Below you’ll find answers to many of the questions that we’re asked by our customers at ‘Symply Too Good Be True’.

We hope you find the answer to your question. If not feel free to complete our CONTACT US form and one of the team will respond.

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All Bran bars

Replace with Be Natural granola & seed bars OR Uncle Toby’s Chewy Muesli bars (50% wholegrains).  If you are having trouble finding these, you can look for ones that are similar to an all bran bar which had around 6g of fat and 5g of fibre and about 640 kilojoules (152 calories).

Butternut Cookies (Vive Lites)

Replace with 12 shredded wheatmeal biscuits.

Bega Super Slim Cheese Slices

Replace with Bega Tasty 50% reduced fat cheese slices or Cowbelle Light Cheese Slices (available from Aldi)

Cadbury Lite

Replace with either 2 regular 12g freddo frogs OR 25g of normal milk chocolate.

Carnation Light & Creamy Evaporated Milk

This product has changed from 375ml to 340ml can. Add 35ml of skim milk to obtain 375ml of liquid in recipes that require a full can.

Cheese and Leek Soup  & 4 Cheese Sauce

Replace with Gravox Cheese Sauce 29g Sachet. The method of combining the sauce into the recipe is slightly different with these substitutes compared to the cheese and leek soup mix as you now need to boil the milk before combining with the sauce sachet and then whisk together.

If you’re unable to locate the Gravox Cheese Sauce, use the Gravox White Sauce 29g sachet and add 1 tablespoon (15g) of Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese – this will keep the fat count the same.

Choc Chip Biscuits (Vive Lites)

Replace with Paradise Cottage Chocolate Chip Cookies OR  any brand of choc chip cookies with 20% choc chips.

Coconut Essence

I now sell it HERE on my website.

Creamy Garden Vegetable Cup A Soup

Replace with Continental Cream of Chicken Cup A Soup,  or Continental Cream of Mushroom Cup A Soup (no croutons or noodles).

Creole Seasoning

Replace with Cajun seasoning or Moroccan Seasoning, both work well but I favour the Cajun as it’s a little hotter.

Darrell Lea Peppermint Nougat Bar

Replace with Nestle Mint Pattie 20g




For Devilled Eggs recipe – Replace Dijonnaise with 1 tablespoon 99% fat free mayonnaise (Praise®), 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard and ½ teaspoon salt-reduced chicken stock powder.

Four’n’twenty Lite Meat Pies

Replace with a frozen meal or a recipe from my cookbooks of similar calorie and fat count, 336 calories (1400kj) and 13g of fat.


For a full list of recipes that use Fruche and the suitable swap CLICK HERE

Fruit salad in natural juice

For Baked Fruit Salad Cheesecake – Replace 440g can of fruit salad with 440g can crushed pineapple in juice.

Garden Harvest Creamy Chicken Cup-A-Soup

Replace with Continental Cream of Chicken Cup A Soup (no croutons or noodles).

Garden Harvest Creamy Mushroom Cup-A-Soup

Replace with Continental Cream of Mushroom Cup A Soup (no croutons or noodles).

Japanese Dressing

Replace with same quantity of No Oil French or Greek Dressing.

Jungle Curry Paste or Nyonya Curry Paste

For Jungle Curry Recipe: Replace with Valcom Thai Style Massaman Curry Paste.



Light ‘n’ Tasty Berry cereal

For Berry Nice Slice recipe in book 5  – replace with Uncle Tobys Cereal Plus Antioxidants with Cranberries & Blueberries (look for the dark pink label).

Mars Lite

For Light Mars Bar Slice recipe: Replace with 2 x 47g Mars® bars and add 1/2 tbls extra Flora Light marg (1.7g of fat per slice).

Mexican Chilli Beans

The Old El Paso Mexican Chilli Beans are now called Mexe Beans.

Mushroom And Chive Cup-A Soup

Replace with Continental Cream of Mushroom Cup-a-soup, 97% fat free.

Parisian Essence

The product is no longer available for retail purchase. The purpose of this ingredient is to make the dish browner and won’t affect the taste of the recipe by leaving it out.

Plum Sauce

The SPC Plum Sauce is no longer available. You can use the Fountain Plum Sauce instead. This is used in the Chicken in Plum Sauce – book 3, Sticky Pork Chops – book 4 and Spicy Plum Chicken Kebabs – book 6.

Portuguese Marinade

Use the Nando’s Peri-Peri Marinade – Medium.

NOTE: Marinade has the black label


Savoury Lentils (Vegie Delights)

This ingredient is only in one recipe – my Vegetarian Pie from book 5. Replace the Savoury Lentils with 1 x 411g can Amy’s Lentil Vegetable Soup and reduce from 1 cup of water down to 3/4 cup water.

Skinny Cow single serve ice cream

Replace with Streets Chocolate Paddle Pop

Sorj Wraps

Replace these with 4 sheets Mixed Grain Wraps (Helga’s). These are for the Crunchy Dippers in book 7.

Spicy Bean Salsa

Replace with a 420g can of Mexe-Beans or Mexican Chilli Beans.  Then using a stick blender, blend until smooth.

