What Foods Should I Eat In a Day on Weight Watchers?

Are you new to the WW program? Struggling to meet your weight-loss goals on WeightWatchers or another weight-loss program? Trying to learn the WW points system?  Make better food choices? Feeling overwhelmed trying to learn the WW app, points values, zero-point foods? Adjust to your points budget? Find healthy recipes and/or easy meals that work with your weight loss goals? Asking yourself what should I eat?

Take a deep breath and know that you are not alone. We’ve all experienced it: that moment of hunger, standing before the open fridge or pantry, unsure of what to eat. It’s far from ideal. Often, we’re tempted to reach for the quickest and easiest option rather than something balanced that aligns with our long-term goals of weight loss and healthy eating.

It is a situation we’ve all found ourselves in. We may have intended to meal plan, but life got in the way. Our intentions are good, but sometimes our follow-through falls short. And that’s okay. Healthy habits take time to establish and maintain. 

Sometimes you just need a simple formula or easy way to help you make healthier choices. Lasting weight loss success is not about perfection with your food intake, it’s about practical solutions that work in the long run.

Simple 3 Step Formula for Constructing Healthy Meals

Here’s a simple way to construct healthy meal ideas that is easy as 1-2-3:

Start with 3-4 ounces of protein.
Add about 1 cup of fruits and/or vegetables.
Enhance the flavor with a booster.

Of course with a casual approach like this it is important to remember portion control

To show how easy this is take a look at the great collection of examples for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks that we constructed using this formula. As you will see it includes examples for those following vegan diet or plant-based diets too. You can mix and match them to create an entire day meal plan. 

10 Breakfast Examples of What I Should Eat in a Day on WeightWatchers

#1 Greek Yogurt Parfait:

Non-fat Plain yogurt (1 cup) (regular or Greek)
Mixed berries (1 cup)
Slivered almonds (1 tbsp) for crunch

#2 Classic Veggie Omelette:

Whole eggs (1-2)
Diced bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes (1 cup)
Shredded cheese (1 tbsp) for extra flavor

#3 Cottage Cheese and Pineapple Bowl:

Cottage cheese (1 cup)
Pineapple chunks (1 cup)
Toasted coconut (1 tbsp) for flavor

#4 Vegetarian Omelette:

Whole eggs (1-2) or egg whites (3-4 ounces)
Spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms (1 cup)
Feta cheese (1 tbsp) for creaminess

#5 Protein-Packed Smoothie Bowl:

Protein powder mixed with water or almond milk (3-4 ounces)
Sliced banana and berries (1 cup)
Chopped nuts (1 tbsp) for texture

#6 Bacon and Eggs

Fried or scrambled eggs (1-2)
Turkey bacon (3-4 slices)
Warmed tomato slices (1 cup)

#7 Quinoa Breakfast Bowl:

Cooked quinoa (1 cup)
Diced mango and kiwi (1 cup)
Toasted coconut flakes (1 tbsp) for sweetness

#8 Turkey and Veggie Breakfast Wrap:

Turkey sausage links (3-4 ounces)
Sautéed bell peppers, onions, and spinach (1 cup)
Salsa (1 tbsp) for flavor
Whole-grain wrap

#9 Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quesadilla

Lean Ham slices (3-4 ounces)
Low fat cheese (1 ounce)
Salsa (1 tbsp) for flavor
Whole-grain wrap/tortilla
Cherry tomatoes or grapes (1 cup)

#10 Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie:

Protein-packed yogurt (1 cup)
Banana (1 medium)
Spinach (1 cup) for added nutrients
Peanut butter (1 tbsp)

Feel free to adjust portion sizes and ingredients based on your preferences and WW plan. These breakfast ideas provide a balance of protein, fruits/vegetables, and flavor boosters for a delicious and satisfying start to your day.

