“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
Once a week, I will be sharing a tip, trick, or some interesting information about meal planning. I believe meal planning is critical to any long term and effective healthy living or weight loss goals. For me it was the single thing that finally made permanent weight loss achievable. The quote stood true, when I failed to plan, I failed, and I don’t want that to happen to others.
Additionally, I believe that meal planning is a skill that takes time to master and we can all use some help! When I first started meal planning it took up countless hours pouring over recipes, calculating nutritional info and/or points, and creating elaborate calendars. It was painful. Anything I can do to ease that pain for someone else is a win-win in my book.
Finally, I hope by sharing meal planning strategies, it will help you find a system that works for you. Whether it’s using our meal plans, scratching one into your weekly planner, or creating your own meal planning system – I hope this feature inspires you to start planning at least a few meals every week. It will save you time, money, and it truly will help you reach your weight loss and healthy living goals. So with that, on to this week’s tip!
This week Weight Watchers® launched their brand new SmartPoints™program. Although the basic program still works the same - tracking foods using points towards a daily target, weekly bonus points, and points earned for exercise - the way that points are calculated has changed and the focus has shifted to making healthier food choices. Under the new system, PointsPlus® have been replaced by SmartPoints™ and Activity Points® have switched to FitPoints™. Here are some of the key ways the program has changed.
How will this affect Slender Kitchen recipes and meal plans? Starting next week, we will be including the new SmartPoints™ in all of the recipes in the meal plans. For those sticking to PointsPlus®, you will still be able to access those points values in the individual recipes and can calculate them on your own using the nutritional information provided in the recipes as well.
Additionally we are in the process of updating all of our recipes to include Weight Watchers SmartPoints. We will also show the PointsPlus® that were previously included in the recipes.
For those who aren't Weight Watchers, every thing will stay the same with the meal plans.
Love the idea of meal planning but don’t want to do all the work? Since I know that many people simply don’t have the time to create their own healthy meal plans, we provide delicious and healthy meal plans at Slender Kitchen that you can customize to meet your needs.
Here are some highlights from this week’s healthy meal plans:
Each healthy weekly meal plan comes full of delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The meal plans come in regular, vegetarian, and low carb options. All feature complete nutritional information, Weight Watchers PointsPlus®, and categorized shopping lists! There are also two bonus fallback recipes weekly and the option for either a complete meal plan or a Dinner Only plan. All that for less the cost of one cup of coffee per month with the yearly plan.
Customizable weekly meal plans that include recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, nutritional information, shopping lists, and more.
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