My favorite part about Weight Watchers is that I literally eat WHATEVER I WANT. There are no foods or food groups that are off limits, which is great for me because to be honest, I stray far from a lot of the traditional “diet foods.” I eat a lot of carbs, a lot of healthy fat, and an adequate amount of protein – but not very much meat. While I am not a vegetarian, I tend to lean more towards a plant based diet when I am at home for no reason other than I just don’t really like cooking meat and I don’t love the taste of a lot of it. That being said, one of my long-term goals that I strive towards every day is to eat more fruits and vegetables. I love the sheer volume of these foods that you can eat for such a small amount of calories. Additionally, they fill you up, keep you satisfied and make you feel GOOD. Best of all, fruits and veggies are ZERO smart points so you can eat an unlimited amount of them on WW.
Probably the only advantage about having a lot of weight to lose is that I get a decent amount of smart points to work with. I know a lot of people following the WW plan only get 30 sp per day so I am enjoying the 48 points I get while I can! For those who aren’t familiar with WW, your daily points allotment is calculated by a formula based off of gender, height, weight and activity level – so as you lose weight your points go down. I started at 51 points and am down to 48 after losing 30 pounds, so it’s probably safe to guesstimate that they go down by about 1 point for every 10 pounds you lose, with a minimum daily total of 30. The smart points value of food is calculated based on the calories, saturated fat, sugar and protein content of the food.
My work schedule doesn’t allow for a lot of snacking throughout the day, so I tend to divide my points up as follows: 13-15 for breakfast (depending on if I have coffee), 12-15 for lunch, and 18-22 for dinner and any snacks or unplanned food/drinks I may have throughout the day.
Breakfast is pretty much the exact same thing every single day: two pieces of avocado toast with goat cheese for a total of 13 sp. I use a locally made multi-grain flax bread from a place called Bay Bread (7 sp for 2 slices), one small avocado, (5 sp) and a couple tablespoons of crumbled goat cheese (1 sp).
Lunch has to be something that can be easily packed and taken to work, and my current trend has been to pack a bit of a smorgasbord of food. I love eating some sort of combination of hard boiled eggs (4 sp for 2 eggs), string cheese (1-3 sp depending on the brand), fruit, granola bars (4-8 sp), nuts (6 sp), yogurt (2-4 sp), crackers (3 sp), and hummus (2-3 sp) with veggies. I also enjoy an Amys frozen meal (13-15 sp) on occasion (once a week or so) that I will pack with fruit.
When I am feeling ambitious I will actually cook something to eat throughout the week for lunches, such a veggie pizza (10 sp per slice) or some sort of pasta (10-13 sp). I’ll pack these up with fruit, string cheese and/or a couple of hard boiled eggs.
As I mentioned previously, I don’t really do a ton of snacking but when I do I try to eat fruit, hard boiled eggs, a protein bar, nuts, etc. Below you can see a picture of my “snack basket” which has a lot of my favorite bars that range from 4 to 8 sp each. I also LOVE to make huge fruit smoothies with frozen fruit, a ton of fresh spinach, and 1/2 cup of orange juice. My favorite fruit combos for smoothies are banana/pear/pineapple and banana/blueberry/grape. Technically, you are supposed to count the points from fruits and veggies when they are blended into drinks but I’ll be honest – I don’t count them. Since the only ingredient I actually track is the orange juice, that makes these delicious smoothies a grand total of 3 sp.
For dinner, my favorite thing to make lately is homemade vegetarian sushi. OMG, it is so good. I use 1/2 cup of sushi rice (9 sp) and 2 sheets of nori to make 2 rolls. If you use all veggies for the filling you could keep these rolls as low as 9 sp for 2 rolls, but I love to include avocado (2 sp) and cream cheese (4 sp) in mine as well. Sweet potato (3 sp) is another favorite of mine to include, along with shredded carrot, cucumber, lettuce, and anything else I feel like throwing in. The rolls below are the ones I made last night and they were SO GOOD. They had avocado, sweet potato, cream cheese and carrot, and of course some spicy mayo on the side.
I also try to make fish once every couple weeks. My current favorite is this wild-caught Alaskan salmon I purchase frozen in individual 5 oz packages from a place called Lucky’s Market. I typically like to eat it with potatoes and veggies. The plate below is 14 smart points – 4 sp for the salmon, 6 sp for the potatoes (8 ounces) and 4 sp for the tablespoon of olive oil I used to prepare the food.
Other things I like to make for dinner include tacos with ground turkey, soup, breakfast for dinner (usually eggs, potatoes and fruit), pasta with veggies, and vegetarian burrito bowls.
I hope you enjoyed this snapshot of the foods I have been enjoying lately since I started Weight Watchers! Please let me know any other food-related posts you’d like to see. I am planning on doing some full day of eating posts (What I Eat In A Day) as well as some restaurant focused food posts, with tips on calculating points when you are eating out.
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