Every Saturday I share my Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plans with Recipes & Points 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.
Taking the time to think about what I'm cooking and eating ahead of time makes meal times so much easier. With the shopping done and recipes at the ready I can just walk into the kitchen and get cooking. I don't stick to it one hundred percent. Life happens. But, it helps to have a rough guide and prevents me from reaching into the cookie jar or bag of chips too often. Whoever said that failing to plan was planning to fail was spot on!
I think we all know that cooking at home as much as we can is better for us. I recently ran across this study linking home cooking with a healthier diet. Basically, the study confirmed that people who cook at home more frequently ate fewer calories and less sugar than those who cooked at home less.
And there's more good news: When these people did eat out, the home cooks tended to consume fewer calories out of the home as well. I think the process of cooking gives home cooks better awareness of the ingredients and associated calories involved in preparing various dishes so we have the understanding to make better choices when we eat out.
We are all really busy, so the key to successful home cooking is to keep things simple. I tend to rotate between the same one or two breakfasts and lunches the days I eat at home. And because we are a family of two most recipes I make result in leftovers that we are happy to eat again. So, I usually only cook from scratch three or four times a week. We like to eat out a couple of times, usually during the weekend.
If I end up with more food than we can eat, I portion it out, package it up and pop it in the freezer for future quick and easy lunches and dinners.
I hope these posts make it easier for you to stay on track with your weight loss and/or healthy eating goals too. It's a process that gets easier with practice.
And remember, there's a Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plans Section on the blog so you can get inspiration from all of the previous weekly meal plans too. Enjoy!
Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plan (Week #42)
Stay cool and have a wonderful week!
This week I'm going to begin the day with a skinny latte (2PP) and either:
Healthy Smoothie (4PP) - a perfect cool and satisfying way to begin summer mornings in Phoenix. I usually add a scoop of protein powder to keep me satisfied until lunch.
English Muffin (3PP) with Banana (0PP) and Peanut Butter (1T - 3 PP)
I like to keep lunch quick and easy. Limiting my choices makes weight loss/maintenance easier. (Here's research that supports this idea.) I usually eat lunch out a couple days a week, which prevents me from getting too bored.
1. Cottage Cheese (4PP) with Pineapple (0PP), Mango (0PP) and a sprinkling of Coconut (1PP)
2. Leftovers from dinner
Because we are a family of two most recipes result in leftovers, so, I only cook from scratch three or four times a week. (We eat out once or twice.)
2. Grilled Turkey Burgers (4PP) (No Bun) with Classic Macaroni Salad Made Lighter (4PP) and Sliced Tomatoes (0PP) and Cucumbers (0PP)
3. Cuban Style Fish (6PP) with Brown Rice (4PP) and a Simple Tossed Green Salad (0PP) with Olive Oil (1 teaspoon - 1PP) and Vinegar (0PP)
4. Cheeseburger Salad (6PP) - All the flavors of a cheeseburger with none of the guilt. Perfect when you don't feel like firing up the grill.
I try to limit my snacks to one in the late afternoon which keeps me from being overly hungry when I'm getting dinner. To prevent snacking while I'm making dinner, I often chew gum.
1. Popcorn (2 cups - 2PP) and a Peach (0PP)
2. Mozzarella Cheese Stick (2PP) Fruit (0PP)
I usually limit dessert to once or twice a week.
Slow Cooker Peaches (3PP) drizzled Vanilla Yogurt (½ cup - 2 PP)
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Have a wonderful week!
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