Snack Attack!

Yesterday I had another Weight Watchers meeting and I learned something valuable that I thought you may also find beneficial.

Do you know what a snack is?

A snack is a small amount of food eaten between meals, and essentially is something to get you from point A to point B. It’s your mid-morning and afternoon tiny meal between breakfast and lunch. And when you’re changing your habits to a healthier lifestyle it means trying to eat something healthy (i.e. fruits, veggies, nuts, something with high fiber, etc.)

What a snack is not is ice cream, chips (yum!), chocolate, etc. Those are treats, and while they may calm your craving, they won’t actually fill you up, they’ll just make you hungrier in the long run.

I know, I know, all of that is so much easier than to talk about than actually act upon, but instead of reaching for that Hershey’s bar or a bag of sour cream and onion chips (or *ahem* an ice cream cone from Sonic in the middle of the afternoon), I’m going to try to nix the bad habits in between meals.

But who says a snack can’t be a treat? Here are a few easy switches the next time my tummy starts making that gurgling feeling:

Instead of this (8 WW points for the bag):

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pick this yummy edamame with a little salt, lemon, and pepper! (1 WW point for one cup):

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Instead of this McDonald’s Hot Fudge Sundae (7 WW points):
sundae.gifchoose this Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich (2 WW points):
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and instead of these (around 5 WW points)…
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Make these Black Bean Brownies (2 WW points):

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What’s your favorite healthy snack? Happy snacking!

(P.S. I lost 2.2 pounds this past week!)

*Weight Watcher point values from Dottie’s Weight Loss Zone and WW’s eTools

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