When you are desperate to lose weight, it's tempting to see how long you can go without eating. Unfortunately, it's an idea that can backfire big time.
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Going too long between meals can make you tired and cranky (It sure does me) because your energy reserves get too low leading to overeating later. What's the point of starving yourself all day if you end up eating a whole day's calories and more from dinner through bedtime?
That's where healthy snacks come in. I'm not talking about mindless munching on junk. The key is to be strategic with your snacking to keep your hunger at bay, your blood sugar level and your thinking clear.
When you are really hungry, the right kinds of snacks can give you the stamina to power through your day and lose weight, instead of getting caught in the chocolate and caffeine trap. (Or even worse, the starve and binge cycle.) Think of it as hunger management.
3 Basic Rules for Healthy Snacks for Weight Watchers
- Don't snack if you are not hungry.
- Include some protein and/or fiber in your snacks. Protein keeps you feeling fuller longer than fat or carbs.
- Choose real foods, not highly processed manufactured snack packs.
24+ Healthy Snacks for Weight Watchers w/ SmartPoints
Here are some healthy snacks that will help you you feel energized and satisfied for hours. All have no more than 5 WW SmartPoints Value; most with just 2 to 3 WW SP.
By keeping a few of these easy healthy snack options around, you'll avoid falling victim to the vending machine or convenience mart danger zones 🙂
New Weight Watchers Freestyle Zero (0) SmartPoints Snacks
- Hard-boiled egg(s)
- Scrambled egg(s) with fat-free salsa
- Non-fat plain Greek yogurt (1 cup) and berries/fruit (½ cup)
- Unsweetened applesauce
- Banana "ice cream" (0SP)
- Fruits/Veggies (apples, bananas, berries, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, corn, cucumber, grapes, grapefruit, mango, oranges, peaches, pears, peppers, pineapple, tomato, zucchini, etc.)
- Corn and Tomato Salsa (0SP)
- Skinless chicken or turkey breast wrapped in lettuce leaves
- ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt mixed with 1 tablespoon ranch seasoning mix with bell pepper strips or baby carrots
- Vintage WW Coffee Fluff (0SP)
- WW Asian Style Cucumber Salad (0SP)
- WW 0 Points Garden Vegetable Soup (0SP)
- Green beans (cooked or canned) and salsa (0SP)
- Boneless, skinless chicken and Strawberry Salsa (0SP)
- Quick & Easy Chicken and Salsa Soup (0SP)
- Skinny Greek Herb Dip and Vegetables (0SP)
One (1) SmartPoints Snacks
- One-half cup nonfat cottage cheese and a piece of fruit (1 WW SP)
- Grapes and one (1) ounce low-fat cubed cheese (cheddar, swiss, colby, etc) (1 WWSP)
- Mini Baybel Light semisoft cheese (1) and fruit (1 WWSP)
- Skinny slow cooker pizza dip and celery sticks (1WWSP)
- One Laughing Cow Light Garlic & Herb wedge spread on cucumber slices (1 WW SP)
- Celery with 1 tablespoons light cream cheese and drizzle of hot sauce (1 WWSP)
- No Bake Peanut Buttery Cookie Dough Balls (1WWSP)
- Sweet Potato Banana Mini Muffins (1WWSP)
- Pepperoni Pizza Mini Muffins (1 WWSP)
- 4-Ingredient Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies (1WWSP)
Two (2) SmartPoints Snacks
- One-half cup baby carrots and 2 tablespoons hummus (2 WWSP)
- Carrots with 2 tablespoons low fat ranch dressing (2 WWSP)
- Pistachios, in shells (22) (2WWSP)
- Chocolate Almond Coconut Truffles (2 WWSP)
- A cup of broth based vegetable soup and 4 whole grain crackers (2 WW SP)
- 3 ounces shrimp with 2 tablespoons cocktail sauce (2WWSP)
- One-half cup nonfat Greek yogurt and 1 cup fresh strawberries with drizzle of honey (2 WW SP)
- Three ounces skinless turkey breast and sliced tomato on 1 slice whole-wheat bread (2 WW SP)
- Skinny mini corn dog muffins (2 WWSP)
- Six whole grain crackers and ⅓ cup water packed tuna, drained (2 WW SP)
- A medium apple or pear with 1 stick of string cheese (2 WW SP)
- Skinny ham salad on cucumber rounds
