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.
The Benefits of Weekly Meal Planning
Getting dinner on the table is so much easier when you've planned what you're cooking and eating ahead of time and done the grocery shopping. 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.
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.
What I love about Slender Kitchen Meal Plans (affiliate link) is that I don't have to spend time figuring it out. I just want someone else to tell me what to cook. I print out the grocery list, do the shopping and when it's time, head into the kitchen and get right to cooking!
For those of us following Weight Watchers, having meal plans with the Freestyle SmartPoints included can make the switch easier and less stressful.
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.
This Week's WW Meal Plan Suggestions with WW Freestyle SmartPoints:
Most days my breakfast is something quick like an english muffin with almond butter, half a banana with some peanut butter, avocado toast, eggs, yogurt with fruit, oatmeal or a smoothie, depending on my mood and the season.
Lunch is usually leftovers or some combination of soup / sandwich / salad. This week I plan to make a batch of Slow Cooker 3 Bean Turkey Sausage Chili (2SP) to enjoy all week for quick and easy lunches.
Sometimes I love sitting down with my cookbooks and favorite recipes to map out my weekly dinner menus. But right now I'm in a post holiday funk and want someone else to "just tell me what to cook."
That's when Kristen's Magical Meal Plans come to the rescue. With a couple of clicks I can download the plan, grocery list and recipes and I'm ready to go with minimal effort. As a Weight Watcher I love that you can now choose from Blue, Green, or Purple SmartPoints in their meal plan program!
This week I used Slender Kitchen Meal Plans (affiliate link) to construct my dinner plan menu:
- Slow Cooker Italian Red Pepper Chicken & Roasted Broccoli
- Blackened Salmon and Baked Potato & Peas
- Spicy Ground Turkey & Green Bean Stir-fry & Cauliflower Rice
- Double Bean Burgers (If I am really lazy I may sub my favorite frozen bean burgers) and Baked Carrot Fries
Tired of trying to decide what to cook?
If you are struggling with meal planning here are 3 great meal planning resources to help:
- My Month of Meal Plans eBook.
- My WW Friend Kristen's Slender Kitchen Meal Plans (affiliate link) Program
- My WW friend Alisha's 12 Week eCookbook and Meal Planner and Table for Two Meal Planner and eCookbook
“I purchased this bundle about a week ago, and I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU! You have made my dinners come together quickly, easily and inexpensively! And my husband and 2 year old have loved the recipes so far. Plus, I am losing weight!" - Jessica
"Hi Martha - I cannot begin to thank you enough for my month of meals. We (my husband and I) have only had the first week, but WOW, what great meals! I can't wait for the second week. You have a customer for life!" ~Sharon S.
"I bought the 12 Week eCookbook and Meal Planner by Alisha Hughes from Meal Planning Mommies. It is great 12 weeks with a shopping list which is wonderful. I just make a copy of the list and go shopping for the week." - Roberta R.
Martha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.
A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.
She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.
A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.
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ON 2/19/18 I paid $2997 for several of your ebooks but only received the one about journaling, drinking water, etc. I only noticed it today because my computer has not been able to print until today. I really wanted the various recipes you offered, etc. HELP!!
We are happy to help. Once we confirm your order, we will re-send all the ebooks to you.
Martha, how do you access your meal plans? For the life of me I cannot figure out how to access them. There are only pictures of your Week #88, etc. but no links to what you're suggesting for the week. Also, I don't want the Slender Kitchen meal plans, I signed up for yours.
Hi Lisa, Here's a link to a category with all my meal plans: https://simple-nourished-living.com/category/food-health/meal-plans-menus-weight-watchers-points/