Thai Chilli Jam or Stir Fry Paste

The Ayam Thai Chilli Jam Paste is a suitable substitute. However if you can’t find this, you can replace with 1 tablespoon of Pad Thai Paste & 1 teaspoon Red Curry Paste.

Weight Watchers Duo Bars

See All Bran bars above.

Symply Too Good Cookbooks full set 1-7

Find out what’s changed in my updated cookbooks 1-7 HERE

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I’m often asked for my list of kitchen staple ingredients, all the items I like to keep in stock which regularly appear in my low-fat recipes, so here it is! If you’re not able to purchase everything on the list at once, try adding a few items to your trolley each time you shop (and look out for specials on ingredients such as cans of evaporated lite milk). The other option is to plan a week’s meals in advance, a habit I recommend for weightloss and health, and buy the ingredients you’ll need for the first week.

Tinned/Canned/In jar

  • Evaporated light milk
  • Canned tomatoes no salt added
  • Canned tomato soup no salt added
  • Crushed garlic in the jar
  • Crushed ginger in the jar
  • Coconut essence
  • Vanilla essence
  • Tomato paste no salt added
  • Red and green curry paste if you like Asian cooking
  • 110g jars Heinz® baby apples
  • Jar salsa
  • Oyster sauce if you like making stir fries
  • Soy sauce low sodium


  • Skim milk
  • Flora Light Margarine
  • 30% reduced fat cheese
  • eggs (mainly for egg whites)

Dry goods

  • Corn flour
  • Self raising flour
  • Plain flour (smaller amount than SR)
  • Bicarb soda
  • Cocoa (Plaistowe ®)
  • Icing sugar
  • Sugar
  • Sultanas
  • Currants possibly
  • Dried apricots
  • Cereal – healthy high fibre versions such as All Bran, rolled oats/porridge
  • Stock powder low salt chicken and beef
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Bread crumbs
  • Pasta
  • Basmati rice
  • Dried herbs…including turmeric, cumin, coriander, basil, oregano, paprika, chilli powder, ginger, cinnamon, Cajun, curry powder

Pantry other

  • Long life skim milk (good in case you run out when making a recipe)
  • Cooking spray

Now, just add your fresh protein (chicken, meat, seafood, tofu), fruit and vegetables (fresh and frozen) and bread items and you’ll be ready to cook the Symply Too Good To Be True way!

As an empty-nester Annette knows what it’s like to cook a meal with a heap of leftovers, or worse still, over-serve and risk having far too many calories. Read tips in this article

Annette released her Cooking for 1 or 2 people cookbook in December 2018, take a look at it here

Book 7

Gluten Free Shortbread
Christmas Pizza (sweet)
Macadamia Cranberry Bread

Book 2

Book 2 contains a bonus Christmas baking section recipes include:

  • Christmas Pudding
  • Yule Time Muffins
  • Christmas Cake
  • Fruit Mince Pies
  • Tropical Christmas Cake
  • Christmas Strudel

Book 1

Book 1 includes Festive Ice Cream Pudding.

I know that for some people it is hard to throw away the egg yolks but I think of them as a high saturated fat and in many recipes are unnecessary to use. Why put in 6g of fat (per yolk) when you don’t need it or even know it is in the dish. I think of it as rubbish like the shell to be honest. I only use the yolks for recipes that really must have it in it.

If you have trouble throwing them out, then you could either freeze the yolks and use them in a scramble or milk shake for someone who doesn’t care about their health. You could give the odd yolk to your pet but only 1 a week. You could also try a product that is sold in the health food section in supermarkets called NO EGGS which is a substitute egg for people who have allergies to eggs. You could try this instead but I would only use the egg replacer with cakes and muffins but not for things like quiches etc.

Some supermarkets sell egg whites in a carton in the fridge. One egg white equals 36g in weight.

An easy way to know what’s included in the nutritional breakdown is to check the ingredients panel; if it’s included in the ingredients panel, it is included in the nutritional breakdown. So if the recipe says to serve with rice but it’s not included in the ingredients panel you will need to add your serve of rice to your daily allowance.

There is a stockists page HERE that lists retailers who may stock my cookbooks. Please phone ahead to ensure they have stock. They are able to order all 9 titles if they don’t have stock.

You can order them online via my secure website. You’ll also find a range of weight loss products that are not sold in retailers.

Alternatively, you can phone our office on (07) 5445 1250 and order over the phone . If you don’t have a credit card then send a cheque or money order to PO Box 833, Buddina QLD 4575 – phone prior to find out postage charges.

The recipes in the updated cookbooks are the same great recipes with a fresh new look. Read all about the changes in THIS BLOG POST

A  misprint occurred in book 6 (2017 version) in the week 4 menu plan.

Menu 2, 3 and 4 lunches were repeats of menu 1, they should be as follows.

NB: Since publishing, the Bega Super Slim cheese slices have been discontinued from Coles and Woolworths stores. You may still find these in some independents. Otherwise, replace with Cowbelle Light Cheese Slices (available from Aldi) or Kraft Dairylea 25% reduced fat cheese slices.