Dec 7, 2013

Weight Watchers Update + 28 of my Farovite {2 Points Plus} Weight Watcher Snacks!

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I returned to my Weight Watchers meeting this week after having missed a couple of months of meetings. A few months ago, my local meetings had switched from Thursday nights to Wednesday nights, which didn't work for me. I drove to an out of town meeting a couple of times to weigh-in (a once per month weigh-in is required for lifetime members to continue the program free of charge), but the drive was a bit much considering it was during our family dinnertime. Needless to say, I was SO happy when my local meeting was switched back to Thursday nights, making it much more convenient for me to attend. I realize I'm pretty blessed to have a meeting less than two miles away from my house, and I am planning on taking full advantage of that again!

A little background: I started Weight Watchers back in September 2011. I had some baby weight to lose, and I was desperate for more energy. By December of 2011 I had lost 20 pounds and reached my lifetime goal. I have been in maintenance ever since. In the summer of 2012, I attended water aerobic classes and dropped another 5 pounds. From the Fall of 2012 and into most of 2013 my weight fluctuated a bit, but I was able to keep myself within two pounds of my goal weight. As of today, I am currently 5 pounds above my lifetime goal weight, which is the highest weight I've been since becoming a lifetime member.  Over the course of the year I've let some bad habits creep back in, and it's time to get back on track.

This week's meeting was all about getting into the routine of taking healthy snacks to go. I know how important snacking on-the-go is, especially with two kiddos on board! I never leave the house without a couple of granola bars and some goldfish for when their little tummies start grumbling. Over the past couple of years with Weight Watchers, I've learned how important snacking is for me as well. Going hours without eating is bad news because it usually backfires and causes me to overeat when I finally sit down for a meal. On the other hand, snacking throughout the day helps to keep me satisfied and mentally ready to make wise food choices when mealtime rolls around.

The thing I was reminded of tonight, though, is that snacking take preparation. First, I have to think of the snacks that I enjoy. Second, I have to determine how much of those snacks I can have to stay within my healthy point range for the day. Third, I have to add those snacks to my grocery list for the week, ensuring that I'm stocked up on healthy snacks for at home and on-the-go. This was overwhelming to me in the beginning of my journey with Weight Watchers, but over the course of time it became routine. Unfortunately, I've slowly fell out of the routine of planning for healthy snacking-- planning to buy them, planning how much of them to eat, and planning when to eat them.

Weight Watcher Snacks 2 Points PlusIt's time to start planning again.

A while back I started a list of my favorite 2 points plus snacks-- those that satisfy cravings and those that fill me up the most. My personal rule of thumb is not to go over 2 points plus values for two daytime snacks because I like to leave room for a filling dinner and an evening dessert. Of course, I can grab fruit at any time for zero points plus, but often it takes a little more to satisfy a craving or to fill my belly.

Here's my list of 28 Go-To {2 points plus} Weight Watcher snacks:

3 dark chocolate Hershey Kisses

1 slice low calorie bread (toasted) + 1 tablespoon reduced fat cream cheese + 1 teaspoon jam

1 banana + 2 teaspoons peanut butter

1 apple + 1 reduced fat cheese stick

1 boiled egg

3 cups reduced fat microwave popcorn

cucumber slices dipped ranch dip (1/4 cup reduced fat sour cream + 2 teaspoons ranch seasoning mix)

1/4 cup fat free refried beans, 6 baked tortilla chips

1/2 apple drizzled with 1/4 teaspoon honey + 2 teaspoons peanut butter

25 pistachois, in shells

frozen grapes + nonfat Greek yogurt

strawberries drizzled with chocolate (3 melted Hershey Kisses)

rice cake topped with 1 tablespoon hummus

fruit salad (your choice of fruit sprinkled with 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/4 cup whipped cream)

one ingredient ice cream (blended with 2 teaspoons peanut butter 1 tablespoon Biscoff Spread)

1/2 cup Cheerios + 1/2 cup fat free milk + blueberries + a sprinkle of NuStevia

dill pickle spear + 3 slices lean deli meat

22 Special K cracker chips

1 Banana + 1 Tablespoons creamy Biscoff Spread (aka cookie butter!)

10 baked tortilla chips + unlimited fat free salsa

1 Weight Watchers Dark Chocolate Raspberry Bar

1 Cup of Coffee + 1 Tablespoons Sugar + 1 packet of NuStevia + 1/4 cup reduced fat milk

6 Wheat Thins + 1 Laughing Cow wedge

23 Mini Marshmallows + 2 teaspoons Mini Chocolate Chips

10 Almonds

3 Jolly Ranchers

1 Fiber One Brownie

27 Cinnamon Apple Straws

What are your favorite healthy snacks?


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