Thursday, May 18, 2017

Quick & Simple Low Sugar Snack Options For Busy Moms

In the last 13 weeks, I've really focused on eating healthier, trying my hardest to make smart food decisions when eating. Snacking is often were I get tripped up with SmartPoints. If you don't know what I'm referring to, SmartPoints are part of my Weight Watchers plan. You can read more here. When you think of snacks, you probably think of easy grab and go items. These processed items are often really high in points thanks to the amount of sugar in the item. Sugar is one area that is hard for me to handle; I'm very much a sweet over salty person. With that in mind, I put together a basket full of snacks and quick meals for when I don't have a lot of time on my hands or need a sugar fix.

For reference, I get 30 SmartPoints a day. This has allowed me to loss 20+ pounds over the last 3 months. But because I'm human, I still have moments when I need something sweet, maybe even downright unhealthy. It's all about balance. My goal each day is to have 3 meals with 2 small snacks. This keeps me full and allows me to have the energy I need keep up with our 4.5 year old. Here are some of my favorite snack and meal options/combos that allow me to have a bit of sugar without having to sacrifice my daily points or experience a sugar high/crash.

Trader Joe's Meyer Lemon Cookie Thins - 9 cookies for 7SP
Kroger Caramel Flavored Mini Rice Cakes - 8 mini cakes for 1SP
Quaker Instant Oatmeal Honey & Almonds - 1 container for 6SP
Special K Nourish Bites Blueberry Almond Quinoa - 6 pieces for 7SP
BelVita Blueberry Breakfast Biscuits - 1 package for 8SP
Wether's Original Sugar Free Caramel Candies - 5 candies for 1SP
Emerald 100 Calorie Coco Roast Almonds - 1 pack for 3SP
Diet Snapple Single Tea Packets in Peach and Raspberry - 1 serving for 0SP

Not pictured is fruits and veggies, which is a great snack and most are 0SP. Often times, I pair a 0SP fruit and veggie with one of the items listed above. The higher point items are usually used for a quick breakfast - oatmeal, nourish bites and breakfast biscuits. I pair those with a banana or apple most school mornings. I try to limit my soda and coffee so when I want a beverage with flavor the Diet Snapple packets really help me out. When I want a treat, I dig into my TJ cookies but at 7SP a serving, I typically limit myself to 3-4 which lowers the point value of this splurge.

What are your go to snack options? Share with me any you love and often enjoy. Don't worry about point value, I'm pretty good with making things work if I want it bad enough.

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