Use this Basic Weight Watchers Grocery List to help you get started and continue on your weight loss journey with the WW program.
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.
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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.
As someone who is maintaining a 100+ pound weight loss with WW, these are the products I purchase regularly and recommend.
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. Check out our zero point banana souffle.
- 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 – Get ones with no extra dressing or toppings included, or be sure to calcluate the points for the dressing and toppings.
- 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. Use this to make our super-popular zero point Holy Mess Turkey Chili.
- 93% lean ground beef
- Canadian bacon
- Fish such as tuna, salmon, flounder, tilapia, etc. – fresh or frozen fillets
- 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.
- Hamburger buns (reduced calorie)
- Joseph’s tortillas
- Flat Out bread
- Mama Lupe
- Whole grain pasta
- Brown rice
- Dry or canned lentils and beans – great for zero point chilis and soups, or make as filling side dish.
- Thin sandwich bread
- Light english muffins
- Corn tortillas
- Fat free milk
- Unsweetened almond milk
- Fat free or low fat cheese – string cheese is great for on the go. Click here for more of the best WW cheese options.
- Low fat cottage cheese
- Plain, fat free Greek yogurt – try these ideas: 45 Healthy Ways to Enjoy Plain Greek Yogurt
- Fat free Greek flavored yogurt – I like Dannon Light and Fit and Chobani Zero
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: Crustless Pumpkin Pie
- Canned tuna or salmon
- Peanut butter
- PB2 – Click here for many uses for powdered peanut butter.
- Sugar free “all fruit” spreads
Ideally, stick to whole foods for snacks as much as possible, but here are a few basic options.
- Air popped popcorn – I like Jolly Time 100 calorie
- Baked tortilla chips
- Nuts or prepackaged 100 calorie nuts
- No-sugar added fudge bars
Head to the frozen food isle for these low point options.
- Frozen meals – great to have on hand for busy times. Click here for our top recommended WW frozen meals.
- Frozen vegetables
- Frozen fruit – use for snacks, on yogurt, or to make banana nice cream. Note that fruit blended into a smoothie has points.
- Frozen ice cream treats like Halo Top, Nicks, and Enlighten Ice Cream
Spices & Baking
Use these to make foods more flavorful.
- Cooking spray
- 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.
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.
WeightWatcher Success – 100 Pound Before and After
I’ve been following Weight Watchers for many years and in fact lost most of my 100 lb weight loss following the program. Read more about my weight loss story here:
Today, I run an online Christian women’s fitness and healthy eating program, Faithful Finish Lines, and I still follow the Weight Watchers program because it works.
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