My weight loss journey has been a constant uphill battle. I have fluctuated so much, especially over the past 2.5 years. I began my weight loss journey about 7 years ago, losing 60 lbs and was able to keep it off… until grad school. In grad school, I was extremely isolated with long hours and an even longer commute, that I gained 20 lbs back. It wasn’t long after graduation that I broke my foot and have been non-weight bearing for the past 7 months, so running and modo yoga had to stop. So to help me get back on track, I joined Weight Watchers Reimagined, placed into the new myWW green plan, and have been obsessed ever since! I am currently down 15 lbs (and that is with no exercise)!
When I first began my weight loss journey, I spent a lot of time focusing on how my body responds to different types foods and the amount of food I can handle per day. After ALOT of trial and error, I found that my body responds best to protein, carbs, and fruit for cravings, sprinkled over 5-6 small meals per day. Needless to say, I found that the more I eat, the leaner I become.
What has been helping me the most with staying on track and avoiding my mindless eating binges, has been meal prepping my favourite foods into point friendly quick snacks. Anything that is easy for me to grab or quick to put together on the spot, I’m in! So here are some of my all-time favourite point friendly, gluten free snacks. Remember, you can adjust any of the serving sizes to fit your points for the day.
Caramel PB2 Banana Toast: 2 smartpoints
This one is my favourite thing ever! It’s SO yummy, I literally eat it every day for my 3pm snack!
1 Quaker Rice Cake Caramel Corn Flavour (flavour here is key to ultimate deliciousness)
2 tablespoons of Powder Peanut Butter (any brand will work but I have been loving PB2 and normally I will not eat anything that is not Canadian Skippy light) mixed with 1 tablespoon of unsweetened Almond Milk. I prefer mixing the powder peanut butter with almond milk rather than water, as I find it gives the peanut butter a creamier texture and slightly richer flavour, which is what I love about Skippy Light!
1/2 a banana sliced
Cinnamon sprinkled ontop (optional). Cinnamon is great to curb cravings, so I love a little sprinkle when I am having a day where I want to eat everything and anything!
Sweet and Salty Snack boxes: 5 smartpoints
These are so easy to prep and perfect when I need that little fix! These are so easy to customize too, so if my choices don’t tickle your fancy, substitute with your favourite snack (remember you can change the portion sizes of your snacks to fit the amount of points you need)!
2 cups of Skinny Pop Popcorn (I LOVE the butter flavour but I really want to try the white cheddar flavour)
5 Cadbury mini eggs (yes I know, I have a palate of a 5-year-old)
½ cup of Raspberries
Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins: 2 smartpoints per muffin
I adapted this recipe from @wwg4life “1 sp banana muffin” recipe (if you don’t follow her you definitely should, as she has so many great point friendly recipes). I made these for the first-time a few weeks ago and they were a huge hit! They are so moist and so delicious. I love pairing it with my afternoon tea (if your looking for a soothing afternoon tea here is my favourite little friend…just don’t let the jasmine fool you, you can’t even taste it!)
In a blender add
- 3 large extra ripe bananas
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 3 tablespoons of zero calorie granulated sweetener (I use Swerve)
- a pinch of salt
Blend until smooth.
In a separate bowl, mix together
- 1 cup of gluten free flour (I swear by BetterBatter)
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder (omit if you are using a regular self-rising flour)
Add in wet ingredients from the blender and mix until combined.
Fold in 1/4 cup (2 oz) of gluten free Stevia sweetened chocolate chips (I love these)
Once combined, divide into 12 muffins
Bake at 375 for 18 – 20 minutes
These beauties freeze very well and I love to warm them up right before I eat them so the chocolate chips are melted oh-so-deliciously!
Protein Cereal: 6 smartpoints
Before I broke my foot this was my favourite snack to eat before one of my long runs. Now, I eat it every morning as my breakfast, not only because it is delicious, but it keeps me full and satisfied throughout the morning.
1.5 cups of Kay’s Natural Protein Cereal (I love apple cinnamon flavour)
1 tablespoon of protein powder (any protein powder will suffice however, I love Nutrabolics (vanilla milkshake) because it is the only brand I have tried that is smooth and not grainy).
mix the dry ingredients together before adding the almond milk so the protein powder doesn’t clump together.
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
I hope you find something delicious here to try and if you have any recipes you love, leave them in the comments down below! I love trying new things.
Note: This is not sponsored and all of the smartpoints were calculated using myWW recipe builder specifically for the green plan.