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 of 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 #53)
Happy Halloween! How did we get to the end of October so quickly? This is the time of year I celebrate living in Phoenix having survived another summer. It’s fun to be back in the kitchen and enjoying dinner on the patio. 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 (2SP) and either:
1) Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal (new recipe) – This is a variation of the recipe for Weight Watchers Baked Oatmeal that appears here. I’ll make it over the weekend and then rewarm it for a quick breakfast during the week.
2) Scrambled Egg (2SP) and English Muffin (4SP) with Sliced Tomatoes (0SP)
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) Easy Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup (4SP) – I love broccoli cheese soup and have posted several versions through the years. This easy crock pot broccoli cheese soup is the easiest tastiest yet. With just 4 ingredients it’s a snap to put together and turns out creamy and delicious.
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.) I love the return of soup season. Hearty Soups manage to fill us up in a nourishing way and never leave us feeling overfull the way so many foods can.
1. Tuna Casserole (7SP) with a Simple Tossed Green Salad (0SP) dressed with Light Dressing (1T – 1SP)
3. Rotisserie Chicken (4PP) (I get mine at Costco) with Slow Cooker Roasted Broccoli (1SP) and Baked Sweet Potato (medium – 4SP)
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. A former Cheez-Its junkie, I’ve pretty much given up on processed, packaged snack-y foods that I can never seem to get enough of once I begin. Weight Watchers calls them Trigger Foods, I call them EVIL and have expelled them from my house 🙂
1. Apple (0PP) and Cheese Stick (2SP)
2. Reduced Fat Microwave Popcorn (2 cups – 2SP)
I usually try to limit dessert to once or twice a week. I don’t keep many sweets around the house. You can’t eat what you don’t have 🙂 And I usually save my points plus for homemade sweet stuff, which is more work, but always tastes so much better. Through the years I’ve convinced myself to not waste my valuable points on ho-hum sweet treats.
Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake (5PP) – A very simple easy pumpkin Bundt cake that begins with a spiced cake mix. It’s a great easy low fat dessert perfect for fall. (Note: I haven’t recalculated the smart points for this cake but I’d count it as 10!)
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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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