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Weight Watchers Friendly Recipes

One of the biggest complaints about the new Weight Watchers PointsPlus program is that it is harder to figure out the Points value than it used to be.

Why?

Well, Weight Watchers wants you to consider protein, fiber, and carbohydrates instead of relying exclusively on calories to figure out the PointsPlus value. This becomes a bit more complicated because almost all fruits and vegetables have zero points.

Basically, your body treats a 100 calorie chocolate chip cookie differently than a banana. WW wants to encourage its members to eat the banana so they don't penalize you by allowing you to have it for "FREE".

So, your ever dedicated Snack Girl went through her favorite snacks and calculated their PointsPlus value so the Weight Watchers members could use this site to support their program. The recipes are developed by Snack Girl and are not endorsed, sponsored or approved by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

I also calculated the nutritional facts for all the recipes so that the non-WW fans could use that information.

You will find that the nutritional facts below the recipe represent the entire recipe, while the PointsPlus value is calculated without the fruits or vegetables in the snack.

This project was a massive pain in the.......neck.

But, some cool realizations came out of all the work. For example my pickled carrots recipe, (photo above) has ZERO points. Hurray!

So here is the main list:

Weight Watchers Friendly Recipes

And here is the list broken down by points:

The snacks that have five and six points are almost always breakfast recipes that I created.

As I continue to post recipes and snacks, I will continue to post values so check back on these lists if you need new ideas.

Is this helpful? Feedback, please.


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First 20 Comments: [ see all 26 ]

Using the WW online PP calculator the popcorn works out to 1 pt per cup. I got excited for a minute because I used to consume large amounts of popcorn before the plan changed but avoid it now.

on March 15, 2011

@Gayle - Thank you! When I calculated it using my hand held calculator it was zero, but then I went on the site and it was one. These things can be tricky and I fixed the popcorn post. Big hug! Lisa

on March 15, 2011

There are some discrepancies, I know but overall I'm really loving the option of having a nice big dish of melon & berries when I need something instead of having a 100-calorie pack of Oreos. I do miss my popcorn though. It was my go-to snack, cheap, easy, and since you posted about making it in the brown bag, no chemicals! I suppose I could have it and I'm not sure why I deprive myself. I guess it's still the mental block that it basically doubled on the PP program. Love the blog SO much. Thanks for everything. :)

on March 15, 2011

I joined Weight Watchers after your first post which made too much sense. Having the choice to not think about a piece of fruit or vegetable is massive. Yeah the points can be difficult but that's because all my life I looked at fat and calories ... now I'm searching for protein, carbs fat and fiber... It's a small sacrifice to pay if I can finally make it stick. And I really like the mindset I'm learning... something I never did with the old plan(s).

on March 15, 2011

Great list Snack-Girl! I LOVE that you updated your snacks to include the points+ ~ Can't wait to see your post for Friends for Weight Loss ~ I KNOW everyone will LOVE your snacks as much as I do :)

Danica

on March 15, 2011

THANK you so much for going thru all this hard work--you are the best!

on March 15, 2011

Thank you so much for doing this for us!! I truly appreciate it!!!

on March 15, 2011

I will add my thanks to the chorus - it was clearly a lot of work and it is appreciated.

on March 15, 2011

Oh, thank you! Your hard work is a gift that makes my life so much more enjoyable! I love your recipes and I'm a WW lifer, so to you I say, "Merci beaucoup!!" Blessings to you!

on March 15, 2011

Super, I needed this.

on March 15, 2011

Lisa, thanks so much for your informed emails! I'm a proud WW leader and your information is spot on...great to see a supportive, "outside" source that reaches so many people in such an informative/fun way! You do much for so many. Thank you.

on March 16, 2011

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You make my weight watching more fun ;)

on March 16, 2011

Thanks so much for the hard work you did on the ww food. I just started ww for about the 100th time and just found your site. I appreciate you making it easier for me!! Love the site and can't wait to try out the recipes...also to share your site with my friends!!

on April 6, 2011

Oh, thank you!!! How wonderful to find this list.

on April 27, 2011

Thank you so much! I just recently re-joined WW and am having to recalibrate my own personal list of "favorites" with the new Points values, so I know how much work this was for you!

on June 21, 2011

All I can say is THANK YOU! I have been struggling with my weight since I had my kids. I cam across your blog a couple weeks ago and wow.. so much information!! You are truely helping me figure out healthy options. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!

on June 22, 2011

You are a Foodie Rock-star! Thank you for blogging Snack Girly!

on July 21, 2011

Need meal recipes! Just plain meat n three supper recipes for my family. Don't want Asian, Thai, weird recipes, just plain cooking.
Anybody have a site for finding these?
Thanks

on August 30, 2011

@Anna - a great site for meal recipes with pointsplus values is
http://www.skinnytaste.com/

on August 30, 2011

How awesome are you? I just started Weight Watchers a few weeks ago and so this is perfect for me. Thank you for enduring the massive pain in the neck. It adds a lot to an already fantastic resource!

on January 12, 2012

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