes perfectly in there. It will probably also work well in the Instant Pot as it is similar but as I do not have one of those I am unable to tell you that for sure!

Prick potatoes with a fork all over and place in crisper basket into the Ninja Foodi pot and add around 300ml of hot water to the bottom of the pot.

Pressure cook with the pressure lid for 10 minutes on high.

Release steam and remove water from the pot then replace potatoes in crisper basket and spray low calorie cooking spray over the potatoes and set to bake/roast and cook with the other lid for 8 minutes before turning over and spraying again.

Cook for a further 8 minutes on bake/roast.

If they are not crisped to your liking them set to air crisp and cook at 200°c for around 15-20 minutes, turning half way until the desired crispiness!

jacket potatoes in ninja foodi

How many calories are in a jacket potato?

Potato, without any extras has 77 calories per 100 grams. If you cook as above with low-calorie cooking spray then add low calorie toppings it is a really healthy meal.

jacket potato with salad

How many syns in a jacket potato?

Providing you do not use any oil in the cooking of your jacket potato then the potato itself is syn free and any syns are only in the toppings you choose!

Check out my other potato recipes and ideas for some alternatives too.

What about Mccain jacket potatoes?

Have you seen the microwave jacket potatoes by McCain? It would be easy to presume they are also syn free but unfortunately they are not.

Each potato, however, is only one syn so if you are short on time or just prefer these they are not too bad really.

jacket potato on plate with salad

Syns of jacket potatoes when eating out

Slimming World generally ask brands what their policy is, this does not mean, of course, that every branch does the same so the syns in jacket potatoes when eating out is difficult to gauge and largely depends on toppings.

If you are not a follower of Slimming World these should still give you an indication of where does healthier jacket potatoes.

If you go somewhere like Hotel Football where things are cooked from scratch it is easy to ask them directly how they are cooked.

Wetherspoon jacket potatoes

Five bean chilli – 11.5 syns

Tuna mayo – 15.5 syns

Cheese and beans – beans are free but the cheese will depend on the weight.

Don’t be tempted to have warm chocolate brownie while you are at Wetherspoons though, the syns of those are 43.5 per serving! No, that is not a typo, literally almost 3 times your daily syn allowance!

Morrisons Cafe

Beef chilli and salad – 11 syns

Light coleslaw and salad – 7.5 syns

Prawn cocktail and salad – 22 syns

Cheddar cheese and salad – 18.5 syns

Jacket potato with cheese, beans and salad

Slimming World Jacket Potato fillings

Cottage cheese – this really is one of my favourite fillings and if its fat free and plain its generally syn free!

Baked beans – simple but yummy

Sweetcorn, mushroom and onion jacket potato topping

Cheese and beans – just be careful to keep the cheese in your allowance or syn it.

jacket potato with cheese and beans

Mushy peas – not my thing at all but Stuart loves them on jacket potatoes.

Chick Pea Dahl – Some are syn free and good value.

Taco beef stuffed sweet potato

Spaghetti hoops – not my idea of a good filling but many people love them.

Ratatouille – you can easily make this yourself with onions, peppers, mixed herbs and tomatoes.

Syn free chilli

Stir fry vegetables – add some flavouring like fajita seasoning and it makes it lovely.

Mince and onions

Chilli – if you have it one day for tea then make extra for a jacket the following day or pop in the freezer.

Bolognese – as above with chilli save some from a meal.

spaghetti bolognese

Curry – again if you make it save extra for a jacket! This homestyle vegetable curry is perfect on a jacket potato too.

Tuna – it doesn’t have to be with mayonnaise you could add some fat-free fromage frais to stop it being too dry

Coleslaw – make some Slimming world friendly coleslaw – recipe here.

Bacon and melted cheese – be sure to weigh the cheese and remove the fat from the bacon

Cheese and garlic fried mushrooms – weigh the cheese and use garlic frylight for the mushrooms.

Sweet and sour vegetables

beef keema curry

Chicken/Quorn and mushroom curry

Keema Curry

Mediterranean Vegetables in a Balsamic tomato sauce.

Sticky Mushrooms – these are lovely and so easy to make.

sticky mushrooms

Top tips for jacket potatoes when eating out on Slimming World

If you want to be really strict with yourself ask for any cheese to be given to you separately. This means you can see how much you are putting on and are not at the mercy of a keen chef!

Ask for your jacket potato without butter. Many places put butter on the side anyway now but it is always worth checking.

If your jacket potato has a side salad ask for no dressing or for the dressing to be brought out in a separate pot.

salad bowl

Ask how the jacket potatoes are cooked and reheated. This may seem crazy but some places cook them in the morning in the oven but then reheat them by popping them in a deep fat fryer! Obviously this adds lots of oil so is something to be avoided!

Maybe you have some other ideas for fillings? Do comment below and share them!

Do you have any favourite places to eat out that do yummy jacket potatoes? I love the ones from Morrisons Cafe!

jacket potato topped with baked beans and served with roasted peppers

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Choosing sweet potato for a jacket potato

Sweet potatoes are a little healthier than standard white potatoes and have such a different flavour they are popular as an alternative. Sweet potatoes have many health benefits! They can be enjoyed with the same jacket potato fillings as regular potatoes!

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A close up of food, with Potato and Cheese
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