7 Smart and Easy WW (Weight Watchers) Snack Ideas

Easy Diet-Friendly Snack Ideas to Keep Your SmartPoints on Track

Weight Watchers snack ideas
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WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers) snacks are a key part of the popular diet program's success. When you join WW, no foods are off-limits so you can choose to eat whatever you want between meals. But if you want to slim down effectively and maintain your weight, you'll use approved WW snack ideas and keep your SmartPoints values in line. 

Picking Your Best Snack

While you're on the WW program, you should calculate SmartPoints for your snacks and meals. You don't bother with fat grams or calories. "The SmartPoints plan makes healthier eating simple by translating complex nutritional information into one simple number," says Laura Smith, Product and Food Program Innovation Manager at WW.

Smith explains that each member has a daily SmartPoints target personalized to their weight, height, gender, and age. "We encourage members to plan for snacks to fit into their daily SmartPoints target goal."

The specific formula for calculating SmartPoints values is available to members when they join. In general, snacks that are packed with good nutrition and low in empty calories are the best snacks for WW. "The new plan nudges members toward a pattern of eating that includes more lean protein, fruits and vegetables, less sugar, and less saturated fat."

  • Foods with higher amounts of sugar and saturated fats have higher SmartPoints values.  
  • Foods with higher amounts of protein have lower SmartPoints values. 
  • Many lean proteins like chicken and seafood are lower in SmartPoints values.
  • Sweet treats like muffins, cookies, and sugar-sweetened beverages are higher in SmartPoints. 
  • All fresh fruits and most vegetables are zero SmartPoints.

7 Snack Ideas

While you're on the WW Program, you can purchase snacks through the program or you can make your own. As you might expect, when you prepare your own snacks, you can save some money. But sometimes, the bars and treats provided by the company are the most convenient way to keep your diet on track.

If you're looking for the best WW snacks, consider these choices recommended by Smith:

  • Chocolate Pretzel Blast Mini Bar (2 SmartPoints). Smith says this treat is best for dieters with a sweet tooth. You can purchase them at a Weight Watchers meeting or online and you don't have to be a member of Weight Watchers to buy them. 
  • Sweet and Salty Toffee Twist Snack Bar (4 SmartPoints). If you like sweet treats but still enjoy a salty, crunchy treat at snack time, this bar might be best for you. Crunchy snacks and minibars like these are fan favorites. You can buy them on Amazon.com, at the Weight Watcher site, or in meetings. 
  • Hummus Snack Packs (3 SmartPoints). This grab-and-go option comes with protein crackers so you get 8 grams of protein in each serving. And you can choose either a classic hummus flavor or a roasted red pepper style hummus for an extra kick.
  • Air-popped Popcorn (2 SmartPoints per 2-cup serving). If you prefer to make your own snacks at home, popcorn is one of the best Weight Watchers snacks. Air-popped popcorn is simple, convenient, and easy to carry. And if you don't like plain popcorn, Smith recommends that you flavor it with a bit of coconut oil, sugar and cinnamon, or go savory with lime juice and chili powder to taste.
  • Mini Packs of Peanut Butter or Almond Butter (6 SmartPoints). Many healthy eaters love peanut butter, but it's easy to eat too much of it. So pre-portioned packs of nut butter are perfect WW snacks. Brands like Justin's provide mini packs that are easy to carry and provide just the right amount. 
  • Freeze-dried Fruit (1-2 SmartPoints per 1/4 cup serving). According to Smith, freeze-dried fruit can satisfy a sweet tooth and need for crunch. Eat a handful alone or sprinkle it on top of oatmeal or plain non-fat Greek yogurt for a heartier, flavorful snack. But she recommends that you steer clear of brands that have added sugar in the ingredient list. 
  • Homemade Ice Pops (2 SmartPoints per serving). This snack idea is perfect on a hot summer day when you need a refreshing snack. Smith recommends the recipe for Raspberry Yogurt Pops in the Weight Watchers Family Meals cookbook. Or you can make up your own recipe. Blend 2 cups fruit of your choice like banana, strawberries, and peaches in a food processor with ¼ cup of unsweetened almond milk, pour into ice pop molds and freeze for at least 4 hours. According to Smith, "you’ll have a refreshing snack easy to grab when you need it that doesn’t have added sugar or preservatives."

Satisfy Every Craving

Most people—and certainly most dieters—crave a certain type of food. Perhaps you have a sweet tooth. Or maybe you just can't say no to baked goods or crunchy salty snacks. It's smart to have a go-to WW-friendly snack that you can make that keeps your program on track. 

Here are different types of WW snacks to satisfy your specific tastes:

Crunchy WW snacks: Try Crispy Italian Wontons for flavor and crunch. The WW recipe is just 2 SmartPoints per serving. Or try crispy French fries made with veggie sticks (choose from a variety of vegetables). If you love traditional French fries made with russet potatoes, use a Crispy Baked Fries recipe to make a nutritious snack with less fat. 

Savory WW snacks: Nothing is more deliciously savory than loaded potato skins. How about trying Pepperoni Pizza Potato Skins? The WW snack recipe is just 8 SmartPoints per serving. If you like spinach, try a Low-Calorie Potato Skins recipe that is cheesy and nutritious. 

Sweet WW snacks: Yes, it's true. You can enjoy sweet and yummy cookies while you're on the WW diet. Try their Chocolate Chile Cookies for just 3 SmartPoints per serving. Or bake a batch of Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies for the same number of points. Craving peanut butter? Try a Skillet Peanut Butter Cinnamon Spice Cookie that is made with blood-sugar-lowering cinnamon.

Salty WW snacks: Who doesn't love Beef Nachos? Try the WW recipe for 3 SmartPoints per serving. Or try a Low-Carb Nachos Recipe that uses veggie chips instead of tortillas.

Optimal Portions

There is no recommended number of snacks to eat each day when you're on the Weight Watchers program. "Members are encouraged to eat in a way that works for them," says Smith. So you should create a snack plan that works with your lifestyle and your schedule.

"Many members choose to incorporate snacks in-between meals, such as fruits or veggies with a healthy fat or protein like a few nuts or seeds, hummus or low-fat or fat-free cheese, and occasionally a small post-dinner treat. We also work with our members to encourage small behavioral changes that they can use to stay on track throughout the day."

Smith says that planning and prepping snacks ahead of time is an important skill for dieters to learn.

So, what snacks does Smith use when she needs a quick bite? "I always turn to fruits and vegetables first as they’re full of nutrients like vitamins and minerals, naturally-occurring sugars, and they’re zero SmartPoints."

She uses those foods as a base and then adds toppings or sides that are also full of nutrition, such as peanut butter, skim or low-fat cheese, hummus, or hardboiled eggs. This combination helps to make the snack feel more substantial. 

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