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. It helps keep me accountable and I hope you find it helpful as well.
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. If you are struggling with meal planning here are 3 great meal planning resources to help:
This Week’s WW Meal Plan Suggestions with 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’ll be making…
Easy Slow Cooker Cabbage Casserole – I’ve always loved cabbage rolls. But am way too lazy to make them. The solution? This easy-peasy slow cooker cabbage roll casserole that is also Weight Watchers friendly.
Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chile Verde I often make this the lazy way by substituting green salsa for all chopped vegetables! Served with a warm corn tortilla or light & healthy cornbread.
Weight Watchers Meat Loaf or Paula Deen Meatloaf with a medium Baked Potato topped with 2 tablespoons fat-free plain Greek yogurt and steamed broccoli sprinkled with 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan and drizzled with Lemon Juice. I’ll use the leftovers to make meatloaf sandwiches, a longtime favorite.
Slow Cooker Fennel & White Bean Soup – This satisfyingly light and tasty vegetarian soup hits the spot after weeks of over-indulging. My brother made this soup recently, which got a hearty endorsement from Mom so I’m looking forward to trying it.
I hope this helps you with your own meal planning this week 🙂
*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 each plan’s ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
Tired of trying to decide what to cook?
If you are struggling with meal planning here are 3 great meal planning resources to help:
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