- One-half cup fat-free Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon all-fruit spread (2 WWSP)
- Microwave baked apple (2 WWSP)
- One cup blueberries with ½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt and drizzle of maple syrup (2 WWSP)
- One-half cup nonfat cottage cheese with ½ cup crushed pineapple in juice (2 WWSP)
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Three (3) SmartPoints Snacks
- Apple slices or banana with 1 tablespoon peanut butter (3 WW SP)
- Twelve whole almonds and 6 dried apricot halves (3 WW SP)
- Two stalks of celery with 1 tablespoon peanut butter (3 WW SP)
- Three cups light butter flavored popcorn (3 WW SP)
- Enlightened brand ice cream bars
- Slices of apple spread with 2 teaspoons peanut butter and drizzled with 1-½ teaspoons chocolate syrup (3SP)
- Strawberry dessert bruschetta (3 WWSP)
Four (4) SmartPoints Snacks
- Half an English muffin with 1 tablespoon pasta sauce and 1 ounce low-fat mozzarella cheese baked till bubbly (4 WW SP)
- WW Cottage Cheese "Danish" (4 WWSP)
- Twelve baked low-fat tortilla chips and ¼ cup fat free black bean dip (4 WWSP)
- One ounce of reduced fat cheese and 4 whole-grain crackers (4 WW SP)
- 1 cup red grapes with 2 ounces low fat cheddar or colby cheese and 10 almonds (4 WWSP)
- Quest bars (most varieties)
- Peanuts (about 30) (4WWSP)
- Six ounces vegetable juice and ⅛ cup mixed nuts (4 WWSP)
Five (5) SmartPoints Snacks
- A slice of whole wheat bread with 1 tablespoon peanut butter and banana slices (5 WW SP)
MORE: 7 Simple Healthy Late Night Snacks for Weight Watchers
Links to More Weight Watchers Snack Ideas:
- Snacks on the Go (Stockpiling Moms)
- 2 SmartPoint Snack Ideas (Life is Sweeter by Design)
- 50+ Weight Watchers SmartPoints Snacks (You Brew My Tea)
- WW Smart Snacks with SmartPoints (Meal Planning Mommies)
Martha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.
A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.
She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.
A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.
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Are these Smart Points?
No, these are PointsPlus!
Points plus? What the heck is that? I see SP OSP PP WWSP, etc. Could you make it more confusing? The app is bad enough then we have to start figuring all this different points.
Hi Mickey, Points Plus was an older WW Program. I provide that information for folks who didn't move on to WW SmartPoints or Freestyle SmartPoints. Sorry for the confusion but I think it makes sense to folks who have been on WW for years. ~Martha
Are these good for the new Free Style points?
Dear Martha, In one of your very recent emails, I saw a snack bar recipe with these ingredients - peanuts, shredded coconut, dried cranberries, raisins and fat free condensed milk. Have the ingredients, but Now cannot find that recipe! Will you please email it to me? I really appreciate your informative mails full of all kinds of help for we WW’s. Thank you in advance, Martha.
Hi Marge, Here's the link to the recipe for Nigella's Breakfast Bars Made Lighter: https://simple-nourished-living.com/nigellas-breakfast-bars-made-weight-watchers-friendly/
I love doing Weight Watchers I went to get weighed and it was my third week into it and I do understand about the coronavirus but I have always been weighed with my shoes off and have them for the past three weeks but this particular time the lady made me get weighed with my shoes on and of course it messed with my weight I have no idea what my true weight is now. Not to be sarcastic but I don't believe anyone's going to lick the scale
Its a long time since I weighed at a meeting (like 15 years) but towards the end of that time, we had to wear shoes. I must admit that first weigh in was a bit of a shock, but we were told it was to do with foot hygiene. Ewwwww
I notice a comment made August 2019 by Mickey. I have the same name and have just signed on with WW and wanted to let you know that was not my comment.