Weight Watchers Smart Points Options

There are many Weight Watchers Smart Points Options to consider as you continue on your weight loss journey.Weight Watchers Smart Points Options Currently, there are three different program options offered directly from Weight Watchers. The best deal can be found through Ebates, so be sure to click my referral link here to get a $10 gift card and $10 back in rebates through 5/30/16. That’s $20 plus whatever deal Weight Watchers is running (currently the promotion is to join for free).

Once you decide which option works for you, you can use the plan alongside your current nutritional plan. From the “eat anything in moderation” mindset to the “cave man Paleo” plan. Any nutrition plan can work with Weight Watchers.   If you need additional structure beyond the standard Weight Watchers Smart Points Options, read on.

Weight Watchers Smart Points Options

There are three Weight Watchers Smart Points Options. You can choose from online only, meetings plus online, and coaching plus online. Every Smart Points option comes with the online plan. The plans start at under $4 per week and go up to $11.50 per week depending on your location. I had the personal coaching plan for quite some time, but downgraded as I found I was using the service less. Currently, I’m on the online-only option because it works well with my busy schedule.

Smart Points and Paleo

The Paleo plan works fabulously as one of the many Weight Watchers Smart Points options. It’s use of vegetables; fruits and lean meats are the perfect combination of foods to ensure you don’t go over on your Smart Points allotment. Be careful with the following approved Paleo foods: fresh juices, butters, coconut sugars, nuts, oils, chocolate, dried fruit, and alcohol.

Smart Points and Atkins

The low-carb Atkins plan will also work well as a Smart Points option. The only problem is that it limits the types of fruit and vegetables. The bars will also get you on Smart Points values. Favor lean meats and vegetables if you’re planning on incorporating an Atkins plan along side your Weight Watchers plan.

Smart Points and Clean Eating

There are a number of Weight Watchers followers that incorporate clean eating into their plan. Clean eating is basically eating food as close to its natural state as possible. This means that you’re reducing the quantity of processed foods that you eat and are likely to eat more fruits and vegetables, lean meats and complex carbohydrates. It’s definitely a win when it comes to Smart Points.

Smart Points Options and Other Plans

If you’re already set on a specific nutritional plan, you can still use Weight Watchers. I’ve personally done the 21-day fix plan alongside the Weight Watcher’s program. It helps me vary my meals and exercise if I switch it up. In other words, I don’t get bored and am always challenged. I’m the kind of gal who thrives on setting goals and achieving them.

Any plan with high amounts of vegetables and fruit (and less of the other food categories) that aren’t blended into a smoothie will work well on the Smart Points plan. Low-fat programs won’t work since sugar is often used to make the food taste better. You take a huge hit in Smart Points anytime you eat processed sugar. It’s not forbidden; nothing is really forbidden on the plan, but you pay the price in points.

The Best Option

The best option is the plan that works for you. I’m moving more towards clean eating these days as I need a bit more structure in my plan. The “everything in moderation” never has worked well for me. Without structure and planning, I pretty much eat everything that’s processed and yummy if it’s readily available.

People ask me why I stay on Weight Watchers if I incorporate other plans. Again, it’s the structure. But, I also like the community and the convenience of asking a personal coach if I have a question. As I get better and better at nutrition, I’ll likely be fine on my own, but may stay with Weight Watchers for the community aspect of it.

Next month, I’ll continue my clean eating journey with a nutrition coach. I’ll be working with Dee McCaffrey, the author of The Science of Skinny and Processed Free America. As I learn more and more about better nutrition, I’ll be happy to share it with you. This will be a tough challenge, but I’m confident it’s the right move for me.

I’d love to know if you combine other nutrition plans with your Weight Watchers plan. What Weight Watchers Smart Points options have worked for you?

20 SmartPoints Snack Ideas to Keep You On Track

I’ve been looking for SmartPoints snack ideas to help me prepare for week. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve started the Weight Watchers SmartPoints program and so far I’m trending at about 1 pound per week in weight loss.20 Smartpoint snack ideas Not bad considering that I’ve travelled almost every weeks since the start. I find that when I’m travelling, it’s hard to stay on the program because most of my favorite SmartPoints snacks are in my pantry at home.

Since I don’t have any upcoming conferences to attend, I’m hoping that I can stick to the Weight Watchers SmartPoints plan and see some more weight come off. To do that, I need to have a good plan and a pantry full of smart SmartPoints food and snack choices. This way I can grab what I want without much thought. Here’s what I stocked my pantry with this week.

