“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
Once a week, I am going to start 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!
Meal Planning Made Easy: Pre-Packed Snacks
Although meal planning is a critical part of sticking to a weight loss plan in my opinion, planning out healthy snacks is also important so you don’t reach for the wrong things between meals. One great trick to ensure that you make great snack selections is to prep snacks ahead of time just you meals.
For snacks like pretzels, popcorn, baked chips, crackers, or other packaged goods – measure out portions at the beginning of the week and pack them in ziploc bags labeled with points or calories. Pack pre-measured dips like hummus, yogurt dips, dressings, and nut butters in small tupperwares along with fresh fruit and veggies and have them ready in the fridge all week. Lastly make smoothie bags for the freezer full of all the ingredients for your favorite smoothies. That way when hunger hits you have all kinds of healthy snacks to reach for.
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.
Here are some highlights from this week’s healthy meal plans:
- Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken
- Creamy Garlic Broccoli Pasta
- Creamy Garlic Broccoli Spaghetti Squash with Chicken (low carb plan)
- Cinnamon Applesauce Oat Pancakes
- Summer Squash, Corn, and Tomato Quinoa Skillet (vegetarian plan)
- Cranberry Chicken Salad
- Skillet Pork and Peppers
- One Pan Parmesan Salmon and Green Beans
- Grilled Barbecue Chicken
- Blueberry, Corn, and Spinach Salad
- Summer Vegetable and Goat Cheese Frittata
- & more
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.