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When it comes to maintaining a healthy diet, snacking can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, snacking can help keep hunger at bay and prevent overeating during meals. On the other hand, snacking on unhealthy foods can quickly add up in terms of calories, fat, and sugar. To strike a balance, having quick and healthy snacks on hand is essential.
One of the biggest challenges of sticking to a healthy diet is managing hunger. When we let ourselves get too hungry, we're more likely to reach for whatever food is available, regardless of its nutritional value. This can lead to binge eating, which can derail our weight loss or healthy eating goals.
Having healthy snacks readily available can help prevent this scenario. By having a selection of quick and easy snacks on hand, we can satisfy our hunger without resorting to unhealthy options. Examples of healthy snacks include fresh fruit, cut vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
In addition to helping with hunger management, healthy snacks can also provide important nutrients and energy throughout the day. For example, a handful of almonds can provide a boost of protein and healthy fats, while an apple can provide fiber and vitamin C.
This list of low point ww snacks will keep you on track and help prevent binge eating.
If you’re not familiar with PB2, it is a lower-calorie version of peanut butter and will save you a lot of points. Mix the powder with a few tablespoon of water, until you have the consistency you like. Use it as a dip for your apple slices, and you have a quick no-cook snack.
Celery with Hummus 1-2 points
Depending on the hummus flavor, 2 tablespoon will be 1-2 points. The celery is just a free way to get the hummus to your mouth. If you want the hummus to go further, mix in some non-fat Greek plain yogurt (0 points) so that you have more volume to work with.
Hard-boiled eggs 0 points
Eggs are a ZeroPoint food, which makes boiled eggs a must for a snack! You could even make a quick version of deviled eggs if you wanted more flavor. Use non-fat Greek yogurt instead of mayo, add some mustard, pickles, and salt and you still have a zero point snack.
Non-Fat Greek Yogurt (flavored) with Berries 5-6 points
One cup of non-fat Greek yogurt - any flavor - will be about 5-6 points. It’s filling and has more protein and less sugar than regular yogurt. Top with berries (a ZeroPoint food), and you’ve got a perfect summer snack.
Oatmeal with Fruit 2 points
This can seem more like a breakfast meal but don’t skip out on oatmeal as a snack. An instant pack of oats is only 2 points and takes 90 seconds in the microwave to cook. Top it with your favorite fruit and you have a high-fiber, low-point snack.
Popcorn 0 points
Because popcorn is corn, it’s a ZeroPoint food. You just have to watch out for the butter. That is where the calories and points add up. Use a silicon popcorn popper so that you can cook the popcorn without any butter or oil. Spray the cooked popcorn with Pam spray and drizzle on some salt. You’ve got the perfect ZeroPoint movie snack.
Weight Watchers Jello Grapes 0 points
If you’re craving something sweet like candy- make these jello grapes. You can prep them in bulk and divide them into Ziploc baggies. Then, all you have to do is grab a bag for a poolside treat.
16 Wheat Thins + ½ cup Fat-Free Cottage Cheese 4 points
If you’re a cracker and cheese type of snacker, this snack is for you. Whole wheat crackers will allow you to have a decent portion (16-20 crackers) for only a few points. Fat-Free cottage cheese is zero points and adds some filling protein to your afternoon snack.
Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters 0 points
Prep these on a Sunday so you have a healthy and delicious snack stored for the week. You’ll love snacking on vegetables with these fritters.
Vegetable Sticks with Non-fat Greek Yogurt 0 points
Non-fat Greek yogurt is a great, zero-point base to make a ranch dip. Just add ½ a packet of ranch seasoning mix and you won’t miss the real ranch dip. It’s thick and creamy and pairs perfectly with crudites.
Banana Almond Butter Toast 4 points
Toast a piece of 45-calorie bread, spread on 1 tablespoon of almond butter, and add a sliced banana. With a dash of cinnamon, it’s the perfect banana almond butter toast. In total, it takes up 4 points. That may leave you enough room to add a few sugar-free chocolate chips.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie 3-4 points
This refreshing smoothie is perfect for any time of year. You only need 6 ingredients and a high-powered blender to whip up this snack in less than 2 minutes. A little tip: use a frozen banana for the perfect smoothie texture.
Who doesn’t love a brownie?! These two-point brownies will curb any chocolate craving and give you some healthy fiber at the same time.
Babybel Light Cheese and Cuties 2 points
Babybel Light Cheese rounds are 1-2 points each, so you could really up the volume on this snack. Fruit is always a ZeroPoint food, and cuties pair perfectly with this cheese.
Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars 3-5 points
If you’re craving an ice cream treat, try Yasso Greek Yogurt bars. They’ll give you the sweet creaminess you want from ice cream, but with all the health benefits of lower sugar, and higher protein. Overall, having quick and healthy snacks on hand is crucial for maintaining a healthy diet. By keeping hunger at bay and providing important nutrients, healthy snacks can help us stay on track with our health goals and avoid binge eating. Use this list to plan your snacks for the week so you can keep the snacking in check! You don’t have to give up snack time just because you’re on a diet. Just keep the snacks aligned with your goals.