Weight Watchers Meal Plan Ideas
Every Friday, I send out an email outlining my dinner plans for the upcoming week that are compatible with Weight Watchers, and I also publish them on my blog. This practice helps me stay on track with my meal choices and motivates me to make healthier food decisions. Additionally, by sharing my weekly dinner plans, I hope to provide a useful reference for individuals searching for meal planning ideas or looking to vary their diet. If you’re looking for more inspiration, you might find the “101 Meal Prep Ideas from Successful Weight Watchers” resource helpful.
The Benefits of Weekly Meal Planning
Planning and preparing your meals ahead of time can make a significant difference in avoiding unhealthy eating habits. With a clear idea of what you’ll be cooking for the week and all the necessary ingredients on hand, you’re less likely to succumb to the temptation of fast food or takeout. Not only does meal planning give you more control over what you eat, but it also enables you to make healthier choices.
In addition, meal planning and grocery shopping can save you time and money in the long run. Instead of wandering aimlessly through the grocery store, you can create a list of the items you need and stick to it, avoiding impulse purchases and unnecessary spending. This approach allows you to shop more efficiently and reduces food waste, ultimately benefiting both your wallet and the environment.
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
Cooking at home is a fantastic way to eat healthier and lose weight! When you cook your own meals, you get to decide what goes into them and how they’re prepared. This means you can choose healthy ingredients and cooking methods, and avoid the processed and high-calorie foods often found in restaurants.
Cooking at home also gives you the freedom to customize your meals to fit your specific dietary needs or preferences, like reducing salt, cutting back on sugar, or avoiding allergens. For some it can even become a fun, creative outlet!
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:
My Month of Meal Month of Meal Plans eBook
My WW friend Alisha’s 12-Week eCookbook and Meal Planner and Table for Two Meal Planner and eCookbook
This Week’s WW Meal Plan Suggestions with Points
What Do I Eat for Breakfast on Weight Watchers?
Most days my breakfast is something quick like an english muffin with almond butter, avocado toast, cottage cheese with fruit, eggs, yogurt with fruit, oatmeal or a smoothie, depending on my mood and the season.
What Do I Eat for Lunch on Weight Watchers?
This week I am planning to make…
I’m only going to cook four times this week because these recipes will provide lots of leftovers additional quick and easy lunches and dinners. I will also freeze some of the Bolognese sauce.
Slow Cooker Turkey Bolognese Sauce – I love the ease of this recipe. It takes a little time to cook the vegetables and meat, but then you just dump it into the slow cooker and let is simmer away until dinner time. I’ll serve it with pasta or zucchini noodles & Salad
Easy 5-Ingredient Asparagus Minestrone – Talk about simple and delicious. Just toss all the ingredients together in a large saucepan and let simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. So easy and satisfying. I love to make this when asparagus is in season.
Easy Glazed Salmon – This easy healthy and delicious 5-ingredient glazed salmon, perfect for Weight Watchers, comes from the talented southern healthy trim & terrific cookbook author, Holly Clegg. It’s a winner, both for how easy it is to make, and delicious it is to eat. Even people who say they don’t like salmon like this recipe. I will serve skinny mashed potatoes and roasted carrots alongside.
Skinny Bisquick Impossibly Easy Chicken & Broccoli Pie – This chicken and cheddar broccoli pie really is impossibly easy to make, especially if you have leftover cooked chopped chicken in the freezer, which I often do. You can even make my own healthy baking mix to use as a Bisquick replacement if you want. I’ll plan to serve this with roasted carrots. or this simple and delicious shredded carrot salad.
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I hope this helps you with your own meal planning this week 🙂
*Points® calculated by WW. *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 2 great meal planning resources to help:
I can’t tell you how thrilled we were with your menu posted this week! We are on vacation and in a condo for five weeks. Keeping meals simple. I made both the chicken broccoli pie and the broccoli cheese soup for the first time this week. Both were a big hit. Then last night we had your Caribbean Jerk Chicken which is a definite favorite. Made your lasagna soup last week!!! Yum!
I bought the Table for Two eCookbook and I love it! It saved me from giving up on my weight loss journey. The meals are delicious and so easy to cook. Having a weekly grocery list, recipes and instructions with pictures readily accessible has taken so much stress off of me in meal planning. I was tired of cooking recipes that had multiple servings and eating the left overs several times during the week. My husband loves the Table for Two recipes and he doesn’t even need to lose weight! I have recommended your site to several friends on the same journey and they love your recipes too. Thank you for all your hard work in making meal planning so easy! ~ Barbara
Hi Martha – I cannot begin to thank you enough for my month of meals. We (my husband and I) have only had the first week, but WOW, what great meals! I can’t wait for the second week. You have a customer for life! ~ Sharon S.
I bought the 12 Week eCookbook and Meal Planner by Alisha Hughes from Meal Planning Mommies. It is great 12 weeks with a shopping list which is wonderful. I just make a copy of the list and go shopping for the week. ~ Roberta R.
More Weight Watchers Meal Planning Ideas
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Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plan (May 1 – May 7)
Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plan (Apr 17 – Apr 23)
Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plan (Apr 10 – Apr 16)
Martha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.
A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.
She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.
A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she’s not experimenting in the kitchen, you’re likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.
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