Snacking is crucial for weight loss. When you have a healthy snack in between meals, your metabolism keeps running smoothly, and you’re less likely to overeat at meals. If you’re exercising regularly as part of your weight-loss regimen, snacking is especially important, since it gives your body fuel for your workouts.
Not all snacks are created equal, however. In general, you should avoid store-bought snacks whenever possible. You can make healthier versions of your favorite munchies and keep them at home to nosh on when you’re hungry. Whether you have a salty, sweet, or savory tooth, we can show you how to modify your go-to snacks to be better for you. Here are 50 snack swaps for faster weight loss. We’ve included the Weight Watchers SmartPoints for each recipe.
Chips & Dip:
1. Beet Chips with Tzatziki Dipping Sauce (6 points)
Beets have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, making them a great weight-loss food. Bake them into chips and dip them in protein-rich tzatziki for a balanced snack.
2. 3-Ingredient Parmesan Kale Chips (2 points)
Kale chips are the classic veggie chip. They’re deliciously crunchy and packed with vitamin K, vitamin C, fiber, and calcium.
3. Baked Parmesan Butternut Chips (5 points)
If you like cheesy chips, these baked Parmesan butternut chips are for you. They also have serious health benefits, thanks to the squash, olive oil, and cayenne pepper.
4. Easy Whole-Grain Pita Chips (3 points)
Pita chips are tasty, but don’t have much nutritional value. These easy whole-grain pita chips have fiber from the whole-grain pita and healthy fats from the olive oil.
5. Chili Lime Spiced Pumpkin Seeds (6 points)
You don’t have to wait for Halloween to enjoy pumpkin seeds! These chili lime spiced pumpkin seeds are so good you’ll crave them all year long.
6. Weight Watchers Everything Dip (5 points)
This Weight Watchers everything dip is great with fresh veggies. It has plenty of protein from the Greek yogurt and the walnuts, so you’ll stay full until your next meal.
7. Tex-Mex Salsa (3 points)
Packaged salsas often have added sugar. This Tex-Mex salsa only uses real, whole ingredients, making it a guilt-free dip.
8. Pineapple and Peach Salsa with Mint (-1 point)
This pineapple and peach salsa with mint has less than 1 SmartPoint! It’s also full of antioxidants and vitamins, so snack away!
9. Creamy Avocado & Spinach Dip (6 points)
Creamy dips don’t usually make good weight-loss snacks, but this one does! The fiber, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids in the avocado are essential for fat loss.
10. Classic Guacamole (2 points)
Our classic guacamole is delicious with tacos, burritos, or homemade chips. It’s also good for you, thanks to antioxidant-rich spices and uber-healthy avocado.