Top 5 Convenience Foods for Weight Loss

Denial. Denial. Denial. When it came to losing weight, I was in major denial.

I used to think if I didn’t eat carbs (but ate as much fat and protein that I wanted) I would lose weight. I used to think if I eliminated dairy and grains, and just ate like a “caveman” I would lose weight. I used to think that if I combined foods in a certain way, I would lose weight. The insanity went on for years. (You can even see the progression in some of my blog posts!) I even blamed it on my age (early forties) and thought, it’s just impossible to lose weight.

Well, I’ve lost 20 lbs. and would like to lose about 20 more. It has taken a long time. (I started in Feb. 2012). I just eat healthy foods most days, follow Weight Watchers PointsPlus online most days and continue to hit the treadmill a couple time a week.

I love to eat a lot. It’s all about volume for me. Losing weight is all about calorie restriction, so how could I ever lose weight when I love to eat so darn much?

With the Weight Watchers new PointsPlus program, weight loss is finally possible. It really does come down to eating lots of fruits and vegetables, and foods that help me stay full, yet are lower in fat and calories. This is where I get the volume in without racking up the points.

When I was counting calories, I would be down to a few hundred calories left for dinner, it was only around 2 in the afternoon, and I was hungry. I would get so frustrated, that I would literally throw my day out the window by eating a bunch of junk food. There. I showed me.

What’s nice about the WW plan is that, in my mind, there is no running out of calories. My calories are limited through my allotted points and this limited amount accounts for ‘the free” calories from fruits and vegetables consumed. I can have a piece of fruit or some extra vegetables with dinner.

Here are my go-to convenience foods. I eat these (with other stuff of course) nearly every day and these have kept me full and satisfied, and yet, “a loser.”

Top 5 Convenience Foods for Weight Loss

Chobani Yogurt – 0% non-fat plain yogurt. I have eight ounces over the course of a day. It’s great with a little sweetener, mixed with fruit. I use it for smoothies too. The yogurt is packed with protein. Combine that with the (water-filled) fresh fruit and it is a very filling snack that keeps me satisfied for hours.

Joseph’s Flatbread (multi-grain) – I love how each big slice of this flatbread has only 100 calories (that’s only 2 Weight Watchers Pointsplus.) I use it to make hot veggie roll-ups with cheese, a turkey sandwich stuffed with lettuce, tomato and red onions or a flat bread pizza with mozzarella cheese and sauteed peppers and onions.

Progresso Light Soups – It doesn’t matter how hot it is outside, I can still sit down to a nice hot bowl of soup, especially when it has only 1 Pointsplus! The Progresso Light Vegetable and Wild Rice soup is delicious any time. Pair this with a hot veggie roll-up and I’m satisfied.

Wyman’s of Maine Frozen blueberries – I have them on hot or cold cereal, mixed with yogurt and as part of a fruit smoothie. I buy these in the 3 lb. bag and I am lucky if they last me the week – and I am the only one who eats them! Who knows, they may be giving me an extra boost when it comes to weight loss.

VitaMuffins – I’ve saved the best for last. Chocolate Vitamuffins! I always save a few points to have one of these a day. That’s right every single day. I’ve figured out how to satisfy a chocolate craving on any given day and still lose weight. Yeah for me! Oh, and don’t forget to top this with some fat free cool whip!

According to Dr. Oz, to lose weight, it is best to automate most meals by eating the same things every day. With these filling, tasty convenient foods, I find it’s easy to do just that.

What convenience foods have you used to help you lose or maintain your weight?


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Kristi Maloney is a work from home mom to two boys ages 10 and 13. Since 2009, she has featured in-depth product, and book reviews and hosted high-quality, exciting giveaways on her blog Moms Own Words. When she is not blogging, you can find her working at her son’s school, or behind the wheel of her car in the roll of “taxi driver”. Email at maloney(dot)Kristi@gmail(dot)com.

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  1. says

    I eat the muffin tops all the time (thanks to your suggestion!!) and I have a chobanni yogurt every morning. I love the blueberry idea and I think I’ll defintiley have to try those flatbreads. I use Pepperidge Farm Light Style bread right now and that’s only 45 calories a slice. Sure, it’s a little thinner than regular bread, but hey – 45 calories.

