One of the number one topics in the Weight Watchers groups I'm in is meal plans, especially for those who only get 23 points each day. With the extensive list of zero point foods, technically we could do zero point days and still get all the nutrients we need. But Weight Watchers is about living life, and not having to be on a DIET.
Weight Watchers Meal Plan for 23 Points a Day
I've created these free meal plans for Weight Watchers to help you stay on track and to help motivate you in case you've fallen off the wagon as we all do from time to time. Taking the guesswork out of meal prep and planning is the goal here. Please leave your comments and questions below, and I'll try to answer them!
Related: Low Point Dressings
If you get more than 23 points, awesome! Simply add in some extra Weight Watchers snacks, cook with healthy fats to add points, or add nuts or other high point items in moderation to enhance the flavor and point value of your meals. Heck, you could even have one of these low point alcoholic drinks. My favorite is the margarita.
And, if you only get 23 points but still want that drink, go ahead and have it! Just fill up on zero point foods for one of your meals, so you don't go over your points. Or, use your weeklies if you have any left. I've had the best results with Weight Watchers when I eat my weeklies. Read this post to find out if you should eat your weeklies.
Weight Watchers Point System
If you're new to Weight Watchers, you may not know how the points work. Start with this list of zero point foods, and build your day from there. If you can't afford Weight Watchers, look up “iTrackBites” in the Google Play or Apple store. It's a super cheap version of the Weight Watchers app, but you can choose ANY plan instead of only being able to do the Freestyle program. If you choose to do PointsPlus or SmartPoints, there are also many free calculators online.
Keep in mind, there is no Weight Watchers food. This is not a diet. It truly is a lifestyle change, and you can follow it for life, with great success – without depriving yourself.
23 Points a Day Meal Plan
I like to divide my points up evenly between meals on some days and eat higher points in the morning on other days. However, you divide your points up is totally up to you. Feel free to switch some of the days or meals around, or substitute for your favorites. The beauty of Weight Watchers is that it's 110% customizable by you. These plans are just to get you started and to help make your journey easier, especially during those busy weeks.
I allow up to most of my points for snacks and small meals throughout the day because I eat six times a day rather than just three meals. Because of this, you'll see the days add up to very few points on average. I like some wiggle room if I want to have ice cream, too.
One of my favorite in-between meal snacks is hard-boiled eggs, which are zero points. This leaves plenty of wiggle room if I want a higher point drink or snack when I go out with friends in the evening.
Servings can be small, so up your point intake by eating a double serving if you're still hungry.
Another thing: I like to utilize leftovers as often as possible! Use my Weight Watchers recipe index to find more recipes if you don't want leftovers.
Easy Weight Watchers Meal Plan
I know a lot of you are sick of eggs, so my next meal plan will have some more variety for breakfast ideas.
Ideas: Eat crackers with chicken salad (5 crackers for 2 FSP), top chili with oyster crackers (37 for 2 FSP)
Ideas: Serve cloud bread with turkey and sweet potatoes (1 FSP each)
Idea: Use 90% lean beef in the Sloppy Joes instead of turkey (4 FSP for 3oz)
Ideas: Serve soup with French Bread (up to 5 FSP depending on size) or Cheddar Bay Biscuits (1 FSP) and top with cheese (4 FSP for 1/4 cup, or 0 FSP if you use fat-free)
Low Point Weight Watchers Desserts
Because my meal plan is so low in points, I wanted to make sure I included some of my favorite Weight Watchers desserts!