It can be easy to get into a food rut and fall off the wagon when doing the Weight Watchers program. For me, having options is key to consistency! To help you mix it up, here are 10 of ideas for snacks, all under 5 points.
1) Low Fat Mozzarella string cheese
Sometimes we just need a little something to make it until dinner. Grab a stick of low-fat string cheese to tide you over. Most brands are only 1 point per stick but scan the specific one you buy to make sure.
Total: 1 point for 1 stick
2) Cheese and pretzels slims
Take 1 wedge of light cheese, such as light laughing cow, and spread it on 32 pretzel crisps. You will probably not have enough cheese for all of them but the extras make a good snack on their own. Sometimes I also have this for breakfast (more breakfast ideas can be found here).
Total: 3 points
3) Fruit or vegetables with powdered peanut butter
Honestly, this stuff helped me eat more celery than I ever thought was possible. My favorite kind is PBfit but I have tried a bunch of different kinds. Use 2 Tb of whatever kind you like and have it with your celery, apple or banana.
Total: 1 point
4) Low calorie popcorn
Does anyone else find the nutrition labels for microwave popcorn to be really confusing? It's impossible to figure out what a serving size is. Now, I just buy the pre-popped bags of light popcorn and keep it simple. There are a bunch of different brands so you will need to scan the ones offered at your grocery store and make sure you buy the light popcorn. The light is usually 3-4 points for a serving of a couple of cups.
For example the Trader Joe's popcorn with olive oil is 4pts for 1oz and Aldi's simply nature lightly salted popcorn is 4pts for 3.5 cups.
Total: 3-4pt/serving, depending on brand
5) Goldfish crackers
You can eat 52 of these for only 4pts! You can adjust the serving size to be fewer points also if you like, usually I only have 3pts worth. It's nice when you have a lot of "units" in your snack.
Total: 4 points
6) Toast with powdered peanut butter
Toast one piece of 1pt bread such as Aldi's light and fit 45 calorie per slice bread and mix up 2 Tb of powdered peanut butter to go on top. Add some banana slices or cinnamon if you like. I also like to add a little salt to my PB powder when I mix it up.
Total: 2 points
7) Kind Mini Bars
Are you as surprised as I was how high in points granola bars are? Like aren't they supposed to be healthy? Well if you need a little treat for a few points, Kind Bars makes mini versions. The sea salt caramel one is only 4 points and like a little dessert in the afternoon. You can get them on Amazon or at Costco.
Total: 4 points
8) Black bean brownies
When you do your weekend prep, think about making a pan of black bean peanut butter brownies. The recipe is here with directions for a 1pt and 2pt version and I prefer a little more sugar. It makes a good chocolate fix in the afternoon. I also really like that this recipe doesn't have any artificial sugar in it and uses the real deal.
Total: 1-2 points
|Fluffy black bean brownies|
9) Pretzel sticks
It seems odd that pretzels (something salty and crunchy!) would be low in in points but they are! A serving of 53 pieces of Rold Gold pretzel sticks is only 3 points! Check the brand you buy as some are a little higher. Happy crunching!
Total: 3 points
10) Frozen grapes
Have you tried freezing grapes yet? If not you should give it a whirl. Pretend you are eating a Popsicle and enjoy for zero points!
Total: 0 points
11) Hummus & Veggies
So, a full-sized tub of hummus is no match for me. I will eat up to half a container if left to my own devices but if I portion it out, it goes bad before I've eaten it all. Now, I buy the mini-tubs which are 2 oz and only 4 points when paired with some veggies. Helps to spice up the veggies a little bit!
Beware, they also sell minis of the chocolate hummus but those are much higher in points than the regular flavor, the one at my store scans at 7pts for 2oz. :(
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