    I’m just not a soup person. No matter how hard I try, I just don’t really like them. Oh well.

  2. kristi maloney says

    That is awesome! Great minds think alike! lol! It’s true what they say about soup……it’s very filling.

  3. says

    It is such a sore topic for me. After I had kids, it has been impossible to lose weight. I think the key for me is stay active.
    Also, a realization dawned on me that I cannot eat everything I want like I used to in my 20s :(

  4. kristi maloney says

    I feel your pain Marina. Weekends are tough for me. I tend to go off the diet. Who doesn’t love birthday cake and the occasional glass of wine or beer? :)

  5. LAMusing says

    I did the Weight Watchers points a few years ago – great system! One thging that really works for me is eating breakfast! I was never a breakfast fan and most of my calories were late at night… you know just before I go to bed. bad move. Eating breakfast gets my body burning calories – it thinks it’s gonna eat like that all day (ha!) So with my biggest meal breakfast, mid size lunch and light dinner (plus lots of free point snacks) I found weight dropping off.

  6. kristi maloney says

    LAMusing, that is great advice. I could stand to shift the majority of my calories to earlier in the day. This really does help. Thanks for pointing that out!

  7. Monica Ward says

    Always good to see that i’m not alone with the “Denial” thanks for sharing your story and for the tips! I’m trying to lose 10 pounds and 3 dress sizes #Watchoutboys lol

  8. Sue C. says

    Nice list. I’m also a volume eater and need to have veggies and fruit throughout the day to avoid being hungry at the end of the day. I’ve also learned that carbs are important in a healthy, balanced diet so I’ve been focusing on whole grains to get lots of fiber.

  9. Jeffrey says

    Congrats on the weight loss. Sometime I feel that you have to reward yourself at least once a day with something small. I live by the theory that one must eat “everything in moderation” and I think it works for people with self control. If you can’t have a scoop of ice cream without eating the whole container than that shouldn’t be one of the cravings you feed! Good luck on the next 20.

  10. Karen Glatt says

    I really agree with the yogurt helping with weight loss, but at my age it is hard to lose weight! But I eat healthy every day and limit eating out at restaurants!

  11. Sunnymay says

    I would add it helps to have the healthy food at the front of the refrigerator or in a fruit bowl, since you tend to look around for food when bored, so it might as well be good for you. Kindof like a reward just for hunting and looking.

  12. Sherri says

    I wish I liked the greek yogurt…. it just tastes so sour to me. I don’t know if it is an acquired taste or not. And I know, if it doesn’t taste good, I am NOT going to eat it……

  13. kristi maloney says

    Sherri, I agree it can be a little sour tasting. I add plenty of sweetener to take that sour edge off! lol I love adding Wyman’s blueberries and I’ve tried their raspberries too. Good stuff! I hope you can find one that you like!

  14. Ari says

    All of those listed look very delicious and I wouldn’t mind eating that, so if they’re considered weight loss staples, sign me up because I’ll be on that plan right away. I like the idea of the flat roll wraps with veggies and cheese and maybe some protein added in to make a nice lunch. The yogurt I could have for breakfast or snack. The berries could be a smoothie ingredient or just topped over the yogurt. And I love, love the idea of eating a chocolate muffin. I need to try one of these VitaMuffins. I suspect they don’t taste like dietary muffins – very chalky and lacking that sweetness, but that they are truly delicious but still count as low-calorie.
    Thanks for sharing your food staples and discussing weight loss!

  15. Sherri Lewis says

    I love the vitamuffins, but I just can’t do the greek yogurt. It tastes so sour to me….. and I have played around with, adding different fruit toppings, but it never helps enough :(

  16. says

    I am disappointed to see you did not have success eliminating dairy and grains – that is what I was hoping with my new adventure into going wheat free!

  17. Deb E (@debbieeland) says

    I really like the yogurt idea and I’ve found low fat cottage cheese is easy to grab and satisfying. Easy to add fruit or veggies in these two as well. Keep up the weight loss! I know it’s so hard at times.

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