Photo by Seriously Low Carb on Unsplash

10 Lunch Examples of What I Should Eat in a Day on WeightWatchers

#1 Turkey and Avocado Wrap:

Sliced turkey breast (3-4 ounces)
Lettuce, tomatoes, and sliced avocado (¼ cup)
Mustard (1 tsp) for flavor
Whole-grain wrap

#2 Chicken Caesar Salad:

Grilled chicken breast (3-4 ounces), diced
Romaine lettuce (1 cup)
Cherry tomatoes and cucumbers (½ cup)
Caesar dressing (1 tbsp)

#3 BLT Sandwich:

Turkey bacon (2-3 slices)
Whole-grain bread
Lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise
Pickled jalapeño peppers (1 tbsp) for a kick
Apple slices (1 cup)

#4 Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps:

Canned tuna (water-packed), drained (3-4 ounces)
Lettuce leaves for wrapping (1 cup)
Diced celery and red onion (¼ cup)
Lemon juice (1 tsp) for brightness

#5 Classic Egg Salad Sandwich:

Hard-boiled eggs, chopped (1-2 eggs)
Lettuce, tomatoes, and mayonnaise
Whole-grain bread
Dijon mustard (1 tsp) for extra flavor
Carrot & celery sticks (1 cup)

#6 Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry:

Grilled chicken strips (3-4 ounces)
Mixed vegetables (bell peppers, broccoli, carrots) (1 cup)
Reduced sodium soy sauce (1 tbsp)
Brown rice (½ cup) for a base

#7 Ham and Cheese Salad:

Sliced ham (2-4 ounces)
Sliced low fat cheese (1 ounce)
Mixed greens (1 cup)
Cherry tomatoes and sliced cucumber (½ cup)
Italian dressing (1 tbsp)

#8 Classic Caprese Panini:

Fresh mozzarella, tomato slices, and basil leaves
Whole-grain panini bread
Balsamic vinaigrette (1 tbsp)

#9 Chicken Quesadilla with Salsa:

Grilled chicken strips (3-4 ounces)
Whole-grain tortilla
Shredded cheese (¼ cup)
Fat-free salsa (1 tbsp)
Apple slices (1 cup)

#10 Vegetarian Greek Salad:

Cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and Kalamata olives (1 cup)
Feta cheese (1 tbsp)
Chickpeas (½ cup)
Greek dressing (1 tbsp)

Feel free to adjust portion sizes and ingredients based on your preferences and WW plan. These lunch ideas provide a mix of protein, veggies, and flavor boosters for a satisfying and delicious meal.

10 Dinner Examples of What I Should Eat in a Day on WeightWatchers

#1 Classic Roast Chicken:

Roast chicken breast or thigh (3-4 ounces)
Mashed potatoes (½ cup)
Steamed green beans (1 cup)
Gravy (1 tbsp) for flavor

#2 Spaghetti Bolognese:

Lean ground turkey or beef (3-4 ounces)
Tomato sauce with herbs (½ cup)
Whole-grain spaghetti (1 cup)
Grated Parmesan cheese (1 tbsp)
Simple Green Salad (1 cup)

#3 Baked Lemon Herb Salmon:

Salmon fillet (3-4 ounces)
Steamed broccoli and carrots (1 cup)
Lemon, garlic, and herbs for flavor

#4 Classic Beef Stir-Fry:

Thinly sliced beef strips (3-4 ounces)
Mixed vegetables (bell peppers, broccoli, carrots) (1 cup)
Reduced sodium soy sauce (1 tbsp)
Brown rice (½ cup) for a base

#5 Vegetarian Chili:

Mixed beans (black beans, kidney beans) (1 cup)
Diced tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers (1 cup)
Chili seasoning and herbs
Shredded cheese (1 tbsp) for topping

#6 Shrimp Scampi with Linguine:

Shrimp (3-4 ounces)
Whole-grain linguine pasta (1 cup)
Garlic, lemon, and white wine sauce
Chopped parsley (1 tbsp) for freshness
Steamed green beans or a side salad (1 cup)

#7 Vegetarian Stir-Fry:

Tofu cubes or tempeh (3-4 ounces)
Mixed vegetables (broccoli, bell peppers, snap peas) (1 cup)
Soy sauce or teriyaki sauce (1 tbsp)
Brown rice (½ cup)

#8 Chickpea and Vegetable Curry:

Chickpeas (1 cup)
Mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, potatoes) (1 cup)
Light coconut milk and curry spices
Quinoa (½ cup)

#9 Vegetarian Enchiladas:

Black bean and vegetable filling (1-½ cups)
Whole-grain tortillas
Enchilada sauce
Shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes for topping