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Zero SmartPoint Snack Ideas

Finding zero SmartPoint snacks isn’t hard if you like fruit and sugar-free jello. The good news is that no sugar added fruit in a can orzero smartpoint snacks cup is also zero SmartPoints according to my Weight Watchers app scanner. I keep these in my desk at work, so I’m not tempted by the goodies in the office.
I often freeze my fruit or make Yonanas  as a special treat at night instead of opting for ice cream. Add a little whip cream and it’s a nice alternative. Frozen fruit is also good by itself. I hear some folks on the Weight Watcher’s boards and community poo poo people for counting Yonanas as zero SmartPoints. The Weight Watchers information that I received said you count them in recipes and smoothies. Well… since technically I’m not mixing or juicing my fruit, I count it as zero Smart Points. Afterall, I didn’t get to the weight I’m at because I eat too much fruit.

One SmartPoint Snack Ideas

I find one SmartPoint snacks harder to find than zero SmartPoint snacks to be honest. one smartpoint snacksMy favorite one SmartPoint snacks include lite whipped topping, PB2 reconstituted with water or right out of the jar, Mini Mallow Bits and Sugar-free Werther’s Orignals. Be careful with the sugar-free candies, though. I found myself with a mega stomach ache after I ate 5 in a row. Ugh. Now I only eat maybe one every other day or so.

I keep a tub of whipped topping in my freezer. At only one Smart point per two tablespoons, it substitutes well for ice cream. Just don’t eat the whole tub!

I didn’t show a picture of my Sara Lee 45 calorie bread because I’m currently out of it. I love it and recommend it as a quick snack, which is why I need to go back to the store and get some!

Two SmartPoints Snack Ideas

Once you start getting into the 2+ SmartPoints snacks, things start to look a little brighter in snack land.two smartpoints snacks My favorites so far are Jacklinks jerky, Sugar-free pudding, Werther’s Originals caramel filled (2 pieces), Non-fat Greek vanilla yogurt (Kroger brand) and Premier Protein.

I’ll admit that Premier Protein is my all time favorite SmartPoints food/drink item because I use it in everything. It makes a great coffee creamer in hot coffee or an iced latte. It also makes a great protein shake right out of the box, or you can blend it with ice and pretend it’s a milkshake.

I keep beef jerky in my purse along with gum in case I’m stranded in a meeting at work and need something to tide me over until lunch or dinner. It’s the perfect portable snack with the exception of its sodium content. Drink plenty of water to get that salt out of your system and don’t eat too many pieces.

Three SmartPoints Snack Ideas

Once you get into the three SmartPoints snack category you see things like chips and candy appear.three smartpoints snacks I like flat pretzels with a little bit of cream cheese on them as well as the Veggie Pop Chips. The sugar-free oatmeal from Walmart helps satisfy a sweet tooth as well as the unsweetened applesauce and sugar-free Red Vines. Again, you want to be careful with too much artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols. They can affect your stomach as well as give you headaches. I know this through experience…gross…ouch.

Chobani Simply 100 yogurt makes a great frozen yogurt treat. I throw mine in the freezer and then let it slightly defrost before I dig in. I’m sucker for whipped topping so of course it goes on top.

More SmartPoints Snack Ideas

Obviously, the higher the SmartPoint values your willing to spend, the greater your selection. Here are a smartpoints snack ideasfew of my favorite snacks that are greater than three SmartPoints.

  • Think Thin Protein Bites (6 SmartPoints) – These little chocolate pieces are not exactly like candy, but they’re still good! You can have eight pieces for six SmartPoints. I usually have one for One SmartPoint.
  • Whole Cashews (5 SmartPoints)- I’ll admit, I was shocked when I saw that I could have 23 cashews for five SmartPoints. I was expecting the SmartPoints value to be much higher.
  • Fiber one 90 Calorie Brownies (4 SmartPoints) – My old Points Plus favorite got a bump in SmartPoints coming in at four SmartPoints per brownie. That’s still better than the restaurant brand and I don’t even have to look at my Weight Watcher’s app to tell you that.
  • Lower Sugar Oatmeal  (4 SmartPoints) – Although I prefer my sugar-free oatmeal for only three SmartPoints, I’ll occasionally get the lower sugar oatmeal for the kids. When it’s my only option, I eat it. It helps curb my sweet tooth and keeps me full for a few hours.

The key to being successful on the Weight Watchers SmartPoints program is having low SmartPoints food and snacks ready to go. What snacks do you recommend? I’d love to hear your comments below.

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