Most of you already know that I’m a lifetime member of Weight Watchers. If you didn’t catch my post about my weight loss journey and the basics of the program, you can read it here. Since I shared that post, I’ve been happily surprised by how many of you decided to join the program- a few of you have already hit your goal! Even more people have reached out to me expressing interest but not yet committed to joining.
The other day, my friend mentioned she was considering joining the program but she didn’t want to commit until she felt ready. She asked me to share a simple list of foods to stock up on prior to her first meeting. I get it. Starting a program like this can be daunting when you know you’re going to make a major food change but don’t know where to start. With a job, kids, etc. to factor in, I think it’s important to prep!
I put together this quick list of basic items to stock up on before you join Weight Watchers. If you don’t love these items, that’s totally fine. These just happen to be some of my basic mainstays that keep me on track. This will help you get through the first few days of your weight loss journey as you’re learning what points value is associated with each food. These are also great healthy foods to have on hand even if you’re not interested in joining Weight Watchers.
Boneless skinless chicken breasts (to make salsa chicken with)- zero points
More boneless skinless chicken breasts just to have around for dinners
Tuna fish (packed in water)- zero points
Fat free salsa- zero points
Tumaros “Let’s Skip the Sandwich” low carb wraps (these are, according to my research, the most wrap you can get for the lowest amount of points). The 60 calorie ones are only one point. I buy them at Hannaford.
Flatout flatbread light wrap. This is another favorite, it’s only two points per wrap and really big and substantial feeling. I get mine at Hannaford.
Whatever snackable fruits and veggies you prefer. I always stock a bunch of these items:
- Grapes (I try to have one batch washed and ready in the fridge and another in the freezer. Frozen grapes are so good)!
- Baby carrots
- If you like bananas, that’s a great and filling snack option! Unfortunately for me, I hate bananas.
- Spinach (I sautée it in all my egg dishes and add it to all my lunch wraps, as well as use it for my salad base).
Fat free plain Greek yogurt- zero points and it’s our main sauce base as well as our faux “sour cream”. I also love it with fresh berries for a no-prep zero point breakfast.
Eggs (I prefer egg whites, though there is no point difference, so I buy the carton of egg whites)- zero points. Yes- eggs are zero points! Many members hard boil them in advance.
The lowest point milk option you can tolerate (if you take milk in your coffee, or your smoothie, or you just love milk).
Quick milk guide:
- A cup of skim milk is 3 points.
- A cup of 1% is 4 points.
- A cup of 2% is 5 points.
- A cup of fat free half + half is 5 points.
- A cup of unsweetened almond milk is 1 point.
Cheeses. If you’re like me and love cheese, I’ll warn you that most cheese is dangerous on this program! Luckily I’ve found a few super low-point options that will help you get your fix without breaking the point bank:
- Kraft Fat free shredded mozzarella cheese- 1/4 cup is zero points!
- Sargento Ultra Thin Baby Swiss Cheese- a slice is one point (be aware that two slices is three points, though- that’s how the calculation works sometimes).
- Laughing cow cheese wedges (they’re all one point each except the original Swiss, which is two).
- Weight Watchers brand string cheese- one piece is one point.
Desserts! If you’re like me, you can’t be successful on a diet without some great sweet items. My favorite low point options that I always have on hand.
- Better n Peanut Butter Peanut Spread. I’ve got this listed in the dessert section because aside from sometimes eating it with apples, that’s usually how I’ll eat it. It’s amazing blended with Fat Free Cool Whip (just mixed aggressively with a spoon. Frozen it becomes like ice cream. I’m not exaggerating here). Two tablespoons is three points. Skippy is double the points, just for reference. I buy mine on Amazon because I don’t know of any local stockists.
- Sugar free Jello pudding cups (a snack cup is only two points- but make sure it’s the sugar free one. The fat free only one is five points)!
- Fat free Cool Whip (five tablespoons is only one point)!
With all this said, Weight Watchers does sell their own food, and I often purchase it from my meeting location. Some of my favorite items are the BBQ chips and the chocolate peanut butter bars (I like mine rough chopped over a bowl of Cool Whip).
Remember that when you join, you’ll get access to the app with a search bar and a barcode scanner of pretty much every single sellable item in the universe. The first few weeks, plan on spending a little extra time in the aisles staking out items to see which make the most sense for you.
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