You know the after-lunchtime feeling that kicks in around 3:00 pm just about every day: You need something to munch on—and you need it now. Luckily, a well-planned snack can effectively hold you over until dinner. Because, let’s face it: Some days, the stretch between these two meals is just too long.
Worried that eating snacks throughout the day may slow down your weight loss efforts? Don’t be! In fact, it could help keep you on track. Here’s why: If you wait too long to eat and get to the point where your stomach growls and head pounds, you may be more inclined to reach for the first food you see. While you can totally include your co-worker’s cookies or a leftover slice of pizza into your WW Freestyle™ SmartPoints® Budget, keeping planned snacks on hand could help you save dailies (and room!) for dinner.
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Still, the question remains: Which foods should you reach for? On WW Freestyle, that’s your call. The program gives you the freedom to cater to your own tastes and nosh on whatever you want. Even better, it makes snacking easier than ever thanks to more than 200 ZeroPoint® foods, which you don’t have to measure or track since they’re unlikely to be overeaten. From unsweetened applesauce and hardboiled eggs to non-fat yogurt and chicken breast, you can easily fill up on these foods.
Have a particular itch that needs to be scratched? These snacks will satisfy you regardless of what you feel like eating:
If you’re in the mood for something salty:
Oil-popped popcorn with salt (2 SmartPoints value for 1 cup)
Snyder’s of Hanover Mini Pretzels (3 SmartPoints value for 20 pretzels)
Roasted peanuts with salt (4 SmartPoints for 1/4 cup)
If you’re in the mood for something crunchy:
WW Sea Salt Hummus Crisps (2 SmartPoints for 1 pouch)
Sliced almonds (4 SmartPoints for 1/4 cup)
Fresh veggie sticks, like celery, carrots, and radish (0 SmartPoints)
Biena Honey Roasted Chickpea Snacks (3 SmartPoints for 1/4 cup)
If you’re in the mood for something cheesy:
Fat-free cottage cheese (3 SmartPoints for 1 cup)
Annie’s Homegrown Cheddar Squares Baked Cheese Crackers (4 SmartPoints for 27 crackers)
Frigo Cheese Heads Light String Cheese (1 SmartPoints for one stick)
Whisps Parmesan Cheese Crisps (3 SmartPoints for 15 crisps)
If you’re in the mood for something sweet:
Dole Mandarin Oranges Fruit bowl, no sugar added (0 SmartPoints, 1 bowl)
KIND Minis Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Bar (4 SmartPoints, 1 bar)
Apple slices with peanut butter (3 SmartPoints for 1 Tbsp. spread)
Nonfat plain Greek yogurt with berries (0 SmartPoints)