Weight Watchers: How to Track Marinades

Here's how to determine pont values when marinating meat

Tracking points for marinades on the Weight Watchers program is essential to ensure you're managing your daily WW points effectively. I actually spoke with a Weight Watchers group leader recently and asked her about how to track marinades. Here's what I learned.

How do you track marinades with Weight Watchers? In short, if your marinade has added sugars or oils, add one point to the number of points for that meat. If your marinade does not have sugars or oils, then don't add any points.

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For those of you who want more information, here are a few things to consider when determining the WeightWatchers points value for marinade.

Tips for WW Points & Marinades:

Marinades can be a bit tricky when it comes to calculating Weight Watchers points because they typically involve a mix of ingredients. Here's a simple step-by-step guide to help you track them:

  1. Not Much Marinade Is Absorbed! Not a lot of marinade gets absorbed into meats, which is why I don't think you should count it as more than one point per serving.
  2. List Your Ingredients: If you really want to roll up your sleeves and determine an exact point value. make a list of all the ingredients you're using in your marinade. This might include things like oil, vinegar, citrus juice, herbs, spices, or even some sweeteners.
  3. Weigh or Measure: Next, weigh or measure each ingredient you've used. This is crucial because it helps you get an accurate count of the portions you're consuming.
  4. Use the Weight Watchers App or Website: Open the Weight Watchers app or visit the website. They have a nifty tool where you can input your ingredients and their quantities to calculate the SmartPoints. It's a straightforward process, and it's going to be your best friend when it comes to tracking.
  5. Remember ZeroPoint Foods: If you're using ingredients like plain yogurt, lemon juice, or vinegar in your marinade, they might be ZeroPoint foods, meaning they won't contribute to your daily point total. The WW app can help you figure this out.
  6. Consider Alternatives: If you're concerned about the SmartPoints in your marinade, you can always explore lower-point alternatives. For example, you might replace oil with a non-stick cooking spray or use a sugar substitute for sweetness.

Remember, the goal of tracking is to help you make informed choices about what you eat. While marinades can add flavor to your meals, they can also add points, so it's a good idea to be mindful of your portions and ingredients.

Yeah, just let that marinate for a minute!

If you're consistent with tracking your points on the WW app, it becomes easier over time, and you'll have a better sense of how to balance your daily WW points while still enjoying tasty dishes. Happy point-tracking! 😊