7 Smart & Easy Weight Watchers Snack Ideas
A nutritious and satisfying snack can curb your hunger, improve your blood sugar, and keep you going up until your next meal. But if you’re on a Weight Watchers plan, you might find it hard to balance your midday cravings with your need to “spend” your WW points responsibly.
Luckily, there are plenty of low-point snack options that can still be nutritious and delicious! Here are some of the best low-point, WW-friendly snacks that you can buy and/or make to satisfy your between-meal cravings.
7 Smart, Easy Weight Watchers Snack Ideas
Few snacks are as easy and convenient to eat as chips, but it’s no secret that many chip brands will run you way too many WW points (and aren’t that great for you to boot). Enter: Peatos.
Not only are Peatos made with healthier ingredients than your average potato chip brand, but they’re also a great option for those wanting to get the most out of their snack points without sacrificing on their satisfaction! Peatos are vegan and gluten-free as well, which means that you can eat them even if you have specific dietary restrictions to follow.
For even more flavor, try combining your Peatos with a flavorful homemade salsa like this recipe from Pointed Kitchen that will cost you zero points!
WW Fudge Brownie Mug Cake
Let’s face it: no matter how good you’re being and how focused on your goals, at some point or another, the only thing that can really satisfy your sweet tooth is something warm, chocolatey, and decadent. Enter: a brownie mug cake, WW style.
WW’s own Fudge Brownie Mug Cake is high in protein and made without any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Better yet, each mug cake is only 3 SmartPoints total and takes only one minute to heat up in your microwave. It’s a great way to indulge in your favorite sweet treat in a WW-approved fashion.
Apple slices and almond butter
Combining fruit and nuts is one of the best ways to satisfy your hunger and eat a healthy afternoon pick-me-up that’s still waistline-friendly. Simply slice up an apple from your favorite variety (Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, and Gala apples are particularly good here) and pair it with two tablespoons of your favorite almond butter brand. You’ll get the benefit of both vitamins and minerals from your apples, plus a solid amount of plant-based protein and healthy fat from the almonds!
Potato Skin Nachos
For the perfect gameday treat without the excess tortilla chips, try taking your favorite nacho cheese flavors and loading them into a more nutritionally dense potato skin instead! This recipe from the official Weight Watchers website comes fully loaded with an uber-easy guacamole, reduced-fat cheese, and beans so that you can get the most nutrition out of every bite. If you want to make it plant-based, just swap out the cheese for your favorite cheese substitute or go without.
For an anytime snack that’s light and nutritious but still satisfying, consider adding some fruit-based smoothies into the mix. Smoothies are an excellent snack no matter what your health goals are since they put plenty of emphasis on the vitamins and minerals from the fruit, and they can easily be customized based on your personal needs. If you’re looking for a little bit of chocolate to satisfy your craving, try this plant-based Chocolate Almond & Cherry Smoothie that will only cost you 6 PersonalPoints on the Weight Watchers program and choose your favorite sweet or sour cherries (it even comes loaded with cauliflower and tofu, which means more nutrition per sip!).
Sugar-free Jello and the fruit of your voice
Sugar-free Jello is an extremely popular snack option for many people on a WW plan, and for good reason: it costs you zero points to eat! While you can simply dissolve your Jello mix into boiling water and then set it in the fridge, you can also get a little more creative with these versatile snack mixes. For example, you can coat your favorite fruit in the powdered mixture and freeze them like these Jello Grapes since most fruits are also zero points in the WW system!
Whether you’re rushing around in the morning or looking for something quick to eat in the middle of the day, few snacks hit the mark quite like muffins. You can easily tweak your favorite muffin recipes to make them low in points as well – for example, this No-Added-Sugar Blueberry Muffin recipe from Weight Watchers only contains 3 to 4 PersonalPoints and is sweetened with bananas and applesauce rather than granulated sugar.
How To Choose Snacks In Weight Watchers
One of the beauties of following the Weight Watchers program is that each food is already assigned a specific number of points based on the calories and nutrients they contain. This makes it simpler to make healthy food choices without having to count calories or calculate other complex nutrition information like carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
In order to get the most out of the points system and choose snacks that are lower in points, stick primarily to more nutritionally-dense foods with plenty of protein and healthy carbohydrates, rather than highly processed foods that may contain more unhealthy fats.
Many foods also count as zero points in the WW program, which means you can add them to your plan throughout the day as long as you’re eating portions that are within reason! Some examples of zero-point foods on the WW PersonalPoints plan may include:
- Non-starchy vegetables
- Potatoes and starchy vegetables
- Low-fat or fat-free yogurt
- Brown rice and whole grains
- Fish and shellfish
- Oats and oatmeal
- Whole-wheat pasta and noodles
- Tofu and tempeh
- Beans, peas, and lentils
Consult with your own personal list of foods to confirm what would be a zero-point food for your specific program, then find ways to add these zero-point foods throughout your day to satisfy your cravings without “overspending.”
Snacktime can still be satisfying when you’re looking for lower-point WW foods – just double-check with your own program to figure out what works best for your needs!
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