When it comes to starting the Weight Watchers program, it can be challenging to know exactly which foods to buy that will keep you will feel full while also keeping your points in check. You are making a significant life change. This means rethinking about the way you eat and also the foods you purchase. Keeping a well-stocked fridge, freezer, and pantry full of healthy choices that are also Weight Watcher friendly is a huge step toward setting yourself up for success. Once your kitchen is stocked with healthy options, it’s easy to prepare meals that are low in points and also grab healthy, low-point snacks during a busy day. Use this Basic Weight Watchers Grocery List to help you get started and continue on your weight loss journey.

The basic weight watchers grocery list

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The Basic Weight Watchers Grocery List

While there are lots of “bells and whistles” foods you can purchase, sticking to the basics will keep you the most healthy and promote realistic, steady weight loss. Sticking to these basics will also keep your budget in check.



Produce is one area where you want to go for it and get everything you enjoy and can afford.

  • Fruit – here is one place to splurge. Stock up on foods you love as well as a few new ones. Enjoy fruit to the fullest! Apples, bananas, mango, pineapple, berries of all types, the list goes on!
  • Pre Cut vegetables for busy nights and snacks. I love keeping baby carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms on hand. Then I make a batch of this Weight Watchers Ranch Vegetable Dip Recipe and I snack on this when I come home and am so hungry, or while I am preparing dinner and tempted to munch.
  • Salad mixes – no extra dressing or toppings included
  • Vegetables for lunches and dinner side dishes. Broccoli, kale (Kale Salad Recipe with Lemon and Sea Salt), asparagus, cauliflower, mushrooms, and all others you enjoy
  • Spaghetti squash and cauliflower rice for pasta alternatives
  • Lemons and limes for flavoring
  • Herbs – Fresh makes a huge difference in flavor without adding points



These meats should be staples of your diet. Choose lower fat proteins as often as possible. It’s also okay to choose higher fat meats but remember the points will be higher.

  • Chicken or turkey breast (skinless). Keep in mind chicken breast and turkey breast are zero points.
  • Ground turkey breast – zero points
  • 93% lean ground beef
  • Canadian bacon
  • Fish such as tuna, salmon, flounder, tilapia, etc. – fresh or frozen fillets
  • Shrimp
  • Pork tenderloin
  • Turkey pepperoni – great for snacking or homemade pizza


Grains and Bread products

There are so many lower calorie, healthy whole grain bread options available today. Some are not available in every area or every store, so be willing to do a little hunting.




Canned Goods

Canned goods can be a healthy addition to your diet and are inexpensive and easy to keep on hand.

  • Tomato sauce
  • Diced tomato (make sure it’s no added sugar)
  • Spaghetti sauce – Hunts is lower in points than many other brands
  • Fat free salsa
  • Canned Beans
  • Canned vegetables
  • Fat free and low sodium broth
  • Reduced sodium or tomato based soup
  • Canned unsweetened fruit
  • Pureed pumpkin – Check out this recipe: Pumpkin Gingerbread by Zack
  • Canned tuna or salmon
  • Peanut butter
  • PB2
  • Sugar free “all fruit” spreads



Ideally, stick to whole foods for snacks as much as possible, but here are a few basic options.



Use this to make foods more flavorful.

  • Cooking spray
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Dried herbs and spices
  • Seasoning mixes – Mrs. Dash is no salt
  • Fat free or low fat salad dressing
  • Fat free condiments such as mustard, ketchup, hot sauce, and mayo
  • Reduced sodium soy sauce
  • Premier Protein – this isn’t a basic food but I find it so helpful on the Weight Watchers diet. Use in smoothies (count all points in smoothies, including fruit) or blend into coffee hot or iced.
  • Another item that is not a basic (and definitely a splurge) but I consider a regular part of my Weight Watchers program is Halo Top ice cream.  I am a bit of an ice cream fanatic and having this sweet treat in my days really makes the program doable for me.


Once you have all the rights foods on hand, you’ll find that eating Weight Watcher friendly recipes is going to be a breeze. If you follow this grocery list, you will not only be less tempted by all the unhealthy food out there, but you’ll have a much easier time sticking with your new diet plan.

Are there any other basic Weight Watchers grocery items we’ve forgotten? Let us know in the comments below.


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