6 Snacks that are Low in Weight Watchers Smart Points

It’s hard to find snacks that are low in smart points. 6 low smart points snacksAs a busy mom, I’m always on the hunt for more low smartpoint ready to eat snacks and foods. After all, holding down three jobs and running the kids back and forth to their gazillion activities takes a toll on this gal’s body and energy level. If I’m going to be successful on the new Weight Watchers SmartPoints™ plan, I’d better plan ahead and have things ready to grab when the snack monster in me comes out. If you’re like me, you need convenience then here are some low smartpoints finds that I’ve been testing out this week.

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Werther’s Original = 1-2 Smart Pointswertheroriginalssugarfree

I love Werther’s Originals, so when I found these sugar free ones at my local Dollar Tree, I had to give them a try. I didn’t notice much difference in taste between the sugar free ones and the original versions at first. Then, I ate too many and ended up in the bathroom 🙁  So, if you’re going to have these stick to just a few. Otherwise, you won’t be happy with the results. The chewy caramels are 4 smart points for 6 pieces, but you might want to stick with just 2 pieces for 3 smart points. The mini hard candies are 1 smart points for 5 pieces. I throw these in my purse for when I’m out and about and need a sweet treat.

Mama Chia Granola (Vanilla flavor) = 4 Smart Points for 1/2 cup

Mama Chia Granola makes a great ready to eat smart point snack. I personally like to add it to yogurt and fruit for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack. You can also pour almond milk in it for a very tasty breakfast, but of course…I love my protein drink. So this bag of granola will have to be tossed into my desk at work for my afternoon snack fix.

 Stauffer’s Original Animal Crackers = 4 Smart Points for 16 cookies

I’m a sucker when it comes to cookies. Frosted animal cookies are my favorite, but their smart points values are way too high. I prefer to have 8 unfrosted Stauffer’s Original Animal Crackers  for 2 smart points. Mixed in with bananas and a little sugar free vanilla pudding, and you’ve got yourself low smart points bananna pudding! So yummy!

 

Weight Watchers Chocolate Snack Bars = 2-4 Smart Points Each

Right now you can get a discount on Weight Watchers snack bars. Use code CHOCOLOVE to get select chocolate products 2 for $12. This is probably a Valendtine’s Day promotion. If you get to $75, then shipping is free. Obviously, you’ll want to purchase the $7.95 items because that’s where the savings come in. You’ll save $1.95 off each box. I don’t think you can combine the Ebates discount on this deal. I’m going to grab a few boxes because they don’t go on sale often.

Weight Watchers Chips = 2 Smart Points

I’ll admit, I’m addicted to crunchy chips and snacks. Weight Watchers makes is super easy to stay on plan with their ready to go snack packs. They’re not cheap! But, if you’re looking for quick easy to grab snacks, then you can’t go wrong. I’ve loved every snack I’ve tried from their line.

Weight Watchers Cafe Creations = 0 Smart Points

A lot of my friends rave about the Weight Watchers Cafe Creations. I wonder if you deprive yourself…if everything low smart points starts to taste fantastic? These are pretty decent for zero smart points. You can add it to your coffee, almond milk or yogurt for variety.

What are your favorite low smart point snacks? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

5 Low SmartPoints™ Foods and Recipes

My first week on the new Weight Watchers SmartPoints™ plan went great! I said goodbye to four pounds…yay!

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If you’re on the new Weight Watchers SmartPoints™ plan and want a buddy to come along side you during your journey, you can connect with me on your Weight Watchers app as @onebadasslife. You can also find me on Facebook where I tend to post updates on yummy foods that have low smart points. I don’t have a ton of time so I try to find things that are easy to put together and make a great snack or meal.

This week I’m sharing my favorite low smart point finds that helped me lose weight this week. Oh and by the way…if you’re thinking about joining Weight Watchers this week, you can use my Ebates referral link to get the best deal. You get $8 cash back + $10 gift card +what ever the going special is for Weight Watchers. If anyone finds a better deal…please let me know! I’m always on the hunt for great deals! In the mean time, here are my top 10 favorite smart point foods and recipes:

Premier Protein Drink – 2 SmartPoints™

smartpoints premier proteinI couldn’t believe that my favorite breakfast drink is only two SmartPoints™ when I scanned it in my Weight Watchers app. You should’ve seen my happy dance! Not only does it make a quick breakfast, but it also replaced my coffee creamer. Yup…my old favorite uses up two SmartPoints™ per tablespoon and I just couldn’t justify using four SmartPoints™ for coffee in the morning. So I switched to chocolate and vanilla Premier Protein Drink.

