I've been thinking a lot about meal planning ever since Kristen's great Healthy Meal Plans Made Easy Post. While my approach isn't as organized as hers, I do give some thought to what we'll be eating each week. I usually spend a little time Saturday putting together a list of recipes I want to make and a shopping list. Sunday I shop, prep and often make something in the Crock Pot so I go into the week with at least one healthy dish ready and waiting.
So I've decided to share my Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plans with Points and Recipes here on Simple Nourished Living. It includes what I’m planning to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well a few snack and dessert ideas.
My Weight Watchers Friendly Healthy Weekly Meal Plan (10/20/14)
I'm a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast. I tend to rotate between a few breakfast options day in and day out, only changing it up slightly with the seasons. Right now I'm in an oatmeal or english muffin phase. I'll have either one or the other with ½ a banana (0) and a large mug of decaf coffee (0).
- Steel-Cut Oatmeal (5) (I either use the quick cooking kind that's done in 5 minutes or I make a big batch of the regular slow cooking kind, which I store in the refrigerator and reheat during the week. I use half vanilla almond milk and half water which ups the points plus by 1)
- Light English Muffin (3) with 1 T Peanut Butter (3)
Again, when it comes to lunch I'm a creature of habit. I've found that limiting my choices is one of my best strategies for easily maintaining my weight. I usually opt for soup and/or salad or leftovers. Once or twice a week I meet Mom for lunch which is fun and keeps things interesting so I don't get bored.
This week the days I'm home for lunch I'll alternate among:
- Easy Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup (3)
- Leftovers from Dinner
I'll enjoy my soup with a few whole grain crackers (3) and if I'm feeling really hungry, a simple green salad with reduced fat dressing (1).
Because we are a family of two, we often have dinner leftovers that we are happy to eat again on a subsequent night. So I usually only end up cooking 3 or 4 nights a week.
- Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala (5) with Green Beans
- Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup with Chicken Apple Sausage (4) with Crusty Bread (4PP)
- Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato Tater Tots (Trader Joe's) (8) and Tossed Green Salad (o)
- Light Mac & Cheese with Cauliflower (8) and Tossed Green Salad (0) (new recipe)
Again, I try to limit my choices when it comes to snacking and only eat when I am truly hungry. I've worked hard to break myself of the snacking when bored habit.
- Nuts (4)
- Apple Slices with a little Peanut Butter (3)
- 3) Triscuits and Laughing Cow Cheese (4)
We don't eat dessert everyday. But I like to have something around if we want a little something sweet after dinner.
- Halloween Oreos (in the cookie jar) (3)
- Skinny Caramel Apple Bundt Cake (5) (new recipe)
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And remember, there’s a Weight Watchers Meal Plans with PointsPlus section on the blog so you can get inspiration from all of the previous weekly meal plans too.
Have a wonderful week!
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*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.
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