#10 Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas:

Mashed sweet potato and black bean filling (1 cup)
Whole-grain tortillas
Salsa and guacamole on the side

10 Snack Examples of What I Should Eat in a Day on WeightWatchers

#1 Power Packed Celery Sticks:

celery sticks
nut butter (1 tbsp)
raisins or dried cranberries (1 tbsp)

#2 Greek Yogurt Parfait:

Non-fat Greek yogurt (½ cup)
Mixed berries (½ cup)
Granola (1 tbsp) for crunch

#3 Cheese and Whole Grain Crackers:

String cheese or cheese cubes (1 ounce)
Whole-grain crackers (5-6 pieces)
Apple or pear slices (½ cup)

#4 Apple Slices with Peanut Butter:

Apple slices (1 medium)
Peanut butter (1 tbsp) for dipping

Hummus and Veggie Sticks:

Hummus (2 tbsp)
Carrot and cucumber sticks (1 cup)

Hard-Boiled Eggs:

Hard-boiled eggs (2)
Sprinkle of salt and pepper or everything bagel seasoning
Grape tomatoes (½ cup)

Trail Mix:

Mixed nuts (almonds, walnuts, and cashews) (¼ cup)
Dried fruit (apricots, raisins) (2 tbsp)

Cottage Cheese with Pineapple:

Cottage cheese (½ cup)
Pineapple chunks (½ cup)

Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast:

Air-popped popcorn (3 cups)
Nutritional yeast (1 tbsp) for a cheesy flavor

Rice Cake with Avocado:

Rice cake
Mashed avocado (¼ cup)
Sprinkle of salt and pepper

Veggie Wrap:

Whole-grain wrap
Hummus (2 tbsp)
Sliced cucumber, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes

10 Dessert Examples of What I Should Eat in a Day on WeightWatchers

#1 Yogurt and Berry Parfait:

Non-fat Greek yogurt (½ cup)
Mixed berries (½ cup)
Granola (1 tbsp) for texture

#2 Dark Chocolate and Almond Clusters:

Dark chocolate squares (1 ounce)
Almonds (¼ cup)

#3 Banana Ice Cream:

Frozen banana slices (1 cup)
Blend until creamy
Top with a drizzle of honey (1 tsp)

#4 Baked Apple with Cinnamon:

Baked apple halves
Sprinkle with cinnamon
Optional: a dollop of non-fat Greek yogurt

#5 Berries with Whipped Cream:

Mixed berries (1 cup)
Light whipped cream (2 tbsp)

#6 Peanut Butter and Banana Bites:

Sliced banana rounds (1 medium)
Peanut butter (1 tbsp)
Optional: sprinkle with chopped nuts

#7 Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding:

Chia seeds (2 tbsp)
Chocolate protein powder (1 scoop)
Almond milk (½ cup)
Mix and refrigerate until set

#8 Protein-Packed Chocolate Smoothie:

Chocolate protein powder (1 scoop)
Almond milk (1 cup)
Banana (1 medium)
Blend until smooth

#9 Peanut Butter Banana Protein Bites:

Mashed banana (1 medium)
Peanut butter (2 tbsp)
Vanilla protein powder (1 scoop)
Roll into small bites and chill

10 Protein-Rich Berry Parfait:

Low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt (½ cup)
Mixed berries (½ cup)
Protein granola (1 tbsp)

Additional Thoughts for Success with the Weight Watchers Program

Maintaining a balanced diet involves careful consideration of calorie intake and portion control. Incorporating lean proteins, healthy foods, and whole grains is essential for meeting nutritional needs. Non-starchy vegetables and zero-point foods can help fill up meals without adding extra points. Healthy fats, such as those found in avocados and nuts, can be included in moderation.

When grocery shopping, it’s important to prioritize items from each food group to ensure a well-rounded diet. Creating your own recipes allows for customization and control over ingredients and points values. While some dishes may have a higher points value, there are often ways to adjust recipes to contain fewer points. Understanding the slight differences in the number of points allotted for various foods can make a significant impact on overall calorie intake. By making strategic choices, there’s still plenty of room to enjoy meals while staying within your allotted points.

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Martha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.

A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.

She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.

A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she’s not experimenting in the kitchen, you’re likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.

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