Even if I use ½ the carton my drink is still only one smart point! Give it a try – it’s worth the switch. Plus you get 30g of protein in each carton. You can get it at your grocery store or online. I buy mine from SamsClub and Walmart. Oh…and if you have Walmart grocery, you can get $10 free by using my referral link.

Starkist Tuna Deli Style – 2 SmartPoints™

I love this Tuna pouch so much that I wrote Startkist to tell them never to discontinue it! smartpoints tunaI don’t do this often, but when I find something that’s amazing, I can’t help myself. My family loves this and I love that I can eat it right out of the pouch without any prep! It’s fast and easy.

The best price that I’ve found on this is .97 each from Walmart. I’ll typically order online and pick up because sometimes it’s out of stock in the store. This tuna on opchips or 45 calorie Sara Lee bread (1 smart point per slice) makes a filling meal or snack.

Sara Lee Delightful 45 Calorie Bread – 1 SmartPoints™

smartpoints breadI found this one smart point bread at Sams Club. It comes in a two-pack for under $5. The jalapeno cheese wedge from Laughing Cow makes this a yummy low smart point breakfast or afternoon snack. I’ve also made tuna melts with it by adding Starkist Deli Tuna and 1 Tbsp of cheese. Another favorite of mine includes 1Tbsp of peanut butter topped with bananas. So good!

Egg Whites – 0 – 1 SmartPoints™

smartpoints eggEgg Whites are 0 smart points for 1 or 1 smart points for 3. I cook them for breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner! When I add 1 oz of ham and 1 Tbsp of cheese, I get a low smart point meal for only 2 smart points!

DelMonte No Sugar Added Fruit – 0 SmartPoints™

smartpoints pearsI found these at my local Dollar Tree, but I’m sure you can find them at the grocery store. My Dollar Tree had no sugar pears and mangos and both flavors are pretty good especially for zero smart points!

What are your favorite low smart points recipes, foods or snacks? Let me know in the comments below!

Post Holiday Detox Foods

If you’re anything like me, you’ve thrown out your weight watchers plan for a night (or week) of holiday food munching. detox foodsYou’ve eaten licorice, popcorn, hot dogs and cake and are feeling pretty crappy and bloated. After years of being on every diet around, I’ve yet to conquer the holidays. It’s time for a little bit of grace, post-holiday detox foods and a plan to get back on track. According to Web MD, detox foods can help you clear out your pipes and jump-start your body.

Detox Foods

Since I’m not a health expert, you’ll want to check with your doctor before starting any diet or health program. Always drink plenty of water and ensure your detox foods are clean and prepared per the USDA standards.

The combination of detox foods along with my resolve to eliminate processed foods for the week helps me quickly drop 2-3 pounds in a matter of days. A lot of the weight is water weight, as my body no longer wants to hold on to excess water and doesn’t have to work as hard to process the good food that I eat. A focused week of healthy eating usually does the trick to getting me back in the swing of following my weight watchers plan.

Here’s my list of detox foods for the week.

Drinks

  • Water – I prefer filtered water over Phoenix water any day. I use reverse osmosis to filter out the crap and provide my family with water that doesn’t taste like it came from a hose. I like to add a slice of lemon, orange or other fruit to infuse the water with a bit of flavor.
  • Lemon Water – Squeeze a slice of lemon into a cup of warm water first thing in the morning to prepare my digestive system.
  • Green Tea – Green tea is the least processed tea and provides antioxidants.
  • Green Juice – I start my day off with a small glass of green juice. I use my Omega juicer and add spinach, a couple slices of green apple and lemon, ¼ cucumber, parsley and a teaspoon of fresh ginger.

Vegetables

  • Salad
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Sweet potato
    Honestly, the more vegetables I eat, the better my week goes. I put any vegetable that I like to eat on my detox food list regardless of their detox properties.

Fruits

  • Oranges
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Berries
  • Pineapple
  • Lemon
  • Strawberries
  • Mangos
    Primarily foods that are high in antioxidants, like vitamin C, can help improve liver function. I try to buy organic when possible. Otherwise, I peel and wash everything.

Nuts

  • Almonds
  • Cashews

Protein

  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Chicken

Grains

  • Brown rice
  • Zucchini (Used instead of grains and noodles)

Dairy

  • Almond milk
  • Organic milk

I realize that many detox diets don’t allow foods like tuna, oranges, grapes and tomatoes. If you’re following a special diet, then stick with what works for you. This list is what works for me, and everyone is different.

The magic of my post-holiday detox foods list is more about what I’m not putting in my body rather than what I am. Obviously healthy foods are the key to losing weight, but eliminating as much processed food as possible is what really helps me drop the holiday weight gain and gain the momentum to keep going strong.

What are your favorite detox foods? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.