Weight Watchers Friendly Meal Planning Ideas
Every Friday I send out an email with what I’m planning to eat for dinner in the coming week which I also archive here on the blog. It helps keep me accountable and I hope you find it helpful as well.
The Benefits of Weekly Meal Planning
It’s the only thing that prevents me from resorting to fast food or takeout more often than I should.
Every time I get out of the meal planning habit and resort to take-out, restaurants, and snacking on junk, it’s amazing how crappy I feel and how quickly the pounds pack on.
THE KEY TO EATING WELL IS COOKING.
When you’re trying to eat well, not cooking isn’t an option. There are just too many unknowns (hidden sugar, flour, fats, chemicals, points), too many temptations, and portions are way too large for you to routinely eat well on take-out or pre-made food.
As far as I’m concerned the Slow Cooker is the best invention ever for folks trying to eat healthy and lose weight without losing their minds.
Meal Planning + Slow Cooking = Easy Healthy Dinner!
I use mine at least once a week, sometimes more!
I’m absolutely, positively convinced that cooking with my crock-pot is directly linked to the success I’ve had keeping my weight off!
We are a family of two, so most recipes result in leftovers that we are happy to pack up for lunch the next day, freeze for a future quick-and-easy meal, or transform somehow.
THE KEY TO CONSISTENT COOKING IS PLANNING.
In the beginning meal planning can be a huge chore. The key is finding an approach that works for you over the long haul.
You can do-it-yourself, of course.
But, if you want a little help with your meal plans be sure to check out:
- My Month of Meal Plans eBook (updated with WW Freestyle SmartPoints)
- Kristen from Slender Kitchen's Meal Planning Made Easy (affiliate link)
- Alisha from Meal Planning Mommies 12-Week Meal Planner eCookbook (affiliate link) and Meals for Two (affiliate link)
If you are looking for a Healthy Meal Planning Solution (affiliate link) with lots of options including low carb and vegetarian diets with complete nutritional information and Weight Watchers SmartPoints, my WW friend Kristen, from Slender Kitchen has a really good one.
What I love about Slender Kitchen Meal Plans is that I don’t have to think. I print out the grocery list, do the shopping and when it’s time, head into the kitchen and get right to cooking!
I subscribe to her service and use her plans the weeks when I want someone else to tell me what to cook!!
This Week’s WW Meal Plan Suggestions with WW Freestyle SmartPoints:
This week I’ll be making…
Easy Slow Cooker Cabbage Casserole (*3 Freestyle SmartPoints) with simple green salad (*0 Freestyle SmartPoints) with reduced-fat dressing (*1 Freestyle SmartPoint)
Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chile Verde (*0 Freestyle SmartPoints) made the lazy way by substituting green salsa for all chopped vegetables! Served with a warm corn tortilla (*2 Freestyle SmartPoints)
Weight Watchers Meat Loaf (*7 Freestyle SmartPoints) with a medium Baked Potato (*5 SmartPoints) topped with 2 tablespoons fat-free plain Greek yogurt (*0 Freestyle SmartPoints) and steamed broccoli (*0 SmartPoints) sprinkled with 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan (*1 Freestyle SmartPoints) and drizzled with Lemon Juice (*0 Freestyle SmartPoints)
Weight Watchers Meat Loaf Sandwich (1 slice meatloasf – *4 SmartPoints) on Light Whole Wheat toast (*2 Freestyle SmartPoints) with lettuce (*0 SmartPoints), tomato (*0 SmartPoints) and dijon mustard (*0 SmartPoints) with Lightened Up Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup (*5 Freestyle SmartPoints)
I’ll also be using the Lightened Up Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup (*5 Freestyle SmartPoints) to enjoy during the week for quick and easy lunches.
I hope this helps you with your own meal planning this week 🙂
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
By the way, I’m loving this Slim & Sassy Metabolic Gum to help with cravings and cut down on mindless snacking and munching while getting dinner ready!
Martha, I started Weight Watchers in 1971, in Chicago, and became both LifeTime and lifer along the way. I’ve tried all the programs, done meetings and online. Somehow, seeing your daily messages keeps me feeling accountable for one more day. Even the repetitive messages serve an important purpose. Thank you for being there.
~ Gail B.
Do You Struggle with Meal Planning?
We all know how important healthy meal planning is to lasting weight loss success. And how frustrating it can be to actually pull-off week after week.
After offering a Bonus Meal Plan with recipes and grocery list as part of my Slow Cook Yourself Slim eCookbook Bundle (updated with WW Freestyle SmartPoints), I got tons of requests for more.
So I assembled this Meal Plan eBook (with Freestyle SmartPoints) to make meal planning a breeze. It provides you with a month (four weeks) of meal plans with WW friendly recipes and grocery lists!
If you prefer a more sophisticated approach to meal planning with more flexibility and tons of options, you might want to check out my WW Friend Kristen from Slender Kitchen’s Meal Planning Made Easy , which I highly recommend!
Real people. Real weight loss. Real progress.
Here’s what other people are saying…
Martha, Thank you for the wonderful recipes!!! Totally agree with you, planning your meals ahead is the key to a great weight loss!
~ Valerie G.
I’ve been following the meal plans from day one. I love, love, love the shopping list. Makes it so easy to stay organized and I’ve been saving money at the grocery store too because of it. I have enjoyed all the recipes and feel like they are so easy to follow! I purchased for the year and I’m one happy lady! Thanks again!
Just wanted you to know that I bought these meal plans this morning and two hours later I made the frittata, which was delicious! This is just what I’ve been needing. We tried Blue Apron, but they are high calorie. Your idea for this is fabulous. I’ll definitely advertise at my meeting.
More WW Friendly Menu Planning Ideas
- Dinner Meal Planning Ideas with Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints – Week #89
- Weight Watchers Dinner Menu Ideas with Freestyle SmartPoints – Week #88
- WW Dinner Meal Planning Ideas with Freestyle SmartPoints – Week #87
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