Welcome to this week's Weight Watcher's Meal Plan!
Every Saturday I 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.
I've discovered that meal times so much easier when I've taken the time to think about what I'm cooking and eating ahead of time. With the shopping done and weight watchers recipes at the ready I can just walk into the kitchen and get cooking.
I don't always stick to my plan 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!
The Benefits of Cooking at Home More
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.
My Overall Weight Watchers Meal Plan Strategy
I'm incredibly lazy, so the key to cooking at home, instead resorting to eating out and takeout more often is to keep things simple. I get tired just reading so many of the meal plan programs I see that suggest a different breakfast, lunch and dinner every single day! Are you kidding me? Who eats like that? Not me or anyone I know.
I'm a creature of habit. 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 or transform somehow. 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 #51)
Have a lovely week and remember to take the time to cook something healthy and delicious for yourselves, dear friends!
This week I'm going to begin the day with a skinny latte (2PP) and either:
1) English Muffin (3PP) with Peanut Butter (1-½ T - 4PP) and ½ Sliced Banana (0PP)
2) Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal (3PP) and Unsweetened Applesauce (½ cup - 0PP)
I like to keep lunch quick and easy. Limiting my choices makes weight loss/maintenance easier. (Here's research that supports the idea.) I end up meeting up with my mom and/or girlfriends a couple of times a week for lunch, something I look forward to
1. Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup with Chicken Apple Sausage (4PP) with Warm Crusty Bread (4PP)
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.)
1. Old Fashioned New England Pot Roast (12PP) with Long Grain and Wild Rice Blend (½ cup - 2PP) and a Simple Tossed Green Salad (0PP) dressed with Light Dressing (1T - 1PP)
4. Slow Cooker Honey Lentils (New Recipe) with Rice and Roasted Carrots (1PP for the oil)
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. Apple (0PP) and Cheese Stick (2PP)
2. Plain Greek Yogurt (½ cup - 2PP) drizzled with Maple Syrup (2 tsp - 1PP) and sprinkle of Granola (2 Tbsp = 1PP)
I usually try to limit dessert to once or twice a week.
Apricot Oatmeal Cookie Bars (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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