I’ve been doing Weight Watchers again, trying to get rid of that pesky 10 pounds that seems to have crept back on over the last year, and although their recent “points” value change had me flustered at first, it’s going pretty well. The point values for some of my old standby foods went up, so I’ve had to find some new favorites to get me through the tough days. Today I’m sharing six low point-value foods that I’ve grown to love.
- Chick-Fil-A Grilled Nuggets and Fruit (2 points)— You know I’m not going to give up Chick-Fil-A! Since the Chick-Fil-A fruit cup is zero points (any size), ordering that instead of fries saves a ton of points. The regular chicken nuggets are not too bad at 6 points, but the 8-piece grilled nuggets are only 2 points! That means you can get an entire meal (grilled nuggets, fruit, and a diet soda or water) for only 2 points. Is it as delicious as the other Chick Fil A items? No, obviously not, but when you’re super busy and have very few points left in the day, you can solve the lunch or dinner problem with a quick trip through the drive-thru!
- Freeze Dried Raspberries (1 point) — Raspberries have a decent amount of fiber because of the seeds, and I like that I can keep the freeze-dried ones in my desk drawer at school. No fridge needed! When I want something sweet, I can have a few of these instead of raiding the stash of chocolate I keep to bribe students. I got mine at Target, and the entire bag was listed as one serving, but I can eat maybe a 1/4 of that in one sitting, if not less, because they are so sweet. A handful of these is about 1 point, and they satisfy my sweet tooth.
- Beef Jerky / Pork Jerky / Turkey Jerky (2 points) — You probably wouldn’t automatically think of jerky as a low-calorie food, but it actually is! Plus, it has a ton of protein and is usually low in fat, so a serving is typically only 2 points. If I have this for a snack, I don’t get hungry for awhile, so it’s a perfect afternoon snack for when I’m starving after school. My current favorite brand is Lorissa’s Kitchen, which I am obsessed with after doing a post about it. They have the most unique flavors, and it’s a little softer than a typical jerky. If you like turkey jerkey (unfortunately I don’t) you can save even more points because it’s even lower in calories and fat.
- Natural Applesauce Single-Serving Cups (0 points) — Again, I got hooked on these after doing a blog post about them, but they are a zero point item as long as you get the natural (no sugar added) ones. (I think those taste better anyway.) I toss one of these in my lunch as a “dessert” without adding any points, and I have one every single day!
- Berries and Whipped Cream (3 points) — This is the only one that requires preparation, but I promise, it’s minimal! Cut up some berries (strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries work well), and add about 6 T non-dairy low-fat whip. Mix it all up so the berry juice gets combined into the whipped cream, and eat it like ice cream! The berries are 0 points, and the whipped cream is 3 points for 6 T, so the whole thing is only 3 points.
- Chocolate-Covered Frozen Banana (4-6 points) — These are slightly higher in points, but it’s chocolate so totally worth it to me. The box says 4 points, but when I plug in the calories and such into Weight Watchers, I get 6 points, probably because of the new point values. Le sigh. But still, they are like an ice-cream bar to me, and they are individually packaged so you can’t go overboard. I may have them for breakfast from time to time, because there is a banana inside so it’s breakfast-y enough.