“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!
Meal Planning Made Easy - Now with Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™
For those who follow Weight Watchers®, this week we will start including Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™ with the recipes in the meal plans. (Read about SmartPoints™ here and here.) This means that the ready made meal plans now have SmartPoints listed with the recipes and the interactive meal plans include SmartPoints™ in the recipes. For those who are planning to continue using PointsPlus®, they will still be included if you click on the recipes in the interactive meal plan. All recipes will continue to include all the nutritional information as well.
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:
- Slow Cooker Chicken in Chili Verde
- Slow Cook Salsa Verde White Bean and Quinoa Chili(vegetarian plan)
- Baked Chicken Parmesan with Spaghetti Squash
- Healtheir Eggplant Parmesan with Garlic Spaghetti Squash (vegetarian plan)
- Asian Quinoa and Turkey Stir-fry (without quinoa for low carb)
- Crispy Shrimp Burgers
- Broiled Flank Steak with Rosemary Garlic Carrot Fries
- Sweet and Spicy Pork Chops
- Overnight Brownie Batter Oatmeal
- Ham, Broccoli, and Cheese Oven Baked Omelet
- & 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.